September 5, 2012

Freelance Jobs and Where to Find Them

by Just B Socialized

Don’t you wish there was as many home based or freelance job sites as there is for ‘regular’ jobs? Well, there is! Ok, maybe not as many, but there are a lot of job boards out there for freelancers if you just take the time to look for them.

Everyday, I sit down at my desk and check at least four different sites dedicated to posting freelance job opportunities. I admit that some do overlap each other, but every single blog writing job I have found has been off of one of those sites.

My favourite right now is Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs. Most of the ads just get pulled off of Craig’s List, which is a site used by many employers all over North America seeking freelance employees, but it eliminates you having to weed through irrelevant ads. The person running this blog does the work for you. She will also protect you from scam ads.

Work at Home Mom is another great site for finding neat little writing jobs. You may have to do a bit more research into who is posting the jobs, but all in all, it is a good site.

I also regularly visit Pro Blogger which is another site with a good reputation. Plus, there are lots of articles to browse and learn from.

Lastly, I like to check Freelance Writing. Like I mentioned above, these sites will have posts that overlap each other, but this site dives into other types of freelance jobs as well.

Other than exploring these types of sites, I recommend simply networking within the blogging community. Put up a profile and join some forums. You would be surprised how many successful bloggers are looking for guest posts.

Don’t forget to advertise your services on free classified sites as well. My two favourite go to places for posting ads is Kijiji and Craig’s List. Kijiji is very popular here in Canada where I believe Craig’s List dominates in the US.

Take the time to browse these sites on a regular basis. You never know what may pop up. I personally believe in making all the connections you can to help get your foot in the door. Just watch out for the “pay per click” jobs, anyone who asks you to pay money to invest, or those who may not be able to follow through with payments. Use your instincts and look at the email address of the sender. If it is professional, take a chance. If it is through Hotmail, you may risk working for little or no money. When someone is in the position to pay freelance writers, then they should at the very least have a relevant email host. That’s just my opinion.

May 30, 2012

This One Time at Band Camp …..

by Just B Socialized

Did that get your attention? I thought so!

When you think about the articles that pop up on your Facebook or Twitter feeds, how do you decide what to read? Considering the only part you see most of the time is the headline, I would take a guess that is what entices you to click. Choosing a spunky eye-catching headline or title can make or break your blog.

I write a personal blog which is a bit more casual than this one, so I tend to make a good effort to complete my post with a kick ass title. On this blog and others that are more formal, I often tone my humor down a bit.  But is that something I really need to do? Not after seeing these headlines from some pretty respectable organizations.

Red Cross

WWF – Canada

Youth Service America

Pretty cool, hey?

I believe that, as long as your content stays true to who you are as an organization, or blogger, then take the risk and play around with your titles a bit. Just make sure you are not offending anyone even if it is unintentional. Some say bad press can really be good press in the end, but I say be respectable and aim to have fun rather than stir the pot.

May 16, 2012

How One Tweet Sparked the Change that I Had Been Searching For

by Just B Socialized

Since I am advocating for the WAHM, I should share with you what inspired me to do so. I mean, yes my own child and a fear of childcare did in fact help push me to stay home and work, but there was also a book that inspired me to pursue my passions.

This book was like a good kick in the butt for me. I discovered so many cools ideas for a home business along with neat little tips to make that business work. I always knew you could actually make money as a Blogger, but was clueless as to how. Now I know, and am using this newly found knowledge to co-write a Kindle book for Mom Bloggers. This e-book will be the first in a series dedicated to the aspiring WAHM, and the best part is …. I am working on them with the author of the book sparked me to get going. How cool is that? I find a book that encourages me to follow my dreams and the one who wrote it is now personally guiding me along. All it took was a Tweet to say thanks for writing such a helpful book.

I guess the moral of this story is to take time and say thanks to those who inspire you. A 140 character Tweet changed the course of my life. Maybe it can do the same for you!

Order your own copy of How to Start a Home Based Business to Become a Work-at-Home Mom here. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

We as Mothers deserve to have happy families, to fulfill our dreams and create balanced lives. Take that first step to achieving that balance and get this book!

