The Power of Social Networking
I always knew that social networking could be a powerful tool in self promotion and finding work. It just didn’t really strike me completely until recently.
The majority of the work I have done up to this point (and currently) is down to the power of social networking. Communicating with others is so valuable, particularly when offering your services online.
Like I always say, it is important to strike the right balance between advertising and conversation – especially on Twitter. A lot of the time work can be found simply by communicating and asking questions.
Utilise your existing network and don’t be afraid to ask for favours (such as retweeting requests for information or offering services) as long as you are willing to reciprocate. I would suggest only doing this when you feel you have a level of communication with the person you are asking for help, otherwise you may find the request is unwelcome.
Don’t limit yourself to just one social network, and also use other communication methods, too. I have also made some great contacts and found work by participating on online forums and communities. Again, ensure your participation is genuine and steer away from promoting your services too obviously. If you are participating in a community whose subject you are particularly interested in this may come far easier if that weren’t the case.
Let me know about your experiences and any tips you would like to share!