Samar Owais arrived in Dubai.
She knew her husband.
She knew she could blog.
What she didn't know, she's learned online: investing in courses that hone her writing and business skills.
With great tips on working with clients in multiple time zones, plus the power of remote mentors and guest blogging.
Here’s some of the key takeaway points:
Invest in yourself - lots of courses also offer support in their online community (see links below)
Find yourself an accountability partner, use a remote mentor if you need to
If you’re a writer who does a lot of ghost-blogging (it’s 50% of Samar’s work), you can’t show that in your portfolio, so guest blogging with your name on it is key
Write guests blogs by targeting which topics your prospective clients want to know more about
Samar lists on her site very clearly what services she offers and what her rates are: it cuts out the leads that go nowhere
If you’re working across time zones, don’t risk missing a deadline, always finish a day early
Communicating via email rather than on calls gives a paper trail of information, cuts down confusion
Her side ‘passion project’ saved her from client-work burnout
When you’re starting out, if you need to work low paying jobs, that’s fine, so long as you don’t get stuck
Go with your gut. If you agree with the advice you’re hearing fine, otherwise do what works for you
More from Samar
Commit Action (remote mentoring)
Who the hell is Steve Folland?
You know how everyone bangs on about how powerful video and audio content can be? Yeah, well Steve helps businesses make it and make the most of it. Find out more at www.stevefolland.com Track him down on Twitter @sfolland
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