The What Works Network is a community of practice where experienced small business owners take decisive action to build more effective, sustainable, and profitable businesses one day at a time.
Get support, feedback, and encouragement on your own schedule.
Monthly events make up the foundation of how we help you making business-building a habit and support your decisive action-taking.
But it’s not the only way to get support & guidance! We make it easy to grow your business at your own pace, on your own schedule with the time you have available.
When you join The What Works Network, you also get access to:
- Private, dedicated online community platform so you can focus on learning & connecting without the distractions of social media
- Global network of experienced small business owners from diverse backgrounds and industries so you can take more informed action
- Quarterly Virtual Conferences, day-long deep dives into a key component of building a stronger business where you’ll hear from members with the expertise and experience you need to act
- Weekly Monday Huddle, connect with other business owners to share what you’re excited about, what action you’re taking, and how others can support you
- Weekly Network Newsletter, ideas for action on the monthly focus area and a chance to quickly catch up on what you’ve missed
- Weekly Kickstart, an open thread to share your action steps for the week and connect with other members
- Weekly Check-In, an open thread to share your victories and celebrate with other members
We are What Works.
The What Works Network is a mix of coaches, consultants, writers, educators, designers, makers, lawyers, wellness professionals, therapists, and developers. Over 60% of our members have been running their businesses for 3 years or more.
Some of our members are in their 20s, others in their 60s. Some work with clients one-on-one, others serve thousands. Some have employees, others operate on their own.
One of the strengths of our network is the diversity of experience and perspective you can draw on whenever you want
Tara McMullin is a serial entrepreneur, experienced facilitator, bestselling instructor, and host of the hit small business podcast, What Works.
She’s passionate about guiding business owners to experiment with new ways of working and take decisive action toward their goals. The What Works Network is the product of over a decade of teaching, leading, and coaching entrepreneurs.
What Works is made possible by a small team of people dedicated to lifting up entrepreneurs through caring, personalized support.
Shannon Paris is our full-time community advocate and operations manager. Kristen Runvik is our member experience specialist. Additional support is provided by Marty Seefeldt and Sean McMullin.
Our Values & Guiding Principles
✔️ Non-dogmatic: We don’t ascribe to any particular framework, blueprint, or method for building a business. We focus on helping our members discover what works for them and take action on that knowledge.
✔️ Collaborative: Our goal is to learn from each other and to learn together. We value the experience that every member brings to the table so we can take informed action.
✔️ Inclusive: We welcome business owners from different industries, different business models, and different levels of experience. We value the experiences of business owners from marginalized communities and we’re actively working to create a space that’s welcome to people from all backgrounds.
✔️ Holistic: We honor the interconnectedness of entrepreneurship and leadership development. We respect (and encourage) the exploration of the ins & outs of marketing, management, sales, and product development alongside questions about mindset, personal development, and leadership.
✔️ Experience-driven: We don’t give advice. We prioritize lived experience and thoughtful observation as we support each other. We contribute what’s working for us, how we work with our clients or customers, and what we observe in the market at large.
I am enjoying learning what other business owners are doing to work efficiently and work through some of the same problems I encounter. I feel a lot less alone! I especially love hearing about new tools and how people are using them.
What I like about The What Works Network is that there are many different types of business owners which means I get exposed to a variety of different perspectives and even introduced to tools I can use to run my businesses that I hadn’t thought of. They say, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and I want to keep learning the things I don’t know if yet from this fabulous brain trust of smart, caring business owners.
It’s such a fantastic, active community. I feel like in The What Works Network I’m surrounded by mature, serious entrepreneurs actually running a real business. I have not found any other community like it. I have been following Tara for a long time now. I’ve learned so much from her and honestly in my eyes, she is one of the most respected, intelligent and trustworthy entrepreneurs out there. A true mentor.
As a longtime What Works podcast listener and recent joiner of The What Works Network, I will say I have been blown away by the caliber of conversations inside the network. I somehow missed that the podcast is not so much a “highlights reel” of the network as it is a random sample of the goodness that happens inside the network!
This is a rare place where experienced folks are honest about what’s working and what’s not. That’s why I love sharing my morning coffee with you every day!
My business is growing into a whole new phase at the moment as I start building a team, and it’s wonderful to be around other people who are in the same place of growing and developing and trying new things, so we can all learn from each other and lift each other up. The generosity of this group is astounding.
Tara is passionate about creating a space for real learning, where the members are teachers and students at the same time. There is no information hoarding, or smoke and mirrors. It is a community of transparency, sharing what works and what does not, and provides space for these conversations that everyone can benefit from. There is no exclusivity, everyone has a spot at the table and that is exactly what the New Economy is all about. Accessibility, guidance, and assistance for all, not just some.
I really appreciate connecting with the the What Works members because they all understand the ups and downs of building a business! It’s so great to have a place to hang out and feel understood when I share a win or a struggle. None of us got to where we are now without a whole lot of support.