Time and time again I have talked about how to network your way to another freelance writing gig. While this is something that I strongly believe in, keep this in mind: you must be willing to return the favor. In other words, you cannot consistently look for the next job while never wanting to help anybody else out.
During the last week of 2010 I had the chance to help somebody else, while furthering my career.
After a short phone conversation with a local personal injury attorney I realized that what he needed more than anything was a website. The content would have to come later. Although there was no guarantee of future writing work, I decided to help the client setup a website – free of charge. While I don’t suggest doing this, it was a way of giving back while hopefully setting myself up for future work.
Early this week I heard back from the law firm. Not only did they love the site and how it was performing, but they needed content to populate the pages as well as help setting up and managing a blog. Of course, they came to me first as I was the person who assisted them in establishing a web presence.
As you network don’t always think about yourself. Sometimes you need to look at the person across the table and ask what you can do for him or her.