Welcome to Your QB Community!
Let's be honest. There are tons of people and companies vying for the attention of folks like you, who work for themselves. From sketchy pyramid schemes to unknown “experts” stating little more than the obvious, there’s plenty of noise out there to distract you from the real business of starting, and growing, your dream business.
We know the noise can be deafening. Frustrating. Exhausting. And downright confusing.
We wanted to escape the din. We knew we needed a place for real, meaningful, thoughtful conversation (no need to yell -- ever!). We wanted to be able to share real stories about our adventures -- and, yes, our misadventures -- in entrepreneurship. We wanted a community that values listening, learning, supporting and exchanging ideas.
That’s why we built the QuickBooks Community. (Learn more about our mission of creating a safe and supportive community.)
Get started in the QB Community
Let’s make this clear right away: While we are a part of the QuickBooks ecosystem, the QB Community welcomes all small business owners, whether or not you use QuickBooks. Our mission is to create a community of entrepreneurs and experts to share advice, tips, strategies, resources and, most of all, first-hand experience to help bring your business to the next level, together.
Ready? Great. Read on!
Three things to do first
Here are three things you can do right now to get the most out of QB Community.
Start by sharing your story. Who are you? What kind of company do you own? How long have you been business? Complete your profile, including a photo and a link to your website. The more you share, the easier it will be to connect with other members facing similar challenges and seeking similar opportunities.
Ask a question
Hit a bump in the road? In the QB Community, there’s no such thing as a dead end. Post your question, concern or quandary, and soon you’ll have answers, advice and feedback from other members. Give it a try!
Join the conversation
Search on Topics to find and join conversations that are most relevant to you. (Topics are organized by the various stages of small business development and growth.) Remember that every time you share a learning, a mistake or a success, you’re helping someone else in a similar situation -- so feel free to pay it forward! Want to hear more about a member’s experience or ideas? You can message people privately to continue a conversation.
Helpful hints galore
Here are four more posts to help you learn the ins and outs of QB Community in no time flat:
A word about promotions
At QB Community, we're passionate about inspiring real conversations around the topics that matter most. Like developing a new idea. Setting realistic business goals. Growing your customer base. And building meaningful relationships with other folks committed to working for themselves.
With that in mind, this is not the place to promote your business or spam other members. If you’re about to post a message that advertises your business or promises incredible riches (possibly written in ALL CAPS!), stop. We will delete it. This is a safe place for conversation and learning. As your hosts, we take this commitment seriously. To learn more about our dos and don’ts, please read our posts, QB Community Rules of the Road & Why We Decided It's Not Okay to Promote Your Business in the QB Community.
Leslie, Mark, Shana, Derek, James, Willow & the QB Community Team
Thanks for the first steps on this roadmap, however, I can not upload the banner image on my profile. Any idea why that is?
Welcome, @Gutter! Our community members are a great resource, including you! Looking forward to your contributions and feedback on your experience here.
Love your profile pic, btw.
I recently signed up for quickbooks, and even more recently signed up for the community, and am happy to be here.
While I'm experienced in my field (graphic design & branding) – I'm new to running my own business, so I'm hoping to gain some knowledge from both those who are on the same journey as me, and those wise old heads who have 'been there, done that'.
I expected there to be a 'introduce yourself' section – searching for it brought me here – and I now see it's in the biography section – so I'm off to fill out mine properly now.
So, erm, hi, and thank you for having me! Speak soon