writing Archives - The Punk Rock MBA

June 17, 2018

Are you putting yourself out there??

It's no secret that most creatives (including me) are introverts. We really just want to stay in our cave and make stuff-- the last thing we want to do is go out there and "sell" ourselves, right? But here's the thing: you could be doing the best work in the world, but if nobody sees it, how are you going to get hired?? As most of us have learned from experience, if you just make stuff and put it up on your portfolio, it's like a tree falling in the woods... nobody hears it! So if you want to get paid to do what you love, you've gotta be consistently putting yourself out there. You have to let people know who you are and what you do, AND asking them to hire you-- whether that's in person, by email, DM, whatever it takes... you've gotta let them know you exist.…
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June 5, 2018

How to make money from your blog, podcast or YouTube channel

Ironically, I've been struggling to write a catchy intro for this post, probably because I feel like a post about writing should be well-written. But I keep coming up short, so I'm just gonna cut to the chase: If you're one of the many people who have asked how to make some money off your blog, podcast, or YouTube channel, here's (almost) everything I've learned from 10 or so years of "professional content creation." And for those of you who are asking "who the hell are you and why should I care what you think about this," here's my best answer: I've been blogging since 2008, written somewhere around 2500 blog posts, written for some national outlets MetalSucks, Substream, and Terrorizer among others, and have done a ton of ghost writing for business outlets like Virgin, IBM, and Entrepreneur. I've hosted and produced a few podcasts, including ones that had…
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Reader questions
February 6, 2016

Reader Questions vol 2: How to be a writer & should I start a business

Viktor asks: I humbly request your career advice. I have a BA in Software Engineering. I was fed up with IT as a profession in general, right now I'm working in journalism but i want to switch back as the money to time ratio is just way better. Now my question: Should i pursue a stable 20h/week freelance gig to invest the other time into a startup (my own, not working for free) or should i go full corporate and try to climb the established ladder? thanks! Entrepreneurship is awesome, but it's fucking HARD. If you're thinking about it, make VERY sure you know what you're getting yourself into... it's WAY harder than working for someone else. If you don't believe me, ask any small business owner. Some wise words from a former (successful) startup founder on the realities of "entrepreneurshit:" I like to speak about this topic with first-time wantrapreneurs because if you…
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