When I first started my business, I was on ALL the platforms trying to keep up with the latest business advice from the gurus. It was so exhausting showing up in all of these places, following their "super simple" strategies that actually took hours of time each day.
I couldn't move forwards in my business because I was wasting all of my time on activities that weren't building any relationships or generating any income. I don't know if anyone has told you, but reels are useless, and DM strategies are not a good use of your time.
I wanted to build my business in a way that honours the Lord: by putting people first. One key question changed my entire perspective:
Am I building my business by treating people the way I want to be treated?
I don't buy from a reel, and if you DM me, I'm probably going to ignore it. So why was I trying to build my business with a strategy that I absolutely hated?
God kept putting community on my heart, but I always put it off, thinking it was a dream "for the future." But He kept nudging me and in 2021, I decided to start my group.
I had no direction initially. I was figuring it all out as I went along, and unsurprisingly, it was a mess! I didn't have a vision for my community, I wasn't creating content that people enjoyed engaging with, and I never showed up with intention.
I wasn't building good quality relationships because I could only see my members as "leads." So when they weren't buying anything from me, I began to doubt that the group was even working. I fell into the enemy's trap of focusing only on money and profit first.
I got further distracted and fell away from God's truth when I partnered with a secular business coach. This coaching relationship filled my head with so much doubt and anxiety, and I ended up more lost and confused than when I began.
I thought God wanted me to give up my group, so I went back on the dream he gave me and gave my Facebook group to someone else...
I got out of that toxic coaching relationship and finally felt God's clarity wash over me again. I got my Facebook group back and got super clear on what I wanted this community to look like.
I showed up consistently and with intention, and truly put service first. I developed an engagement strategy and a growth plan, and got to work.
My community now has over 1,000 members and makes me money consistently. I have hundreds of member requests every month and a 400% engagement rate.
But none of this would have been possible without creating simple systems to help me grow and manage my group. Because of the systems I put in place, it takes me less than 30 minutes a day to serve and grow my community.
It's my mission to teach other Christian entrepreneurs the systems they need to create an engaged Facebook group.
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