Who can join this group?
The CR is designed to work with creative solopreneurs: Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, photographers, writers — freelancers and entrepreneurs who own and operate their own creative business.
What is the purpose of the group?
As independent business owners, we are so isolated that we easily get overwhelmed with business development that we often just shut down. The purpose of the CR is to unite a creative community where we support and hold each other accountable, share resources and experiences to help you build the creative business you most desire.
Does it cost anything?
Yes, the cost of membership covers the moderator and business costs.
What is the biggest benefit of being a member?
Networking, confidence, and accountability. Being an independent business owner operating your authentically structured business model is a daunting task that can easily consume our lives. It’s hard work. Just because we choose to own our own business, doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. In this non-competitive community, we foster a safe zone to shed your barriers and get honest, genuine feedback and support to help you be proud of your business.
How long is a term?
We like our members to commit to a year and offer a discount for the year commitment. The minimum option is a 6-month long term. We meet once per month in an online video conference tool, Zoom.
How much is the time commitment?
We meet each month in a 1.5-hour video meeting – that’s the bare minimum. We expect you to put in time during the month to work on your business development goal. That time is up to you. Members also find a huge benefit by interacting with other members and discussions in our private Facebook group — we have great thought-provoking conversations taking place every day. Maybe the question should be back to you, “How much time are you willing to invest in growing and strengthening your creative business?”
What is a session like?
We start each session touching base with each member and checking in on their 30-day tasks. We help celebrate successes, talk about challenges, and vet out any issues that are holding you back from success. We also discuss Hot Topics where we can dig deeper into creative business operations, and then you tell the group what you will work on before the next meeting. The primary outcome here is holding you accountable to do what you say you’re going to do to strengthen and grow your business.
How many members are in each session?
We try to keep the groups to 8 members per group, per session, per term. This allows each member their own individual time to talk about their progress, their struggles, their successes, ask the group for support and bring up Hot Topics that are affecting or impacting their creative freelance business. Each group stays together for a 6-month term.
How can I be a great CR member?
- Come prepared to each session with your 30-day update, successes (we need to take time to celebrate ourselves!), what challenges you faced, and where you are in need of support to accomplish your next 30-day tasks.
- Share your favorite resources with members: websites, articles, publications, vendors, etc.
- Listen and support your fellow CR members.
- Be honest, authentic and respectful.
- We are all one big happy family and find an overwhelming amount of value from every member.