They are a handy reminders I have picked up in social media land about how to run and market your own business. Think of them as mantras to help you maintain a positive mindset.
✔ Feel the fear and do it anyway.
✔ The 3Ps: patience, perseverance, persistence.
✔ Think of yourself as a business owner, not only as a freelancer.
✔ Collaboration between colleagues is healthier than competition between colleagues. If I can’t fit in a job, I may know someone who can. Or, when asked if I can take on a project, I may know someone with a more relevant specialism.
✔ ‘Follow’ useful connections on LinkedIn, who might know others in industries you have an interest in, who could help with work.
✔ Like, comment, and engage with connections on social media.
✔ Share T&Cs with clients. Have a contract or email agreement to protect yourself.
✔Feel safe to ask questions. If it is the client of the customer, is the brief clear, are there any misunderstandings? Don’t be shy to ask questions. If you are a fellow edibuddy who wants advice, email is a safe space.
✔ Know your worth when quoting a price. Don’t ‘race to the bottom’ for just any job, unless you are desperate to pay the bills. It lowers your value and those of others who are in the same field as you. On the other hand, doing a volunary role ‘pays’ well if you can get a good testimonial from the client for your website and/or social media.
✔ Plan content for social media. Have a strategy.
✔ Look out for yourself and your mental health. Ensure a work/life/social media balance. Get some fresh air.
✔ Put aside some time each week to explicitly learn some CPD, or read those notes from a course attended last term … A half day should do it – Monday or Friday afternoons are good for me when I am either planning my week ahead, or reviewing how my week has gone.
✔ Make time for resources, e.g. listen to ‘The Editing Podcast’ by Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby. This valuable content is enriched with extra resources. My favourite episode: How to use tricky punctuation …
✔Invest money in resources: you need to speculate to accumulate. It could be a course or a tool to help you do your job more effectively.
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I do #ThursdayThumbsUp for three reasons:
- To recognise the efforts those who have made an impression on me with their content.
- It boosts the profiles of others.
- It keeps me in a routine because I do them on a … Thursday.
Scroll down to find the LinkedIn connections I have spotlighted in my #ProofnowProfile on #ThursdayThumbsUp.
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👍 See what these folk offer.
👍 Say hello if you have featured in previous weeks in my Profile Party.
I recommend the freelancers, editors and proofreaders below.
If I can’t fit you in because of time or subject restraints, they are splendid colleagues with their own specialisms. Click on the links to see them on LinkedIn.
27/05/2021: Laurie Duboucheix-Saunders (French translator)
20/05/2021: Ed Goodman (Founder of Freelance Heroes Group) (social media consultant)
29/04/2021: Dr Atalanta Wilcox (academic)
22/04/2021: Ayesha Chari (academic)
15/04/2021: Katherine Garrett (fantasy, SFF)
08/04/2021: Andrew Hodges (translater, academic)
01/04/2021: Hilary Cadman (science, teacher, trainer)
25/03/2021: Matt Pinnock (Maths)
18/03/2021: Kerry Murphy (fantasy)
18/02/2021: Rosemary Cunningham Winning Women leader and counsellor
11/02/2021: Christina Petrides copywriter, copyeditor and proofreader
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