I have been reading Alexis Grant's blog for almost two years now and have enjoyed it every step of the way. I believe that I found one of her many popular blog posts making their way around Twitter. At that time, she was taking a year off from journalism to write a travel memoir about her time in Africa and keeping track of her progress. Her blog posts and tweets were ones that I kept an eye out for almost every day that I was online. So, it was no surprise to me when she announced that she was starting a social media business, Socialexis.
A year ago, the idea of becoming a social media freelancer was something that I thought quite intriguing. I have my own little blog and Twitter account, but also handle Facebook and Twitter accounts for a local science fiction and fantasy convention called CoreCon. I talked briefly with Alexis about her new business when thinking of doing it myself, but decided to remain focused on re-writing my own novel and traveling to Japan for research.
Recently I noticed Alexis mentioning an e-guide that she was putting together on How to Build A Part-Time Social Media Business. She used Twitter to ask people their opinion on what she should charge for it and I replied. The day after she posted it on her website, I took the plunge. By the end of the day, I had read the whole thing and for the past few weeks I have been mulling over everything. I created a to-do list on where to start which I am gradually working my way through as I balance it with revising my novel.
The e-guide beings with Alexis's personal experience of how she got into social media and the lessons that she has learned over the past year. The book is aimed at people who want to do this as a side job and create a "Leap Fund", but also provides the potential to moving on as a full time freelancer. It answers the big questions such as finances, tools used in the business, and how to building an online presence. After reading the guide the second time around, I was writing down goals in the margins and researching the questions I had (for example, studying other freelancers' websites). I am hoping to begin recording my progress as time moves on, but this is definitely a way to give yourself a strong start in this industry.
If this is something that interests you, go to Alexis's website and purchase it! I can't recommend a better guide on how to get a social media business started.
Also , I recommend checking out Alexis's blog posts about social media.