Working for a Living

By , May 20, 2009
It’s late into the evening and I really am enjoying myself. This keeps me up having a ball. I want to be a successful entrepreneur doing something that I really love. Hopefully, this will give me a fighting chance. I want to talk about money and working for a living. If your job’s not fun, then you are part of a big community. Since work is such a major time suck in your life, don’t you think you ought to at least enjoy it? I really do. My work is a pleasure even when it’s hard. If I didn’t enjoy it, I would try like hell to get to doing something else. The question is: How do you promote yourself the position of your dreams? Like anything else, you have to find your market, find people who are buying the services you’re selling. It’s just like the job search you did to get the not-so-much-fun job you currently have. Only this time, even the search will go better, because you’ll have your spirit in the search.

Tools to Help You

If you’re going to get the position you want, you have to work at it. You have to be focused, clear and attentive to the job of getting your information. What your going to do is your one PR – Public Relations work. And it is work. Networking is a critical piece in any job search. If you have meetups in your community, in your area of interest, by all means take advantage of them. The latest trends and innovations are electronic, and don’t think that you can easily do without them. While you may not be a fan, your potential employer may already have embraced them as a critical way to easily find their ideal worker. Social Media – Talk to people via the internet. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Delicious are all great ways to show people who you are. And, showing is always going to be more expressive than simply telling on a resume. All the ones that I mention are free, or have a free version. LinkedIn, in fact, is the only one I know of that has a paid version, but I don’t use that one at all. I mention it only because it’s popular; you may want to look into it. Website – I don’t know of too many industries where a person could not benefit from having a web presence. If you’re a top-notch thing-a-ma-bob maker, then you want to have a virtual store to showcase your thing-a-ma-bobs. You could start out with a free site. Do your homework on what’s out there. The last one I had free was Geocities which is no more. By the end of 2009, all the sites will be gone or migrated to a paid version that Yahoo! offers. If you can’t build it, find someone who can. Prices vary according to what you want.

More About Your Website

Social media is so popular because it fosters two-way communication. Websites are great to show what you do. That is putting your information out there. But that’s only part of the story. The rest of the story is receiving feedback from your audience. You want a great looking site, great content, and you want to be able to hear from people. Your audience is really important for several reasons, not the least of which is guidance. Their feedback can let you know if you’re on the right track or if you fall far short. Minor tweaks to keep them or major changes can be heard when you open the line of communications. People, like you and me, tend to be loyalists. We’re more inclined to return to the provider we feel we know, for services and goods. To open lines of communications from inside your website, you have two things that you really should employ:
  1. Have an obvious and clear CONTACT page – On your contact page, include your preferred email contact, and a phone number and snail mail if you choose. You can include a form that anticipates questions or requests that may be asked of you.
  2. Have a blog – This will allow room for exchange of ideas. And if you leave it open to the public, you can develop a great community that can share ideas in this open form of communications.
Blogs make you more accessible to your audience—provided you respond to comments. It’s different than reading a website that may be awesome, thorough and easily navigable. There is nothing out there. It’s just a shingle out there, like on a storefront. But what happens when you  get to talk with the owner who had the shingle hung? You develop a tangible connection that is deeply rewarding and worth its weight in gold. Doesn’t it give you the sense that you’re actually connected with a person and not just a brand? It does me. If you don’t believe these things are important, then don’t do them. Do a little research though, and see what you’re missing out on. If you’ve already gotten started working on these things, tell my how they’re working out for you. And, I’d love to hear if you have other ideas for promoting yourself to the position you want.

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