When I started a freelance writing business more than 20 years ago, the goal was to be independent. I didn’t want a boss. I wanted to do it all myself. On my time. On my terms. It was a challenge as a young wife in a new city, with no friends or family or professional contacts. But I eventually grew my “business” into a 60-hour workweek, writing and editing for local businesses from my apartment. I was so proud of myself for “succeeding” — and so grateful for the flexibility and financial freedom that accompanied my success.
What I didn’t see right away – and I can be a little slow sometimes – is that this success was leading me along a path to nowhere. A path to longer hours and larger paychecks, but less time for my family and for myself. A path to busy-ville. And a path to loneliness.
I think that happens to a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners. They work so hard to build something, only to discover that they are creating an overwhelmed life of isolation.
After I had three babies in five years, I came to the conclusion that this kind of business no longer served me. I craved balance – between work and family. I longed for boundaries – between business and personal time. And I desperately sought mentors to build me up – and teach me what I needed to know in order to create a better business and life.
I’ve found those things in coaches and communities over the past five years – and the journey led me to restructure my business and create the International Christian Mompreneur Network. One of the most valuable communities I’ve joined is Michael Hyatt’s Platform University. And I want to share with you a few things I love about Platform University because open enrollment is going on right now.
3 Reasons to Join Me in Platform University
Platform Building: I had no idea what a “platform” was until I read Michael Hyatt’s book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. But once I heard him explain it, everything made sense. All the internet marketing gurus talk about “building a list” so you can sell your products and services. But Michael describes the value in building a platform for your message. This really resonated with me and I think it is such an important notion for speakers, bloggers, writers, coaches and many other business owners. This concept alone shifted my thinking and gave me the confidence and motivation to break free from the “traditional” mindset I had around my business – which helped me create balance and boundaries.
Practical Tools: Many groups I’ve joined are filled with inspiration and encouragement – but lack the practical guidance I need to make significant changes in my business. Platform University is the exception. Michael and his team are remarkably generous with their powerful training classes and opportunities to go “backstage” and learn the tips and tricks they’ve used to succeed. Each month I learn something I can actually implement – whether it’s an app I can use to improve my efficiency or a strategy I can execute for better blogging.
People Who Care: Perhaps the thing I love most about Platform University is the people. The Platform team – and every guest speaker – truly cares about the success of the members. When I attended the conference in November I was blown away by the fact that the speakers were so approachable. I was able to chat one-on-one with folks like Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom, and Amy Porterfield, the Facebook marketing expert; and Pat Flynn from one of my favorite podcasts. They were honest and helpful and generous with their time and expertise. It was a shock after attending events where I’ve been expected to pay for the opportunity to shake hands and take a photo with a speaker.
And beyond the team, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with and learn from a group of other business owners who are part of Platform University. The culture is one of sharing and caring.
If you’re looking for a group that is filled with practical tips and genuine people who can help you build a platform, then please take a minute to learn about Michael’s Platform University here. (I don’t get any kind of commission if you join the program – I just want to share what’s working for me and I’d be honored and thrilled to fill the group up with some more Christian mompreneurs!)
I’m curious – what do you look for in a business mentoring and networking group? where have YOU found the kind of support you need?