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Community

Join our humble sanctuary of like-minded, high-caliber independent consultants and boutique agencies who harness the power of being better together. Our members share best practices, advice, tools and resources to foster one another's growth and success.

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Connections

Expand your network with The Upside's unique and genuine approach to facilitating connections among our members, especially those with common backgrounds, goals, geographic locations and of course similar business models. 

 

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Clients

Join The Upside for our best-in-class community and facilitated connections, but stay for member referrals and The Upside's invaluable learning and game-changing resources that will catapult your ability to source premium clients on your own.

Here's the scoop.

The Upside is a membership tribe of go-getting professionals who are passionate about flexible and independent work.

 

Our members are pursuing careers on their own terms, and aim to achieve their ideal work/life balance. They often categorize themselves as consultants, independent contractors and boutique agency owners, and connect through The Upside for the sole purpose of fostering each others' success and building their client base through The Upside's pipeline of flexible, quality client and growth opportunities.

 

It can be challenging running an independent business alone. Don't get burned out trying to do it all yourself! Within the confines of our private community, we pool resources, post client opportunities, share best practices, collaborate and crowdsource with the ultimate goal of helping one another achieve a successful and fulfilling career.

Additionally, our members have the added privilege of giving back: 10% of all membership profits goes towards charities and non-profits that support women in need or provide leadership training to young girls in underserved communities.

Want to quickly know if we have chemistry? Check out our Core Values.

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Wendy Heilbut

Partner & Founder of NYC office, Jayaram Law

"Members are incredibly engaged and the feeling is both honest and supportive."

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Melissa Marra,

Founder, E & M Events and Marketing

"I can connect with like-minded entrepreneurs (with a range of expertise) where we share resources, bounce ideas off each other and encourage each other."

 

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Shani Syphrett

Brand Strategist & Marketing Consultant // Advocate for Innovative Women of Color

"The Upside's core value of quality over quantity keeps both membership and client connections at a level that mirrors my professional goals."

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Erika Velazquez Alpern

Marketing & Communications Consultant

"I'm a member of several business communities, but the niche and quality that The Upside provides is truly unique."

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Hi, I'm Erin.

If you've accepted the current state of corporate America, where we are forced to decide between working full-time or not working at all, then no need to read further. But if you're like me and the other women in The Upside, you feel in your bones that you are meant to be more than a traditional employee and do more than clock in and clock out, day in and day out.

 

We are more than just cogs in the wheel. As professionals evolve, and especially after we start families, our needs change, whereby fitting into the 9 to 5 box (or let’s face it, 8 to 6) is beyond antiquated and unrealistic. It’s also inefficient for both experienced employees and future-forward employers.

 

There’s been this myth that full-time “lean-in” employment is the only way to climb to the top. Or that we have to launch groundbreaking startups and raise millions in venture funding to be considered successful. Either of these myths hit a nerve?

 

But what if we not only broke through that glass myth, but also leaped sideways and onto a totally different--yet still familiar--path altogether. I like to think of the glass elevator in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory that went up, down and sideways to arrive at its final destination. In other words, in today’s world, careers don’t have to be so darn linear and they certainly don’t need to feel like a white collar prison sentence.

Breaking out as a solopreneur can provide the independence, financial growth and flexible lifestyle that so many of us strive for. In addition, when executed well and with the support of other like-minded, positive and brilliant women solopreneurs, this career path can be less stressful, more fulfilling and yield more money than any traditional corporate job out there. 

Own your time. Own your success. Own your relationships. Join The Upside and see for yourself the friendships, growth and success that develop when like-minded women come together to support one another in business. It's truly magical.

-Erin 

We are finally discovering the power of connections that can provide us with the resources, support, camaraderie and inspiration we need to follow our dreams, ask for more and push towards bigger goals.

Erin Halper, Founder & CEO of The Upside

Give me all the details.

1.

Why Join The Upside?

The Power of Community

We have a unique way of connecting--and networking. Upsiders excel in communities and thrive when we feel a sense of togetherness. At The Upside, our members enjoy their own private sanctuary for asking questions, expressing vulnerabilities and fostering one another's growth.


The Power of Connections

We believe in the power of connecting like-minded people. We also believe in connecting members with opportunities that can grow their business, including referrals and client leads.

 

The Power of Diversity

We believe that when smart people of varying backgrounds and broad ideas come together, with the common intention of growth and success, true magic happens.

