Have a small following on social media (under 10,000-20,000 followers) and while you are growing, you would like to start reaching out, showing people your talents and most importantly, starting to get PAID for it?
Well then this is for YOU!
How to start reaching out, making money and getting your work, skills and services out there before your following is at a huge level!
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These are strategies, tips and tools that are going to work for your account and YOU. To help YOU increase your income and start showcasing your skills even when your audience isn't HUGE yet.
This is for the artists, niche accounts, artists, personal accounts and just everyone that is out there trying to grow their account, but at the same time, start to make some more money!
**NOTE, this is only going to work if YOU are willing to put in the work! Entrepreneurship and working for yourself is 10x harder and takes much more work than it would just finding a normal job. You have to do something that you love and that doesn't feel like work. There is no shortcut to success here, and entrepreneurship is NOT easy, accept that or close the article ;) **
What Platform to Leverage To Start Making Money On Social Media
Do you have a small, yet engaged following on social media? Looking to make some money through your art, words, or services without a ton of readers or users yet?
Usually brands don't work with smaller accounts, just because they can get better bang for their buck with a larger page, who has a larger reach and can get more exposure for that brand.
So what do you do if you have solid content, a good following, but just aren't to the point where you can start reaching out to brands for deals that are going to make you money.
While it is a good idea to reach out anyways and running smaller ads/ brand deals with businesses to build your resume as a creator. This way when you start reaching out more you can show the brands your previous work and the results from it.
But what do you do as you are working for FREE or running smaller campaigns to make more money?
Well, that is where Patreon comes in.
Patreon is a platform for creators to help them make money from their work no matter how small their audience and following are.
It is a platform to help you put exclusive content on and then people can find you through that platform as well as from your other platforms.
People can support you by subscribing to you on Patreon for a small fee, so they can get exclusive content as well as other rewards you can offer, such as products or services.
It is an easy subscription based platform to help you get recurring income every month as a creator.
Patreon helps your voice get heard, your skills to get out there, your art to be seen and much more!
Get started making money from your social media while you are small and support my Patreon as well by clicking the link below!
The Platforms for People Trying To Get Their Services Out There
Do you have services you can offer, skills you have or ways you can help people but don't have the following on social media yet to make money from these services that way?
This was a problem for me when my accounts were smaller because you have a solid audience but just not big enough to support a life for yourself.
You are looking for exposure and people who need your services but don't know where to find them.
There are platforms out there, much like Patreon, that help connect people who have services and skills like you, to the people who need help in those areas.
This is a good way to not only make some extra money on the side, but also to build your skill set and get some smaller jobs under your belt so that you can work your way up to large projects.
The two platforms I recommend for this are called Freelancer.com and Fiverr.com as those are the two that I found work the best to connect with those who need your help.
These two platforms allow you to put up your services, skills, etc and then go out and find people that are looking for help.
Fiverr is a little more about letting people find you, while Freelancer allows you to "bid" on projects and compete for them with other people in your skillsets!
What To Realize Before You Start Making Money On Social Media
Before you start to reach out to influencers, brands or people in order to offer your products or services, on either the platforms I listed above or even on social media, there are a few things that you are going to have to know in order to actually start getting people to actually pay you for your products or skills.
The first thing you are going to have to realize is what you are ACTUALLY good at, not what you think you are good at, but what you actually have skills in.
Best way to do that?
Either to ask those around you what you are best at or start taking on some projects for FREE and see the reactions from people on how much your work helped them.
Or if it's more art or writing that you have skills in, start writing posts or creating art and reaching out for opinions like "would you buy this?" or "how could this be improved?"
After you realize what your skills are, realize that there are thousands of people out there with the skill set most likely, just being realistic, so what is making you stand out from the rest?
Why are you better than the others, what can YOU do better or what can you do to show that you are different from the rest. Whether it's a more personalized service or a better customer experience.
What are you going to do to stand out from the crowd?
Then, don't just say you are standing out in ______ way but actually do what you say you are going to do! If you promote "the best customer service" and then people come and you have bad customer service, then they are going to tell their friends and it is going to ruin your image.
Finally, the most important thing you are going to have to figure out is your worth. Too many people think they are either worth too much and don't take on jobs that will help build their resume or think that their social media isn't worth enough and under charge for services.
The best way to find your worth is to start doing small jobs, slowly charging more and then every time you reach out after that you can have an example of what you were paid in the past.
Another way, equally as good, is to do some FREE work for a company and then ask what they would pay in the future and if you work with them again then you have a base price that you can again show people when they ask how much you charge.
How To Start Reaching Out On Social Media To Make Money
So you are ready to reach out and offer people your products or services through social media or through other platforms?
Where do you start, what do you say and how do find these people?
The first thing to realize is what you are trying to sell and why you are reaching out.
If you reach out to someone without a goal then it's just wasting both people's time. Know why you are reaching out and have ONE focus for reaching out each time.
Next, you are going to need to know who you are going to reach out to and why.
Know your target person, brand, etc that you want and where to find them.
If it is a brand, maybe find their Instagram and then go to the similar brands they are following to find 100 more similar brands to reach out to.
On Freelancer, they make it easy to find your target client because they give you keywords to filter and then give you a list of projects that fit that criteria. Then you can bid on small and large projects in your skill sets and start growing your portfolio.
Now the most important thing to realize, what to actually say when you reach out...
The key here is going to be not just selling when you reach out but focusing on them or the brand and how you can help them. Don't just try and sell and say what YOU have, how will it help THEM?
A good template to start and then start testing other things around like what works, is as follows:
-Start with who you are, your story, etc.
-Go into why you like their page, brand, them and what you have enjoyed about them in the past.
-Explain your skills, past projects and why you reached out.
-Explain how you can HELP THEM.. don't just ask for the sale, explain how you can help them.
Use this template for reaching out for free and paid work and then build off of this to create a more advanced script to use when reaching out!
Just one more thing at the end of this blog, you have to realize that you start small. The big projects, money, promotions, etc don't come right away.
People don't realize that. You have to respect the journey, start small with free and low paying work, products and services until you can build your portfolio and start charging more.
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Love the process and you will win the game of entrepreneurship and business.
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