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Why You Need A Mastermind Group And Where To Find One

Freelancing is hard. Yes, freedom is wonderful, but we can’t ignore the fact that being your own boss, making decisions on your own, and taking full responsibility for the balance in your bank account at the end of the month comes with it’s own stresses. Often a lot of them.

Freelancing is also lonely. Being able to work from anywhere with only a laptop, is something most people only dream of. And we may not realize until we’ve been doing it for a while, that we actually enjoyed those pointless chitchats with co-workers by the coffee machine. Working from home can make you feel isolated.

Usually your friends & family don’t quite understand your business, and as much as they may try to be supportive, they often can’t give you the advice or motivation you need in everyday business.

So what to do about it?

Find an accountability partner or two

You may have heard me talk about mine as I have mentioned them here and there on the blog (or been featured on the Freelancers Spotlight). My business has honestly changed since I’ve had them and I’m so grateful for them everyday.

Early in my business development I was encouraged during a business class to get an accountability partner. I simply connected with another woman in the group, and we checked in with each other from time to time. In the beginning we setup a call each week to talk about our goals for the week and what we had accomplished the week before.

It’s amazing how much more motivating it can be to get work done and to keep working toward bigger goals when you know someone will be following up with you.

Create or join a mastermind group

A fellow freelancer I had met as part of a online biz course, asked in a Facebook group if anyone would like to join her in forming a mastermind. I jumped on the opportunity.  It started with us meeting on Skype once a month. There are 5 us, the perfect small group where we all get to talk about our ups and downs, get feedback on our current ideas, and brainstorm together. We have now setup a Facebook group where we interact daily. We post our current struggles, proofread each others program copy, and most of all support each other through sharing and spreading each other’s work. We’ll tell each other when ideas suck, we share articles, books & cool stuff online and give each other boosts of confidence when we need it.

Although I haven’t met these ladies yet in person (we all live in different countries), they have become best friends in business.

I can’t recommend having a mastermind group or accountability partner enough. But when you’re new to business, it’s hard to imagine where to find someone to join you and a little nerve-wracking to put yourself out there.

The thing to remember is that most freelancers or entrepreneurs are in the same place as you. Feeling lonely working for themselves, needing someone to brainstorm ideas with, and being supported on a daily basis. It’s just a matter of connecting with others and making it known that you are looking to put something more formal together. You don’t have to be in the same business or at the exact same stage of your journey.

Start out by deciding what you would like in a mastermind group. Do you want to meet weekly or monthly? Do you want to have specific topics each month or just talk about each other’s current goals and successes?

I recommend making it as simple as possible in the beginning and see where it goes from there. My group for example met once a month, then realized we loved it so much, we wanted a place to interact daily (so we made a Facebook group). We still have our calls- to see each other face to face in a more organized fashion (which we all look forward to), but it’s nice to be able to ask for feedback immediately.

Set some primary goals just to keep it organized in the beginning but let it grow organically from there.

Here are 5 places to find a mastermind group or accountability partner:

Facebook Groups

If you have already joined a Facebook group or two, simply post that you are looking for others interested in joining a group. Haven’t joined any groups yet? Get on it! You can find them simply by searching in Facebook groups for terms like entrepreneur, freelancing, freelancers, etc. If they appear to just be spamming or self-promoting groups, there are some other places to look as well.

Many freelancers have setup their own groups and use it for an optin on their website. Take a look at some of your favorite websites and blogs and see if they have something that says “Join Our Community”.

Some groups I’m a part of like this: www.theuncagedlife.com, www.kayputnam.com, and the Lovebomb Biz Studio group of Shenee Howard.

If you resonate with the person’s website or message, you will likely resonate with the other people that are part of their group, making it a perfect place to find mastermind buddies.

Forums

There are tons of good forums out there for small biz owners and freelancers. Post in a forum that you are creating a small mastermind and are looking for people interested in joining.

Forums to check out: www.fizzle.co (you have to become a member first but there sure is a lot of good stuff in there that makes it worth it), http://freelancefolder.com/, or just google “forum for freelancers”.

