1. Do I want leisure or work?
Working on the social web means not having a fixed working time. In terms of salaried employment, this may still be different in parts, but it should be kept in mind that the clients and activities on the portals are mainly in the leisure time. So these are asynchronous to the real world.
So who does not imagine Being able to give up some of his free time requires thinking about whether social media is the right work environment. However, this renunciation is not so important for many social media managers, because they are mainly concerned with the topics that occupy them privately.
2. Where do I want to work?
If one can live with the temporal and personal limitations, one should do as much as possible to create as comfortable working conditions as possible. Many social media people work on a freelance basis in order to be able to allocate their own working hours as freely as possible.
The right choice of potential customers should be taken at an early stage. If you are interested in an activity with sports clubs, you must be aware that the days are rarely around 10 in the morning and that more than just the social media support are part of the tasks.
3. What are the costs and investments?
Just as fast as the Internet as such, technology is also evolving. Therefore, it is important to plan for the long term and with foresight. This includes, among other things, the acquisition of a powerful laptop with a long running time. After a long struggle, I opted for a MacBookPro. A mobile device should also be available.
Due to the current situation on the app market, it is also worthwhile to consider whether the current smartphone is suitable for the increased requirements. In addition to my Blackberry (too short battery time) I have now attached to an Iphone.
Conclusion: Costs and benefits are a great job
I love my job but some things I would do differently today. It is not done with a qualified education, but social media is a diffuse construct of expectations and needs.
I've never had a job that was so much fun for me and was so varied, creative and versatile - but that also requires a lot of concessions (which I rarely notice in my everyday life because of my friends). You have to love, understand and want social media: otherwise, it will be tough to establish yourself there successfully.
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