I’m 34 years old and I’m packing for Spring Break (again). I’m about twice the age of normal spring breakers, but I have hardly missed a year since the late 90s. Taking breaks matters. And doing it with people you know you’ll have fun with matters, too.
This year, I’m meeting up with four entrepreneur friends for a mastermind retreat (and plenty of margaritas). These are women who own online businesses. I met them in Facebook groups, on Twitter and by reading their blogs. And with the exception of one, I’ve never met any of them in person before.
My husband calls them my “internet friends”.
When I tell my local friends that I’m going on vacation with people I’ve never met they look at me like I’m crazy. But the truth is that online entrepreneur friends often make some of the best friends. Here’s why:
7 Reasons Why Online Entrepreneur Friends Are Awesome
- They just get it. We have a lot of freedom and flexibility as entrepreneurs, but what we don’t always have is a lot of support. Entrepreneur friends know the thrill (and the stress) of growing an online business.
- They make excellent teachers. Online entrepreneur friends often have the answers you need. They’ve tried the things, succeeded (or failed) and started the whole process over again. Your IRL (In Real Life) friends don’t always know what you’re talking about and they can’t offer great advice.
- They’re easy to find. With online communities like Facebook groups and Google+ communities, it’s easier now than ever to find like-minded people. You’re united by your interests, not bound by geography
- They make business fun. Being an entrepreneur can be kind of lonely. It helps to know you’ve got “friends at the office” even if the office is your kitchen table + your laptop.
- They offer a much needed reality check. Entrepreneur friends keep things in perspective and, when necessary, they call you out on your shit. We all need that sometimes.
- They push you. Entrepreneur friends push you to do what you say you’re going to do. You don’t have a boss or a business partner, but you’ve got people who are waiting to see if you deliver on the promises you’ve made to yourself. That matters.
- They celebrate with you. When you’ve launched something new or landed a new client, these are the people who show up on a Google Hangout for a virtual champagne toast. Bottom line: these are the people you can’t afford to live without.
Now it’s your turn
Got an online entrepreneur friend who makes your life (and your business) better? Give ‘em a shout out in the comments!