Being a business owner, defining your own schedule, having the ability to say yes and no to projects that bring out your passions are all amazing parts of being an entrepreneur. But let’s be real, being a solopreneur doesn’t mean you should really do everything solo.
When I first started my online business, I knew what God has placed in my heart. I knew that this online space of mine was primarily meant to be devoted to Him. Does that mean that every post was going to be about God? Nopee. But it definitely meant that every ounce of work was to be dedicated to God as if I was serving God. To conduct my work as if God was sitting right next to me. To speak, as if He was listening as a third person in my conversations. To be fearless in speaking His name as I’m under His sovereignty. But mixing faith can feel like an unpaved path in the beginning and if we don’t have the right people around us, it can definitely get discouraging.
I had no idea how I was going to integrate my faith with everything I wanted to do. On top of that parts of me didn’t want to obey out of fear while the other half just wanted me to be His daughter and to love Him with my whole heart.
Can you say, ‘Torn much?’
After a while, I realized my walk with Christ is much more than just a Sunday service. There was no way I can compartmentalize it. There was no way I could keep Jesus in one side of my life while doing business in another part of my life. I’m not living a double life, and I don’t want to. It’s just not possible to truly be devoted to Christ and not let it bleed into my business. Afterall, devoted meant whole, right?
But what gave me the courage to take the step wasn’t logic.
It was all God’s spirit.
He gave me the courage by revealing how many people actually wanted to hear God’s message more while they were going on with their daily activities. They wanted to find ways to resonate with God in a practical and ‘real life’ level. They wanted to hear how the bible related to their interests and what they do in ways that they can apply.
I learned that there were other people who wanted to do the very same thing that God has placed in my heart to do. To breath the gospel into others in a way that helps them experience God’s love and magnificence.
But guess what.
I had to go through a process to learn all of this. I went through different phases and I had to really dig to find the right audience. It wasn’t like there was a hot spot for women Christian creative entrepreneurs who had a balance of business and faith. If there is, I haven’t found one yet. So I understand the struggle of finding the right people. Because contrary to some people’s beliefs, your audience aren’t always going to be the ones to find you. Sometimes, you have to be the one to find them.
Finding your community takes digging in the beginning but once you find your people, they’ll be by your side.Finding your community takes digging in the beginning but once you find your people, they’ll be… Click To Tweet
Here are three reasons why developing a community with Christian entrepreneurs is extremely important.
The push and pull of the world is extremely real.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. You weren’t meant to do this alone, and trying to do so will send you spinning in a place of internal struggle. You need people who you can be genuine with in your walk with God and will encourage you as you pursue God and He brings you into your calling. You need people who will remind you that peace and worth is found in Christ, not in how hard you hustle. You need people who will remind you to refocus and recenter your life when you fall into temptation to be ruled by ambition and success, as we all do. People who will remind you that your business is your platform to reveal who your God is, but it is not your god.
Just because you’re a business owner doesn’t mean you’re a robot who doesn’t have a life.
And unfortunately, our life isn’t always full of rainbows and butterflies. When the tough times come, it’s easy for us to not want to have anything to do with our faith. I know for me, when I feel like I’m going through hell and high waters, it’s hard to pick up the bible. It’s hard to feel like God is actually for me. So it’s hard for me to want to spend time with Him. All of that affects my business one way or another. I either end up straying away from my real core values, or I just have a hard time in my business overall. You need like minded entrepreneurs who will speak life into you and will also have compassion since they understand what having an online business is like. They understand the tears and the joys that may add on to our current season in life. Oh, and in case you need a reminder that it’s okay to not be okay, I have a post on that too.
Talking about things make our experience more real.
When we have a group of people to talk about our business, it helps make our experience in our online business feel more alive and tangible. It’s the same with our walk in Christ. We need people who we can talk to concerning our relationship with God. People who will challenge us in our walk. Inspire us through their testimonies. People who we can also feed spiritually, so that we’re all serving while giving room to be served. People you can ask to be your prayer warriors and people you will intercede for daily. It’s almost like combining a small group you would have at church with a mastermind group. To help bring the different moving parts of your life together rather than compartmentalizing everything and having a different group for each part of your life but never really getting to know the other people in the other areas of their life. Ok, total run on sentence, but I don’t care, ha! My point is, a community like this will empower you to stay true to your identity.A community like this will empower you to stay true to your identity. Click To Tweet
Alright, now that I’ve given you a couple reasons why developing a community with Christian entrepreneurs is important, I wanted to feature a few Christian entrepreneurs who I have complete respect for.
So if you’re looking to get more connected with other entrepreneurs who are captivated by what God has done in their lives but don’t know where to start, start here! Get connected with them and follow them. They’re all uniquely and beautifully gifted.
I also want to encourage you to get in a mastermind group with online entrepreneurs who have a desire to grow stronger in their relationship with God while growing their business.
If you’re interested in this, I’d love to hear from you via email!
Check out these amazing ladies!
Nora Conrad from NoraConrad.com
Katie Price from Designer Guidebook
Samantha Mabe from Lemon and the Sea
Janette McLaughlin from Grace Narratives