A Private Circle of Women Solopreneurs Who Grow, Create, Thrive Together
When I first started building my business online, I really had no idea about what I was doing.
I was passionate and good at my thing, but carrying it to the online environment was a huge challenge.
I literally spent years and way too much money as I struggled to find my way. And I almost gave it up a few times.
I invested in numerous courses, books and other products and services. Although some of them gave me valuable information, none of them provided me with exactly what I needed.
I needed structure, a smart sequence of learning, safe experimenting, a caring community, and real support, but couldn’t find all of them in one place.
The same was true for my friend and business partner Sandi Amorim.
In spite of having a successful offline coaching business for 12 years, it took Sandi two years to establish herself online.
Two long years.
Like me, she also realized soon that just because you’re passionate about your business and you’re really brilliant at it doesn’t mean your right people will find and come to you online.
Eventually, we both did it, and we’re proud of what we’ve already accomplished. But many women who set out on a business journey of their own are not as lucky as we have been.
Many coaches, artists, writers, and intuitives feel frustrated because they don’t have the right road map, tools or guidance to create an online hub that reflects their brilliance.
Many women give up somewhere along the way as they try to build a business online mostly because they don’t have clarity, they’re confused, and they feel isolated and lonely. Very lonely.
This is sad because today, business means “business online.”
Of course, there are exceptions, but in today’s world, you have to have a solid, smart online presence and visibility if you want to touch the lives of many beautiful people you’d like help and influence as you do your great work.
Unfortunately, heart-centered people tend to be shy about getting good at the “businessy” side of their art and profession.
But it is no longer optional!
Only if you get good at branding and marketing and fluent at sales and pricing, and yes, also at some website tech, will you be able to build a sustainable business online, earn a living by doing what you love, reach and influence more people, and spread your life’s beautiful work with ease.
If Sandi and I had had a group of cohorts we could lean on in those early years and had the chance to get exceptional business training in a secure, joyful environment, I know we would have come to the point we are now much, much earlier and had saved a lot of time, money and heartache.
A circle of cohorts, a sisterhood of a deeper kind, was what we needed. Just like any female solopreneur still does.
Because sitting in a circle and sharing stories opens our eyes, connects our hearts and gives us creative power.
Circles are where healing and creation begin.
They are magical.
Circles are where you grow exponentially because a nourishing and nurturing community contains more than the sum of all of its members.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
~ Japanese proverb
So, what about you?
What circles are nourishing you and helping you thrive as a creative, gutsy woman solopreneur doing heart-centered work?
Do you yearn to belong to a circle of equals, a life and business sisterhood?
Are you longing for intimate guidance, practical help, and personal attention in a secure, private and joyful environment?
Well, then we have an invitation for you.
The Circle of Cohorts
I teamed up with my friend and colleague Sandi Amorim to create a fun-filled, private training playground for heart-centered women solopreneurs.
What we’re offering is more than your typical business membership group or just another forum.
It’s not like anything you’ve seen or experienced before.
We’re offering you a long-term relationship, a sacred place where you can drop your guard, safely be vulnerable, interact, experiment, and grow with the other members who will quickly become your soulsisters and friends.
A place where you will grow at your own pace.
A warm sanctuary of kindred spirits where you will collaborate, connect, network, brainstorm, share, support each other, create and implement your business, work on your goals, meet your challenges in a safe, facilitated environment, and really make progress together.
A shelter where you will succeed faster and easier than you can on your own.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.”
~ Brené Brown
This is a place of clarity and action.
Clarity and action beat fear and resistance, and also bring joy and fulfillment.
They are also just a tiny part of what you’ll get inside.
You’ll also discover inspiration, motivation, focus, excitement, power, creativity, camaraderie, inner peace, belonging, collaboration, and freedom.
And accountability – without the guilt!
What You’ll Find Inside
When you become a member of the Circle of Cohorts, you will:
- get top-quality training including monthly tutorials, worksheets, and specific action plans for building your business online
- have the right dose of information and the right tools at the right time
- cultivate a vision for your life and business
- have a mindful roadmap for navigating your business activities
- go deeper in practice with us in both personal growth and business growth areas
- experiment in a secure and friendly environment
- have a safe space where you can drop your guard and be vulnerable
- experience fun, connection, support, love, and appreciation
- celebrate your accomplishments with your cohorts
- have accountability free from guilt
- feel motivated and connected as you grow as a solopreneur
- understand and work on your fears and go beyond them
- belong to a sisterhood who will love and support you for who you are
- get guidance from us to build fruitful collaborations with other members
- have a library of valuable resources you can use anytime
- get help to create your own courses and market and run them with success
- grow your business with more ease and velocity than doing it on your own
- reach a level in your business where you feel fulfilled personally, professionally and financially
- have direct access to both of us and our experience whenever you need it
- never feel alone, isolated or lost again
- feel clear, empowered, skilled, and confident to take consistent action
- enjoy doing business from a place of ease, truth and trust
- love your life and honor your potential
A Smart Structure
We will not bombard you with information.