Twitter

Connect with others on Twitter and reach out to some asking if they are interested in joining a mastermind group. Or simply post to your twitter (or your facebook too) saying that you are on the lookout and anyone interested can contact you. Don’t have many connections? Use a website like FollowerWonk to search for people based on the words in their bio. This is great for connecting in general but will also help you find people to mastermind with.

On your website

Write a blog post explaining why and how you’d like to set up a mastermind and tell people to contact you if they are interested. Or even easier, put up a little graphic in your sidebar as a sort of advertisement for your mastermind.

Straight-up ask people

Whether on social media, in forums, in groups, by email or in person, there is no harm in simply asking people if they are interested in being part of a mastermind or accountability group.

{Bonus} In the comments below!

You know the Freelance To Freedom Project is full of readers just like you. So leave a comment if you are interested in forming a mastermind and just maybe someone else reading will want one too.

Research time!

Look into some of the places listed above and put yourself out there. You won’t regret it, I promise!

Leave a comment and let me know if you have a mastermind group and why you love it (to motivate others to get one too) and if not, let my other readers know if you are looking for one!

 

-Leah

 

Leah Kalamakis Leah Kalamakis is the founder of The Freelance To Freedom Project and a web designer/developer for brilliant entrepreneurs. When she’s not hanging out in the FTF Community, you can find her people watching on the streets of NYC. Come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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  • I love this article!! I’m a SAHM and Freelancer in a rural community 2300 miles from where I grew up (aka lonely). I could really use a Mastermind Group. I have a ton of ideas, but have NO ideas on how to get them out there. My readership is very small, and I can’t seem to spread the word about my business. I could really use input and help getting things rolling. Oh, Please. 🙂

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Awesome Elle! I had to google SAHM, which makes it obvious I’m not yet a mother! 🙂 Well check back here to see if there are any others that leave a comment as well, and connect with them! If not, start researching in some of the places I mentioned above!

    • Hello,

      I could use a mastermind group also. I’m a voice actor, busy mom, have a full time job, and am pursuing my masters. I could use a mastermind group to help me focus, prioritize, and hold me accountable.

  • OMG. Yes! Masterminding has changed my life so much, my mastermind ladies have even transferred the experience to fitness! It makes all the difference in the world to have a bunch of supportive, nonjudgmental people who are going through the same you are growing next to you (matching tattoos are optional). <3

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Woah- matching tattoos, one day we might have to! haha 🙂

  • Stefani

    SUCH an awesome article/post! It’s all soooo true – about being lonely, finding like-minded people to support you (and vice versa), and accountability. Whoever wants to be in a mastermind group with me, shoot me a note to stefani@thecreativesolutionsproject.com. And YES, a FTFP FB group would be AMAZING!! You’re such an inspiration, Leah!! Thank you for what you’re doing!!

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Glad you liked it Stefani! If you don’t get any emails from here (people tend to be shy in comments unfortunately) definitely try some of the other options above. Glad to know a FTFP FB group sounds good to you!

    • Erica

      Stefani!

      I will start a group with you! I am going to send you a FB email. Let’s do this!

      Erica

      • Leah Kalamakis Leah

        Yay! So excited for you ladies- connect with Veronica also below, she is lovely! And remember, it doesn’t matter if you are in the same field or not. It’s great to have both people in different industries and people in the same so you can relate on different levels. Plus it always is nice to be able to refer clients I can’t work with to a mastermind buddy I know can.

    • Oly

      I do love to be in a forum of freelancers. I’m a freelance researcher in South Africa. Will ‘shoot you a note’ as you said Stefani.

  • This is great Leah! I’ve just read somewhere else about the importance of being part of an accountability group. Don’t have one so would love to start or join one. It does get lonely.. Thank you so much for your awesome posts!! Great work!!

  • Hey Leah great post! I actually have two businesses 1) online wedding invitations 2) freelance web designer. Do you think it would be best to try and join two different mastermind groups like one for service based businesses and one for product based businesses?

