The full time corporate job may have ended, but that does not mean the career has finished. Setbacks are all part of the bigger picture. It is also an opportunity to go back to the “original draft” and review the original goal. I have been using this time to get back to basics and have found wonderful opportunities where I have not expected.
There has been wonderful opportunities to fill in for a couple of different blog websites, review books and software, and other various article editing projects. Along with that, I have been privileged to take on a part time gig for a home improvement company managing the trade show staff. This has been a wonderful chance to aid with the marketing campaign and improve on management of a staff of ten.
The blessing of all of these projects also means that it allows me to work from home and although my work hours are mainly during evenings and nap time, it has allowed me to be at home with my toddler. He has been learning to color alongside of my various computer projects. I have been enjoying this time and it has been a joy working through some of these challenges as I keep seeking for more projects.
Have you had a career setback? Please talk about it in the comments below.
“The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves, continually put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.” Bob Burg
I made the decision at the beginning of this year that I wanted to be successful as a freelancer and help others achieve their writing goals. Seeing someone achieve their goal makes me happy and I am passionate to make their goals my own when it comes to editing materials. If someone has a goal and I have the ability to help make that goal a reality, of course I would step up. Wouldn’t you?
Slowly, I have found my specific niche and am working to spread the word around about my business. While at a church picnic, I decided to start dipping toes outside of my comfort zone. There are many people I know at church and we chit chat regularly. My husband talks drums and music with a few other guys from the band and while we when one of their discussions faded, I decided to jump in and asked the friend what he did for a living. Come to find out he was in an engineering field and we ended up with a lengthy and exciting discussion about our respective fields. I tried this same method with another gentleman and found out he works for a major computer company with software training. Both of these gentlemen work in technical fields and have influence to send clients my direction now that they know a technical editor.
These gentlemen I have talked with on a regular basis and I would have never known of their technical background if I had not asked. They would never know to refer people to me if they never knew what I did for a living. Networking is not so much a marketing sales pitch as it is having small talk with a friend and teaching them what skills you have to offer. I definitely find it easier to tell others what I do now that I have a niche to be specific and detailed when I speak of these skills. These two guys know I edit books and technical documents and they will remember when they talk to others.
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