I decided to do the Freelancer In The Spotlight series for several reasons. 7, actually, to be exact.
7 Reasons Why I Created the FITS Series
You might be surprised at a few of these reasons! Be warned!
One, I wanted others to know that I wanted to offer them freelancing tips, but didn’t really have a lot to offer them from my own experience since I’m still “new” to this field.
Two, many people who subscribed to my newsletter indicated that they wanted to receive such tips.
Three, I wanted to take a break from blogging for a while and having others write posts for me seemed like a great way to do this. By inviting them to help me out, I was able to have a bit of a rest.
Four, I wanted to get some new readers to my blog and by having guests share their FITS post with their followers, that target audience was reached with minimal effort on my part.
Five, I wanted to experiment with the offer of free editing in exchange for a comment/backlink/etc. to find out who might become a future client of mine. (I’ve since revised the “requirements” for the “contest” to win free editing. Please read them, and enter the current contest… if you dare!)
Six, I wanted to strengthen the connections with other freelancers. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to feature:
- William Ballard
- Tom Bentley
- Christy Birmingham
- Crystal Nay
- Harleena Singh
- Brian Morris
- Joe Warnimont
- Ali Luke … and
- Corinne Kerston (who gives you a sample contract!)
- Deevra Norling
- Alicia Rades
- Janine Ripper
- DD, an Addicted-to-Heroin Freelancer
- Candace Simonson
- Elna Cain
- Gina Horkey
- Lorraine Reguly (yes, me!)
Seven, I wanted to learn a few tips myself! 😉
What I Learned as a Result
In addition to the tips I picked up from the contributing freelancers, one of the things I learned as a result is that most people are happy to make a new connection.
Another is that the people I invited to be a part of the series were enthusiastic and excited at the prospect of having a “guest post” on my blog.
Reaching out to others is not difficult; it simply takes a bit of guts and a well-crafted invitation — something that is hard to say “no” to!
I also learned that I liked having a bit of a break from blogging. Sure, I had to approve the comments, but I didn’t reply to each and every one. I let the FITS do that instead!
Feedback Needed on The FITS Series
Do you like reading the FITS posts? Should I continue with them on a monthly basis? (So far, I plan to, publishing FITS posts on the first Monday of each month. Tomorrow’s featured freelancer is Deevra Norling.)
What are the types of things you still need to know about freelancing?
Tell me your thoughts on the FITS series in the comments. Ask questions, too, if you like.
I’m here to help.
But I need to how to help you.
Give me feedback on this issue, please.