    I love the idea of being in a mastermind and after going through Marie Forleo’s B-School I think it would really help continually push me towards my goals. I would love to hear your feedback since they are two very different businesses. Thanks!

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Hey Elle! I don’t think you need two masterminds, necessarily. It doesn’t really matter what you do, it’s more about simply being supportive of each other with whatever biz adventures you are on. Entrepreneurs are generally all multi-passionate and have many different ideas and goals. I would just start out by having one, for biz growth in general. Of course, it may be helpful to connect with others in either product or service specifically, because it helps to have people that really know and understand your business model. But I don’t think you need to really put the focus on that. Of course, you can definitely have more than one- the more supportive people you are around the better. So just see where it takes you and if you feel like having one for both types of models would be helpful, then do it!

  • Lisa

    Hi Leah,
    Great idea, thanks heaps! I’d love to join a group.
    As you know I’m currently working on my freelance website design business that will be ready to launch in the new year – 2014 is going to be a fantastic year!
    I’m in Australia so time differences can be tricky but if anyone out there would be interested I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at lisa@lisadaviesdesign.com
    Lisa xo

  • Janet

    LOVE! and yes…I’m in on a Freelance to Freedom FB group! I was actually thinking about Stefani with this post so count me in girl!!! The getting used to not having people around to bounce stuff off of is the #1 thing I don’t like about freelancing (tho not enough to go back to the corp world – hee) Thank you Leah!!!!! You are SOOOOO awesome to share and help!! 🙂

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Awesome- thanks for the feedback and yes, get hooked up with Stef. Speaking of which, maybe sharing this post in GG2WD would help as I’m sure there are some others in there that would love to connect as well!

  • This post couldn’t come at a better time, Leah! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been feeling so lonely in my new business and have no one that quite understands what I’m doing to talk to. Already emailed Stephani about joining her and anyone that’s already contacted her. I’m excited!!

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      I’m glad it was perfect timing! I know exactly what you mean- I think it’s a lot more tough in the beginning…but things will change soon I’m sure of it! Exited for you!

      • Thanks! I also meant to mention in my comment that a FTFP Facebook group would be awesome as well. Great idea!

  • Hi Leah,
    Your post was so timely, and obviously, the bit about finding a group through your comments might be the most helpful part. This is the first time I have visited your blog, but I’m sure I’ll be back. I’d love to jump in a mastermind with someone, and I’ll shoot a couple of emails in response to the comments above. Anyone else, feel free to email me if you are looking for accountability, encouragement, and brainstorming (I will not guarantee any expertise): jenny@myjobcation.com. Thanks very much! -Jenny

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Great Jenny- Just peaked on your website, what an awesome idea and business! Good luck!

  • Very insightful post Leah! I have a Facebook group which is growing steadily and would love to partner up with anyone who is much more experienced than I am in online business and masterminding. I have huge goals for 2014 and have everything mapped out. If anyone is reading this and is interested, let’s connect!

  • Sweet Leah! Thanks bunches for mentioning my site – I discovered that you did through my analytics. You are wonderful.

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Of course! Excited for all the great stuff you have in store and for the work you have done for me! YOU are wonderful.

  • You hit the nail on the head with this one Leah. We haven’t been introduced, but we do below to Uncagedlifers & Lovebombs together – yet your website was posted in my Web designers FB group (small world!).

    So to piggyback off what Leah said, Facebook groups are a awesome way to build support & connect with wonderful people all around the world. 😉 Thanks for sharing our paint points Leah & giving some suggestions on how to group together.

    P.s. Two Twitter chats I love are #didtechtalk and #smallbizchat

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Yes small world! It tends to happen when we open ourselves up to connecting with others online! Thank you for the twitter chats, been wanting to do some but most don’t work out because of my time zone over here in France. Will check them out though!