We have a plan. A very strategic and yet mindful one that will help you grow your business without feeling overwhelmed or confused.
Every month you’ll benefit from:
~ A strategically selected monthly growth theme.
~ A monthly challenge + suggested action for business growth.
~ A monthly challenge + suggested practice for personal growth and self-care.
~ Daily and monthly accountability groups.
~ Smaller task groups we carefully put together by matching the members that are a good fit for helping each other grow.
~ Peer teaching possibilities.
~ Occasional webinars and expert guest appearances.
~ A monthly call and live Q & A session with Sandi and I focusing on the monthly growth theme.
~ A private and very practical forum area with discussion sub-groups (not a Facebook group! A real forum with a smart structure).
~ Free access to the private Circle of Cohorts Library where you can download the monthly training material.
~ A significant discount of 50% on our coaching sessions if you need extra help.
~ Access to both Sandi and I in the forum area and by email.
~ Most importantly, fun, fun, fun because we believe in having fun and laughing a lot while creating our best work and making profit.
~ And also an amazing community of cohorts who will be there for you at each step. You’ll never feel alone again when working to build a business you’ll feel proud of.
As a member of the Circle of Cohorts, you’ll have knowledge, action and community in the right doses and at the right times.
Trainings That Will Raise Your Game
What You Can Expect to Learn During Our Monthly Cohort Trainings
We’ll be working with you on various topics as part of a smart curriculum inspired by our experience. Each month we have a balanced training program that will help you make progress from a both personal and professional perspective.
Here is some of what we’ll be covering:
Business models, business strategy, marketing and sales (designed especially for those who hate sales and marketing), building a brand identity, how to position yourself, how to find your point of differentiation, how to get clear about your real niche, how to discover and develop your voice, how to define and attract your perfect people, how to fine-tune your message.
The elements of a sustainable business, how to make your business and profits scalable, how to create a pricing strategy, how to shape your monetization strategy, how to have the right red rope policy, how to set up a system that helps you do what energizes you and stop doing what drains you.
Marketing and Sales:
How to create the right products and services, how to set the right price gracefully, how to design marketing campaigns, how to run ethical product launches, how to offer discounts without giving the wrong message, how to practice hype-free but profitable marketing, how to write a genuine but effective sales page, how to set up a sales process.
Specials For Introverts:
Marketing for introverts, networking for introverts, sales for introverts, how to connect with anyone even if you don’t like networking.
Creating a product ecosystem, how to create products, how to create online courses, how to collaborate with others for creating products, the principles of co-creating with success and ease, how to set up a self-study teaching process, how to run a live course, how to choose and use the best teaching tools and concepts.
Website design basics, practical website maintenance, how to have a website with character, choosing the right website tools and resources, how to create a website that attracts your right people, how to optimize your website, how to protect your website, how to keep improving your website.
How to blog with ease, blogging techniques that work, how to come up with what to write about, choosing your blog topics smartly, building a sustainable blogging practice, eliminating writing blocks, creating an editorial calendar around a monetization strategy.
Creativity and Flow:
Discovering and eliminating what gets in your way, understanding and bypassing fear, techniques to make your inner critic your biggest supporter, how to deal with creative stuckness, dealing with writing and other blocks, navigating difficult emotions such as guilt, anger, jealousy, resentment etc, experimenting with what brings more joy, finding ways to align your business around your true values, activating your potential, customizing your business in accordance with your personality, bringing out the authentic you.
Mindful productivity techniques, understanding and dissolving procrastination, productivity tools that actually work in harmony with your self-care plan, how to maximize your productivity and minimize your effort, how to use your time smartly but without feeling like a robot.
Creating and revisiting your self-care plan, techniques and rituals for making your self-care plan stick, accountability for self-care.
The best thing is that we will work on all of these topics hand in hand. And you’ll be surrounded by other like-minded women who will be your biggest suporters and encouragers.
We’ll be going deep in the practice together.
We won’t stop at theory. We’ll personally help each of you one by one so you can apply what you learn, experiment and develop a business acumen that will serve you for many more years.
You’ll enjoy building momentum in our secure, supportive, warm community where you’ll be able to be as you are and grow from a place of truth and love.