Also check out Georganne’s website: http://www.homeworkingmom.com/

May 15, 2012

One of Many Awesome Reasons to be a WAHM

by Just B Socialized

One of Many Awesome Reasons to be a WAHM

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May 10, 2012

And So It Begins ….. For The Last Time

by Just B Socialized

My name is Leah and I change the direction of my work CONSTANTLY.

Have you ever seen the movie “Up”? Ya know the part where the old man and the boy meet the dog who wears a collar that translates his barks into words, and he gets distracted by squirrels? I am that dog. I find a goal and work towards it. Then all of a sudden another path appears and I follow it. Squirrel!

So, here I was with my focus on NPOs and aiding them with their social media and volunteer relations, which I will continue to do, but I am starting to find a different niche for myself. Writing. I blog for myself and others, I am co-writing a series of Kindle books with a fabulous lady who I admire, and I aspire to write YA novels. I still hold a love for social media and all things online marketing as I do that for work as well, so why not just do it all? Who says I can’t guide NPOs and WAHMs together? No one.

With all this said, I have made my final decision. I am going to write my imperfect heart out, help WAHMs become successful in their passions, and share what I learn when it comes to social media.

Here I go!

February 28, 2012

NPO Seeking SFR?

by Just B Socialized

Here is a little hidden gem for you Edmonton based NPOs.

Edmonton Space Finders

It’s like online dating for non-profits seeking event space. Whether you want to hold your annual general meeting, a support group, volunteer appreciation party or fundraising event this site is exactly what you need saved in your bookmark tab.

Not only could a NPO search a venue to use, but why not list space that you have as well?

I think this is wonderful! Renting venue space can be expensive and researching places to contact can be time consuming. Here it is right at your finger tips. Such a great resource for any NPO, especially ones on a smaller scale.

Go and discover a space that is perfect for your next event!

 

 

February 22, 2012

Pinterest – The New Black??

by Just B Socialized

I had not heard of Pinterest until December 2011 when I was showing off my engagement ring at my fiancé’s office Xmas party. His coworker’s wife told me she would add me on Pinterest so I could discover some neat DIY wedding ideas. I just casually said, “Oh that would be great, thanks!” I had no clue what it even was.

A few days later I got an email notifying me that I had an invite to Pinterest. I set myself up and became instantly addicted. I created a few different Pin Boards – Wedding Ideas, Books I love, Kid Stuff and I Simply Love. Next thing I knew I was pinning this and pinning that, sorting ideas and organizing them onto my boards. How had I missed this for so long???

So what exactly is Pinterest and why does it earn a post on this blog?? Pinterest is quickly forming into a must have for NPOs or any sort of business for that matter. Trust me. It’s like the new black.

I will begin by admitting that when I saw a lot of different NPOs flocking to Pinterest, I wondered how it even worked for them. Well, I discovered how and it is pretty genius.

The basic idea of Pinterest is to share things you find on the internet that you think are interesting. It is not exactly like sharing on facebook where you post a link to an article or video, rather you are sharing a photo of what interests you and allowing people to click on that photo if they want more info. It really is just like having a pin up board in your office or bedroom plastered with photos you are drawn to.

If you remember back a few years ago a book called “The Secret” came out and it suggests making a sorta collage of goals, in picture form, that you want to achieve and then tacking it to your wall. The idea is to be able to see what you want to accomplish, which in return actually helps you follow through.

Pinterest is, for most people, a way to sort out craft projects to do, recipes to try, or to share inspirational quotes. Once you find something you like, you Pin It to your board for everyone on Pinterest to see. If someone spots it and is drawn to it they can choose to Repin the photo to their own board or just click on the photo to get redirected to the website it came from.

Ah ha! There it is! Did you catch it???

You post a photo from a website and others can click on that photo to get redirected to that site ….. or …. YOUR site.

Think of it as people referring other people to your NPO’s website. Imagine all the traffic that can get driven right to you.

Heather at NonProfit Tech 2.0 does an excellent job of explaining how it can work for you, so I invite you to take a look!

Pinterest and NPOs

 

February 12, 2012

Ding! You Have a Google Alert!

by Just B Socialized

I love Google Alerts.

