Now I'm sure this was a total fluke, but the first Tweet I shared got a bite! I worked with Bernie Borges of Find and Convert for 3 months in a V.A. capacity handling the Twitter account for his main business and his podcast: Social Business Engine. As our business relationship progressed I took on more responsibilities including drafting up copy for his show notes pages and even doing some audience research.
I need to point out that I still had my 36 hour a week day job at this point. In order to leave time for myself each week I started to wake up an hour earlier every morning and invest about an hour after work too. For me, this was do-able. I was logging 50+ hours a week between the two jobs and I was happy. (Side note: I like to stay busy.)
Then I received the job offer. Again, I don't know how normal of a situation this was, it had only been 3 months but I clearly proved my worth. Now I am a Digital Marketing Associate for Find and Convert, a B2B marketing agency out of Tampa, Florida. I work fully remotely and am enjoying the opportunity to write every day as a part of my job. The knowledge I am gaining from the digital marketing world is amazing too. I have so much more to learn.
Learn everything you can. I am a regular attendee of blogging/social media conferences and trainings. Not only did this allow for networking and growing my following, but I have been able to learn so much. People in the blogging community are very open with what has worked for them. Many have no problem sharing social media tips and the common pitfalls they've encountered along the way. Your fellow attendees have a lot to offer at these events too, not just the speakers.
Going along with learning everything you can — READ! Of course you should be reading other blogs, but don't forget about those hard bound things with paper in them called books. There are plenty of niche style books about blogging (or content writing) and social media. Even successful fashion bloggers are dishing out their tips and
Most obvious to me now is podcasts. I wish I had taken advantage of them sooner. I can listen to them when washing the dishes, walking the dog, even working out. The Social Business Engine show is a podcast and internet TV series of interviews with people and companies who have seen success in social business. There's plenty of other podcasts out there on virtually anything you may want to hear about. The social media podcasts on my list currently are:
- Social Business Engine (duh!)
- Social Media Zoom Factor with Pam Moore
- Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
- The Social Media Examiner Show
- Social Media Marketing Podcast with Michael Stelzner
- Social Pros Podcast: Real People Doing Real Work in Social Media
If you are interested in social media you should be following these hosts on Twitter too.
It's going to take hard-work and extra hours but you can do it. Check out my Pinterest board for more techie/blog tips. There is so much good information there too!
If you have any questions or I can help you with anything let me know. I'm on Twitter @meaghanmae and I would be happy to assist. :)