The Rules of Thumb blog from MoneyThumb believes that most of our readers would agree with this sentiment: The internet has brought us many great benefits. However, one thing the internet-along with cell phones-has created is that people getting together in person happens much less frequently. This is especially true for those who work online. Barring special events and holidays attended with friends and/or family, many online workers rarely have in-person contact with others.
But like the industrious creatures we are, those who spent most of their time on the internet began to yearn for a sense of community and a place to hobnob with their peers. This need created the concept of online forums. Forums were around long before the advent of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and forums are still quite popular, especially those created for specific niches. Between forums and social media, people are connecting in myriad ways. Not only are they filling that need for a sense of community, forums and social media are also the perfect way to network for your business.
If you are an online lender who is searching for your peers--for a sense of community and also for professional networking--The Rules of Thumb blog has created a list of popular forums and Facebook groups you might want to join. If you do, please tell them MoneyThumb sent you!:
Bigger Pockets Forum--This forum is for bankers, lenders and mortgage brokers.
American Bankers Association, ABA, Commercial Lenders Forum--A private forum for commercial lenders.
DeBanked--This is a very busy forum! They talk about Merchant Cash Advances, Business Lending, and much more. They even have a buy and sell section.
Of course, you may already have a favorite group or forum you belong to as an online lender, but the above suggestions should get anyone who is looking to belong to a community of like-minded individuals in the lending niche and to network for greater success a good start.
If you would like us to consider adding your suggestion to this list, just leave a comment below with the link to your group or page and we will check it out, whether it is a forum, Facebook group, a Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest page, as long as it may offer value to our Rules of Thumb blog readers we will take a look at it and consider editing this blog post to include it. Also, please share this post with your online lending peers so that they too may benefit from this information. Thanks and have a great day!