What I’m reading upstairs: The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor
What’s on the iPod: Hey, Hey by Dispatch
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Interesting day yesterday. Because I’m awaiting approval on one project, I spent much of the morning contacting prospective clients. I managed 35 letters of introduction, which netted me three responses in less than 30 minutes. One prospect thanked me for getting in touch and we’re already talking about projects. The other two don’t have immediate needs, but I’ve made a connection I don’t intend to break.
I loved the wisdom of this community. Yesterday’s conversation was no exception. It’s why you’re successful freelancers – statements like “No one calls the shots on my career but me” and “I think you have to be part bull dog to freelance.”
Ashley said it best when she said this: “If you want it badly enough, you’ll make it happen.” Amen. Here’s how I’m trying to make it happen:
Trade show folks. My resume work is drying up. Amen for the job market, but it’s lowering my monthly earnings as a result. So now I’m trying to locate not another resume job, but work in another area entirely. I’m focusing on conference exhibitors, who usually need marketing and media packages. So far, so good.
Webinars. I’ve wanted to do it for ages. Thank God a conversation with Devon included her saying “I’d love to do a seminar with you.” We took the idea and ran with it. I’m also developing my own site for ongoing Webinars and online courses. I get tons of requests each week, so I think it’s time I put out the shingle.
Magazines. Oddly, the magazine work is still there, and in the trade magazine world, they’re paying very well. I’ll stick with trades, but I’m reaching out to new-to-me magazines. The more in the mix, the better the chances of picking up a fast assignment.
Blog writing. I was lucky enough to be referred to a company that pays a good deal per blog post, and I picked up enough work to add $1,000 and change to the monthly invoicing. I’m hoping as people drop off the new site I can add a few more posts. At the moment, I do three posts a week. I can definitely handle more.
I was getting a bit exhausted with some of the repetition of my days in my workload, so I’m glad to be able to add these new things.
How do you make it happen?