Evaluating A Start-Up
For the last two weeks my gal pals and I have been evaluating the business models of 30 businesses for my column. We are trying to figure out which would be a great work at home job of the day to talk about. It's a bit tricky because some entail participating in surveys while others require participants bidding on jobs as a freelancer or independent contractor for small to major brand named firms.
My Guru.com conversations have been steering me in all sorts of interesting research directions. Employers need bloggers. They need writers. They need content creators. They need to relocate to larger/smaller offices... When I speak to people I never just have a conversation about the job advertised, I talk about everything. I ask lots of questions. "How long have you been at your present location?" always opens the door for a real estate conversation. Just because a contract is posted up for bid as a telecommute doesn't mean the firm does not have other possible issues that need to be addressed. :-)
Once you start chatting in social media about what a professional does and does not need they tend to tell you all kinds of stuff when you least expect it. Creating multiple streams of revenue is like mining for gold. Sometimes, in order to do a project you need to hook up with other Rainers like Inna and Josef while making your pitch. If the work is more suitable as a team effort rather than a solo effort don't be greedy. Form a virtual team when you pitch your presentation to land the job. Did you know that your profile pages are my electronic Rolodex? I use this place as a think tank. Cool think and do is my elevator pitch for being an illustrator. May have to post more pages from my sketch book so you can see what I've been doing between shows (LOL). Still painting like a lunatic for the gallery. I need to start framing stuff and buy more canvas... :-)
When I talk to people about what I can do for them as an independent contractor I also periodically include Rainers in my pitch because I have discovered when you show them your group forums and team blogs they can discover your associates and make up their minds about you through social media buzz.
Re-blogging and being re-blogged matters to them. Being shared and liked gives them a sense of what you can possibly bring to the table for their projects. Having a printer, virtual assistants or marketers to possibly share a project with and/or make referrals to means the client will weigh your collective skills as a virtual team which gives you an edge because more often than not they will discuss other project matters that are available but not advertised for bid in the professional forum you met at. That means if the Nevada company wants to move to Florida guess what I can do?
When you are running around writing while doing illustration, photography, digital video and editing film with your kids in tow like I am you can learn a lot about other people's business models and sometimes create referral opportunities. People enjoy talking about what they like, where they go and what they do. Ask open ended broad questions and if time permits they may share their interests. I like meeting people at Starbucks in virtual and brick and mortar life. The kids being in tow is always disarming and people can be twice as charming when your four year old starts flirting over snack-age (in virtual and brick and mortar life - LOL). Stephen tends to be shy when he first meets you. Shy and cute... However, once you are considered a "friend" it's a whole other story and level of interaction because when the Minion Blur gets comfy anything can happen and all things are possible (LOL).
You can also learn really cool tips while poking around in other people's business models over coffee or tea (LOL). For instance: "BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express allows businesses 75 employees and under to get the most out of their BlackBerry Smartphones, including connecting to business applications, synchronizing email Calendar entries, contacts and tasks..." (there's a really nifty list that actually makes me want to get a smart phone - LOL) I don't have a Blackberry so I found that very interesting because Skype (which is free) handles less (around 25 people).
BTW, BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is also a FREE download from the PC Mall Small Business Network (SBN) website. Nothing like social media to help you find interesting tools to use for your projects, eh? At SBN you can receive ongoing discounts, valuable IT solutions and business services, plus get access to discussion groups, blogs and expert advice specifically focused on the needs of small businesses. Membership is free so of course I joined: http://www.pcmallsbn.com/n/index
I like free. I like discounts. I like useful programs that work and discovering new "how to" webinars. They, SBN, are having a Blackberry webinar on June 29th that I just signed up for. Skype is my choice for hooking up on social media projects but I may have to get a crackberry this Fall if I like the webinar because I have lots of bay-bays I love talking to. The more on-line the merrier.
Gotta run. I am drawing. While I work on my children's book with the shorties you guys go play at SBN and peek at Guru. If you don't have a Skype account what are you waiting for? Go get it. Did I mention it is a free download? I think I did... ;-)
Disclaimer: Any comments and contributions provided on ActiveRain.com (or other electronic or print media) does not establish an agency relationship with any third party. Blog posts are intended to be informational only. Please be advised that real estate practices vary in regions and from state to state and market to market. The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. All parties in need of legal, accounting, tax, or real estate guidance are directed to consult with the licensed professional of their choice. Please seek specific guidance from a retained professional in the specific field(s) required to service your interests. I and/or team blog writers make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site and its associated sites inclusive of but not limited to CarolynTannStarr.com MySpace/TannStarr 46486 NY Working Moms Examiner ActiveRain Group Club Chaos ClubChaosAgents.com CyberMinions.net CTannStarr Outside Blog CTannStarr Localism Blog TannStarr.net UberMental.com
© Carolyn Tann-Starr, 2008-2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the re-blog authors (when appropriate)and Carolyn Tann-Starr is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Tann-Starr, (the re-blog authors when appropriate) and Wordy C's Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.