TIPS FOR 9-to-5’ers who are looking to get back a level of freedom and happiness (no, it is not all about money!):
CAPITALIZE ON DIGITAL / VIRTUAL SPACE, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK, AND START NOW!
It’s time to own your professional digital space, create your own opportunities, and showcase who you really are. How do you do that? Where do you start?
Start with social media. Do you have a LinkedIn profile page? Is it up to date and does it highlight who you are professionally? Is your “About” section blank or does it contain a terrible sales pitch that turns off your viewers?
How about Instagram? Do you have an Instagram page? What pictures and messaging (that good old show and tell) are you sharing with your viewers (employer, potential employer, potential business partners, etc.)? What relevant information do you have in your Instagram bio section? Do you have your web address prominently displayed (e.g., sandreaflowers.com)?
Next, buy your name. Yes, purchase your domain name! Why shouldn’t you? Your name / domain name, along with having a one-pager website, is an easy way to highlight your experience, accomplishments, goals, and quantifiable problem solving methods. Your website is a venue that you own and control. A one page website or full-on website with your domain name illustrates your ability to communicate, your level of innovation (wow, he has his own website!), and your level of commitment to what you are good at.
It is also an extremely empowering feeling to be able to dialogue your own professional narrative, with the expectation that your next employer or business partner will organically reach it, read it, and respond. Remember, what is for YOU is for YOU, and everything happens for a reason.
Happy hunting and hiring!
Don’t leave anything on the virtual / digital table!