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The Freelance Life: Hitting the Reset Button

“In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure.” – Douglas Fairbanks

I am taking stock of myself this morning. This quote from Douglas Fairbanks reminded me of the mentally crippling nature of fear. It is the root of all inactivity, a sign of regression instead of progression.

It is important for me to take a step back, take stock of all I am doing, examining what’s working for me and what’s not.

Merging "work" with creative

Merging “work” with creative

I reached a point of overload at the end of 2014. Multiple projects have been started, some pieces complete, others needing more time and work. This blog, while rewarding to me on a psychological level, is only moderately successful in reaching larger audiences.

I struggle with the ups and downs of my production business TraceProductions.com as I have for 20 years now. The video and television production business has been rewarding. My career has taken me all over the world and given me a (mostly) steady income and incredible experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. But it is a changed business. For too many reasons to go into here, there is nothing but downward pressure on pricing for many of the services I have traditionally provided for my clients. I stay busy and am grateful for the work I have but it is less profitable than ever before. I have grown and moved on, learning and developing new skills that continue to enrich my life’s experience. Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: How to Create a Buzz with No Budget – Entrepreneur

It’s scary: No money for promotion. Guess what? There are millions out there with the same problem. What can you do?

Local Bigwig‘s Ray Madronio turned to big players in his industry to get free marketing help for his startup. Hear how he did it, plus expert tips. via Entrepreneur on Youtube:

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Read the post: Entrepreneur Magazine: How to Create Buzz on No Budget

I like that the first tip in this video is about getting on the phone, having the courage to reach out in a human way in support of your business. In my view, its sad what is happening in this age of enhanced digital interaction, a slowing of ACTUAL CONVERSATION. Read more…

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Tuesday Tips: Best Success Tool for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs – Bob Baker

It’s not what you think.

I have used this tool, a method for capturing ideas, for my whole life, but in recent years I have fallen down on the job with it. Too often my ideas are lost because in my mind, I’ve got it covered. I need to get back to some basics. Thanks for the reminder, Bob Baker!

Watch this:

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Visit: Bob Baker’s TheBuzzFactor.com – Music Marketing Advice
Twitter: @MrBuzzFactor

What are Tuesday Tips?
Each week I post tips for freelancers and the self employed on Tuesday (Tuesday Tips) and, on Wednesdays, something that I find entertaining, beautiful, funny or engaging in some way (Freeform Wednesday). I hope you enjoy these posts and I appreciate your visits to this site, and comments on the blog posts.

Got a Suggestion, Comment or a Funny Story?
Please share in the comments section below. THANKS, Trace

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Focus on What You CAN do, Not what you CAN’T

Reaching Out: Why Good Content is Not Enough

Trace Ready "The Social Freelancer"

Trace Ready “The Social Freelancer”

Trace Ready is a Director of Photography, Writer, Producer and Vocalist based in Dallas, Texas. His band Trace Relations has released their debut studio CD “Prosperity Street”
Connect with Trace: TraceProductions.com

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Strategic Social: DFW Rocks Social Media Day – Part 2

DFW Rocks Social Media Day Recap Part 2: I don’t get to attend many conferences due to travel and work commitments. And the curmudgeon in me is leery of folks who claim great knowledge but then deliver next to nothing of value to me.
This wasn’t the case with DFW Rocks Social Media Day 2013. I went and was glad I did. The speakers were engaging and presented current, useful information.
THANKS to Lissa Duty for hosting DFW Rocks Social Media yearly. Lissa is a Social Media Marketing Strategist, Coach and Trainer in Dallas.”
Visit: LissaDuty.com

Last week I posted part 1 of my recap of this event. Read it here:
Strategic Social for Freelancers: DFW Rocks Part 1 – Facebook, Sales and Google+

Visit the event site: DFW Rocks Social Media

Click links in the tweets embedded in this post to read overview of each topic covered, good insight on SEO and social media for all.
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Reciprocate! A Simple Concept for Social Media

Simple stuff! If someone “likes” or “retweets” your postings on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media outlet, RETURN the FAVOR.

RECIPROCATE! It works. I wrote this post in 2011 and since then it has been one of the most shared articles from my blog. Hope you enjoy, and will leave a comment below. Is this helpful to you?

What makes you feel good? For most of us just being acknowledged for something we have done does the trick. When someone mentions me or posts one of my articles, it warms me up. One little mention lets me know I’m not just “spittin’ in the wind” with social media.

What’s the easiest way to thank someone? Reciprocate!
On Facebook or Twitter it’s easy to thank someone. Post an update and use the “@” symbol in front of their name. That becomes a link to their profile and (on Facebook) shows up on their wall or (on Twitter) shows up in their “mentions”. As soon as that person checks in with these services they will likely see that you have mentioned them or gave them credit for a compelling post.
>>>READ On to see how I do it and who is on my Top 15 “Reciprocators” List>> Read more…

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