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Networking Tips

October 26, 2015

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Two weeks ago, I hit the limit of my extroversion. In the span of three days I attended two networking events and a conference. I talked to a lot of people. I got two job offers out of them and learned a lot more in panels and three-minute conversations than I have in most of my semester-long classes.

When I say that I’m only in school for the connections, I’m not exaggerating. Much.

I would gladly do without the group project busywork and outdated lectures, but I’m milking every networking opportunity I can out of this program. From my department’s speed networking events to conferences to TA transcription circles, I’m there.

I’m not the world’s greatest networker. I talk too much and I’m still learning how to stop talking to someone. It’s hard for an ENFP to turn that off.

But there are some tricks to getting the most out of networking opportunities that I’ve learned through, well, networking. There are tons of blog posts and Pinterest infographics out there that cover Networking 101 so why not throw my hat into the ring?

I don’t follow all these tips all the time because it’s a lot of work and it can be exhausting (especially when you’ve been doing it for two days already), but even hitting just a few key points will make you more memorable to people who can help you Go Places.

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college, employment

My College Class Wishlist

October 22, 2015

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The University of Iowa’s journalism school used to offer a class on freelancing.

The syllabus isn’t online and neither is the book list, but it still seemed like a pretty useful class. It also fulfilled a major requirement for me. But it hasn’t been offered since 2011, when the professor left the country. But given the direction of the industry I think someone needs to pick up the slack and teach this class.

Unfortunately, the school doesn’t agree. My adviser at the time (our department is a revolving door of advisors) told me to make alternate arrangements for my schedule. I picked up a class that’s been affectionately dubbed my out-of-touch publishing class on Facebook. I did not break even with these classes.

I registered for some entrepreneurship classes through the business school but quickly realized they were meant for people starting companies with employees and not just your freelance hustle or an Etsy shop in your second bedroom. I downloaded the syllabi and dropped the classes.

The most actionable things I’ve learned have been through my social media classes. Or secret Facebook groups and Pinterest boards and bloggers–which don’t cost me $8000 a year.

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employment, finances, money makers, passive income, resources

Getting Started With Side Hustles

July 8, 2015

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For the last few years I’ve had a pretty soul-crushing call center job. From stalkers to quid pro quo sexual harassment to fighting over unequal pay, I have dealt with more than my fair share of drama at work. This job is one of the main reasons I have crazy meds.

At the same time, I’ve been busting ass on my side hustles in the hopes of one day working for myself, at home, full-time. The big one is writing erotica for Amazon, which is starting to peter out after the Kindle Unlimited pay structure debacle.

Tomorrow I’m leaving cubicle farm life to be 100% self-employed.

It’s a great feeling.

I’ll probably pick up a decent (read: paying) internship or two in the upcoming school year, now that I have the schedule availability. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the life of a freelancer: working the jobs I want to work, when I want to work, and working for myself.

I recently did a crash course on finding work-at-home side hustles on my Tumblr, but I’ve had a lot more people express interest in working from home upon finding out that I do it full-time. So this post will be all about finding jobs, creating a work schedule, and being your own awesome boss.

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Self-Publishing Erotica 101

March 16, 2015

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Taking four writing-intensive college courses pushing the blog and working full-time just isn’t enough responsibility and stress. This year I decided to pursue a new career that I’d actually been considering for a few years now: self-publishing ebooks.

Specifically, I’ve been self-publishing erotica ebooks.

Now, there are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you how to turn your blog posts into a pretty ebook and then put them up on Kindle and wait for them to sell–but how much money do those really make?

But there’s always money in porn.

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