I am an avid “subscriber” to newsletters in regards to businesses, organizations, products or subjects that I am interested in. My inbox beeps at me all day long with newsletter after newsletter, but I can’t say that I read every single one. I might skim them for something that pops out at me, otherwise I separate them into different email folders on my Mac. After a while I tend to have an overload of things to read and not much time to actually do it. I enjoy keeping as current as I can when it comes to my field of study and honestly try to commit to a scheduled sit down at my lap top each day to get caught up.

I believe that newsletters are a must for any NPO, so I make a point to encourage awesome newsletter practices. But I do have to take a moment and advocate for Google Alerts.

I like using Google Alerts as it is one simple notification sent to your email inbox on all the current events going on in regards to an issue you want to keep informed about. You get to choose when you receive each alert and how much you want. Then you pick what you want to read by looking at each headline.

Here is an example of one news link on a Google Alert I just had land in my inbox:

Experts to Discuss Social Media and Nonprofits | News
Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society

Social Media &NonProfits” presented by Hugh Forrest, 
www.utexas.edu/news/2012/02/06/sxsw_interactive/

(Keep in mind that one alert will contain many different links to read, but this is just an example of one.)

Now I can decide if this nugget of news interests me or not. If yes, then all I have to do is click on it.

Signing up for Google Alerts is an important way to keep yourself and your NPO in the know about the cause you are fighting for, and also for industry news. Each person in your office should be subscribing to their own field of alerts. Volunteer managers may want to have alerts on volunteer relations where your event planner will want to receive alerts about venues and event planning ideas.

All you have to do is go to Google Alerts, fill out the boxes and click create alert! Make sure you are using keywords for each type of alert you want to get. As you will see in the alert above, the words Social Media and Non-Profits are bolded which mean those are the words I entered as my search query, so any current news to do with Social Media and Non-Profits will appear.

Quick and easy!

So go and do it now ….. trust me. Go now!

February 8, 2012

Being The Worst = Being Lucky!

by Just B Socialized

I just came across this on Twitter and think it’s a wonderfully neat idea!

The reason I love it so much is because I think it gives a chance for smaller organizations to receive some assistance. Quite often I see people who want to give away money to a charity, so they ask their friends to vote on who the money will go to. The same handful of NPOs always show up. I totally 100% believe all NPOs need help, but I am also aware of a thousand other charities that could use some attention.

It’s time we brought them into the spotlight!

 

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February 8, 2012

Trending

by Just B Socialized

Right at this moment a campaign Bell is doing to raise funds to help mental health programs is “trending”  all across Canada. This is a big deal!

If you are not sure what “trending” means let me explain it.

Trending nowadays means there is a specific person, news story or issue being talked about  a lot on Twitter. For example when people want to discuss a celebrity they will put # before their name like #michaeljackson, which is called a hash tag. If enough people have the same hash tag in their tweets that specific topic becomes a “trending” topic.

While I was on Twitter earlier today I noticed a hash tag reading #BellLetsTalk was trending Canadian wide. I knew what Bell Let’s Talk was as I have been following their project for a few weeks now, and needless to say I am very excited to see this at the top of the list!

CAMH partnered up with Bell and created a wonderful campaign!

Bell Let’s Talk 2012: Join the conversation

Bell Let’s Talk national spokesperson and six-time Olympic medalist, Clara Hughes, invites all Canadians to talk about mental illness and take the fear and stigma out of seeking help. “Open and honest discussion of how mental illness impacts each of us is crucial to driving the awareness, acceptance and action needed to make a real difference in mental health. So let’s talk Canada!” proclaims Ms. Hughes.

Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every text and long distance call made by Bell customers on February 8. This year, retweets count too! As part of their online anti-stigma efforts, this year Bell will also donate 5 cents for every time Canadians retweet messages posted by @Bell_LetsTalk.

The goal: beat last year’s phenomenal record of 66 million texts and long-distance calls made—which resulted in a donation of $3,303,961.80 by Bell toward Canadian mental health initiatives.

What better way can you raise awareness and money for a cause than simply talking about it?! Genius in Cause Marketing (which I will be posting about soon).

I think it is wonderful to see a NPO’s cause trending the way that Bell Let’s Talk is. It just proves my theory on how powerful social media can be. To be perfectly honest, I was surprised to see that this was the 2nd annual Bell Let’s Talk Day as I had not heard about it last year and trust me, I was all over social media then too.

Who knew that a simple # symbol could hold so much power?