I think there is more to learn outside our industry than from self-appointed gurus charging $55 to $99/hour to "help" you grow your skills. When I wanted to share insights with a professional group--for free-I was told my post wouldn't go up.
The professional writing group, that rhymes with bamwa, invited me to purchase the member list and then I would be allowed the opportunity to share my free insights. I get it. The new digital ecosystem allows monetization at every corner. Pay-walls are blocking access to not only information exchange but data that is rightfully ours. Or should be.
I find it hard to define my role in one neat category. If it takes more than 3 words perhaps we are evolving into something new. I like insight architect for the time being. On certain days it would be better to be a plumber. They perform a service--and get paid. We perform a service--and wait.
I no longer accept 30-day pay schedules. I don't sell dollars--I sell a solution to your problem. When the problem is solved--you pay me. The toilet has been unclogged.
What if a client doesn't tell you the toilet is clogged? You step into a bathroom filled with water. Client says--there is water on the bathroom floor. If you remove the water, the underlying problem isn't fixed, although you have completed the immediate task. The toilet is still clogged, the slow leak in the pipes, or whatever caused the problem remains unaddressed.
In fact, the entire nonsensical, pay-me-within-a-reasonable-amount-of-time-pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top invoicing system that many creative service freelancers put up with needs to change.
Do you pay the plumber 30 days later? No, you pay him as soon as he’s done with his work and before he leaves your house. Same goes with your painter, electrician, mechanic, house cleaner, attorney, dentist, doctor, therapist—the list goes on. They provide a service, you pay immediately.
So why’s it different for creative freelancers? Why do we put up with the payment terms that are NOT in our favor? I don’t know, but it’s time for it to stop.--Why I just killed 30-day payment terms
I have been watching EDITED for a long time. A prime example of a business model outside of healthcare that does it right. Browse the website, the content, and the informative insights and beautiful graphics.
Prior to LinkedIn restricting distribution of published posts based on a narrowly defined algorithm I was confident articles were showing up in a few thousand feeds. Now I don't know. I wrote an article yesterday. Did you see it? Is it on some dusty digital shelf? If we want to decide what we read, consume, and publish--we can't sit idly by and shrug our shoulders. Boldly hit Like, Share, or add a comment. Microsoft just bought LinkedIn. We are either doomed or untethered. Time will tell.
Do nothing and we may drown in listicles, SEO key words, and Kardashians.
I wrote a book about writing better surveys. It cost $5.99 if you grab it during pre-order. Vote with your dollar. Real usable info with resources for more of the research methodology if that is your thing.
Don't let algorithms tell you who you are. Unless you can get paid as quickly as a plumber and analyze data as efficiently as a fashionista.
Perhaps if you are more than one thing professionally you are an insight architect.
I would argue if you are more than one thing on a personal level--you are American.