Facebook is one of the oldest and largest social networking sites out there. Facebook offers its users a Group feature where one can join a community of people with similar interests. As per statistics, around 1.8 billion people use Facebook Groups each month.
Groups allow the members to have organic discussions, post content, and share their valuable experiences & knowledge with each other. The shared knowledge helped startups, business owners, freelancers, and professionals with their social media growth, lead generation, and customer acquisition.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a facebook group:
1. The Uncaged Life ($816K/year)
Rebecca Tracey (from Squamish, BC, Canada) started The Uncaged Life about 11 years ago.
Hi! I’m Rebecca Tracey and my business is The Uncaged Life. The Uncaged Life helps coaches and solopreneurs learn how to get their first paying clients in their new business (because the strategies that most programs teach only work once you have had some success, you need a very different strategy when you are brand new!).
We are on track to hit $1M this year with just me and my small team of 3 part-time contractors, and have helped hundreds of people start their own businesses and get on their way to an uncaged life!
2. letsworkremotely ($12K/year)
Steven Lin (from Bloomington, Indiana, USA) started letsworkremotely over 5 years ago.
Hey everyone! My name is Steven Lin and I’m the Co-Founder of letsworkremotely. My Co-Founder, Ciaran Redmond, actually lives in Denver and we have never met in person. Funny enough, we actually started as competitors right about a year and a half ago, but now we’re on our way to create the best (and currently largest) remote community possible.
After turning down an acquisition offer from a venture capital (before I could even legally drink!) to buy our groups, we began to really understand just how valuable our community was.
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4. HelpStay ($48K/year)
Shay Gleeson (from Dublin, Ireland) started HelpStay almost 9 years ago.
I’m Shay Gleeson and I started HelpStay in February 2014. HelpStay is a subscription-based volunteering platform where travelers of all ages can exchange their time, skills, and talents for accommodation. Our motto is ‘Give a little help, stay for free’.
It’s exciting to curate a real community where our members can travel the world with a purpose, and benefit the communities they visit. Our typical member is aged between 18-38 years old, time-rich but cash-poor - educated to a high level and interested in traveling and giving back.
5. Millennial Money Man ($1.06M/year)
Bobby Hoyt (from Houston, Texas, USA) started Millennial Money Man ago.
I’m Bobby Hoyt, former band director turned personal finance blogger and course creator. I teach millennials how to make more money, save more money, and pay off debt. I started my site, Millennial Money Man, while I was still teaching and paying off my student loan debt.
Last year we broke the seven-figure revenue mark through course sales, monthly recurring subscriptions from our coaching group, and affiliate sales.
6. ZenMaid ($1.44M/year)
Amar Ghose (from Palo Alto, California, USA) started ZenMaid almost 10 years ago.
Hi, my name is Amar Ghose. I’m the CEO/co-founder of ZenMaid. Our software makes it easy for growing maid services to manage their cleaners, clients, and schedules in one easy to use software.
While we might have started off slow (both my co-founder and I worked full time for over 2 years after starting ZenMaid) we now make more than half a million dollars a year helping maid service owners to achieve the freedom in their lives and businesses that we have (I’m currently writing this from Canggu in Indonesia!)
7. Virtual Run Events powered by Moon Joggers ($1.14M/year)
Angela Webb (from Salt Lake City) started Virtual Run Events powered by Moon Joggers about 10 years ago.
I am Angie Webb and I created Virtual Run Events powered by Moon Joggers at the start of 2013. It first started as Moon Joggers and was a fun running and walking community for people to join. When we decided to start doing virtual races, my best friend, Darnell, gave me $1,000 to get started and became my business partner. The first virtual race we did was to help raise money for one of our Moon Joggers. Her son had been diagnosed with cancer and they did not have insurance, so we hosted a virtual race and raised $2,500 to help them pay their medical bills.
After that initial virtual race, we decided that we could really make a difference by hosting virtual races and donating to charities with each race. Eight years later and we have hosted hundreds of virtual races and donated more than $860,000 to charities around the world. We set a goal of donating $1 million to charity and will reach that goal by the end of 2021! It’s amazing to see our participants from all over the planet come together and participate in our races.
8. Markeko ($48K/year)
Diego Rios (from Guatemala) started Markeko about 5 years ago.
Hi! My name is Diego and two years ago I launched a blog called Markeko. I help people prepare, study and pass the Facebook Blueprint Certification exams through free study guides and paid practice questions.
I do have a full-time job at another company and am currently in the process of transitioning to Markeko full time.
9. Boutique Rye ($120K/year)
Gia Paddock (from Phoenix, Arizona, USA) started Boutique Rye over 5 years ago.
Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!
We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!
