Hello. My name is Charlotte. I've just joined here having heard Richard on the One you Feed Podcast. I'm based in Cambridge UK and run a bootcamp / coaching / PT business. I've been running this business for 10 years. When I first started I was the only bootcamp in Cambridge and did it because I needed somewhere to work where I could take my then young son with me as I had no childcare. Little did I know at that time that it would kick off in the way it has. I used to use NING for my community which was brill years ago. Then facebook took over so I have my community groups on there despite a few of my clients not using FB.
I've found over the years that Bootcamps are now everywhere. Everything I've done has been copied and repeated meaning Cambridge is saturated. I know everyone now has their online community groups too. I've been feeling a bit washed out and following a difficult period of illness was forced not to work meaning the money dropped hugely (although bc was still running I had to pay others to take it for me)
I had an idea to create a free community on FB for all my clients that I've worked with over the years (plus any of the women who read my emails) The idea being that I could create something of value for free in the hope that I could write some stuff to sell online, down the line.
I do find on both my communities that women don't really want to chat a lot. Only a couple get involved - this is even more true of the group that gets it as part of the BC package.
I found Richards podcast with Eric Zimmer really fascinating as I've always pondered on how to get people more involved within the community.
I do need some advice on business too as I would like to have the courage to stop the bootcamps (I'm getting older and the long, dark cold days are getting to me after 8 years!) My dream would be to take everything online. I just don't know how to do it or how to make the communities chat.
I apologise for the long post ! I guess I'm here as I'm feeling a little lost and alone in this self employment land.
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me.