Other Bonuses Included
1. Downloadable Essential Business Tutorials
Each downloadable tutorial is linked to the monthly training theme and covers one specific area of business in depth, giving you many actionable ideas you can start practicing right away. Besides, we’ll be going over the tutorials together in our forum and discuss how you can customize the ideas for your specific business.
The Essential Business Tutorials will soon be offered on my blog as paid products. By being a member of the Circle of Cohorts, you’ll receive a Tutorial every month totally free of charge.
2. A Free Bulletin Board for Collaboration Requests
You’ll have a free bulletin board inside the forum where you can keep in close touch and collaborate with your cohorts.
And we will help you find the right cohorts for all types of collaborations from creating online courses together to guest posting and helping promote each other’s work.
3. Accountability Partners
You’ll be able to use the Monthly Challenge thread inside the forum to declare your monthly business goals and will be able to work together with other members sharing, discussing and brainstorming while enjoying your progress.
The whole community will work like an accountability partner.
You’ll also be able to share your Daily No-Fluff Action (one high-value action that will move your business forward every day) in the Daily Accountability Forum Board.
You’ll see very soon that sticking to this easy, simple practice will really make your business grow more than you can imagine.
4. Opportunity to Benefit from Our Awesome Business and Personal Growth Libraries
We each have built a huge business and personal growth library so you don’t have to.
In the last years we have purchased and studied almost all good business training resources and products (courses + books + ebooks) you can find online today. And we’ll be sharing with you information from our personal libraries in a structured way that supports our curriculum.
5. Access to 99 Expert Interviews
You’ll get the most valuable components of one of my programs for free.
I held in-depth interviews with 99 amazing experts (coaches, consultants, writers, artists, energy workers, entrepreneurs) as I created my program A Year With Myself. These interviews are parts of the classes included in the program and are distributed to 52 different chapters.
By being a member of the Circle of Cohorts, you’ll have unlimited access to these interviews that add up to more than 700 pages. Whenever you want to get inspired or find some different tips and ideas about specific subjects, you can go to the special members area and read the interviews.
6. A complimentary business and website audit from me.
This is a special bonus I offer to all members of the Circle of Cohorts for which I usually charge $550.
7. Special Privileges
If you need additional one-one-help, you’ll be able to work with Sandi or me by enjoying a 50% discount on our coaching sessions.
After being a member for six consecutive months, you’ll also be eligible for 50 to 90% discounts on all of our other products.
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
Cigdem is a business coach and connection catalyst who believes business is fun when it nourishes your heart, first.
She holds visionary conversations with introverted women solopreneurs about building a sustainable business at CreativeSolopreneur.com.
And she leads a private Circle of Cohorts where creative women learn, create and prosper together.
Cigdem is also the curator of AYearWithMyself.com, the most comprehensive personal growth program for women who are ready to transform their lives from the inside out.
“You cannot be anywhere in Cigdem’s sphere of influence without being compelled and propelled into action and transformation.” - Ronna Detrick
“Smart. Pointed. Insightful. Spurring… Cigdem has a way of helping you dig deeper to find and embrace a point of difference that’s meaningful for you.” - Tracey Selingo
“I’m in the strategist’s chair everyday in my own business, and what I really needed was someone who could give me what I give to my clients: wise, supportive strategy. Working with Cigdem has been one of the smartest investments I’ve made this year.” - Jac McNeil
“If you want intense insight, passion and motivation, then you need to get your daily dose of Cigdem. Her work in this world is deep and powerful and transforming many women’s lives for the better.” - Natalie Sisson
“When I started to work with Cigdem, I was lost in a sea of ideas without the deeper confidence to bring them into the world. I think the power of working with Cigdem was the feeling of being heard, I mean really heard: being listened to on a deep level and hearing my words reflected back to me with compassion and clarity.” - Meg Ward
“I gained a lot of clarity as a result of working with Cigdem. She has an uncanny ability to understand my needs and wants, and I felt safe talking to her. She helped me untangle the big web of ideas I had in my head. She did not only give me new ideas but also the confidence to put it out there and go for it.” - Annie Andre
Sandi is an instigator, a coach and writer on a mission to wake you up from your ‘someday thinking.’
Her passion is to wake women up to what’s important in their lives, and she does so with over a decade of training and experience as a Solution Focused Coach and NLP Practitioner.
Often called a cage rattler for her direct, no-nonsense conversations, she delights in ‘getting away’ with this kind of communication, and knows it’s possible because she comes from the heart in all she says and does.
She can be found sharing her slightly mad twist on personal development at DevaCoaching.com.
