An UPDATE and a QUESTION:
Update:Hi, @HAWK and everyone!
I started building a community thinking I would market my services to those within the community as I grew the numbers. I'm reversing my initial concept in that I'm now marketing my services, and using the community as a "net" to catch those who are not ready to buy my services. This helps me focus on dollars that I need in order to have a business, while still building the Community and interacting with other enterprisers (something I enjoy and learn from). There are some other advantages, too. such as separating me from my potential customers just a tad. If members feel like I'm just a guy working my business just like they are (and I am), then it seems it may be more difficult for them to BUY something from me. People seem to want someone to look up to, not look over at, when it comes to the decision to make a purchase. A few exceptions, of course.
Anyhow, my update (^) actually leads me to my question.
What are your thoughts on LIMITING communities in size? Or, trimming back on those who aren't actively participating?
I'm not liking the idea of giving the boot to those who don't participate, but I'm curious if others have done this and how it worked out.
Some context: I've followed FeverBee's suggestion to start slow. I really had no choice looking at both my budget and my contact list, but I'm also not doing contests and other things to grow my community on Facebook. We're around 70 members. Communications seem to come in waves from week to week, and when it's there, it seems to be quality communication (a business community, quality meaning, people are asking questions, answering, providing resources; not simply there to self-promote. That's a win in a Facebook Community).
In interacting in other Facebook groups, I'm finding I'm really liking the groups of 50 to 500 as far as communication goes. It's more like hanging out at Cheers (Norm!) rather than Costco.
Anyhow, I'm playing with the idea of keeping a more exclusive group rather than "just another Facebook group" by keeping things small, looking for those who interact. However, I realize some people may be voyeurs for months (or longer) before getting involved.
Any thoughts on this?