I Don’t Recall Signing On For Acrobatics: Balancing Full-Time and Freelance Wednesday, Mar 9 2011 

The first two days of this week have taught me that I need to prioritize, get uber-efficient, and decide what really matters and what can be trimmed away from the ever-increasing work load. I’m not one to say no to a job so I currently have one full-time job (which I just went back to this past Monday), a freelance fashion catalog copywriting job, a guide writing job on Shopping.com, a featured contributor job on Yahoo!, and a bi-monthly guest blogging position on How To Be A Redhead. Can anyone say overload?

I realized that I was in dire need of an efficiency makeover of sorts when I got an email saying that I would need to attend a fit meeting for my catalog writing job before I had accrued enough vacation time from my new full-time job. Yikes. By my clock I thought I had at least two months until the next meeting…not so.

I’m sure all of you freelancers and business owners out there have been here before, or perhaps you’re in this position right now, so I have collected a couple helpful articles which have helped me begin the process of slowly working my way through the incredible balancing act of working a steady full-time job while freelancing.

Good Reads:

How to Balance Freelancing With a Full-Time Job Without Burning Out

Some Quick Tips for Balancing a Full-Time Job While Building Your Freelance Writing Business

Productive Flourishing

This last one is a blog site with tons of vital information on how to keep your day as productive as possible.

Young Entrepreneurs: How To Be A Redhead Sunday, Feb 27 2011 

One of my favorite new entrepreneur’s of note is actually a sister duo, Adrienne and Stephanie, together the two founded the blog and brand, How To Be A Redhead. The two sisters, redheads themselves, wanted to create a space where women with red hair could come for beauty and fashion advice since the fashion and beauty world at large grossly overlook the small redhead portion of the population, except for the occasional in-vogue red hair dying trend.

In just two short months since the blog began in January 2011 How To Be A Redhead has already garnered a tweet from Real Housewife of New York, Jill Zarin, has held their first redhead photo shoot, acquired two guest bloggers (I am one of the guest writers, couldn’t resist contacting them after seeing the site) and has consistently published daily updates. On top of all of the blog success they have created a few products featuring the How To Be A Redhead logo to get the brand out there, check out their Zazzle store. These two gals are sure to be a huge hit sooner rather than later.

What Stephanie and Adrienne Of How To Be A Redhead Are Doing Right As Far As Social Media Goes:

Keeping a professional and polished looking blog with daily, sometimes twice daily updates.

Creating a brand rather than just a blog.

Tweeting throughout the day on brand related topics and offering tie-ins to their blog.

Keeping a strong presence on other sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Staying in-the-know on all things relevant to redheads.

Offering much needed advice in an overlooked area (i.e. redheads).

Young Entrepreneurs, How To Be A Redhead: Here To Stay

These girls are the epitome of great entrepreneurs and they are using social media marketing to the fullest to make sure their brand forges a place in today’s culture and stays there. Cheers to you both!

These two ladies have been added to the Social Media Salon Fashion and Beauty pages, so be sure to check those two pages before leaving the Salon to find out how to connect with Adrienne and Stephanie.

Wow, Has it Been a Month Already? Thursday, Aug 19 2010 

Time sure flies…I can’t believe it has been a month since I’ve last updated. Well, things have been pretty busy: my new site Pennies for a Rainy Day is up and I scored a new job doing catalogue copy for a prominent fashion company! Until I catch up my Social Media related posts have a look at Pennies for a Rainy Day – if you love a good deal and great savings, this site will be a fun read for you.

Get to Know the People in Your Emails with Gist Gadget Monday, Jun 21 2010 

Sometimes getting an email can feel like reading the guest list for a party; half the names on there are ones you don’t know, never mind establishing whether or not each one is relevant to that one particular email. I’ve often thought it would be nice to know a little bit about the people whose names appear on my email, especially when it comes to job related emails.

In my daily Mashable reading I found that there is indeed a way to do that now. According to Howard Greenstein’s June 21st article for Mashable, Gist “tries to tie your social graph from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail together, and rank the people you communicate with the most.”

Hmm, interesting. 

Following reading Greenstein’s article, I hopped over to the Gist site to check it out. Gist is sort of like the technical app version of the most loud mouthed gossip-y person in a social circle. We’ve all met that woman who knows everything about anyone in a given town or city: place of work, romantic affiliations, and latest business ventures; thankfully that’s no longer needed, Gist does all of this research for you (minus the romantic affiliation question, of course). This handy little app researches anyone listed in your email “From” or “CC” fields and gives you all the pertinent information on them: business news, contact listings, etc. And all information generated by Gist is kept strictly between the Gist user and the email contact being researched.

Gist is offering this gadget for free right now but plans to begin charging for the application by the 4th quarter of the year.

Gist is compatible with the following programs:

Outlook

Lotus Notes

Gmail

To learn more about Gist, visit their website.

Sources:

All information obtained from Howard Greenstein’s June 21, 2010 Mashable article, entitled, “Why Feedback and Filters are Necessary in Social Media.”

and

The Gist site.

For Your Amusement… Monday, May 31 2010 

I’m sure all my fellow freelance writers can relate to this one: