Starting and running a blog has a steep learning curve. That’s the downside. The upside?
Creating and running a blog yourself gives you plenty of opportunity to learn how to do things.
Think about it. As a blogger, you’re:
- A writer
- An editor
- A headline optimizer
- An SEO person (a search engine optimizer?)
- A stock image picker-outer (who knows the rules with images)
- A Pinterest designer
- A WordPress theme installer
- A social media generalist
- An online networker
- A sender of email newsletters
Among other things. So, if you want to make money online, use your blog as your platform (“look what I did for my brand, I can do it for yours too”), and start freelancing.
Freelancing is one of the best way to make money online, especially if you need to make money quickly.
Which of the “blogger jobs” listed above is your favorite?
What would you like to do more of? My favorite part of online business is the strategizing. I love talking to people about their goals and helping them achieve them. I also adore installing WordPress themes and customizing them for people. Maybe you love writing so much that you’d like to write on other blogs. Maybe you love making pins. Maybe you’re awesome with Instagram.
There’s something that lights your fire.
One of my favorite parts about the connected world we live in today is that, without a doubt, there’s someone out there who seeks your expertise. Who is ready to pay money for the thing you do.
Where do they hang out?
If you’re not familiar with Facebook groups, they’re awesome communities often built by bloggers to connect with their audiences, and the best ones are highly engaged. I’m a member of more Facebook groups than I can count, and an admin in a handful (join the for-profit blogging Facebook group!). Some are great for meeting people, some are simply fun, and others are better for networking and finding work.
Before I list the best Facebook groups for aspiring freelancers, I need to make something clear: these groups have rules, and you need to follow them. Hanging out in Facebook groups is a way to build your name as a brand, and it’s really important that you don’t accidentally brand yourself as a spammy spammer. Make sure to do your part to provide value. When you get accepted into a group, go in with the “how can I help?” mentality instead of “how can I profit?” and you’ll find that you can quite easily connect with people. You can help each other, sure, but you can also make friends and connect with other people who understand this weird blogging world.
The Best Facebook Groups for Aspiring Freelancers
1. Online Business BFFs
Details: This group is associated with MelyssaGriffin.com, and as its title indicates, the focus is on online business owners.
Look for: Collaboration Tuesday, where you can find people to collaborate with.
To join: facebook.com/groups/blogandbizbffs/
2. Blogging Boost
Details: This group is all about bloggers helping bloggers — following each other on social media, sharing each other’s blog posts, and answering questions.
Look for: Questions you can proactively answer — especially those that connect with a service you’d like to provide. Also, share your blog posts on Promo Monday — yours might get shared a lot!
To join: facebook.com/groups/bloggingboost/
3. FinCon Community (or Other Conference-Based Groups)
Details: This group is associated with my favorite blogger conference (FinCon — my review of last year’s event: My Experience at #FinCon16 (And the Importance of In-Person Events). It started as a personal finance blogger conference six years ago and has evolved into something larger. It’s where most of my internet friends came from and the Facebook group is active and helpful. You do have to buy a ticket to FinCon to be added to the group, but if you ask me, you should budget for a ticket to FinCon anyway. 🙂 However, this is on the list as a guide. Are there conferences you’ve attended that have an active Facebook group? Connecting online with people you’ve met in person makes for a much smoother transition toward working together. Plus, communities like this talk — so if you’ve written an amazing article for one blogger and you want more work, they’re likely to spread the word.
Look for: People who are actively looking for help. While doing the research for this post, I found this: “Does anyone in this group want to be PAID to help me to train my new assistant to set up a blog, help with layout and give information and advice? If so, say YES, I'll help below, and I'll send a PM soon after. THANKS!”
To join: facebook.com/groups/362252247186456/
4. Creative Superheroes
Details: This group is associated with Allison Marshall, the Wonderlass, who teaches online entrepreneurs how to make money using webinars (among other things). Her group is active, and helpful. You can read people’s recent success stories and learn how to emulate them.
Look for: Tuesday tips, where you can share a helpful tip for creative entrepreneurs. Note: if this is your niche, it behooves you to create a special resource for your target audience (which may be wildly different than the people who read your blog!).
To join: facebook.com/groups/182622742089243/
5. The Careful Cents Club
Details: This group is run by Carrie Smith Nicholson, who writes CarefulCents.com. You have to opt in to her mailing list to be a member of the club (which is brilliant on her part, and a great way to grow her mailing list!), but the space she has created for freelancers is amazing and supportive. Join her mailing list here: carefulcents.com/club/
Look for: Members actively seeking freelancers (which happens more than you’d expect!) to hire. A recent post started with “freelance writing lead: I’m hiring.” This group (more than some of the others) feels really intimate, so make sure you’re adding value before you try to get something for you.
To join: facebook.com/groups/freelancersclub/
6. Screw the Nine to Five Community
Details: This group is loosely associated with ScrewU (meaning the people in the group are interested in leaving their 9-5 day jobs but haven’t necessarily signed up for the course), and it’s a really fun group where tons of questions are asked all the time. You can answer questions about growing a Facebook group, adding pop ups to a site, running challenges, and worthwhile affiliate programs.
Look for: Monday Matchmaking, where you post your request in this manner: “I’m a XYZ and I”m looking for ABC” — scroll through the things people are looking to hire and connect with those that light your fire.
To join: facebook.com/groups/500493680082315
7. The Freelance to Freedom Project
Details: This group is an extension of the Freelance to Freedom Project, which, if you’re just getting started with freelancing, should be right up your alley. This is a great place to ask questions, because in all likelihood, people who are farther along in their journey will be able to help you.
Look for: Ways to authentically connect with people in a similar situation as yours.
8. The ConvertKit Family (or Other Tool You Love)
Details: This group is associated with ConvertKit, and it’s a place where people go and ask questions. The reason I’m bringing this one up is because one of the members of the group was so knowledgeable about ConvertKit that she started a blog and consulting service so she can help other people with the tool. She’s always the first to answer questions in the group, and she’s worth studying even if you’re not going to specialize in ConvertKit yourself.
Look for: Elizabeth Buckley-Goddard, so you can see exactly how to brand yourself as an expert in your field.
To join: facebook.com/groups/243373169119771/
There are countless other groups you could join, but if you join these eight, then make a concerted effort to grow your network, you'll be on track to find freelance work in no time!
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