Stop trying to do everything alone.

Get practical support, shared experiences and deep connection.

In the words of one of our members, the Creatively Connected community, “is the most inspiring and supportive space, filled with incredible people.” - Eli Trier, Consultant

Working as a freelancer or small business owner in the online world is exciting and rewarding but it can also be really lonely.

"Working alone requires being self-motivated and self-directed, something that’s not always easy to achieve on a consistent basis. Since joining the community, I feel like I get the benefits of working comfortably in my own home AND the input, support and shared learning of my favourite colleagues sitting right here with  me. The co-working hours in particular have been hugely beneficial. Too often I put things off because I feel tired, busy or simply uninspired, but these sessions mean I check in, commit to my task and nail it. Often in a much shorter time than I imagined."

Jessica Uys, Coach

Meet an inspiring and diverse group of small business owners, freelancers, artisans, artists and change-makers. We’re based all around the world: in Europe, North America, Indonesia, Singapore and South Africa. Our professions range from e-course creators to painters, copywriters, retreat leaders, jewelry-makers, website designers and coaches. 

We’re all looking for the same things: inspiration, community, a group of like-minded people, accountability, writing support, feedback and a vital shot of encouragement when needed.

“It’s filled with wonderful entrepreneurs who care about running their businesses from a place of integrity and with a whole lot of heart. I especially love some of the beautiful projects and collaborations that I get to take part in as a result of meeting these amazing women.”

Kerstin Martin, E-course creator

Ask questions about whatever’s on your mind and get detailed, thoughtful, nuanced and up-to-date answers from others with directly relevant experience. You’ll also be able to access co-working sessions, live writing sessions, business planning workshops, editorial feedback on your copy or content, book group discussions and guest expert interviews. 

"Being in this group is so very helpful. It feels incredible to be around other people who work from their hearts and forge their own paths."

Sarah Braun, Designer

Most business coaching costs thousands to take part in - Creatively Connected runs year-round to give you support, accountability, and training for a fraction of that cost.

The network is kept deliberately small so that it feels intimate and remains focused on connection and collaboration. Get all the advantages of a community of peers AND get business coaching and writing support all year round for an accessible monthly fee.

how is this community different?

  • We are an intentionally small community, so that we can all get to know one another as individuals

  • We know online businesses are built on words and offer a range of writing support, feedback & courses

  • We are committed to working collaboratively and supporting one another’s work

  • We have a focus on strategy, accountability and getting things done

  • We want to work in alignment with our values

 
 

I created Creatively Connected to bring together the people I love working with in a way that’s focused, valuable, and genuinely affordable. There are lots of other business networks out there, but I've struggled to find one that's on a scale I can get my head around, and which balances doing business gently and sustainably with actually making a profit and getting the important stuff done. So with this network, I'm committing to building something small-scale and organic, that will grow slowly over time.

"Sometimes when I enter the virtual world I feel like a tourist who just got dropped off in Beijing or Dehli or somewhere else that’s mind-bogglingly crowded and easy to get lost in. Going to Creatively Connected is like stumbling into a secret hole-in-the-wall cafe that opens onto a bright, airy garden terrace. Everyone there is someone I’m excited to have an impromptu cuppa with—exchanging favorite things and shared experiences in this crazy world of being creative, entrepreneurial explorers online.

I think that the caliber of humans in the group speaks volumes about our convener, Sophy Dale, who is bringing us the full range of her well-honed skills as a business coach and creator. She facilitates a steady beat of regular supportive offerings like our weekly check-ins, coworking sessions and “Just Write,” time, and there’s also a growing range of really intriguing resource-sharing going on from both Sophy and different community members.

In my experience as a one-woman web design and art studio owner, this kind of community experience is not just a nice perk of online entrepreneurship—it’s a lifeline of supportive colleagues ready and willing to offer feedback and encouragement. As an online business-owner, you simply have to have an online community or else you’re going to get lost in the weeds of your own fears, insecurities, and don’t-even-know-what-you-don’t-know-yet blind spots.

If this kind of positive, gentle, but productive space resonates with you, please join us! We want to be in your good company, as well!"

Emily KenCairn, Designer

The community has started out small but will never grow beyond 150 people. Why that number? Well, it’s known as Dunbar’s number, after the anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, who established that around the world, and across human history, 150 is the average size of tribes and social groupings. It’s the number of people that we’ve evolved to get our heads around knowing. I've been in networks of seven or eight hundred people, or several thousand - and it can be useful to make some new contacts, or to get some new ideas, but it doesn't feel like a community to me when there are so many more people than names I can hold in my head at one time.

Charles Vogl, in his book The Art of Community, defines a community as:

a group of individuals who share a mutual concern for one another's welfare.

That's what we’re creating together here - not just a network of shared interests but a genuine community. 

For those who want it, there’ll be opportunities to go deeper, via 20% off discounted ‘friends & family’ rates on my 1:1 business coaching. So you really can have the best of both worlds - a community of supporters and tailored individual guidance and accountability.