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Don’t even think about becoming a freelancer unless you have these 20 essential skills locked down

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | How many of us have thought about how wonderful it would be to be your own boss. Setting up your own business, and freelancing, can be so tempting, you have an idea, you want to take that idea and turn it into something amazing. Turning that idea into a product, and then rolling it out to a large customer audience, is hard work, and requires you to be highly skilled and adaptable to a number of roles (or hats as I like to call them). For creative freelancers, artistic talent will not be enough, remember you will need to become the Head of Finance, IT, Marketing, Sales, Business Development, the hat list is endless.

So the question is, are you up for the job? Are you ready to build your hat collection, and start building your business idea, and turn it into something amazing, as well as transform yourself into a highly talented and versatile business extraordinaire?

The #1 Tip for Writing a Compelling, Makes-People-Want-to-Share-it Blog Post

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends | Many of my students are now starting to see and understand the benefits of creating a blog, and how it can add value to their personal brand, as well as reaching out to a large audience.

One of their concerns are the time investment in running a blog. Personally, my feelings are that once you have your blog theme, and the creative layout all organised, the management of your blog requires minimal time investment.

Regularly keep up to date with current news, ideas and opinions, through various forms of research. Allowing you the time to enjoy the fun part, writing your blog. Blogging is a creative and rewarding activity, and the days you don’t blog, are the days that you will miss the creative process of blogging.

Art blogging: How to write a fantastic blog post

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Blogs are becoming a very useful social media tool for employers to check an individuals creativity and writing skills,  Blogging is an activity that I encourage under-graduates to get involved in, through my 1-2-1s and is one of the first things I look for on a creatives CV.  If you are unsure where to start, start following some well established bloggers in creative fields/career sectors that you are genuinely interested in and keen to pursue a career in.  Then start thinking about the visual side of your blog and the topics/content you wish to include.  Remember a blogger should not be fearful of their audience contribute to their blog feed.  It is natural for like-minded creatives/individuals to start a conversation and contribute to topics that are trending.  Happy blogging!!

21 Tips for Better Visual Storytelling

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  Marketing and advertising be it traditional or in the form of social media is all about grabbing your audiences attention in order to achieve positive results.  Which means we all have to be excellent story tellers, get your story board right and you are half way there

Showbiz & Fashion: A Top Blogger’s Tips

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  By including your blog link to your CV can be a great way of showcasing your creativity and writing skills to a prospective employer.  Blogging is also getting a good reputation as a career or role requirement within a job.  Here is some good tips to get you inspired.

Branding to the Macs

Kirstin on Fullback and Friends:  David Fairhurst, Manchester Metropolitan University Graduate and McDonald’s Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, talks about employer branding.  Anyone interested in branding will hopefully enjoy reading this article.

MMU Undergraduate Super Stars – Creating a Digital Marketing Agency

Kirstin:  Another MMU Business School super star in the making.  Huge congrats to  George Whiting who has successfully completed a 12 month business related placements during 2012/2013 with Unilever and now in his final year of his degree.  George, along with Aaliyah Stansfield; Arjun Sohal; Hannah Thorpe; Matt Holton and Mikey Norris have produced this fantastic blog as part of their creating a digital marketing agency for a course project.  If you like what they have produced please follow them. intellectdigitalmediadsmmcm1314, #dsmmcm1314