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I write about marketing a lot on this blog, but there's one type of marketing that's easy to overlook: simply telling people what you do. Carry business cards with you everywhere you go, and hand them out whenever someone asks about you or your work. A simple business card, especially one thatMore info »
There's an old joke world languages teachers tell: If a person who speaks three languages is called trilingual, and a person who speaks two languages is called bilingual, what is a person who speaks one language called? American. Though there are plenty of people in this country who do speakMore info »
This is a pretty simple process: just write a marketing piece or letter. But here's what makes it unique (aside from the many many more people you can reach all at once): it needs to be short and to the point. An email exists to save time, so the reader and writer can both check it quickly onMore info »
In the next few weeks, I'll be setting up an email campaign to reach prospective customers. The client has its own mailing list (which makes the process much easier), so it is my job to write the text of the email, then follow up after a certain amount of time with those who don't respondMore info »
One of the first things you read when learning how to break in to freelancing (writing specifically, but I'm sure it's the same in any field) is to have a portfolio. Get some samples of your work together and post them online, as I have done here. I was fortunate enough to start building aMore info »
Children's books seem like the simplest thing of all to write: just a handful of words, and given a talented illustrator or photographer, the whole thing nearly creates itself. There's a good example of the process here. This is one of the options in that big long list of ways to earn money withMore info »
I met with a prospective grant writing client today, and we discussed how I can help write a proposal for her organization. As with any group that's willing to meet with me at this point in the process, she has no money whatsoever, and so the grant would be mainly for operational/seed funding.More info »
Some days are better than others, and on days that don't work out as well as one hopes, it's always good to go for a walk. When the weather is nice (not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry), a walk helps put all other worries aside — you're not sitting in front of a keyboard on aMore info »
While I was reading up on new marketing techniques, I strolled over to the comic book section of the bookstore (it was just a little break, honest...). I found "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History," which shows the creation and development of the characters from the very firstMore info »
As my work with marketing techniques continues, I'm starting to pull together lists of marketing ideas that will be relevant to particular projects. It's easy to come up with a handful — the basic ones that immediately come to mind like fliers and commercials. It takes a little more work to andMore info »