I'm testing the waters to see how many of you are involved in business groups (Facebook, Reddit, Etc) and how that's affected your business decisions. I would love to join these if they are already established, and if not, see who would be interested in forming one with me. I am currently a member of @lynda's Quickbooks Facebook group (which is great by the way!) but am always interested in finding more communities to interact with. While this forum is okay for discussions it seems to me that it has a long way to go before there's an active discussion daily on business strategies.
A little about me for some background information. I own a bookkeeping business that started a little under a month ago. I've been in the accounting industry for three years and started my own business because I wanted to be more involved in helping my clients business succeed. I will have been married to my beautiful wife for 2 years Nov 18 who works as a Nurse in a Women's Health Clinic. Outside of work I enjoy working in my chicken coop, reading fiction, fishing, and trying new foods. Share your business below and some hobbies you have. Look forward to some good conversation and connecting with other business owners.
Thank you for posting this @Easton at J E Cole Bookkeeping . This is exactly the thing @ParkwayInc and I wanted to do one year ago. A live bi-monthly meetup in this community to discuss topics QB related and business-related. Intuit eventually passed on the idea.
Matthew and I are formulating plans in our FB Group now, QB Community Live, to do just that. What we could not do here. Maybe a weekly office hours or something of that nature. Where people could jump on the zoom and ask
We believe "Together We All Succeed".
I would love to hear from other community members what they think, if there is an interest, etc. etc.
Thanks for the response Lynda! I hope it didn't bother you too much that I tagged you, figured this was something you would be interested in and looks like I was right. FB may be the best place for such a group since nearly every person is on there and active. I would love to see this community do the same but I don't see it happening any time soon. I think businesses (especially small businesses) working together to grow their businesses will play a major role in the next several years. I'm seeing more and more small businesses as well as a focus on "shopping local" in mine and neighboring communities.
Hey Easton and Lynda.
You can count me in as someone interested in these discussions. It would be great to see something like a biweekly meeting on business topics. There are so many knowledgeable members in the Community and this would be a great way to exchange thoughts and ideas.
On Monday, @john-pero posted an answer to a thread and discussed his agricultural background. He provided some unique insights into his thought process and approach to business. The format that you're describing could help to facilitate these types of responses.
If memory serves me correctly, @Regina_Lend_A_Hand_Accounting also mentioned having an interest in these types of discussions.
Out of curiosity, are there any topics that you think would make for interesting discussions? We're rebuilding the Business Discussion space and would love to hear more about what you feel would be useful to people. For example, would a weekly thread to comment on be something you might be interested in? Or are you looking more for starter topics?
Lastly, I agree with both of you about the value of collaboration. Business is always changing and it's great to have places to turn for help and guidance. It can sometimes be hard to measure what a post can do for someone.
I'm excited to see what you all and other members have to say!
PS: Easton, my wife is also in the medical field. They're tougher than me ;).
I tag Lynda all the time; it's fun! Lynda was the first "ProAdvisor" I connected with when I fell in love with QuickBooks Online. She is amazing!
@David-212915 Yes, I will participate and contribute to our "QuickBooks ProAdvisor/Business Community Network"!
All: @CherylGrindell was kind enough to share with me the FB groups that seem to drive the most influence in our community as follows:FACEBOOK
Started by Veronica Wasek, this is the place to reach out for help with growing a bookkeeping business using QuickBooks and cleaning up messy records.
Build Your Best QuickBooks Online Practice
Starting a practice? This group, led by Cathy Iconis, will help you figure out where you fit in the marketplace and how to chart your path forward.
Business Workflow & Management
Moderated by Stacy Kildal and Richard Roppa, this is the judgement-free space to discuss work-life balance, and the methods and products that can help you achieve it.
QuickBooks Power Hour
An extension of the popular webinar series from Michelle Long and Hector Garcia. Ask product-related questions, share experiences on starting and growing a practice, and much more.
I actually had read @john-pero's post and enjoyed reading his post as well. Submissions like that would absolutely be beneficial to a networking and growing community. It makes me wonder how many other great responses such as his end up getting buried withing the forums.
A weekly discussion thread is a great idea. I use Reddit for social media quite a bit and many forums there do a recurring weekly thread with commonly discussed questions. Some even do a daily thread (Monday - Advertising Techniques, Tuesday - Must Have Apps, Etc) Something like that would be a good place for people to come together and discuss things they are needing help with or ideas that paid off. There could even be Starter Saturdays where established businesses help newly growing ones.
Thank you for the Facebook group recommendations @Regina_Lend_A_Hand_Accounting. I dove into the world of Facebook Groups looking for communities like you posted and ended up with some pretty terrible results, the only one that was beneficial was @lynda and @ParkwayInc group. I look forward to seeing you and the other members of those communities as I get involved.