Janel Westerfield is a bright and talented freelancer specializing in digital marketing. As a college graduate who decided to go the “non-traditional” route of freelancing, we wanted a place for Janel to share her experience. We’re so excited to have this space where we can share stories that resonate with members of our community. Welcome to Janel’s Corner!
Finding Community As a Freelancer
Freelancing has many benefits: you have control over how many hours you are working, where you work, and how much you charge. However, one obstacle many freelancers face is feeling isolated. When you work in a 9-to-5 office environment, you have the opportunity to collaborate with others, bond over customer frustrations, and ask for help. As a freelancer, you might feel like you have to figure it out all on your own.
In this article, I’m going to give you 4 different resources you can use to build a sense of community and avoid that feeling of isolation.
1. Facebook Groups
There is literally a Facebook group for every interest, hobby, niche, and industry. Whether you are a freelance personal trainer or a graphic designer – there’s a Facebook group out there for you to connect with other people who share the same interests as you. These groups provide a safe place for people to connect, support, and learn from each other.
For starters, I recommend joining Beebizy’s Freelancer Hive Facebook Group.
2. Professional Organizations
Get out in your local community and network with other business professionals! You will learn so much when you surround yourself with successful people. Do some research at home to find the best fit for you. Some professional groups are free and usually just ask for donations. Even if a group has an annual fee, this may qualify as a deductible business expense.
“I don’t limit my network…”
3. Other Social Media Platforms
Don’t be afraid to slide into someone’s DM’s (it’s pretty normal these days – just keep it professional). Typically, I like to introduce myself, explain what I do, and mention what stood out to me about that person’s social media page. Reaching out to others is great for engagement
and will open a door that leads to future opportunities. Ask them a question to get the dialogue flowing. Feel free to use this template to help you network with others.
“Hi [their name]! My name is [your name] and I work as a [your type of work]. As I was scrolling through my discovery page, I stumbled upon your profile. I absolutely love the fact that you [something that stood out to you about their posts]. How long have you been [what they do for work]?”
Slack is very similar to Facebook groups. This is simply a chat room where you can ask for advice, share knowledge, and support other group members.
Did you know Beebizy has its own Slack channel? Discuss all things freelancing and small business with like-minded entrepreneurs. Making connections through the internet breaks down geographic boundaries. I don’t limit my network to my little corner of the country, I interact with peers in other states and even countries!
Virtual connections can give you the same benefits as in-person networking, but with a broader reach.
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And If you are looking for any social media marketing, content creation, graphic design, or web design services – hire me on Beebizy @Janel Westerfield.