10. PenaltyBox Sports ($4.8M/year)
Drew Laine (from Manila, Philippines) started *PenaltyBox Sports * about 6 years ago.
Drew Laine here, I'm an entrepreneur and philanthropist. I’m the Founder and CEO of PenaltyBox Sports, an e-commerce and sporting goods manufacturer located just north of Boston, Massachusetts.
We now work with small to mid-sized manufacturers and brands to take their products directly to our Community in this Group, always at a discounted price to ensure our Consumers are seeing value. Additionally, we launched our manufacturing program for training gear and apparel and a third party logistics warehousing company to service not only PenaltyBox, but many of our partners.
11. Katie Goes Platinum ($72K/year)
Katie Emery (from Los Angeles, CA) started Katie Goes Platinum over 4 years ago.
My name’s Katie Emery and I’m the founder of KatieGoesPlatinum.com, a website that advises women on how to joyfully transition from dyed hair to their natural gray hair.
But, two years later, my site consistently averages $6,000 per month in revenue (sometimes reaching as high as $10,000/month). It has grown much more than I ever anticipated!
12. Whisked Away Surprise Travel ($180K/year)
Charlotte Curry McGhee (from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) started Whisked Away Surprise Travel almost 6 years ago.
Hello! My name is Charlotte Curry McGhee and I started Whisked Away Surprise Travel. Whisked Away saves travelers from hours of planning and overwhelm, giving them the curated surprise trip of their dreams!
Since starting the business in March of 2017, I’ve seen revenue grow exponentially each year, with many clients booking their second surprise trips with Whisked Away within months (or weeks!) of returning.
13. New Law Business Model ($3.6M/year)
Ali Katz (from Boulder, Colorado, USA) started New Law Business Model over 10 years ago.
I’m Ali Katz (formerly Alexis Martin Neely), an attorney and creator of the New Law Business Model, which is a “re-training” company for lawyers who want to make a great living, have a great life, and do it by using their law degrees in a truly fulfilling manner serving families and/or small business owners as we teach.
Some of our amazing lawyers after one of our advanced small group intensives learning the art of connection for more, better client engagement in Boulder, CO
14. Beautiful Disaster ($7.2M/year)
Christina DuVarney (from California, USA) started Beautiful Disaster almost 15 years ago.
My name is Christina DuVarney and I am the founder and co-owner of Beautiful Disaster Clothing. Our mission is to empower the beautifully broken and the perfectly imperfect with the clothing that we wear. I created this brand to empower women by giving them confidence in their closet.
Our customers are women of all ages who have faced adversity at some point in their life and have come through their struggle as a stronger person. Our customers are from all over the United States and around the world. We are now making over 4M in revenue per year, and growing every day!
15. Eye Love ($5.4M/year)
Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler (from Blue Bell, PA, USA) started Eye Love over 7 years ago.
Hey there! We’re Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler, and we’re the founders of Eye Love and Heyedrate. We have big goals to help heal 1,000,000 dry eye sufferers naturally, and we’re well on our way to doing this through our line of eye health products.
Eye Love has grown from something we hoped would make $1000 per month into a business doing at least $300,000 per month. With every product sold, we give a portion of the products back to our foundation, the Eye Love Cares Foundation, which provides eye care, education, and medical supplies to those who need it most. We’re still able to fulfill our mission, but now we get to do it on a larger scale than we ever thought possible.
16. Southern Elegance Candle Company ($1.68M/year)
DShawn Russell (from Raeford, North Carolina, USA) started Southern Elegance Candle Company about 7 years ago.
Hello! My name is D’Shawn Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. I started the company 4 years ago as a side hustle to make some extra money on the weekends and to get me out of the house. But it quickly grew to much more than I expected.
You can check out our brand story video here: Southern Elegance: Candles Crafted In The South
17. Konnected Inc. ($840K/year)
Nate Clark (from Orlando, FL, USA) started Konnected Inc. over 5 years ago.
I’m Nate Clark, founder of Konnected. Three years ago, I was faced with a challenge: I had a wired home security system but no way to monitor my home on my terms, from my own devices, when I was away. I developed what eventually became Konnected to provide a smart upgrade to my security system, using the existing wiring and sensors paired with some open-source software so that I can monitor my home right from my phone.
As the project gained popularity on GitHub, people began reaching out to me to build units for them. It quickly became clear there was a market need for a solution like Konnected for consumers wanting to breathe new, smart, life into their wired home security systems. Today, we are shipping approximately 9,000 orders per year, bringing in an estimated $1,000,000 in sales, and with the increasing demand, we’re able to further develop and expand our line.
18. Big Cloud Recruitment ($3M/year)
Matt Reaney (from Manchester) started Big Cloud Recruitment about 9 years ago.
