I’m beginning to accept the fact that if I were to return to work in the near future, I’d have to take a non-media job (assuming I can even get one). I would be remiss if I didn’t consider a second option. A lot of you have already mentioned the idea, namely that I should start my own business. I can’t say I’ve never considered it. But being a consummate planner, I need some assurances first.
Basically, I need to know if I can actually get paid work doing the stuff I know how to do and, more importantly, the stuff I actually want to do. That last part is crucial for me, because while everyone and their mother is out there, say, peddling social media know-how to small businesses, I just can’t be satisfied doing that kind of work. That is not to say it can’t be satisfying for someone else. It just wouldn’t do it for me.
What would satisfy me? I’m glad you asked. If you’ve been paying attention to what I post here, you know I’m passionate about the news business and about journalism. More broadly, I’m passionate about an informed electorate, greater and more intelligent civic participation, more honesty and transparency in government and other large institutions and greater accountibility from our leaders. Many people, including myself, feel that these things can be achieved only in the presence of a vibrant free press. It would ideally be a free press in every sense of the word; unencumbered by corporate control or other outside interests that would seek to limit its allegiance to the general public.
This is what I would like to work on, whether it involves helping an organization out with community relations, content management or development, content marketing, audience expansion, revenue diversification, research or yes, even social media. Whatever it takes.
Can any money be made doing this? That’s where you come in.
If you are a decision maker at a media or other type of organization whose goals are aligned with mine and if you need help in any of the areas I just mentioned, please contact me. I can be reached at tooter2 (at) gmail (dot) com. Maybe you’ve been meaning to get to all these things, but you’re just not staffed for it. Perhaps a temporary contractor like me can do the trick.
If you are not in a positon to hire freelancers or consultants but know someone who is, please forward this post to them.
So let’s see. If there are any takers in the next few weeks, I may have a new business on my hands. If not…