  • Anthony

    Hello, There aren’t any dates on these posts so I am not sure if anyone is still actively reading here, but my name is Anthony and I am looking for like-minded passionate online entrepreneurs to either start or join a Mastermind group with. Please connect with me @ AnthonyJamesVentures@gmail.com

    Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,

    AA

  • I laughed out loud at your comment about missing the “Pointless Office Chit-chat”. As someone who left her job nearly a month ago I am starting to realize that’s so true!

    I do have a Mastermind group and it’s made SUCH a difference for me. It’s like having great friends who have similar goals and are willing to hold you accountable to what you say you’ll do. Doesn’t get better than that!

    If anyone out there is looking for a Mastermind group, I created a side project to help match people up. It’s over at MastermindFinder.com. Perhaps I can help you find your folks!

  • I’m sure I am late to reading this post but it really resonated with me and I would love to be part of a mastermind group!

  • Jamie

    What an awesome post! I just stumbled into this blog because I was searching for Mastermind groups in Google. Does anyone have room to take me in or start a Mastermind with me? I’m in the gray area of transitioning from working in a digital marketing agency to forming my own consultancy practice. It seems like a Mastermind group would keep me accountable and help me not back out and return to a “comfortable” corporate life. I’d love to help you in any way I can to support your business goals!

    • Rose

      Hi Jamie (first off I’m not sure when this was posted but what the hey, I’m here Jan, 2015) I’m in a career change, from equine science to digital, so if you are still on for setting up a group or have space, please let me know. And anyone else that was interested in connecting feel free to contact me – roseagra@gmail.com – I’ve emailed a few people from this already. Was delighted to come across the site and this post. Met an old friend for a cuppa over the holidays and through our chat I remembered reading about Mastermind groups, we’ve agreed to get working on this for ourselves and report back by end of Jan, 2015 and I’m helping him with social media work (can’t believe I know enough to be able to do that), that was a productive cup of tea! I’m in Ireland so not sure how timezones work out. Looking forward to connecting with people, learning and growing.

  • Great content on the relevance and value of Mastermind Groups. I am keen to join / set up a Mastermind Group (April 2015) for people creating online businesses / blogging. If anyone is interested, please contact me at tallatsmahmood@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • kamil

    I like sport, I travel a lot anybody want to join to my group?

  • I’m looking to join a mastermind group.

    • I would love to join a mastermind group! Work from home as a life coach, after 4 decades of being in a high paced sales environment, enjoy every moment, but would like to interact with other people in other industries! Also would love to help others who need business development ideas. tinaforbes@cogeco.ca

  • Eve

    Love reading about masterminding, and would like to join a group. I work four days, but in my spare time, I love to run less stress phone calls using tapping, and want to learn how to accomplish webinars. To better health, blessings, and Thanks.

    • Sara

      Hi 🙂
      June 2016- Looking for some accountability buddies or a small mastermind group (to join or create together).
      Email me if you are interested- meytzar@gmail.com.

      • Sara

        Update : have started a group. Please contact only if you are available once a month on Friday afternoon at 12:00 UTC (UK time). If you are we are happy to add people 🙂

  • I’m so excited to find this article! I’ve been facilitating Mastermind Groups in San Diego for years. It is my passion! I am now adding online mastermind groups using video conferencing software and am can’t wait to connect to people from all over. If anyone is interested feel free to email me.

  • jim Campbell

    Looking for information on joining or forming group. Accountability sales ideas on keeping existing clients and getting more.

  • Jozo Cosic

    Hi! I am so glad to find this article. I am about to start my own business. I am planning to open my homebased travel agency. It would be great for me to get connected with people from all over the world. Any mastermind group that involves ambitious people is a great place where you can find support and learn from other’s experience. I am located in Canada and looking forward to get connected with all people who are freelancers or planning to become ones. My email is jozo.cos@gmail.com please email me if you would like to create mastermind group with me.

    Thank Leah for this great Article!

  • What a great post! I am really interested in joining a mastermind group. I am a performer entrepreneur and have some really big goals for this year. Contact me if you are interested!
    lagarcia15@ymail.com

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