Mama’s Favorites: This Week’s Best Content (Week of 8/15/16)

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This is a weekly collection of content that I found valuable, interesting, entertaining – or all three! Topics mostly center on freelancing, parenting, and marketing, but occasional wild cards will be thrown in. If you like what I’m sharing, follow me on Twitter for more content suggestions.

Freelancing

This Entrepreneur article talks about how freelancing has grown 500% from 2000 to 2014. The most popular freelance category in the US is graphic design with writing in second place. I shared my reasons for becoming a freelancer in this post.

Alicia Glenn talks about how she made $5000 in one week of freelancing. Her strategy involved using a successful Upwork profile to pitch as a “team member.” It worked for her, but I would suggest taking the time to build your own brand and freelance portfolio for better long-term growth.

These seven benefits of freelancing include some of the reasons why I love the work I do. However, being a freelancing mama means that some of them don’t apply to me – I don’t work from different locations or go to the gym in the middle of the day because I’m also the primary caregiver for my daughter.

Marketing

Brian Sutter talks about the four types of social media marketers – the newbie, the pro, the influencer, and the rising star. The good news is after about three years in the business, you’re well on your way to becoming a pro.

It’s getting harder to get your content noticed. Jayson DeMers shared some ideas on how companies can increase visibility. It’s no surprise the number one suggestion is to produce content worth sharing.

Parenting

Books are one of the most important factors in your child’s future success. Not only does this new study make my book hoarding husband happy, but it reinforces what we already expected. Children who have more than 10 non-school books in their home are 21% more likely to double their lifetime earning potential.

Parenting children in the digital age is not easy especially when social media can be toxic to their self-esteem. This Time article discusses the link between body image issues and social media use in teenage girls. I hope to raise my daughter to know her self-esteem is built on inherent worth and not other people’s opinions and ideals.

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