The Power of Sharing

We also believe in the power and value of giving. Every member has a standing "offer" that other members can access. Examples of offers include pitch email templates, contract templates, virtual office hours, press opportunities, podcast interview opportunities, co-working space, tech help, etc. 

The Power of Giving Back

Additionally, our members have the added privilege of giving back: 10% of all membership profits goes towards charities and non-profits that support women in need or provide leadership training to young girls in underserved communities.

Read our testimonials

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How will joining The Upside help me?

We launched our platform because this was something we wanted back when we were growing a flexible, independent career, but it just didn't exist at the time. 

 

We wanted a place to go when we had questions about difficult situations.

We wanted colleagues to interact with and grow with, and who had our back.

We wanted a place to gain resources, like contract templates, pricing formulas and business development strategies.

And we wanted a place to make meaningful, authentic connections and friendships with other like-minded, independent and entrepreneurial spirits.

 

Through The Upside you will: ​

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  • Gain a tribe of independent professionals with diverse backgrounds yet common lifestyles and goals

  • Navigate tough business situations

  • Gain resources and best practices

  • Collaborate through a private community

  • Gain access to tech apps and tools that we pay for, so you don't have to

  • Participate in curated masterminds that will solve your biggest challenges and sharpen your business skills

  • Build friendships with like-minded, high-achieving professionals

  • Gain accountability for your business goals

  • Improve work/life balance

  • Develop stronger confidence and conviction in your value, unique offerings and rates

  • Learn how to enhance and refine your pitch to land better clients

  • Create better and more targeted business development strategies

  • Learn how to select the right clients and create boundaries

  • Define a niche that maximizes your most valuable skill sets

  • Strengthen relationships with clients

  • Increase personal confidence to excel

  • Gain a community of professionals who have your back and share your desire to succeed

  • Feel a sense of giving knowing that we give back to charities and non-profits that support women in need or provide leadership training to young girls in underserved communities.

Read our testimonials

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What are the tangible benefits of joining The Upside?

  • The privilege of connecting and building relationships with our intimate, curated community of best-in-class professionals who are redefining success beyond the 9-5

  • First access to all opportunities, clients and projects sourced through The Upside

  • Our comprehensive and dynamic Member Library which includes a growing list of our top picks for "what to do" and "where to go" for everything from building your website to business development strategies to managing your P&L to processing credit card payments
  • Access to our Membership Directory and a library of ongoing gifts and offers--such as templates, email scripts, office hours, coaching sessions, publicity opportunities, etc.--submitted by The Upside members to give back to our group
  • Accountability Partner Matching for members looking for more one-on-one support and camaraderie
  • Access to Upside Industry Circles to participate in game-changing masterminds
  • A safe space for curated, vetted members to crowdsource ideas, resources and solutions for growing an independent business

  • Monthly members-only office hours with The Upside

  • Ongoing members-only opportunities such as press/exposure, SEO boosts, speaking gigs and other relevant opportunities to build your cred and pedigree

  • Access to our members-only tools and software that we pay for, so you don't have to, including Zoom and Canva

  • Members-only perks and giveaways from brands that support our mission of changing the way working works in America

Read our testimonials

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Who do you accept into The Upside?

  • Professionals who identify as a woman and who are currently working as boutique agency owners, independent contractors, and consultants in the corporate world

  • Professionals who identify as a woman and who are working corporate jobs, looking to make the leap into consulting or some type of flexible work arrangement that provides better work/life balance

  • Professionals who identify as a woman and who have taken some time off from working, would like to get back in, but only on their own terms and schedule

  • Professionals who identify as a man, who are pursuing or looking to pursue independent careers, and who are passionately supportive of women in the workforce

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Is there anyone you don't accept?

  • Because all of our members work with businesses or executives as end customers or employers, our community is not the right format for solopreneurs pursuing network marketing businesses or for health/life coaches.

  • If your target audience is our members, The Upside is not the right fit. Upside members do not pitch their services to other members.

  • Anyone who is not joining the community for the right reasons. See #2 above. 

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What is the format of The Upside?

The Upside leverages Facebook's community technology for all of our communication and conversations. Why Facebook?

(1) Because just about everyone is on it, eliminating the need for members to download a separate app or learn a new technology

(2) Because it's free, keeping our overhead costs, and thus membership costs, as low as possible

(3) Facebook makes it super easy for everyone to frequently participate in the group and connect as friends outside of the community

(4) Facebook makes it simple to create searchable tags on each post for finding answers quickly and easily

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What is the cost and value of joining The Upside?

