A wider community is friends and family, and probably a few work colleagues too. But you’re all brought closer together by the technology and the social platform that they prefer to use, whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook etc… so it all goes on still, but quietly in the background.
But what if we could harness the power of the online community to help bring many benefits to the community around us? We can, here’s how and some of the benefits to be had…
1. Sense of community
IS THE FEELING OF COMMUNITY A DISTANT MEMORY?
First off, set up an online community that is about your area. It’s not hard to set up, but it may take some work in getting people involved. The best ways to get people involved can include: • Talking to people in the community about the issues that affect them and encouraging them to speak up on the platform you have decided to use • Going to local businesses who thrive on the local community to support you. They may be able to help with print costs, putting flyers in shop windows… just ask them!
2. Know your area
BECOME A CHAMPION OF YOUR COMMUNITY
An online community can help you to know your area – become a champion of YOUR community.
Really get under the skin of the area where you live. You may surprise yourself with how many local services there are. Searching for businesses on your doorstep can be a real eye-opener - so many small businesses operate from their home as a business property can be expensive.
Businesses who usually operate from their home can pass on savings to new customers… there may be a bargain to grab!
3. Make new friends
BUILDING NEW RELATIONSHIPS CAN SPARK NEW BEGINNINGS
Many local websites allow you to comment on posts or even allow you to join a forum - normally free! The benefit with that is you can join in the conversation and find likeminded people who share the same passions as you.
It can be anything from finding someone to spend some lonely hours with to building an entire network to band together to get better deals from larger organisations - like utility suppliers! There’s no end to opportunities!
4. Getting better deals
CLUB TOGETHER AND SAVE A PACKET
Money is tight. Everyone feels the pinch - especially in times of austerity. So how do you get the best out of being part of a community? - Simple,