LinkedIn has great networking opportunities for freelance writers.

LinkedIn has great networking opportunities for freelance writers.

I read this great article today on LinkedIn – about talent and teams. And I got to thinking.

My challenge is finding my way onto the great team – I have a unique, diverse skillset and passion for my work. I was part of a fantastic web development team for 8 years where I got experienced with web development, content management, content writing, editing, social media, project management techniques, and quality assurance. But I was hired by that company because of a personal recommendation. I knew the entire time I worked there that, if I just sent in my resume without the friend on the inside, it would have gone in the trash.

Two years ago, I was downsized. I’ve started my own business because I couldn’t find a job. I’m still looking for that great team, although now, it’s as a freelancer or contract employee. Even as a telecommuter, I need to be part of a team. LinkedIn satisfies this need and I’m so glad I discovered all these elements earlyh on.

I actually found my team there. LinkedIn is where I go when I have questions or need to vent or just want to contribute. The discussions are great, and I  have actually made friends. It’s is a great place to look for jobs, freelance work, clients, and it’s a great information about the same. I get my best ideas from networking, and virtual networking also known as social media is rewarding and satisfying. If you need help with my work, sometimes freelancers have questions they can’t answer based on their own resources. Start a discussion and get your question answered … and usually it’s accompanied by an interesting discussion that brings even more clarity to the subject,

It is the richest business resource I’ve come across. The other networks are important too but, for now, LinkedIn is at the head of the (business school) class.

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