Do you take advantage of opportunities sent your way?
One of the first lessons learnt in launching a freelance business is to identify and follow through with any and all opportunities given to you. Some might be poorly paid, others an exciting prospect but it is better to pick the ones that give value. However, the value does not always mean financial. When I interviewed a local not-for-profit cafe owner for a local e-zine, I took the incentive and approached the owner for the interview knowing I could utilize my link as a regular contributor to the e-zine, Strathcona Connect and promote her cafe. There was no financial benefit for me, but I promoted a worthwhile community driven business, for my extended neighborhood. The value is therefore, the addition of an article to my portfolio and my name on the article for other local businesses to see.
One other opportunity came from another source which was certainly not local. An exciting website http://www.wikibest.com/ is an editable guide to the best of things. As a collaborative project, it gives users the opportunity to write their own reviews on a plethora of subjects. Subjects include but are certainly not limited to movies, websites, electronics and hotels. With an easy to use format; once an account is created, users can write their own expert views on a free page, enabling them to share their knowledge of events, media, people and places with the world. It is truly a public forum.
Why not take a look and enter your own review of ‘the best of…?’