Lessons I've learned from 5 years of self-employment

Personal travel update: I just came back from attending two weddings in two weekends (New Orleans &am
Coffee Marketing with Jenn Chen
Lessons I've learned from 5 years of self-employment
By Coffee Marketing with Jenn Chen • Issue #24
Personal travel update: I just came back from attending two weddings in two weekends (New Orleans & then Chicago). And I’m just about to depart for a full vacation in Iceland, plus a trip to Budapest for World of Coffee!

✍️ Thoughts 📸
I recently celebrated my five-year freelance-iversary. This is a pretty remarkable milestone for me and I honestly wouldn’t have thought it’s where I’d end up. I had written this up at the one-year mark and pretty much all of it still applies. There are a few more lessons I’d like to add to it, though.
  1. Celebrate the little things
  2. Say no
  3. Listen to what people say you’re good at
  4. Write/photograph for one person
  5. Give back
Read on for the details of each. Thanks for joining me on this journey!
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💁 Social Media👨‍💻
How to Craft the Best Instagram Bios for Businesses
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Twitter Adds Secondary 'Requests' Inbox for DMs
Twitter has added a new ‘Requests’ inbox to better filter incoming messages. This is helpful for those who have open DMs (following is not required to DM).
💻 Digital Strategy 📤
5 Ways to Repurpose Your Top Social Media Posts and Updates
Repurposing your social media content is essential to maximizing your creation efforts.
How to Run an Instagram Story Takeover
This is a fun way to engage with your current follower base and reach new ones.
The Key Elements of a Brand Style Guide (and Why You Need One)
A brand style guide ensures consistency across platforms, helping establish your brand.
✨ Other Interesting Links ✨
10 Tips for Serving Deaf Customers at Your Small Business
Small businesses need to accommodate all kinds of customers. Her are some tips for serving deaf customers at your place of business.
Garbage Excuses for Why Your Marketing Event Isn't Gender Diverse
There are exceptions (there always are), but this is the general rule, and it’s a huge stain on the industry you and I are both a part of.
Business Travelers Name Their Pet Peeves. We Name the Cures
I’ve been traveling *a lot* and found many of these tips useful.
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