Members invest $68/month, billed quarterly.*

 

Upside members see huge value in what we offer. This includes both priceless and quantifiable benefits such as:

(1) A safe space to ask the smartest people in the room answers to your most pressing, confusing and nagging questions about business and beyond: priceless

(2) A forum to ask any questions and have them all answered by Erin Halper who has advised more than 1,000 professionals on launching and growing a thriving consultancy: $395/hr value

(3) Small group masterminds with some of the best and brightest in your industry: $500+ value

(4) Press, exposure and speaking opportunities: priceless

(5) The privilege of networking with a private, curated group of high-achieving professionals who believe in community over competition, and support one another in growing a thriving consulting practice: priceless

(5) Opportunities to write guest articles distributed through The Upside's social media channels and newsletter: priceless

(6) Access to premium-level tools and resources that we pay for so our members don't have to, such as Zoom and Canva: $50+/month value

(7) Erin Halper's constant drive to bring value to members, and connect them to relevant people and game-changing opportunities that will help them thrive: priceless

(8) Hundreds of helpful, formalized offers, including contract templates, from fellow Upside members: priceless

Our current members agree: the cost of an Upside membership more than pays for itself!

Imagine the value if:

  • Over the course of two years of Upside membership, you landed just one 5- or 6-figure client from a relationship, referral or connection you made from networking with members in The Upside?

  • You received time-sensitive feedback that saved you thousands of dollars in potential mistakes?

  • You received insights from Erin Halper and your fellow Upside members that led to closing one of your largest clients ever?

  • You received quick feedback, advice and information over and over again, saving you hours of time researching on Google and crowdsourcing from unreliable groups?

  • Instead of paying a lawyer hundreds of dollars an hour for their time, you could access contracts and templates provided by fellow members?

  • You made life-long friends and business relationships with high-quality, ambitious solopreneurs who are there to support you and have your back?

*You will be grandfathered in to this rate when you join and your membership fee will never increase. However, as we scale, our membership fees will increase for any new members.

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Why do we charge for an Upside membership?

(1) Charging a monthly fee allows us to keep our community curated with high caliber members.

(2) Paid membership holds members accountable for their participation and engagement.

(3) Members have access to “offers” and files such as contracts and pitch decks that would normally cost hundreds of dollars and/or hours of time to create on your own.

(4) Charging a monthly fee enables us to pass along high quality, vetted client opportunities and referrals for which we used to charge a 20% finders fee. We no longer charge matching or referral fees now that we converted to a membership model. If you sourced only one client through The Upside or its members over the course of two years, it would more than pay for itself many times over.

(5) The Upside is not a project or side hustle. It is our full-time business and it’s all we do.

(6) Upside members have access to learning and growth resources, and tech tools such as Zoom that we pay for so that you don't have to.

 

(7) Upside members have access to crowdsourcing best practices with high caliber, curated members and Upside experts who understand the consulting and freelancing industry inside and out. Just one right decision sourced through The Upside could save you thousands of dollars in mistakes not made.

(8) We actively connect our members to opportunities and to each other through accountability partner matching and sub-groups called Upside Industry Circles. These types of connections build friendships, connections and have been known to catapult our members' businesses. And we think this is very valuable.

Why do we charge quarterly and not monthly?

(1) We know from experience that members gain the most the longer they are in The Upside. One month of membership does not give an accurate snapshot of what a member can gain from a quarter or even an entire year of membership.

(2) The Upside charges non-members for access to our proprietary tools. When you join The Upside, you have access to all of these tools which are valued significantly higher than one month's membership. 

(3) We want members who are committed to membership, and who are ready to learn, share and gain for the long-term.

NEXT STEPS

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APPLY

Click here to apply for membership to The Upside. Members are accepted on a quarterly basis and applications open and close at the beginning and end of every calendar quarter.

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APPLICATION REVIEW

After you submit your application and payment details, you'll be directed to a calendar link to set up a call with a member of The Upside. We can't wait to get to know you better and determine if there's a mutual fit.

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ONBOARDING

Once accepted into The Upside's quarterly cycle, you will have access to our robust Membership Directory, client opportunities, and our two private Facebook groups where all of our main conversations, events and announcements take place. You'll be able to instantly connect with other members and access our tools and best practices.