Ready to get ahead in your career? Networking is an important part of building a successful business, but it can be hard for women entrepreneurs who face unique challenges. Fortunately, there are many online networking groups for women that offer valuable connections, resources, and support. Here are 10 groups to consider joining.
According to Forbes, women who form a strong network and can share career advice are nearly three times more likely to get a better job than women who don’t have that kind of support system.
Networking isn’t a novel concept. But more and more we’re seeing that women network differently than men, and that’s usually a good thing. Men tend to have larger, more general networks without deep connections. They often focus on their short-term needs and aren’t afraid to ask for what they want from the people in their circle. Women, on the other hand, typically prefer deeper connections with fewer people. Our primary focus is often how we can help the people in our network, rather than how they might help us. And we find great strength in female mentorship and support, which is why finding the right networking group for you may be just the thing you need to take your career and/or business to the next level.
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1. Being Boss Community
What started as a podcast between two business besties is now a full community of creative business owners. The Being Boss Community is a fun, inclusive, and supportive space for creative business owners to get together, talk about business, help each other find solutions, and grow – as creatives, business owners, and cool boss people.
Founder: Emily Thompson
Mission: To assist creatives in doing business, so that they have the ability to make money doing work they love.
Cost: Free, with options for paid upgrades
2. Entreprenista League
The Entreprenista League is a membership community for female founders to connect, learn, find vetted business solutions, while also gaining access to expertise to grow their business. Through their online community platform, members gain access to dozens of live virtual and in-person events, educational videos, and lots of member perks. The Entreprenista League also hosts the Entreprenista 100 Awards, an annual recognition of 100 of the top female trailblazers in the country.
Founders: Stephanie Cartin and Courtney Spritzer
Mission: To foster an environment guaranteed to lead to meaningful business connections for women business owners
(This membership link is an affiliate link, meaning if you choose to join The Entreprenista League, Sass Magazine may receive a small stipend, at no expense to you.)
3. Her Paper Route Blog Flipping Society
The Blog Flipping Society is a business mastermind for niche site creators and sellers to learn how to buy, grow and sell digital real estate. It is a great community to learn how to make your website or blog more profitable, increase your SEO rankings, utilize affiliate links and much more. Additionally, as a society member you’ll gain access to dozens of in-depth training modules on topics such as sales funnels, email marketing strategies, blog monetization, blog investing, course creation and much more.
Founder: Chelsea Clarke
Mission: To help creators learn how to create more traffic and revenue to their business
4. The Societe
The Société is an online business community and entrepreneurial education membership program to help women find their passion, build relationships while making a full time income doing what they love. With a focus on business growth and revenue generating strategies, members gain access to educational workshops, weekly coaching calls, virtual coworking, virtual and in-person events, and more.
Founders: Natalie Ellis and Danielle Canty
Mission: To help ambitious women find their support systems, as well as get advice, guidance, education and coaching from experts with real results.
5. We Are Women Owned (WAWO)
We Are Women Owned, also known as WAWO, is a virtual platform to discover, shop, and support small, women-owned businesses. With a focus on in-person and virtual pop-up shops, they focus on creating connections and promoting small businesses. Additionally, WAWO hosts a robust online directory featuring purpose-driven product-based businesses, service-based businesses, and even nonprofits.
Founder: Lisa Nicole Rosado
Mission: To create opportunities for women-owned businesses to gain visibility through the power of community and events.
Cost: $498/year or $996 Lifetime Membership
6. Female Founder Collective / The 10th House
The Female Founder Collective’s membership program, The 10th House, is a community that fosters meaningful connections. They also offer highly vetted resources and skill-building programs to help women grow and scale their businesses. This virtual networking group brings together women looking to manifest their own economic opportunities and then connects them with the tools and education to do it. With a focus on financial growth strategies, it is a perfect community for new female founders. However, for those who are more seasoned business owners, the FFC’s newest program, The North, provides a 1:1 advisory board platform with leading female experts in their field.
Founder: Rebecca Minkoff and Ali Wyatt
Mission: To empower female founded & led businesses to positively impact their communities, socially and economically.
7. Ladies Get Paid
Ladies Get Paid is a global network of over professional women that aims to close the gender pay gap. The group offers a variety of resources and support for women entrepreneurs, including networking events, workshops, and webinars. Members can also access job listings, mentorship opportunities, and a community of like-minded women who are passionate about advancing their careers. Ladies Get Paid is a great resource for women entrepreneurs who are looking to connect with other women in their industry as well as gain valuable insights and advice on how to succeed in business.
Founder: Claire Wasserman
Mission: To champion and promote the professional and financial advancement of women in business (not just business owners).
Cost: Free, with options for paid upgrades
8. The Lean In Network
The Lean In Network is a global community of women who are committed to supporting each other in their personal and professional growth. Founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, they offer online resources, host local chapters, and virtual events to help women achieve their goals. Members can also connect with other women in their specific industry, access career development resources, and join in mentorship programs.
Founder: Sheryl Sandberg
Mission: To help women achieve their ambitions and work to create an equal world.
9. The BOSS Network (Bringing Out Successful Sisters)
The BOSS Network (which stands for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters”) supports women on their journey to become successful in their careers or entrepreneurial endeavors. They foster growth through networking by providing education, information, and resources to its members. The BOSS Network was recognized by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women. It is also one of the largest digital platforms for minority women.
Founder: Cameka Smith
Mission: To promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women of color.
Cost: $229 Lifetime Membership
10. Chloe Digital
Chloe Digital’s “Grow Mode” is a monthly membership for content creators who want to scale their businesses to 7+ figures through data insights, strategic planning, accountability, and proven growth methods. Their business development platform, Grow Mode, empowers entrepreneurs with the tools to step into their power while building sustainable and scalable businesses.
Founder: Chloé Watts
Mission: To help you own your story and create meaningful impact.
Cost: $500/month or $5500/year
Joining an online networking group for women entrepreneurs can ultimately be a career game-changer. Pick the group that is the best fit for you and start making those new connections!
Kim is the owner and publisher of Sass Magazine, as well as the owner of Sass Studios, a boutique graphic design studio in Frederick, MD. When not in the office, Kim can be found doing some of her favorite hobbies—reading a book, dancing, traveling, or playing with her rescued pitbull.