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Last week, I wrote about the Builder Level of Thriveal. This week, I want to share about the Craftsman level. This is where the magic happens. It’s our middle level, and the one I recommend to most people asking about Thriveal.

Craftsman level members get everything Builders get. This includes some Thriveal swag, community calls, LinkedIn group access, Icon access, use of our logo on their websites, and attendance at all Software Week demos.

What else do the Craftsman Level members get?

A member profile on Thriveal.com – When people want to find the cream of the crop in a CPA, this is the go to place on the web.

Access to Jennifer – Yes, I feel silly putting this out there as a benefit. But it’s true. I am the mother hen of Thriveal and here to meet the needs of our members. They can contact me whenever they want and I will do what I can to take care of them. Last week, I met with a member to talk through hiring and firing team members. One of my favorite things to do is hang out with Thriveal members and meet their needs.

Attendance at a minimum of 6 Open Tribe Meetings Per Year – Similar to Community Calls, Open Tribe Meetings are online gatherings for us to discuss a topic of interest. Last month, we talked about how to market to a niche. We have 5 more meetings scheduled this year, but since members have unlimited access to me, I will coordinate as many meetings at they desire!

Access to our private Yammer group – I saved this one for last. It’s the crown jewel of the Craftsman level. All Craftsman and Artisan level members have access to our Yammer group. And this is where community starts (though certainly not where it ends). Yammer lets us interact with one another about everything. We have rooms for marketing, technical rooms, a room for pricing, a room for management, and more. We upload videos and recordings of our online meetings for those that can’t make it in person (or those needing a review). We share proposals before presenting to customers and help each other think through scoping issues. Yammer gives us a platform for making our community strong and valuable.

I recently asked Craftsman levelers to share why they chose to join Thriveal at this level. Here are a few of their responses:

Barrett Young

“I joined Craftsman because I have too many ideas and not enough time to think through them. By posting them in the social platform Yammer, I’m able to dump those ideas, receive feedback, and decide which ones would be worth my effort and which ones wouldn’t be. As a solopreneur trying to grow my business, I don’t have time to waste. Yammer saves time.” – Barrett Young

 

"I joined because this community shares so many of the same values I have when it comes to running a business and Icouldn't pass up the chance to interact and learn here. After just a couple of weeks I am already starting to think harder about the Artisan level, if not within this year, I will be opting for it next year I bet." - Corey Lord

“I joined because this community shares so many of the same values I have when it comes to running a business, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to interact and learn here. After just a couple of weeks I am already starting to think harder about the Artisan level, if not within this year, I will be opting for it next year I bet.” – Corey Lord

 

"I joined because Craftsman gives me the support of a 'firm' but I still have the freedom of a solopreneur." - Magen Smith

“I joined because Craftsman gives me the support of a ‘firm’ but I still have the freedom of a solopreneur.” – Magen Smith

 

"I became a Craftsman to work alongside other professionals who are also building a practice they love."  - Michael Wall

“I became a Craftsman to work alongside other professionals who are also building a practice they love.” – Michael Wall

 

“I joined the Craftsman level of Thriveal because that’s where all my friends are and they are the smartest, most supportive accountants I know. We all share information and answer each other’s questions. We are a community of learners and reading about what everyone else is doing challenges me to push myself to be the best I can be at serving my customers and creating the business I want. Thriveal saves me time because I can get my questions answered fast and know about the best technology options. I know I have made more money while starting my firm by being in this community.” - Carol LeBlanc

“I joined the Craftsman level of Thriveal because that’s where all my friends are and they are the smartest, most supportive accountants I know. We all share information and answer each other’s questions. We are a community of learners and reading about what everyone else is doing challenges me to push myself to be the best I can be at serving my customers and creating the business I want. Thriveal saves me time because I can get my questions answered fast and know about the best technology options. I know I have made more money while starting my firm by being in this community.” – Carol LeBlanc

 

"To be inspired & supported as I figure out where I fit in this changing world and challenged to think creatively. Bonus - ability to bring that back to how I serve my customers." - Kevin McCoy

“To be inspired & supported as I figure out where I fit in this changing world and challenged to think creatively. Bonus – ability to bring that back to how I serve my customers.” – Kevin McCoy

 

Are you interested in being a Craftman too? If so, you need to own a CPA or Accounting firm or plan to within the next few years. And you need to be ready to learn,share, and encourage others through the hard work of giving our customers what they want. If I were you, I would come ready to change and embrace new ideas – because that seems to happen whether you plan for it or not!

If you have more questions about Thriveal, let Jennifer or Jason know. Or go ahead and tell us here.

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