Ask and you shall receive! I mentioned earlier this month wanting to take on a second Freelance gig. Well I gone ahead and did just that! I'm happy to share that I have joined the team at Rogue Social as their Social Media Coordinator. I guess I better update my tasks I do at home.
I make jokes about being old, I know I'm not "old" but I have some experience under my belt and I entered the corporate world right out of high school. I've only had office jobs, never worked a cash register at a store or a "Summer Job." I was a Business major in college because that was the degree to get if you wanted to make money. I didn't like it. I was an okay student but nothing to brag about. I got a BA in Psychology and landed a job in Human Resources. While I bounced around, HR stuck with me for 16 years until I left my last job in 2014.
While in HR, I was building Pulp Sushi and getting into social media for promoting my Etsy shop and blog. Then I started seeing people talk about social media like it was a real thing, then it turned into a real thing! It's not just teenagers dicking around talking to their friends, it became a serious tool for all types of businesses big and small. Not everyone "gets" social media and how to use it - there is a science to it. It became a job for some companies, "Social Media Manager/Strategist/Coordinator." A new line of work just develop over the last 15 years! I wanted in! I'm tired of HR!
I gained more experience doing some social media for Typepad, it's part of our customer service. Ok, I can do this for another business that's not my own, yay! I wanted to do more. When a friend posted on Facebook that A Little Beacon Blog was looking for a freelance Social Media Coordinator, I said "Screw it!" and contacted them, not expecting to get it, I was wrong. Now I get to tweet and Instagram for another blog besides my own. Am I considered a Social Media Professional yet?? I was a little apprehensive giving myself that title but now that I'm working with an actual social media company, I am super excited to get my hands dirty and working with clients directly.
It took a couple of years from just thinking about it, to actually pursuing social media work. The timing had to be right for things to fall into place.