The communities that grow your business the most are not the ones you pay to be a part of, they are not the ones with the “best” people in them, and they are not the ones with strict rules…they are the ones with authentic members, from all different levels and backgrounds, sharing and helping in earnest. They are the ones you participate in and come back to again and again as the real you. Authenticity in short.

I’m a member of all three of these communities and believe in them!

Digital Nomad Academy
Run by Cody McKibben, this community has some long standing members, expert interviews, and the members are so incredibly down to earth. I’ve found reading stories here, seeing others work, and sharing my struggles incredibly helpful. I’ve also found a good gig or two here in networking.

This community is arguably the best online community out there right now for early stage growing online businesses. It’s dripping with authenticity from it’s three founders, who know the field of online business. Their platform is clean, technology forward, and so helpful. Their online business roadmap is fresh, and their Friday video chats are so powerful. It has a fairly decent coaching user base as well.

Location Indie
While this community caters to those who like to travel, it’s also filled with people who want to give, and those are good people. You often find a commonality amongst those that want to travel, and those that are building a business, tribe, selling a product and many other similarities to online business creators like yourself, check it out. It’s run by a close friend after years of travel, teaching English in Japan, and only a few years ago making great strides in his online business.

Obviously there are oceans of communities out there, the important point is to be involved. Attempting to run a business, any business, and maybe especially an online business by yourself is a losing endeavor. If you’re not part of a peer group, this year is the time to get one!

NOTE: This is an excerpt pulled from an IT Arsenal newsletter about usefulness and authenticity. IT Arsenal is where I do what I love, help people with technology.