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  • How do you get a job in blogging?

    One of the most common questions I get is “How do you get a job in blogging?”

    The thing is, I don’t think there’s a sure fire way of getting a job in blogging. I’m still convinced that I’ve got this job through a mix of luck, cheekiness and a hard working attitude. The skill thing? I’m still not convinced I have it. Particularly when I look at my contemporaries who have journalism degrees and perfect grammar.

    But, to try and answer the question, here are a few of the things I did to become a full time blogger.

    • Blog! Sounds obvious, but I have spoken to people who want to get into blogging, but have yet to set up their own blog. It’s the best way to showcase your work and prove how serious you are about being a blogger.
    • Take on some free blogging work. It’s great experience for your CV and may well lead to paid work. Just don’t give all your work away for free! You can always sign up with sites like Demand Studio to get some experience, editor feedback and a bit of income.
    • Take on feedback. Then act on it. Negative feedback can be a bit of a kick in the gut, but knowing your learning from it helps.
    • Keep an eye on peopleperhour.com. It’s one of those sites where you have to sift through a lot of low paid jobs, but occasionally you’ll find a gem that will get your blogging career going.
    • Register with Journalism, Gorkana and ProBlogger.They all occasionally advertise for good blogger jobs.
    • Get on Twitter. More often than not, people will tweet about a vacancy before they advertise it. Tweeting that your available for blogging work is another way to pick up potential work.
    • Always keep an eye out for opportunities. Whether it’s a family friend who has just set up a business, a local business with little social media presence or a gap in the market for a niche blog.

    I guess becoming a full time blogger is about building up a client base over time, and retaining as many of them as possible.

    Do you know any great resources for finding blogger jobs? Please do share them in the comments!


    This post is the fourth in a series of 30 for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. See other 30 Day Blogging Challenge posts here.

  • Five things to consider before going freelance

    Fed up of the rat race? Have a burning desire to be your own boss? I think everyone has had thoughts of going freelance or setting up as self-employed at sometime or another. The reality of actually doing it is another thing though.

    Before you jump head first into freelancing, there’s a few things you should consider…

    1) Can you afford it?
    Launching yourself on your own means you’ll need to adjust to several months of living on a very tight budget, before the business rolls in.

    Prepare for this by saving up at least six months of rent and expenses. Also, consider working on your business in the evenings and weekends around a job, so that you’ll have an income until you decide to launch full-time.

    2) Will you be lonely?
    I’ve touched on the loneliness you can encounter as a freelancers before. If you think you’ll miss office life, consider renting a communal office space, or try to attend some Jelly events. It’s also worth signing up for a number of networking events in the early days to meet others in a similar situation.

    3) Are you prepared to promote yourself?
    The British are notoriously bad at blowing their own horn, but being confident about your product or service is essential in building business. Share achievements on Twitter, great feedback on your website and new products on your blog. If you don’t, how will everyone else know?

    4) Have you got a support network?
    Freelancing might be an independent business, but you still need support. See my post on five people every freelancer needs in their life for more information on the kind of people you’ll need.

    5) Do you have the time?
    Some of the best, and most successful, new freelancers are those that will work evenings and weekends to make their business work. That’s not to say you need to spend every night and every weekend working (please don’t, you’ll go stir crazy. And be very dull company.) but that flexibility can seriously boost your career.

    Are you a freelancer? What advice would you give to someone considering doing it?

    This post is the second in a series of 30 for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. See other 30 Day Blogging Challenge posts here.

  • Co-working, networking and no working

    When I first started working as a freelance blogger, I was told I’d have to get out there and meet people in order to be a success.

    For me, networking always conjured up images of sharp suits and pushy sales techniques. Which, being a floral dress-wearing, painfully shy girl, scared the hell out of me.

    But the days of stuffy events and overpriced subscriptions are a thing of the past. And I’d now have to agree that networking is an essential part of starting out in self-employment. Having a conversation with some one in real life hugely increases the chances of winning business.

    There are now dozens of ways to meet new clients, find new customers and meet people who you can work with in the future. And I promise you, the more you network, the easier it gets. Particularly if you ask all the questions. There’s no one quite as interesting as someone who shows an interest in you.

    Here’s just a few suggestions on how to network.

    Social Media

    The easiest form of networking, and a great way to start out and test the waters. I started out in blogging after joining Twitter, and subsequently started several internships through contacts made on the site.

    LinkedIn is great for keeping in touch with the people you’ve already met, or for putting your details out there for potential clients.

    Facebook…well Facebook is great for building a brand page and building up a following of customers and fans. Personally though, I think your personal account should be kept for people you’ve met face-to-face or maintained a working relationship with for a long time.

    Tweet Ups

    If you’re looking to meet people in your local area, a tweet up is a relaxed and friendly environment to meet fellow Twitter users. It usually happens in a pub, which greases the wheels somewhat.

    Ladies Who Latte

    Ladies Who Latte is a networking event just for women. My local one is full of inspiring women, busy mums and start ups who just want to chat and enjoy a cup of tea with other local ladies. I’ve picked up quite a bit of business here too. If you prefer an environment with men and women, Business Biscotti is worth a visit too.

    Co-Working

    I’ve been going to Jelly Co-Working events for about a year now, and it’s ideal for home workers who fancy living the office life for a day. Everyone brings along their laptop and work, then carries on with their work.

    I’ll be honest, we spend more time eating cake and gossiping about the latest geeky news. But it’s also great to brainstorm and bounce ideas off others too.

    No Working

    Ok, this isn’t really a type of networking. But one of the hardest things about being self-employed, is knowing when to put down the work, switch off and spend time with your family and friends. But sometimes the most interesting people, and the people that could have a massive impact on your business, are the ones who you meet when you’re not minding your business.

    Do you network?