“You can’t dance with Sandi and not brush up against your soul.” - Lori Gosselin
“Sandi is not your average or even above average coach; she is extraordinary. She has a gift for connecting, understanding, and listening – oh the way she listens. She is gifted, an incredible coach and I can’t recommend her enough.” - Farnoosh Brock
“It really takes someone special to coach a life coach, and Sandi is someone special. She asks powerful, insightful questions in an easy going and disarming way. And she laughs! Out loud! Clear, generous, loving, gracious, in-your-face coaching.” - Caroline Penhale
“Sandi is a firecracker with a heart of gold. Kind beyond imagination, and so good at what she does — lighting a spark in those she touches. You want this. Promise.” - Sara Blackthorne
“Sandi is a fireball of luminous wisdom, tough love, and razor-sharp insight. I love how she empowers you to deal with challenges, gives you the tools you need to be firm yet kind with yourself, and shares ways to bitch-slap the lizard brain so you can do your great work!” - Otiti Jasmine
“I’ve worked with a number of coaches, and Sandi is one of the best. YES, the more I think about it, I have to say she is the best coach I’ve ever worked with.” - Carol Hess
Is the Circle of Cohorts for You?-
Naturally, the Circle of Cohorts is not for everyone.
What matters for us first and foremost is that our members are a good fit for the environment and community we’re creating and the training we’ll be offering.
We see the Circle of Cohorts as a long-term relationship – for us and for you, and we want to make sure it grows in the right way and with the right people who complement each other.
If you’ve taken any of our programs you already have an idea of the depth of our work, our values and the kind of people we work with.
If most of the following conditions apply to you, you can consider yourself a good fit for the Circle of Cohorts:
- You are a woman. (Sorry gentlemen!)
- You are a solopreneur (coach, consultant, artist, writer, energy worker, small business owner, etc).
- You already have a business (even if it’s brand new) because this is not a beginner-level program.
- You are heart-centered, ethical, positive, solution-focused, and you are a good team-player.
- You are open to learning new things constantly.
- You are ready and willing to start taking action.
- You are ready to do the work.
- You are willing to take part in the forum discussions and do your monthly deep practice work.
The Cohorts forum is the place where you will set goals, announce your intentions, check in on your progress, ask questions, brainstorm with other members, receive help from like-minded women solopreneurs, and be guided by Sandi and I.
We believe in taking small steps consistently to create lasting change. That’s why we designed the Circle of Cohorts with true transformation in mind.
This membership program requires a commitment both financially and personally. And it is only for people who are determined to take action.
You won’t only do the work together with your cohorts, but you’ll also have the permission to whine and curse whenever you need to.
You’ll have many shoulders to cry on and many hands to hold as you share your joy.
“When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.”
~ Marianne Williamson
We don’t have “shoulds” in our Cohorts playground. So, you’ll be free to use whichever tools and ideas you want and leave what isn’t a good fit for you.
The Circle of Cohorts is a playful environment where you’ll discover, learn, and experiment. It’s a place where you’ll feel grounded, supported, appreciated, and cared for as you are.
A place where vulnerability is encouraged.
It is here that you will give birth to your projects, build your beautiful business, experiment with ideas, and create more of what you want in your life and remove what doesn’t nourish you.
This wonderful community will be your sounding board, where you can test the validity or likely success of your creative ideas before they are made public.
The Circle of Cohorts is a collective playground where both introverts and extroverts flourish together!
(I’m a hard-core introvert, by the way, and we’re making sure our place is a haven for introverts first and foremost!)
The cost of membership is $129 per month including all monthly training material and unlimited access to the forum area.
Apply to become a member today and freeze your membership fee at this entry level.
It is incomparable with the value of what you’ll receive.
The door we are opening to you today will take you to a place where you will finally be able to create, collaborate and thrive with ease in a safe, spirited, friendly environment.
In the Circle of Cohorts, you’ll never feel isolated, confused or lost.
We will support you and do everything to help you grow personally, create with ease, build your solopreneur business, and make a sustainable profit by sharing your great work with others.
You’ll take an awesome leap in your business and become fluent and confident in multiple areas.
You’ll feel loved, connected, secure, joyful, clear, creative, productive, and powerful.
You’ll unleash your potential with ease and flourish.
And you will grow roots while you’re growing your business.
We want you to thrive. This is your chance to be a part of an affordable training and support group unlike any other. Sign up now and get started!
At the moment enrollment is closed. But soon we’ll be opening the red door again.
Being a part of this Circle can make a tremendous difference in your life and business. And we know that those who joined already feel this is a different and deeper kind of sisterhood.
