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Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Side Hustle? Shark Tank’s Daymond John Weighs In

shark tank logoAs media folks, there’s no denying it…we’re creative beings!

It’s not uncommon to talk to a colleague who works in editorial and writes his or her novel in the early hours of the morning. Or maybe you have a friend in sales who is launching her start-up e-commerce site on the side. Or maybe you’re a copywriter and you’re burning the midnight oil sewing clothing for your new line of puppy products.

It’s the American dream, right? Building something from scratch with your own two hands, something to call your own, something that can hopefully make bank someday.

Well, next comes the million-dollar question. When is the precise time to leave that day job to pursue your passion wholeheartedly?

We caught up with Daymond John at the Shark Tank season six premiere party on Friday night. According to this shark, the time is right when “the business starts to call you.” Read more

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Joe Cross Shares Content Tips: ‘If Your Content is Good, It Will Get Seen’

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Here’s the thing. So many of us are toiling away at day jobs with the dream of writing the great American novel at night. Or maybe you’re hoping to get more followers on your YouTube channel so you can stop juggling four freelance jobs and focus on just one or two.

Or maybe it’s a straightforward scenario: you don’t have a side job but you’re incredibly focused on your day job and getting content out there.

Whatever the case, one thing’s in common for sure: We’re all pretty darn passionate about the content we’re creating. That’s why Joe Cross says, “If your content is good, it will get seen.” Read more

Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EDT.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios as they talk to Kim Taylor, a freelance copywriter for a variety of agencies and brands including David Levy, Brand Jam and American Express Platinum Travel.

Get tips on how freelancers can manage their time, land new clients and even pursue a passion project on the side.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

‘Devil Wears Prada’ Screenwriter Dishes About Writing Process & Defeating Procrastination

Whether you have a day job and you’re an aspiring screenwriter or you’re blogging away all day at the nearby coffee shop, chances are you’ve battled blocking out distractions, creating a method to your madness and oh yeah, carved out space where you can write and write alone for your baby, your project.

Well, thanks to this new series, “Academy Originals,” released by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we get a glimpse at screenwriter Aline Brosh (The Devil Wears Prada & We Bought a Zoo) McKenna’s process. She sets goals each day like getting to the end of an act or scene, “I go and I move the boulder from here today…and that’s my work.”

Having an office outside the home for 12 years, she needs her own space and time to “just do my thing.” Check it out!

Four Ways for Freelancers to Successfully Land Big Clients

SixFigureFreelancerBy big clients we mean clients with deep pockets. Budgets to spend and contract to sign. That’s why this post from Freelancers Union is so appropriate.

Of course, the first way to land big clients is to let them know you exist and to pitch them. The art, my friend, entails in the pitch itself.

1. Research. The clients you’re pursuing require more research, plain and simple. You know what though? They’re worth it. Per the piece, you should spend at least one hour reading through anything and everything about this company. Social media feeds are helpful so you can get a grasp on how the company views itself.

The piece points out: “If it’s a large corporation with multiple locations, try to find out if certain locations specialize in different services. Then find the department that aligns with what you do. Then do some private searching on LinkedIn to find out who works in that department. Recall your past gig experience: who was the person who hired and managed you? Look for someone with that job title.”

2. Explain what you do. Think bigger than what you currently do, too. You’re not just a project manager, says the piece. Instead, you’re the go-to person who makes the company’s problems disappear. Check that — the person’s problems to whom you’re pitching. Speak to the person your pitching and solve his or her problems.

3. Understand that they have a boss. The person you’re pitching indeed has a boss who’s likely putting pressure on them to make a hiring decision and to make it a good one. Plus, deadlines are looming. Give them all the information you can to make it easy for them to sign you on for the project.

4. Understand that they don’t want to train you. They need you to come in and roll up your sleeves to get right down to work. They assume you have the required skills and experience and need little to no training.

The piece advises, “Tell them you always spend the first few days listening and watching. Say something about how good you are at seeing the big picture, filling in where needed, and instead of trying to talk a lot about what you do, repeat back to them what they need.”

How to Make the Most of a Gap Year

suitcaseIf you think taking a gap year is just for high school kids before they jaunt off to college, think again.

According to the Brazen Careerist, experienced professionals have blazed a trail well into their careers and they’ve done it on small budgets to boot.

For starters, you should look into your employer’s sabbatical policy. If you’ve already been at your employer for a few years, you may qualify for a sabbatical. Another option entails taking an unpaid leave of absence in exchange for a guaranteed job when you return home.
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Check Out Our G+ Lunch Hangout Tomorrow!

mb logoWhat’s on your calendar tomorrow during lunchtime? Do we really need to ask?

We’re hoping you’ll join us on Google+ for the next career lunch hangout at 1 p.m. EST.

Join your MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi and SocialTimes editor  Mona Zhang as they talk to Sarah Burns, journalism professor and editorial consultant with 14 years of experience in print and online.

Get tips on how writers can ramp up their LinkedIn profiles, what tools are the best for managing a freelance business and more.

Oh, did we mention that it’s free? Looking forward to having you join us!

Survey Shows Pitfalls & Perks of Desk Versus Non-Desk Jobs

helpHave you ever felt the grass was greener on the other side?

Let’s say you worked in editorial. Thanks to the recession, maybe you got what you yearned for — the opportunity to freelance full-time. Then in due time you started missing the structure of a day job so you ventured back into editorial.

Sound familiar? Each scenario has its perks and its pitfalls and according to a new survey published by CareerBuilder, workers in desk and non-desk jobs were equally likely to report being happy in their current roles. That said, desk job employees were more likely to report complaints about their own work environments. Read more

Calling All Freelancers! New Site Connects Independent Contractors With Available Desks

video interviewIf you are working from home right now, you’re not alone. Well, technically you are alone but countless freelancers are doing it, too. How about a coffee shop? The local library? Our options are endless but when it comes to finding coworking space in an actual office, things can get expensive.

According to a piece by The New York Post, a new site has launched to connect freelancers with open desks. Consider deskcamping like Airbnb for freelance folks. It was launched in December and offers something a bit more unique for freelancers. Instead of having to rent office space by the month, the site lets companies rent free desks by the week or even by the day. Read more

Study Shows Entrepreneurship Gap Based on Attractiveness

successThis just in…if you’re a good-looking guy, odds are stacked in your favor if you’re looking to get an investor to buy into your new business.

As per a piece in The Telegraph, a study by Harvard University revealed that investors were more likely to invest in a business if the guy pitching it is handsome. Attractive women entrepreneurs weren’t more or less likely to be successful than less attractive women. Read more

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