So you’ve heard about Hives—the online community especially for freelancers. Maybe you’ve posted once or twice; or you’ve read about how Hives can help your business grow. Or maybe you were inspired by reading our feature on Marc Scheff’s three thriving Hives, and want to see how you can lead your own.

Here are four ways to be a great Hive Leader:

1. Post regularly

Pose interesting questions, share relevant blog posts, videos, events, job postings, or inspiring quotes that you’ve found, and offer any knowledge or insight that you think might be interesting to your audience. Freelancers Union member Cassius Wright has done a great job of keeping his Hive up-to-date. Want to see? Check out his Freelance Lifestyle: Best Practices Hive.

2. Check back

You’ve asked an interesting question on your Hive, but be sure to lead the discussion, too! Bookmark your Hive, check back every day, and respond to anyone that comments on your Hive. After all, they’re looking to you to help guide the conversation. We have thousands of members visiting Hives every day, so you never know who might drop by and comment!

3. Share your Hive

Share your Hive on your personal blog and your social media accounts. The more people that join Hives, the more robust the discussion will be. When you share, don’t forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

4. Get in touch

We’re always interested in helping you build your Hive and there are a number of ways that we can work together to make that happen. You could be featured on our blog, host a virtual event in your Hive, or write for us! Sound interesting? Email us at community@freelancersunion.org today!

Sounds simple enough, right? If you’re looking for some inspiration, be sure to check out these great examples of awesome Hives:

Tips for Finding New Clients

Authors, Editors, Journalists, and Writers

Freelance Lifestyle: Best Practices

Traveling Photographers, Writers, and Filmmakers

So join us in building lively, thriving Hives! Encourage discussion, grow your network, and create community with freelancers nationwide.