Being organized is a critical part to be a business owner. You want to get as much done as you can in the least amount of time. Some of the biggest time drains on a busy business owner is from Facebook groups. Some people get sucked into them and join them like they are Pokemon and need to be in ALL of them. Much as you may believe that they are there to help you, joining every one under the sun is not doing you any favors. It can take time away from the money making activities that you should be doing.
This may change, but currently if someone wants to add you to a random group, they can. You may figure that if you don’t go in it and read, what does it hurt? It’s just more clutter. Keep an eye on your groups and remove yourself from ones that you did not want to be added to. Check at least once a month or so for being added to spam groups or groups that you are not interested in.
Those groups aren’t the problem so much as all of the ones that you WANT to join. Effectively, how many groups can you be in and actively participate? That is a question that only you can answer, but a good one to think about. Particularly, think about the ones that have a requirement to participate. If you don’t think that you are going to be able to do what the group requires, don’t try to overextend yourself, just leave. The group will be there if you want to be added back later.
Where you should be focusing a majority of your time is on the paid groups that you are part of. These are the ones that are tied to programs, classes, trainings and membership programs. In particular, the ones in which you make a monthly recurring payment. If you aren’t using the knowledge that you are paying for, you might as well leave. You are flushing money down the drain and not taking advantage. These are the groups where you should have most of your attention.
The second most important groups would be the ones that you network in regularly and provide good information. This can help you find new clients and contacts and may even allow you to occasionally promote your products or services. You can get a lot of mileage out of these groups when you are an active participant.
There are also fun groups. There is nothing wrong with having some of these, but don’t allow them to take up the majority of your time. This is great if you want to relax, but like all things, enjoy them in moderation and actually use them.
How many Facebook groups have you become a member in?
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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