We're a Community of Real Entrepreneurs Building Real Businesses
You know when you join a coworking space expecting to meet cool like-minded people, but instead, you get access to a printer and meet...no one?
Yeah, us too.
We have the same problem with masterminds, braintrusts, and all those expensive networking groups that promise you MASSIVE GROWTH, INSANE CONNECTIONS, and to 10X EVERYTHING!!!!
We won't promise that stuff. You are an adult and whether you grow or not is up to you.
What we will give you is access to REAL entrepreneurs building LEGITIMATE businesses (not just paying lip service to it). And hilariously unedited screenshots like this...
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A Wantrepreneur-Free Zone
When it comes to entrepreneurship, everyone has an opinion, but few have the insights that come with experience of being in the trenches every day. That's why the Arena is a community of DOERS.
We are the space for people who ship.
How It Works
We're your always-accessible entrepreneurial community. We call ourselves your "coworkers" because we're the people you call when you need to talk through something, vent, or brag about your day.
Get personal introductions to fellow co-workers who can help your business grow.
Brainstorms, Happy Hours, Expert Interviews, Workshops, Smackdowns, and more happen each week on Zoom.
The Water Cooler
This is our Slack community where you get to vent, ask #dumbquestions, share articles, brag about wins, find an accountability partner, or avoid doing work just like a real office.
The Membership Portal
Your access to exclusive resources like your coworker catalog, a private list of coworker-approved contractors, tech tools we recommend, and more.
You’ll also get access to other people’s brains, which is what you're really looking for.
"My career has exploded in a matter of months since I joined the Arena. Don't get me wrong; I've worked my ass off. But I've also seen what's real and what's possible and have been able to truly believe it can happen for me. The Arena is such a gift."
Katherine Copeland Maund
Owner, Copeland + Co
Founder, Jason Connell.co
Who Should Apply
The Arena is for solopreneurs, freelancers, and service-based business owners who run their companies from home.
This is for people who are committed to building their businesses. If you're "just figuring things out" or not 100% in, this is not for you.
You Give As Much As You Take
If you're obsessed with helping others grow their businesses or just helping others in general, you're going to fit in just fine.
You’re Playing The Long-Game
If you're looking to get rich quick or think of your audience in terms of numbers and not people, you won't like it here. This is for people who are in it for the long run. Not for people who are in the "fast" money or fame game.
You’re Actively Trying Things
We don't care if you fail. We care that you're trying. Our members are out there facing real critics, real market feedback, and real failure. The Arena is for people who ship.
"I actually find myself telling my kids about 'my entrepreneur people' or 'my Arena buddies.' They're my mentors, my friends, my confidantes, my cheerleaders, and my faithful bullshit callers."
Founder, 929 Marketing
Dr. Robert Zeitlin, Positive Psychologist, TEDx Speaker, and Author of Laugh More Yell Less
Frequently Asked Questions
We believe you already know what you need to do, you’re just not doing it. Which is why we don’t have any curriculum or programming or “systems” you have to learn. We give advice from our own experience and our expertise (we gotta lot of subject matter experts in here), but we don’t pretend to have all the answers.
We exist to be your support system and offer advice from our own experiences in the trenches.
We’re a community of people who get what it’s like to be in the Arena. The value here is support and access to like-minded people who are also sifting through the muck and trying to figure this stuff out.
If you're building something bigger than yourself on nights and weekends, then yes, you belong here. It's your mindset that matters.
We're looking for people who view their jobs as their side hustle and their business is their main gig.
Traditional physical coworking spaces cost thousands per month (masterminds and braintrusts are equally out-of-control with prices ranging from $5,000-$25,000 for entry into an "elite" club).
That’s why the Arena is only $1,194 for 6-months of membership. That's $199/month -- less than how much you spend on groceries.
We are selective with who we accept and this price acts as a filter for people who aren’t serious about contributing to the community.
You can be as active or inactive as you like. We don’t mandate participation. We think you’ll get more out of your membership if you participate, but some months you have sick kids, snow days, and in-laws who won’t leave.
Life happens. We get it. We’re here to support you, not peer pressure you to hang out with us (though, we might...but because we like you, not because you have to).
Nope. We are not for startups or VC-backed companies. Our members are building long-lasting personal brands, consultancies, agencies, freelancing businesses, virtual small businesses, and digital platforms. If you're building a SaaS company or need funding in order to grow, this is not the right community for you.
It depends on what you need. We have a few B&M store owner members, but they are online a lot. If you run a store that requires you to be offline most of the time, you probably won't get as much value from virtual coworkers.
In our opinion, the community is most valuable for service-businesses. However, we do accept (and currently have) e-commerce, brick-and-mortar, and product-based business owners into the space.
Generally, our members are concerned with growth so topics tend to revolve around that. If you're stuck on logistics like supply chain management or R&D this is probably not the right community.