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Giant List of Facebook Groups for Entrepreneurs and Startups

Written by James Parsons on May 23rd, 2021 in Marketing

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Facebook may be losing some popularity in the opinions of many people around the world, but it’s still the most-used social network globally, and as such, it’s packed full of small communities centered around pretty much every conceivable interest.

It should come as no surprise that there are, perhaps, tens of thousands of groups dedicated to entrepreneurship, startups, small business, and other related niches. There are simply so many of them that it becomes nearly impossible to determine which ones are worthwhile. You can make a few judgments, however.

Rather than just dump a giant list of Facebook groups, I’ve sorted these into groups and gave each one a short description so you know how many members it has, whether it is private or public, how active it is, if the group has any membership restrictions, and so on.

The value of each group is more important than the list itself, which is why so many of the lists I’ve found aren’t very good and are filled with inactive groups.

Let’s get started!

Determining the Value of a Facebook Group

If you go to Facebook and type “entrepreneur” into the search bar, and then click the Groups filter, you’ll be presented with a list of all of the Facebook groups that meet your search criteria.

Value of a Facebook Page

There are a couple of additional filters that you may or may not have in effect as well.

  • You can choose a city for the groups to be centered around. This might be relevant to you if you’re looking to start a business in a given city, but for the most part, entrepreneurship and startup business ideas, tips, and information are the same no matter where you are.
  • There’s a toggle to show public groups or only private groups. There’s a very real difference between the two, and there’s a good reason Facebook defaults to only showing private groups.
  • Your groups. If you’re already in groups, Facebook won’t show them by default. If you’re looking for new groups to join, you can keep this filter in place.

So, when you’re considering joining groups, what should you look for as indicators of quality?

1. Public vs private. Public groups are free to access, free to view, and free to spam. Anyone can join them, which means there’s a non-existent barrier to entry for scammers, spammers, and others who don’t want to contribute. This leads, as you might expect, to poor quality communities.

Private vs Public

Take, for example, the group Young Entrepreneurs – Business Ideas. It’s a public group, freely visible to anyone with a Facebook account to join, and it has 61,000 members. Then you look at the most recent posts, and you see things like:

  • A Facebook messenger spam bot for sale.
  • People selling affiliate content and other chain letter-style spam.
  • Someone just selling a phone.
  • Someone advertising a “job” as a captcha breaker.

It’s also a group based in the Philippines, which lends itself to certain kinds of posts, many of which are not useful for many entrepreneurs.

Young Entrepreneurs Group

Compare that to a private group, where admission requires answering specific questions, the moderation team boots people who post spam or unrelated content, and the community is both driven and focused.

In the vast majority of cases, private groups are the better way to go. I’m not going to discount the possibility that some public groups are good, but it will take much more effort to sort through them to find the diamonds in the rough, and it’s simply not worth it in my opinion.

2. Number of members. Groups with extremely large numbers of members should be avoided. I hate to say it, but these groups have a lot of issues and are commonly spammed.

The way Facebook’s algorithms work, very few of the posts made in a group will ever come across your feed. You would have to browse the group directly, and when you do, you’ll see many other people falling victim to the same thing. You’ll see tons of duplicate posts, people asking the same basic questions over and over, and a ton of cross-talk.

Number of Members

I find that there’s a sweet spot. Groups with over 100k members are often busy and are flooded with posts. I’ve found that niche groups between 1,000 and 50,000 members are generally the best. This isn’t to say that larger groups can’t be worth joining, just that the signal-to-noise ratio is often poor.

At the same time, very small groups– groups with under 100 users – are often not very good. The exception to this is if they’re tightly focused on a very small niche, like a small geographic area. In that case, you’re likely to get more valuable information from them… if they’re active. It’s very easy for a small community to fail when people simply stop posting in it, especially since Facebook’s algorithm is very likely to stop sharing those posts when group activity drops.

3. Number of posts per day. A good indication of the size and activity of a group is the number of posts per day metric that Facebook shares. Good groups are active. If a group has thousands of members, but under 10 posts per day, it’s not likely to be a very good group.

Number of Posts Per Day

Conversely, groups with thousands of posts per day can become very difficult to sort through. Again, there’s a sweet spot.

I find that groups with around 50-100 posts per day are often a little slow. 250-500 posts per day are ideal. More than 500 and you’re again sorting through the noise and you’ll miss a lot of good information.

This is more personal than the number of members, and a lot of it depends on how much time you’re willing to spend engaging in a group. You should probably avoid groups that aren’t publishing at least a handful of new updates every day or that have very little engagement.

4. Restrictions on joining. Different groups have different restrictions on joining them. Some private groups might simply as questions like “are you an entrepreneur?” and “do you want to join a community of highly motivated business owners?”. These exist primarily to keep bots and low-quality spam accounts from joining.

Joining Restrictions

 

Other groups might have more rigid restrictions. For example, a group dedicated to women entrepreneurs might not let you in if you’re not a woman. A group centered around a geographic area might want you to confirm that you live in that area before letting you join. Since requirements to join are set by the admins, they vary wildly. The stronger the restrictions, the more exclusive and, often, the higher quality the group will be.

5. Active administration. Often, a group is only as good as the people who run it. Active administration is required to gain access to private groups. Active moderation is required to keep a group pleasant and useful to join. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell how active the ownership is until you join, or try to join and never get approved.

6. People you know already in the group. If you’re friends with other entrepreneurs on Facebook, and you’ve networked with people you trust in the space, you can see when your friends are in a group.

Friends in Group

That can be a sign that a group is worth joining. It depends on how much you trust your friends to have good taste. You can, however, just ask your friends if the group is worth it.

7. Language. The language barrier is real on Facebook. There are plenty of groups you can join that are primarily in a language you can’t read. It’s better not to bother with these. There are more than enough groups to go around.

8. Engagement. I saved this one for last because it’s something that you’re not able to see in private groups until you’re allowed in the group. A popular group will have anywhere between 50 and 100 likes per post, which is a lot, considering these groups can sometimes have 500-1000 new posts per day. Low engagement posts may only have a small handful of likes on each post – these groups are less likely to reach a wide audience and can likely be skipped.

The Grand List of Facebook Groups

With this list, my goal is to go for quantity over quality. I’ve listed as many active groups as I can below, but I have not joined them all (in fact, I can’t join many of them, for reasons such as “I’m not a woman”) so I can’t tell you what the overall quality of these groups looks like.

Grand List of Facebook Groups

If you’re in any of these groups, feel free to leave a comment about their quality for me. If a group seems to have died down or if it doesn’t approve new members, please let me know in the comment section below so I can remove it.

General Groups

Groups for Minority Groups

Other Lists

There are, as I said up above, easily tens of thousands of groups out there. This doesn’t even mention the hidden groups that you can only gain access to if you join through particular communities. It’s a good place to start, but by no means should you try to join them all, unless you want an unusable Facebook feed.

Pick and choose the best, and if I missed any, or if you’d like your group added to this list, let me know in the comments section below! I’m continuously updating and adding to this list and would love to have your recommendation.

Written by James Parsons

James Parsons is the founder and CEO of Content Powered, a content creation company. He’s been a content marketer for over 10 years and writes for Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, and many other publications on blogging and website strategy.

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