Take Note: How this Community Seamlessly Combines Courses and a Membership Dedicated to Visual Note Taking
Take Note: How this Community Seamlessly Combines Courses and a Membership Dedicated to Visual Note Taking
Doug Neill knew he wanted to help people master the art of visual note-taking. But when he decided to merge his interest in sketch noting with his background in teaching, he wasn’t sure where the journey would take him.
He started with a WordPress site, where he started building online courses and resources around the concept of sketch noting with the help of a handful of plug-ins.
But between technological frustrations and a lack of dedicated community space for his course members, Doug quickly found himself outgrowing the platform.
The Night School: A ‘Magical’ Membership Seven Years in the Making
For over seven years, herbalist and author Maia Toll had been trying to build a community where she could guide people toward caring for their inner, sacred selves with medicinal herbs, essential oils, crystals, astrology, and more. But despite her best efforts, she just couldn’t find a solution.
Her idea for a community space started when she opened Herbiary, a multi-city natural wellness store. Maia had put together a monthly subscription e-booklet for her customers, “Your Wild and Wonderful Witch,” where she offered insights and stories and linked to remedies and materials for purchase.
Her audience grew rapidly. Soon, with the help of her in-store team, she found herself expanding the e-booklet into a WordPress site, renaming it Witch Camp. But the site was cluttered, convoluted, and hard to maintain. Shortly after, she found herself back at the drawing board.
In the Mix: Meet the Brother-Sister Duo Creating a Flourishing Community For Artists
Brother and sister artists Lee and Sarah Rubenstein hadn’t expected ArtSnacks—their art supply subscription box—to take off as quickly as it did. But as their number of subscribers grew, they found themselves looking for ways to bring their new artists together.
Inspired by one of their customers, the siblings started a monthly ArtSnacks Challenge, inviting people to share their creations on Instagram with the #artsnackschallenge hashtag. It was fun, but something was missing:
“Instagram is great for showcasing your super polished final pieces. But it’s not necessarily a great place for connecting around the work. And we wanted to give our people a central location where they could hang out, share their progress, and get feedback.”
Thriving in the Art World: How a Community of Visual Artists Use Mastermind Groups to Realize Their Dreams
Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett had a simple goal: To make it easier and more obvious for visual artists to make a living doing what they were meant to do.
With no obvious or “one-size-fits-all” path for artists to generate an income, this Vancouver-based pair started organizing a monthly “mastermind” group, a dedicated space for peer-to-peer mentoring. Their intention? To help fellow female, nonbinary, and gender fluid visual artists make a living from their work.
Why focus on this specific group of visual artists? It was simple:
“[Being an artist] is a lonely profession. Worse, like the rest of the world, there’s a lot of inequality. Our goal was to change this by creating a safe, supportive space for female, nonbinary, and gender fluid artists to learn and grow together.”
How Two Creators Transformed Their Community From Tech Headache to Thriving Network
Gary van Warmerdam and Eva Beronius had been trying to bring their expertise together under a single membership model. But they kept hitting snag after snag.
The pair had started working together in 2015 after Eva took one of Gary’s courses. They instantly knew that their work was compatible: Gary focused on changing beliefs and releasing repressed emotions through conscious awareness. Eva focused on the intersection of meditation and conscious mindfulness.
But they struggled with meaningfully putting their work together online.
How Marketing Maven Trish Martin Guides Members to Build Technicolor Brands in The Chromatical Club
Trish Martin was getting burned out.
With her business Chromatical, the Melbourne, Australia-based marketing expert had been offering one-on-one coaching to creative small business owners. But it was starting to wear her out. She was struggling with chronic fatigue. And it was getting to the point where she could only see one client per day:
“It was getting really bad for my health. I was ruining myself every day. It wasn’t scalable, and I knew that something needed to change.”
Here’s How The Unemployable Initiative is Helping Solo Entrepreneurs Build 7-Figure Businesses
Jerod Morris already knew that combining a course with a community could be a gamechanger for any membership.
And he was already pretty familiar with Mighty Networks, too.
Jerod had first found Mighty Networks when he was looking to expand his podcast about podcasting called The Showrunner. He had been trying to find a place to host a course and a thriving community together:
“We wanted a place where people could interact that wasn’t a Facebook Group, that provided some of the benefits of a Facebook Group, but without the negativity. We ended up starting at Mighty Networks.”
Hold Your Horses: Bringing Together Equestrians With a Compassionate Approach to Training Horses
Adele Shaw had spread herself too thin.
In her work, she focused on a holistic, integrative way to train horses that considered the body, mind, and emotions of both the trainer and the horses themselves. Then she decided to share those methods via social media.
The response from fellow horse lovers across the world blew her away. It was immediately clear that her methodology was resonating with people:
“It was just this runaway train that took on its own life. And it was the catalyst for me launching a full-scale business, just based on that response that I got.”
Do it Live: This Sound Engineer Created a Membership Site Dedicated to the Craft of Audio for Live Events
Nathan Lively had always known where his passion lied: in the niche world of live sound engineering. And with Lively as his last name, it sure seemed he was destined for it.
