Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Utilizing Social Media

I’ve been using social media for awhile now. While I think it’s a HUGE time suck in many respects, it seems as though many freelancers have really embraced it as a means to network, find job leads, and locate sources.

My question is—how have you utilized social media to grow your business?

I’m sure I’m showing my ignorance here, but I haven’t had tremendous luck with finding more business through these outlets. Twitter will have the occasional “tweet” that stands out or provides a good business lead, but overall, most of my work has come from good old-fashioned querying, and to a lesser extent, word-of-mouth referrals.

So I’m curious—how has social media helped your business? Is there one website that's been especially beneficial for you?


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    Social media has helped me expand my network of other writers. I've found some good blogs (like yours) by people who are in the same boat as me, and I've read some really good advice on these sites. I haven't found more business through social media, per se, but this morning, I received an e-mail from someone seeking freelance help who was referred to me the old-fashioned way, and she researched me through my blogs before she contacted me.

    More directly, I use social media to find sources for freelance stories I've already been assigned. Facebook, Twitter and even other bloggers have led to sources and story ideas.