5 Reasons to Join an Online Community
Most of us are social creatures, and as social creatures we tend to perform better when we are a part of something; either a group, community, or any other social circles. Connecting with like-minded people to discuss and exchange ideas can be very beneficial to all parties involved. We live in a cyber world, little by little every industry is moving over to the digital realm, in 2016 88% of the U.S population used the internet, that’s over 286 million people! Here are five reasons to join an online community.
1. Don’t Be Alone
Currently, more and more people are solopreneurs (a person who sets up and runs a business on their own) or open small offices (2-4 employees). A 2017 report pointed out that more than 41 million Americans are building and running their own business. Solopreneurs represent about one third of the American workforce. The demographics of these solopreneurs are evenly spread across all genders, generations, and living locations.
There is a possibility that a good chunk of these 41 million people most likely spend most of their day alone working or running their business on their computers. Joining an online community will allow for “social” interaction, networking, and to create a sense of belonging, they wouldn’t be alone anymore.
2. Social Interactions
Joining an online group that matches solopreneurs’ mindset and/or intellect could get them around like-minded people.Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow, presents a description of the human needs in the shape of a pyramid with the most basic needs at the bottom and, on the top, the self-actualization section that refers to the thrive to “become the most that one can be.”
According to this theory, at the third level (love and belonging) humans pursue relationships that supply us with affection and a sense of belonging. Joining an online group that reflects your beliefs, your hobbies, your curiosities and/or your perspectives will give you a chance to be a part of something bigger, a chance to be around like-minded people to help and motivate each other.
As stated in the first part, solopreneurs have no standard demographic; they range from teenagers to retirees, all races, gender, and religions. They do have one thing in common though, their drive and motivation.
4. Find New Things
Joining an online group gives users different viewpoints on topics that matter to them. Take real estate for example; if someone from the west coast joins an active online group focused on real estate they will be able to share ideas with people in the same industry from across the nation. If this person shares an emerging selling strategy in the east coast, everybody in the online community will be able use it, provide feedback, and contribute to the development of a new trend. Whether you’re looking for a new strategy or trying to mentor others, the limits are endless on the use of online groups.
5. News That Matters To You
Have you noticed how fast news travels in online communities? By joining an online group that focuses on what you care about, you will always be in the loop about the newest trends. And, you will get news that matters to you!