In search of fellow sound engineers who shared his passion, Nathan started Sound Design Live in 2015, a podcast where he could share his experiences and insight, and interview leading innovators in concert, theater, and corporate productions.
Before he knew it, Sound Design Live started gaining momentum. And little by little, Nathan’s audience started asking for more.
How Crystal Paine Created a Mastermind Membership to Help Fellow Bloggers Level Up
Crystal Paine was led by one big belief: that everyone has a message to share with the world. But she knew too that for most people, the hard part was getting their message out there.
Crystal had had her own message that she turned into a popular blog, Money Saving Mom, which in turn became a successful digital business. She had the experience and the tools to help bloggers spread their own messages. And she knew she had to give back:
“After a few years, my followers started reaching out, asking for a behind-the-scenes look at what I was doing. They wanted to know how they could make money blogging, and they wanted a place where I could take them through the steps of monetizing their social networks.”
No Perfect Parents: This Couple Created a Membership Site for Families to Build Compassionate Connections
Cecilia and Jason Hilkey knew first-hand that modern parenting wasn’t exactly easy.
The wife and husband team had realized, as preschool educators and parents themselves, that for some people traditional parenting methods of punishment and rewards just weren’t cutting it anymore. And they knew there was a different way to parent, a way that relied on communication, connection, and tending to the emotional needs of children.
Picture This: How Two Artists Created a Membership Site for Aspiring Children’s Book Illustrators
Steph Fizer Coleman and Denise Holmes both knew from personal experience that children’s book illustrating was hard to break into.
Steph, a West Virginia-based children’s book illustrator and licensing artist, and Denise, an illustrator and picture book-maker based in Chicago, had never met in person, but they had built a personal and professional relationship after connecting through an online class five years before.
As they stayed in touch, they grew closer. And eventually they started thinking about the resources they wished they had had when they got started in the industry.
Giving Back to a Career That Gave Him So Much: Bringing Together UK Finance Professionals
Lee Robertson was always good at considering the big picture.
In 2018, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority had changed the rules around socializing in the financial sector, making it harder for professionals from different companies to get to know each other.
The former CEO of a London-based wealth management firm, Robertson knew how essential these relationships were. It was how he and his peers had risen in the ranks and built their businesses.
Yet, scheduling meet-ups at the local pub was no longer practical, or for younger financial advisors, even desired.
Giving Binge Eaters a Weigh Out: How 2 Therapists Built a Community to Get at the Root of Eating Disorders
A licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Ashley had been working alongside her fellow co-director, psychologist Dr. Julie T. Anné, at A New Beginning, an eating disorder treatment center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The team had spent two decades helping patients recover from eating disorders. But they could only help so many people with their in-patient programs (which were also expensive). They recognized that there were many more people were suffering in silence with lifelong binge and emotional eating who couldn’t come to their clinic. That motivated these therapists to look beyond conventional eating disorder treatments.
How could they reach more people with proven programs and practices that would make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives?
How Zac Workun Built a Membership Site to Help Youth Pastors Feel Less Isolated
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based youth minister Zac Workun knew his calling as a youth minister was the right one for him. The fact that it was also isolating and, at times, lonely was something he chalked up to the price he paid for pursuing his purpose.
Until the day that he and his best friend and fellow youth minister Chad Higgins launched their Youth Ministry Booster podcast as an experiment.
Very quickly, he and Chad realized that they were not alone. Their podcast grew rapidly from a regional to a national audience. That’s when Zac had his a-ha moment. His ministry could extend to supporting his fellow youth ministers in honing their craft, strengthening their service, and staying grounded mentally and emotionally in the process.
Even Artists Need Lawyers: How Kiffanie Stahle Became The Creative’s Lawyer
Kiffanie Stahle always had a knack for turning legal jargon into everyday language.
In fact, she had this gift of translation even before she decided to become a lawyer. Kiffanie started out as an environmental biologist and passionate photographer, surrounded by creatives who had their own independent small businesses:
“I was dating a guy at the time who is a lawyer. Everyone would ask him their legal questions, and he would spout off an answer that was very ‘lawyerly.’ I would say, ‘Mark, do you really mean this?’ And he would be like, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying!’ I became a legal translator.”
Her talent for understanding and interpreting legalese carried her through law school on a full-ride scholarship. After she graduated, she opened her own independent law firm. Her goal was to continue to serve the population of artists she had come to know and love through her own photography work.
How Esthetician Christine Byer Created a Paid Membership Site That Proves There’s Beauty in Community
Christine Byer was flat-out exhausted.
The master esthetician had spent years working herself to the bone growing and managing her following on Facebook and YouTube, where she had been posting video tutorials about skin care and aging gracefully.
Although her YouTube tutorials had started out as a way for her to build her business, she discovered something surprising in the process. Social media was far from a community where her followers were able to get to know each other. In fact, the reason she was exhausted is that she was answering everything herself.
It wasn’t sustainable.
“These People Needed To Know Each Other:” How a Healer Transformed Her Spirituality Podcast Into a Paid Membership Site
Alyssa Malehorn knew the hardest part of breaking into the broad world of spirituality was finding people who were exploring the same questions and ideas she was. People on her wavelength.
