Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most popular questions I get asked……

 

What type of women join The Business Girls Network?

The community is for any female with ambition, optimism and persistence.  We welcome women from every background, business and at every stage of business. As a member of The Business Girls Network, you will get access to all of the know-how and experience from our diverse community.

Do you accept members from all over the world?

You are welcome to join, wherever in the world you are.  This is a community about connecting women, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are.


What are the different types of Memberships?

There is a two-tiered monthly membership system.  Memberships are available for partnership businesses and larger companies.  Please contact info@thebusinessgirlsnetwork.com for more information.

What will the membership include?


Directory Membership 

  • Business Directory Listing on the central website.
  • Referrals in the free group.


Community Membership

  • Access to the Facebook group for members.
  • Business Directory Listing on the central website.
  • Referrals in the free group.
  • Discounted events.
  • Publishing opportunities in newsletters.
  • Facebook Pod
  • #membertakeover opportunity.

PLUS MORE!


Do you think there is a shelf life and membership would only last a given period of time?

There is no shelf life. Running a business is a constant learning and evolving process. There is always something to learn and always new people to connect with. Also, businesses change, grow etc and as a result the things you need to do as a business owner will change as your business grows and evolves.


Do you still pay extra to attend the networking meetings?

Yes, you do. If the meet-up prices were to be included in the monthly price, the membership cost would have to be higher! Attending offline networking events is a bonus of the community.  The online community is where the magic happens!


I can’t attend the networking events because I am either working, don’t have childcare or live in a location where you don’t offer offline networking events. Will this be cost effective to simply be an online member?

Being part of a community of like-minded women is a game-changer. Having access to women from different walks of life, different types of businesses and women at different phases of business who are all willing to help and share with each other is MAMMOTH!  The collective knowledge and experiences will help you to grow your business. There are benefits to being just an online member alone.


Will there be a separate membership for the online aspect and the offline networking events?

Yes.  You can sign up as a Community Member and get access to events at the member rate, the Facebook group and get a listing on the Business Directory.  Or you can simply sign up to just have a Directory Membership which will give you a directory listing on the central website.


Can I attend an offline networking event if I am not a paid member?

Yes, you can attend a networking event twice as a guest before choosing whether to sign-up or not. There is not a rolling pass unless you are a paid member. This is both an online and offline community. The online benefits of the group compliment the offline benefits.


I’m not sure if The Business Girls Network is right for me? Is the network another one of those ‘women’s clubs’?

Absolutely not! We are a friendly and energetic community, yet we are uber professional.  We are all about building relationships, connecting and collaboration.  We prefer not to compete and know that having this ethos helps to create more opportunities and more harmonious relationships.  The women in our community are super supportive of each other and are happy to answer questions and share their experience and expertise.


Does The Business Girls Network restrict business types like other networks?

Absolutely not! As we said above, we don’t believe in competing with others.  We believe that people buy people.  Different characters gravitate towards different people.   Our ethos is to encourage women to work together and this happens a lot in our network.  Working in this way creates more opportunities.


Is the membership open all the time?

The membership may close from time to time.  We can’t guarantee when it will be open.


Is this a personal or a business membership?

This is definitely a business membership. Due to the nature of how we operate and the ecosystem of support we have created, firm friendships are formed too.


Why do women join the network?

That’s a good question! There are lots of different reasons:

  • Some women join because they love networking online and offline.
  • Some women join because they need to learn new things and gain more skills.  Women learn from each other and the members are very giving of their expertise, ideas and experiences.
  • Some women join because they just want to be part of a community and tribe.  They don’t necessarily need to learn anything or need new customers.  They want to give back and we have many women in the community like this.
  • Some women join because they need more confidence.  I see time and time again that when women’s confidence grows, so does their ability to grow their business.  Being part of an inclusive, supportive community is absolutely key to supporting this growth.


I really want to join but I just can’t afford it?

Some prospective members tell me they really want to join but just can’t afford it.  If you are not making much money, then I get why you might want to conserve your cash.  The monthly payment option is just 25p or 53p per day! You get access to me and a community of women who want growth in their business.  They are willing to share their knowledge, expertise, experiences, what’s worked and what hasn’t. The value associated with this is actually worth a lot more! If you go for the Directory Membership that’s just 25p a day and the Community Membership is just 60p a day!

Drop that extra cup of coffees from Starbucks each month or those bottles of wine in your shopping trolley.  Go through your cupboards and sell excess things you no longer need.  If you want it, you can make it happen.  I believe you will raise the cash.


I don’t think I am ready?

Some people say they are not quite ready and want to wait a bit.  What are you waiting for? To be more established, a new swanky website, more clients, a new product offering?  Maybe you need to feel more confident? This is rubbish! When is the right time?  Ask yourself what you want to get out of the network.  It’s never too early to promote a business or too late to make changes.  There is always a way.  By having a virtual team or ecosystem on women on hand to support you and help, it does honestly make your life a whole lot easier.  They will help you to feel more confident.  I promise you.  There is no quick overnight fix for building a business.  It takes time and persistence.  Sometimes it can take years.  Having a bunch of like-minded women behind you really does make a difference.


I’m too busy to join?

Sometimes we get too busy working in our business to actually work ‘ón’ our business.   It’s important to take some time out to learn new strategies and think about new ideas.  When you are working for yourself, there is nobody to bounce ideas off or shout out your wins, or just somebody to turn to when the going gets tough.  We become your virtual team. Sometimes other things take over.  You get out of it, what you put into it.


I’m an introvert, and the thought of networking makes me break out in a cold sweat.  Will it work for me?

Guess what? I feel the same way or at least I used to! That’s why I built a community in a way that worked for me.  Women that are less confidence always say, they wished they had joined earlier.  I know you will be welcomed in the online and offline community.  You will be encouraged to be who you want to be and no question is silly.  I promise you will feel different about networking once you get started.  The online community is such an active and engaged community, when you do attend an event, you feel like you know people already.


What happens if I’m not on Facebook very much?

Most of the magic happens in the private Facebook group for members.  Even if you don’t hang out there too much, don’t worry.  You can dip in or out and know that the group is always there if you need it.  That’s reassuring in itself!


The price seems very low for what you offer?  Yes, I get asked this! How can you offer so much value?

I want the membership community to be accessible to as many women as possible.  I know it works.  Our prices are lower than in other communities, but it is important for me to make joining as inclusive as I possibly can.


How does the Business Directory work?

There are guidelines in the free Facebook group.  Unless you are a paid member, you can’ t be referred.  There are certain days for promos each month, usually on the 1st of the month.  Other than this, unless you are a paid member, the Facebook group is a non-promo group.  Requests for products or services are signposted to the directory.  There is also organic website traffic to the directory.  The directory is a massive benefit of the membership.

Can I upgrade or downgrade to different tier levels at any time?


Yes, of course, you can!


Did I answer YOUR question?

If I didn’t and you have more questions, please get in touch and let me know how I can help.  I’m totally 100% committed to what I am doing.  I am passionate about connecting women together. You can email me on info@thebusinessgirlsnetwork.com.

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