Networking

  • Networking and Saying “No”

    By Chris Bibey on April 4, 2011
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    The more you network the more job opportunities you will come across. As a freelance writer, it is important for you to consider all potential gigs. At the same time, you must know when to say “no.” Early in my freelance writing career I struggled with this. If you asked to work with me I said yes – no questions asked. […]
  • Are you handing out Business Cards?

    By Chris Bibey on March 21, 2011
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    You have many jobs as a freelance writer. One of the most important is marketing. You want everybody to know what you do. The more people you tell the better chance you have of landing new clients and making more money. Over the past couple of years, I have handed out hundreds upon hundreds of business cards. Are you doing […]
  • Chamber of Commerce Networking Tips

    By Chris Bibey on February 21, 2011
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    Are you looking to get in touch with potential clients from your local area? If so, you may want to think about joining at least one chamber of commerce. This may sound like a lot of work, but once you know what you are doing it can bring in new business on a regular basis. Here are three chamber of […]
  • Network in Person without Feeling Silly

    By Chris Bibey on February 7, 2011
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    Let’s face it, most writers aren’t the type to “hard sell” their services. For this reason, face to face networking can often times be a difficult task. There was a day when I felt the same way. Fortunately, I overcame this soon enough. Nowadays, I love getting out there, talking with others, and making new contacts. Tips to Ease the […]
  • The Holiday Season offers great Networking Opportunities

    By Chris Bibey on December 27, 2010
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    Some freelance writers make the mistake of putting their marketing plan on the backburner during the holiday season. While there is no denying that you want to spend time with your family and friends, this is one time of the year when networking should come naturally. Do you really want to pass up this opportunity? Here are three ways to […]
  • Grow your Network with these Three Tips

    By Chris Bibey on December 13, 2010
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    Some of my best freelance writing gigs have come from people in my network. These are not necessarily people I have worked with in the past. Rather, they are professionals I have met and kept in touch with over the years. Here are three tips to successfully grow your network: Ask your closest clients and business partners for introductions. If […]
  • Network your way to your Next Job

    By Chris Bibey on November 29, 2010
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    Many freelance writers get into the rut of doing nothing more than sending query letters in hopes of obtaining new clients. While there is nothing wrong with this, at some point you need to leave your office and get into the “real world.” Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time networking with other professionals in […]
  • Freelancers: How to Replicate the Water Cooler Experience

    By Jennifer Mattern on November 16, 2010
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    Today's post was inspired by a suggestion from Virginia McGuire on Twitter. We'll talk about how you can replicate the social "water cooler" experience with colleagues in a freelance setting, when you're not all together working in the same office. The timing is perfect too. I just met fellow freelancer, Lori Widmer, for lunch last week. And yesterday morning I […]
  • The 10 Best Writing Conferences in the United States

    By Guest on August 5, 2010
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    The following article is a guest post from Sarah Snow. Writing is a constantly evolving craft. If you consider yourself a writer, it is important that you hone your skills on a regular basis. The following ten conferences offer workshops, guest speakers, and information on publishing. Attending these can be a great way to not only improve your writing, but […]
  • Should You Take a Quirky Spouse to a Professional Conference?

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 26, 2010
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    I recently received an interesting reader question from Jazmin of Capital Web Writing. Her question was about whether or not it would be appropriate for her hubby to accompany her to a conference, especially given his unique quirks. She gave me permission to share the email and my thoughts here. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the topic as […]