A spiritual teacher and psychic medium, Alyssa had started a podcast with partner Zack Fuentes called Raw Spirituality in the spring of 2017. It was a way to share insights on core concepts of spirituality, like “awakening”—your initiation on the spiritual path—and “ascension”—a process where one moves to a higher level of consciousness.
How a Social Worker Discovered the Secret to Helping Adults with ADHD Take Control of Their Lives
Eric Tivers was doing just fine as a clinical social worker with a thriving private practice and a side hustle as a podcaster.
He had absolutely no idea that he had a calling as a mentor and coach online for groups of adults with ADHD:
During my podcast I impulsively, stream-of-consciousness said, ‘Hey I’m thinking about doing these online coaching and accountability groups and I’ll have more information for the listeners next week.’
Little did he know just how much demand there was for this kind of online group coaching.
Do It Now: This Cartoonist Created a Membership Site to Stop Artists From Procrastinating
Jessica Abel knew the biggest hurdle for serious artists was easier said than done: Making the time to get their creative projects done.
As Jessica, a full-time academic and part-time cartoonist, spoke to her friends and peers, they all seemed to have the same challenge. They loved their work. It was their heart, soul, and reason for being. Yet, there was a common enemy plaguing their daily lives, procrastination.
How Tara McMullin Pioneered Virtual Conferences to Connect Small Businesses Owners Across the U.S.
Tara McMullin has served as a coach, mentor, and leader to thousands of small digital businesses over the past decade.
Yet, her truly unique strength is in how she adapts new technologies to both reach and connect her people.
Not only does she run a new podcast consulting and production company from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but she’s come up with an unique approach to using virtual conferences, virtual retreats, and virtual co-working “spaces” to deepen and grow her other business, a thriving membership site called The What Works Network.
Where many of us today are playing catch up to all things virtual, Tara is an old hand. And what we see from her is just how dynamic (and, dare we say, fun) a virtual approach to a business can be.
How a #30DayHairDetox Built a Natural Hair Movement
When looking to make the switch to natural styling, the Internet can be a bewildering place to look for help.
Aeleise Ollarvia and Aishia Strickland, experienced hair stylists and experts in natural hair care, were not having it.
Frustrated with the misinformation they saw online, these hair artists set out to share a bold stance on how black women should style their curls: Eliminating shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, and “everybody’s favorite gel”—Eco Styler—from their routines.
On a whim, they launched a #30DayHairDetox email campaign and discovered there was a movement happening in people’s inboxes.
Do You Really Need an App? The Surprising Choice J.T. O’Donnell Made to Get Results for Her Clients
J.T. O’Donnell gets people results.
From new grads just starting their careers to soldiers leaving the military, managers starting their next chapter to women returning to work after a break, she helps people develop a fresh, exciting picture of where they want to take their careers and then guides them through the process of creating and following a concrete plan for getting there.
Extraordinary Success is Not Accomplished Alone: How Dan Miller’s 48 Days Became So Much More Than a Book and Podcast
When you’re the best-selling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love with a wildly successful podcast and weekly email newsletter that 87,000 people, what in the heck would inspire you to spend the past year investing your time and energy in 626 people on a brand new platform?
For Dan Miller, it was the power of a connected network of entrepreneurs that gets more valuable to everyone with each new member who joins.
How a Premium Coaching Program Takes Therapists from Acing Exams to Building a Thriving Practice
Miranda Palmer has come a long way since launching her first free Yahoo Group in 2005.
Back then she was an aspiring therapist who had just failed her licensing exam by one point, and she wasn’t alone. Many of her grad school classmates were in the same boat.
So, when a handful of her students at a local university showed her how they were using a Yahoo Group to study together, a lightbulb went off.
What if I created a study group for aspiring therapists for us to pass our exams together?
That’s exactly what she did. ZynnyMe was born.
Meet Martinus Evans and 1,600 “Back of the Pack” Runners Not Afraid to Be Slow AF
Martinus Evans didn’t want to start just another Facebook running group for his fans.
As a creator with more than 32,000 Instagram followers (@300poundsandrunning), he had seen many of his peers take this route, but it didn’t make sense to him.
First of all, with so many running groups on Facebook, it would be hard to stand out. Second, it seemed crazy to try to inspire his members to crush big goals on a platform where they would be bombarded by off-topic distractions and political vitriol.
How a Floral Designer Launched Her Own $18,000 Floral Business School
Kathleen Drennan has two great passions in life: business and flowers.
In 2014, she left her successful marketing career, started a floral design business, and grew it into a highly profitable, six-figure enterprise.
But something struck her. She noticed that many of her fellow florists lacked the business skills she had grown up learning in a family where business principles were discussed at the dinner table.
This Financial Advisor Went From Idea to Successful Launch of His First Membership Site in 45 Days
Taylor Schulte wondered what he was getting himself into.
Sure, he had a flourishing financial advisory practice in his hometown of San Diego, two successful podcasts, and a wealth of marketing skills and expertise.
But he didn’t know anything about running a membership website. Uncertainty was running through his mind:
“What if launch this and no one joins? Do people really want another community?”