Published On: Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016

A Twitter Chat Gave Life to My Freelance Career

You probably noticed I swear by Twitter chats.

I talked about it in my email series. I plan to talk about it next week during the Networking Challenge for Shy Biz Owners.

Pourquoi, Taylor? Pourquoi?

I’m a little biased. Before going solo about two years ago, I made connections during a personal finance Twitter chat that pretty much launched my blogging and freelancing career.

The Back Story

When I started getting serious about blogging, I noticed there were a bunch of boss ladies already talking about the same topic I wanted to talk about – money.

They had established blogs. They were brown like me. They were basically just killing the game. I felt I could never compete or compare based on what they had already accomplished and how little the .wordpress.com site I created with the help of my husband accomplished.

Let’s be real. Zero accomplishments. And I felt pretty down about it. 

The Twitter Chat

The group announced a twitter chat. I was anxious. I tend to hide under the covers and not engage when I’m anxious. Even though I was nervous, I forced myself to jump on the Twitter chat and I was determined to get noticed/bring something to the table that got people talking.

It worked. I came out of my shell and met some really awesome ladies.

After making the connections, one of the group members Tiffany “The Budgetnista” (hey, girl :) ) put up an ad looking for interns to help launch her first Live Richer Challenge. I felt comfortable applying for it since I’d already opened the door through networking.

I helped her with the first challenge pro bono. Then, she started referring me to other people. She hired me for other writing projects and she brought me on as a freelancer to help with the second Live Richer Challenge. This year, I hope to work with her on an even larger scale.

Since meeting her, I’ve watched her brand grow exponentially. The other awesome chick she brought on as an intern is now her first full-time employee.

But, it’s more than work. I’ve pretty much modeled my ideal client from how she runs her business and interacts with her peeps.

It sounds like a fairy tale. Or maybe luck. But, I promise you it’s neither.

What This Means for You and Me

Will you hop on a Twitter chat tomorrow, meet an entrepreneur, apply to be their intern, then get hired overnight?

Probably not.

But, every small relationship compounds and will turn into opportunities to collaborate, get hired or ask for referrals. That’s why I’m so passionate about it, especially for newbie, shy, apprehensive or anxious business owners – like myself.

I like Twitter chats specifically because there’s tons of visibility. Seriously, check your Twitter analytics after a chat. You’ll see a major surge of reach and traffic. I typically leave a chat with a bunch of new followers and interesting people to follow.

It’s also very low pressure. If you do spit a gem of knowledge people will share it. There’s frequent and instant gratification when people like or RT what you say.

“This might just be my realest flow ever.” – Young Jeezy

By realest “flow”, I mean the realest post, of course. And it happens to be one of my shorter ones.

I’ve been meaning to write about how Twitter helped me gain confidence and make valuable connections. In fact, this story and pushing myself to network regularly again is what gave me the idea to do this challenge.

Networking is an ongoing job and it’s easy to put it on the backburner when life happens. During this challenge, I want to share a few practices you can put on your calendar to make sure you’re always doing it.

If you haven’t signed up or got the deets on the Networking Challenge for (Shy) Biz Owners, head over to this page :)

Source: Tay Talks Money

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African Americans are significantly more likely to have some type of debt (94%) compared with the general population (82%). Credit card debt, student loan debt, and personal loans are all significantly higher in the African American community.

Source: Prudential’s 2013 "African American Financial Experience" study