Ah, networking. Many words strike fear into many a freelancer, but I’ll bet ‘networking‘ is one that makes us quake the most.
Starting out as a freelancer is scary and most of us, myself included, are more inclined to blast out a ton of e-mail shots and face rejection from a laptop monitor.
But to be successful, there’s one thing you have to do:
Networking online is great. You can follow some influential people on Twitter and LinkedIn and over time wheedle your way into their consciousness. Then – hey presto – they either have work that needs doing, or if they’re a fellow creative, they may hand you a job they don’t have time to do.
I’ve done it myself and had a small amount of success.
Brilliant – we’re all going to be mega-rich and work on a laptop on a beach, and it’s all down to Twitter, LinkedIn and a few emails.
Well, you may as well go back to your full-time job if you think that you’ve cracked it.
I’ll Admit Something…
I’m scared stiff of meeting people in public. I hate:
- Talking about myself, and
- Talking about what I do
- I’m not naturally confident
But I’d like to be.
That’s why, this week, Kayleigh and I are attending a workshop for new business start-ups.
At the moment I’m still working a full-time job around my writing, and it frustrates the hell out of me. I don’t want to be in an office until 5 pm, even if I do have a window view of the interior of Albert Dock. Yeah, it’s lovely, and I never tire of it – but my day job is about as exciting as daytime ITV on a Tuesday.
I want something else.
I want to work for myself.
And Friday’s workshop is just another step towards that dream.
It’s A Networking Gold Mine
I need to learn more about starting my own business, but there’ll be new start-ups there who might need our services. Every business needs a voice and a way to get noticed – that’s why offering content writing and graphic design is perfect for an event such as this because we can help with:
- Print & Digital Advertising
I’ve got my business cards ready, and I’ve been talking to myself in front of the mirror – now it’s time to put it into action.
If you’re an entrepreneur, who’d like to network right away, speak to us today – just visit our contact page.