Engage, Entice, Exist: 3 Ways to Stand Out

When I first started out as a freelance writer, I dabbled in many genres-from health and fitness to real estate and, well, plumbing! Most of this ended in failure because I was so new that I had thrown all of my eggs into one basket each time the basket was passed to me. But like many other successful freelancer writers in my clique, I never gave up, just gained mounds of exprience that I still find pretty useful today. I learned from Carol Tice, a brilliant freelancer and entrepreneur who was/is on-point about basically anything freelance related. If you get the chance to take a workshop or two, she really gives you more bang for your buck. She is accompanied by inspiring assitants and helpful bottom-liners that will encourage you along the way. You do not need to be an aspiring writer, as I found her tutorials to be of universal help.

Before we go into the meat and potatoes, let’s devour a few appetisers, shall we?

What are you passionate about (i.e. caretaking, children, petsitting, coffee, cleaning teeth, comfortable footwear, etc;) ?

Have you done any research (in your geographical area, web search, general info)?

These questions will help you determine what you want from your job(s). You may find yourself straying in a completely different direction or hating the orignial idea altogether but you will have an idea, on paper, and in your fore-front. So, start there.

Engage

Experienced or not, you know what you love to do, and more importantly, what you do best. Flaunt it. Wear it like your favorite outfit and expect compliments, expect questions and be ready to answer, engage, and offer. Your passion is your name badge, not just a decal on your bumper. Be your own agent. I love when I run into a person who knows their stuff and isn’t afraid to confidently tell me something about it. Engage with your supermarket attendant, your child’s school teachers, church groups, and people walking passed you in the park.

Entice

You are not going to win everyone over- and you don’t need to starting thinking that you have to! The right people will be enticed to follow. You can offer them something that they might want and need, but there is no need to convince someone that they need your service, product, etc;. Your love and driving force behind you will entice the right person. I never randomly give out my cards in hopes that i’ll get hired. When they compliment my scent, I have a sample oil ready. When they ask what I do, I tell them that I make their business stand out among the rest. done and done:)

Exist

I have come across many freelancers who have steady clients and when they take on new clients, their existance with their old-timers tend to dwindle, lack communication, or maybe isn’t as important. This isn’t saying that we don’t care about our faithful firstcomers, but the excitement of newbies takes over and we tend to pay more attention.

Don’t do this. Give every client the same attention, especially your current clients. Exist to be a part of their world (oh, Disney, you had me there) and offer to get to know them better and better each month/year.What works for me is taking a monthly phone chat with my clients, checking up to see how they’re doing, and just catching up with thier lives. You’re not bugging them, you’re helping them. They’ve hired you to be their hawk, persay. They are entrusting a piece of them with you. A monthly check-up call is the perfect way to show you care and to simply exist.

 When you’re ready to make your passion your life, you will have plenty of options to perfect your craft. If you have any questions or want to share your freelance experience, please do in the comments below! 

 

 

 

 

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Why Social Media is Just Awesome

It feels so invigorating to write about something in the form of an opinion rather than a ‘fact’ based subject for work. Lately, I have seen so much hate towards social media. I get it, I really do. The mindless thumbing through Facebook and Instagram, feeling the need to check up on every conversation (or to comment, for hours). When you put all of that aside and look at the big picture: social media is really a great thing!

So, I have to decided to give the internet a hearty handshake and explain 3 ways that social media is a helpful and kind tool.

  1. Location – How many times a year do you travel to see loved ones, even if they live just a few hours within driving distance? Not often, I assume. Work, time, and money play a conflicting role in seeing loved ones, even on holidays. Facebook, for example, make it convenient to check on those you love, send a note, and ‘like’ a picture. So if you can’t get to little Johny’s sweet 16 on June 28th, you can see the photos from the memorable event right there on Facebook, instantly!

2) Inspiration – I don’t know about you, but I LOVE watching people grow. I am a people watcher, I love the interaction with one another, and the positive energy that floats from conversation to image. Instagram, Vine, and Snapchat are great examples of friends and strangers sharing their world with yours (and yours with theirs), inspiring while being inspired.

3) Business – Nowadays, the internet and social media are the way to connect with your colleagues, grow your business while attracting new clients. You can’t change that, sorry! It’s just the way to cookie has crumbled. So why don’t you use it to your best ability? Be the BEST at what you do and promote yourself and your services via social media. You can learn a lot about yourself, other like-mined individuals, and especially how you do business. Blog it!

Conclusion

Everything in moderation, of course. Not everything is worth a post, nor is everything worth your ‘two cents’. These are just a few of the reasons I feel social media is so awesome and so important! Don’t think you have to ‘give it up’ if you fall victim to the zombie text walker syndrome, just know your limits. Everything has a balance:)