When you submit your application, you’ll be the first to be informed as soon as we open the door again.
Who are the Circle of Cohorts?
The Circle of Cohorts is a group of heart-centered women solopreneurs banded together. They have a dream, a goal, a vision. They are here to live up to their potential, do their greatest work, change their lives, and shine their light wholeheartedly. They are serious about building their heart-centered business and they are ready to do the work.
Do you have experience with leading groups?
Yes, we both do. I have over a decade of professional experience in designing, organizing and running extensive training programs for teachers. And I can tell you that teachers are a not the easiest group to lead. My strengths are strategic organizing, vision building and connecting people within defined groups. Now, I’m carrying that experience online to specifically support and serve creative women with entrepreneurial spirits and loving hearts.
Sandi also has many years of experience in working with solopreneurs, especially coaches and small business owners. She’s created and facilitated successful business building programs, one of which began before the advent of social media. More importantly, she’s been where you are and has coached and mentored hundreds of women just like you.
What are the benefits of becoming a Cohort?
You’ll get direct access to us, and we’ll do everything we can to see you succeed.
You’ll be able to pick our brains whenever you want.
You’ll have access to an amazing forum designed for ease of use. And you’ll be able to discuss, work and brainstorm with both Sandi and I and other like-minded cohorts.
You’ll be able to write to us and ask for advice or help concerning your business, have a quick brainstorming session inside our forum, ask for tips related to a specific problem you have, ask us to direct you to the specific kind of information or resources you need.
You’ll also have free access to the monthly classes, activities, exercises, assignments, worksheets, peer-group interaction tasks, and other resources we create specially for our Cohorts. That includes occasional teleclasses, webinars and interviews with experts. All are free for our Cohorts.
Why Is It Not Cheaper?
If it were cheaper, it would attract too many people. And we prefer to show personal attention to each member.
We’re concerned with quality more than quantity. We want the right number of women who are committed to growing their businesses while also growing and transforming personally.
Also, we want you to feel that you are making a serious investment every month. When you make an investment that is important to you, you’ll do more to make sure you get your money’s worth!
Besides, we want cohorts who decide to commit to working only with us to build a fulfilling and profitable business. We don’t want people who sign up for every course and try on coaches like they try on clothes!
We want members who see the value in investing and are ready to do what it takes.
If you already have a business, even if a new one, and if you’re not suffering from the shiny-new-object syndrome, our monthly fee is a killer deal when you consider the amount and quality of support and training you’ll receive.
What you’ll be getting every single month as a member of the Circle of Cohorts is worth much more than the monthly fee. The training material we’ll be sending you regularly is of top quality.
You won’t find anything like the Circle of Cohorts anywhere with such an affordable investment.
How can I join?
Membership is by application only.
We want to make sure that the members of this amazing group of women are a good match for each other and can lift each other up. If you decide you want to belong to the Circle of Cohorts, then simply fill out the application form you”ll find after you pass through the red door below.
We’ll reply to you as soon as possible. If you’re a good match, we’ll also inform you about the available openings and send you the PayPal link to set up your monthly payments that will activate your membership.
After we receive your first payment, you’ll receive a special welcome email from us and get invited to the private forum. From then on, you belong to our sisterhood, we’ll stay in constant contact and work toward your success.
How will I get billed?
Subscriptions are billed on monthly basis. You’ll be billed in U.S. dollars. You must have a PayPal account to set up your payments. If you don’t already have one, it’s a very easy and secure process. We’ll guide you through it.
Do I need a PayPal account to register?
Yes, you’ll need to create a free Paypal account. It’s very simple though, and only requires a credit card, an email, and the creation of a password.
Can I cancel my membership whenever I want and get a refund?
Things can change, and you can decide you don’t need or want to be a Cohort anymore. And that’s OK. You’ll continue to be billed every month until you cancel your membership. You can cancel your membership at any time by easily canceling your recurring payment from within Paypal. After that you won’t be charged again. However, your previous monthly payments are non-refundable because once you’ve registered you have access to all the content.
Will I have to leave the private forum if I cancel my membership?
Unfortunately, we have to exclude non-members from the active discussion forum. It’s a private Cohorts-only area. We hope you understand that.
Will the fee go up?
Yes. As fewer spaces are available, the price will gradually go up. You can subscribe now and freeze your monthly fee at $129 as long as you remain a Cohort.
If I cancel my membership but want to join again later, can I still enroll from the same price?
Unfortunately, you can’t. You’ll have to enroll again by paying the current monthly fee for new members (if a space is available).