Issue #11: Membership Sites: A Sense of Community

What is a membership site?

A membership site is generally based around a theme or idea. For instance, a homemaker may create a site to aid others in homemaking, requiring them to sign up to join the site. She will offer advice on the many aspects of homemaking in the form of recipes, quick tips and articles.

Paid or Free?

She may also ask a fee from each potential member, in hopes of earning a living from her information. The site may have a free membership which offers the basics, as well as paid area where these special members receive ebooks, special reports and other offerings for their paid subscription.

Why create a membership site?

A membership site provides you and readers a place to gather online, giving everyone a needed sense of community. You are able to create bonds and friendships this way, which is not always possible when using other online venues. Forums and chat rooms aid in creating this community, as does a blog.


Brainstorm a few ideas for membership sites. Spend some time thinking about each idea, and create a list of ideas for each. Is one of these ideas motivating you to create your own site? Now may be the time to start one.

Quick Writing Tip

Create a few freebies for your site members, such as a special report, and ecourse and an ebook. Keep them all on topic.

5 Writing Prompts

Article Idea: What is a membership site?

Article Idea: Building a sense of community.

Ecourse Idea: How to create an ecourse.

Article Idea: How to write and ebook.

Special Report Idea: Ideas for membership sites.


The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.  ~ Plato


51P6nkg9E-L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects that will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

103 Pages. eBook. $9.99 on Kindle.

Copyright 2012 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life


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