Lessons I've learned from 5 years of self-employment
Personal travel update: I just came back from attending two weddings in two weekends (New Orleans & then Chicago). And I’m just about to depart for a full vacation in Iceland, plus a trip to Budapest for World of Coffee!
✍️ Thoughts 📸
I recently celebrated my five-year freelance-iversary. This is a pretty remarkable milestone for me and I honestly wouldn’t have thought it’s where I’d end up. I had written this up at the one-year mark and pretty much all of it still applies. There are a few more lessons I’d like to add to it, though.
Celebrate the little things
Listen to what people say you’re good at
Write/photograph for one person
Read on for the details of each. Thanks for joining me on this journey!
[BYLINE] General examination of mental health in the specialty coffee workplace.
💁 Social Media👨💻
[BYLINE] Learning how to create the best Instagram bios for businesses depends on a few unwritten rules. See what we found for effective bios here.
Twitter has added a new ‘Requests’ inbox to better filter incoming messages. This is helpful for those who have open DMs (following is not required to DM).
💻 Digital Strategy 📤
Repurposing your social media content is essential to maximizing your creation efforts.
This is a fun way to engage with your current follower base and reach new ones.
A brand style guide ensures consistency across platforms, helping establish your brand.
✨ Other Interesting Links ✨
Small businesses need to accommodate all kinds of customers. Her are some tips for serving deaf customers at your place of business.
There are exceptions (there always are), but this is the general rule, and it’s a huge stain on the industry you and I are both a part of.
I’ve been traveling *a lot* and found many of these tips useful.
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