Creating my opportunity.

posted on: Monday, October 10, 2011

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If you’re new to my blog, first of all hello and welcome! My name is Katy and I’m so glad you’ve taken time to read my blog!

A little background on what I do for a living, I’m actually just starting creating a job for myself doing freelance social media. You can read about my new endeavor here.

I found a love for social media and the power small businesses have through utilizing their platforms and interacting with customers. I love using Twitter and Facebook as well as interacting with people, but their weren’t many positions for me out there. Considering a lot of small business owners don’t yet utilize these tools and don’t know how to find someone to perform those tasks, they weren’t posting these opportunities. I had to create my own opportunity.

A few weeks ago I officially decided to start doing freelance social media.

A lot of people have asked me to document my journey, since many people are interested in following a similar path, perhaps not with social media alone, but with their passions and dreams. I’m no expert, I’ve actually gotten help from some pretty wonderful friends whom I can’t thank enough! It’s not easy to create your own job, but I know it’s going along with the goals I have set for myself in the next few years and now is the right time to go for it.

So what’s been happening so far? I’ve sent out some proposals to interested clients and will be approaching a few more small businesses this week. I’ve gained a lot of interest through word of mouth alone, which is super encouraging and helps reinforce the fact that I’m where I’m supposed to be. One major lesson I’ve learned is to rein in my expectations. I expected and still hope to work mainly with coffee shops, restaurants and maybe some local wineries. Those types of small businesses. But the interest is coming from places I didn’t expect and companies I’m not super familiar with, but I’m following through with them. It’s way out of my comfort zone, but that’s where I’m going to grow the most. I’m going to be learning a ton and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens!

The hardest part is the process of building up the clientele. The waiting period. I have my “up” days and “down” days. The “down” days are the hardest and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s going to happen, it won’t happen overnight and God is going to provide the right opportunities at the right time. I’ve seen it happen so many times before and I’m trusting it will this time as well!

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  • Tiff

    Good luck with it, and good job keeping a positive outlook. What you’re doing sounds so cool!

  • Thank you so much, Tiff! Positive outlooks are much needed when building a job from scratch. I so greatly appreciate the encouragement!

  • Have been reading the blog and want to keep encouraging you. It takes a lot of strength and dedication to do what you’re doing and I think that it is incredibly brave. Go get that dream!

  • Get it girl! I take photographs of local restaurants for free, I like to support local businesses! I don’t see it being my future, but it is fun and I get free food in return!

  • Katy, I love your blog and getting to know you through it. I think you are going to be incredible at this new position you have made for yourself. Way to go after something you love and are passionate about. It will show to anyone who meets you. Best wishes for much success! I can’t wait to follow your progress.

  • Love this Christie. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I love and appreciate all the encouragement I can get. Sometimes I don’t feel strong enough, but I try and push the self-doubt out as much as I can. Thank you, friend, for your support!!

  • That’s awesome! That’ll be part of what I do, photographing businesses. I’d love to do some photography side work, so this ties into that nicely. :) What a great idea!

  • This is the sweetest, thank you Kristen! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog. Writing more about personal things and what’s really going on isn’t always easy. I find it takes me 10 x longer to push “Publish” but your comment really encourages me to keep doing it! Thank you for your kind words and I’m so glad that you will be following!

  • Good luck Katy!! I know you’ll do great with this!

  • Thank you, Brittney! You’re so sweet!

  • Stephanie

    This is all levels of awesome. I mean, Harvey Dent said you make your own luck (the good Harvey Dent, not the vengeful one!), and you are definitely doing that. <3

  • You go! I’m am truly impressed with your decision to take your life into your own hands and make it what YOU want – that alone makes all the “down days” worth it :) Congrats!

  • Awesome, Katy! That would be tough, but sounds like you’re already making some great headway.

  • get it, girl :)