My name is Matt Reaney and I am the CEO of the global data science recruitment company Big Cloud. My team is based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the UK. A cultural hub of creativity and innovation for the last century, we are right at home here!
For the first 6 months, Big Cloud was up and running, we limited the business to the confines of the UK. We have since expanded globally, which opened up doors for us. We met more talent, as well as other startups and established companies looking to hire. Big Cloud’s primary markets are now the UK, Europe, the US, Canada, and APAC.
19. Hustle Got Real ($300K/year)
Miguel Pieras (from Palma, Spain) started Hustle Got Real about 5 years ago.
My name is Miguel Pieras and I am the founder of Hustle Got Real. We enable individuals and businesses to sell online without owning any stock. Our mission is to help people from all over the world to achieve financial freedom through e-commerce with almost no initial investment.
This project went from $0 to $18,000/month in just one year and I am very excited to share the journey with you all in this post. We are now a team of 7 people and have over 15,000 customers in more than 25 countries.
20. The Savvy Couple ($240K/year)
Kelan Kline (from Rochester, New York, USA) started The Savvy Couple over 6 years ago.
Hey! We are Kelan and Brittany Kline the founders and co-owners of the popular personal finance blog The Savvy Couple.
We are currently on pace to make over $250,000 this year alone with our personal finance blog!
21. Tracie Fobes ($120K/year)
Tracie Fobes (from Raymore) started Tracie Fobes over 6 years ago.
My name is Tracie Fobes and I run a blogging education and coaching business.
There is no greater joy than doing what you love and seeing the money roll in.
22. Marketplace SuperHeroes ($4.2M/year)
Stephen Somers (from Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom) started Marketplace SuperHeroes ago.
Hey! My name is Stephen Somers & I’m the co-founder of a company called Marketplace SuperHeroes, an online education company that helps people from all over the world learn how to sell their own products globally on Amazon, from complete scratch.
Together with my business partner, Robert, we've sold over $12m of products on Amazon and helped over 5,000 people learn to do the same. We’ve built an 8-figure coaching and services business, along with a consolidated freight company (SuperHero Freight) over the last number of years.
23. Digital Scholar ($480K/year)
Sorav jain (from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) started Digital Scholar over 3 years ago.
Hi, I am Sorav Jain, one of India’s leading Digital Marketer, trainer, and consultant. I run echoVME Digital, an award-winning Digital Marketing agency in Chennai that has served many top clients all over the country like Nippo, Casagrand, Success Gyan, Levista, Chu Chu TV, and a lot more for over a decade.
And for my institute Digital Scholar, my first batch had about 90 students, and now the number has increased to more than 100,000 students and counting! Our target students included college graduates looking to start their careers, entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses, and sales professionals looking to learn ways to increase their leads.
24. WEBRIS ($750K/year)
Ryan Stewart grew WEBRIS to $1.1M AR in 1.5 years. Here, he shares how to start building your agency’s processes and when to bring in a consultant.
Ryan Stewart (from Miami, Florida, USA) started WEBRIS over 7 years ago.
Ryan Stewart founded WEBRIS, a Miami, Florida-based digital marketing firm. This business utilizes the SEO Sprint Methodology to assist businesses in gaining more customers organically from Google.
Ryan is a serial entrepreneur and a genius in digital marketing. He is a renowned and experienced marketing professional with a preference for growing online businesses.
WEBRIS is regarded by many of Ryan's contemporaries as his most fruitful project to date. Over the course of a little more than a year, he built and expanded the SEO and digital marketing firm to $1.1 million ARR.
Read the full story on reportgarden.com ➜
25. Eight Loop Social ($2.4M/year)
Meet Cat Howell, Founder and CEO of Eight Loop Social, a successful Facebook Ads Agency that has pioneered performance-based ads.
Catherine Howell (from Auckland, New Zealand) started Eight Loop Social about 11 years ago.
Catherine Howell is the founder of the independent social media agency, Eight Loop Social.
The brand offers specialized digital growth solutions to e-commerce and corporate brands. They have associated with big companies like Coca-Cola, AMP Insurance, Vodafone, and Midori among many others.
Since this brand's establishment in 2011, it has aided over 700 agency owners and independent contractors in generating over $35M for their companies.
From social networks to blogging, newsletter creation & distribution, and creative online integrated campaigns they will craft and manage the digital strategies for your brand.
Read the full story on femaledisruptors.com ➜
26. MealSurfers ($60K/year)
Paul founded SPUDS, a men’s apparel company based in California. After many prototypes, they launched on Kickstarter and were able to raise $15,000.
Paul founded SPUDS, a men’s apparel company based in California. After many prototypes, they launched on Kickstarter and were able to raise $15,000.
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