How to Promote Your Side Hustle, Side Gig, or Freelance Work on LinkedIn

How do you promote your side hustle, side gig, or freelance work on LinkedIn? Optimize your profile with keywords!

Think like Google. What keywords would people type in to find the product you sell or service you provide at your side hustle, side gig, or freelance work? Do you have a company page on LinkedIn to promote yourself?

Many folks may want to give themselves a title like Owner or President or CEO of ABC Company, but is that the best thing to do? 

If someone does not yet know you or know your company, would they enter your company name in a Google search? Of course not! They would enter the keywords of what they are seeking. 

What if you were seeking a Brand Messaging Strategist? On Google, I searched and got 1.7M results.

When I entered that title on LinkedIn, I got 68,000 results for people. When I clicked on 1st and 2nd level connections, I got 8.8K people, and when I clicked on 1st level, I got 108 people. 

When I did a Boolean search (read this and that) on LinkedIn using quotation marks around “Brand Messaging Strategist” for 1st level connections, I got one person in my network – Loren Weisman. You might want to follow him on social media

Why am I singling out this guy? He recently spoke at our group and shared so many great ideas that the lightbulbs are exploding in my head, and I have to share a link with you. 

Check out the Interview Information Lead Sheet. Could you develop one of these for your business? Could you put this on your website? Could you create a LinkedIn document, Google slide presentation, PowerPoint, Word document, or Google doc with this info and put it on your LinkedIn profile as a media attachment? Yes, you could to showcase your features and benefits. 

Are you a speaker? Check out the content that Loren shared as part of his speaker BIO. Very impressive. Need to put a hashtag list together for yourself? Check out meta hashtags!

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Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that provides career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Boost Your Business

Entrepreneur? Small business owner? Growing business? Startup? Side-gigger? Side hustler? Franchise owner? Solopreneur? Thinking about starting a business?

Have you optimized your LinkedIn profile to boost your business? Does your headline only say CEO of Blah Blah Blah Business? Or does it also state what your business is about utilizing all of the character spaces available with keywords? Do you come up in a Boolean search?

What does logic tell you when you go to Google? Do you type in CEO of Blah Blah Blah Business to find something you are seeking? What if you don’t know any business names, which is why you are searching on Google in the first place?  

Maybe, just maybe, you search for something on Google by keywords. Wouldn’t you think that you might do the same on LinkedIn? 

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you might want to participate in some of the upcoming workshops listed at the end of this article. The tips presented might help you boost your business, and it may not cost you one dime!

Do you know the other locations in a LinkedIn profile where you can leverage keywords?

Have you customized your LinkedIn URL?

Have you created a custom banner on LinkedIn?

Are you building your brand on LinkedIn? 

Have you created your own hashtag for LinkedIn as well as other social media?

Are you building relationships on LinkedIn? Do you have over 500 connections? Do you even know why you need over 500 connections?

Are you publishing high-quality content?

Are you tagging others when you post?

Is Your LinkedIn profile part of your email signature?

Are you targeting connections? 

Are you participating in relevant groups?

Are you growing your email marketing list with your LinkedIn connections?

Are you using sponsored updates?

Do you have a LinkedIn company page? Are you populating it by educating, empowering, entertaining, enriching, engaging, or inspiring? Getting likes, shares, or comments? Gaining followers? Analyzing the metrics? Engaging your employees with your content? Do you know how to drive traffic to your company page?

If you don’t have a company page, here are the steps to create one.:

  • Click on the Work icon with the nine square at the top right of the menu bar
  • Click on Create a Company Page
  • Choose Small Business
  • Enter details
  • Click verification
  • Click Create Page
  • Upload your logo image of 300 x 300 px
  • Upload your cover image of 1192 x 220 px minimum with 1128 x 191 px recommended
  • Populate with details about your business, including your website.
  • Further details are here.

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Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.

Getting Noticed on LinkedIn Is Important for Your Career Whether Self-Employed, Employed, Freelancer, Unemployed, or Student

Do you realize that there are over 690+ million people on LinkedIn? Do you know how important it is to be on this platform for your career … AND be active?  

Every second of the day, two people join LinkedIn. This is a place where you can establish your brand and tell your career story … past, present, and future. 

You can reinvent yourself or begin a career all over and tell your future forward. 

WordCamp Philly is running online on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This article was inspired by my presentation on Why Getting Noticed on LinkedIn Is Important for Your Career at Wordcamp 2019.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should be on LinkedIn whether you are self-employed, employed, freelancer, unemployed, or a student:

  • Start building your online resume that grows with you in your career
  • Start collecting endorsements and recommendations from employers, clients, teachers, etc.
  • Connect with alumni and classmates for internships, future jobs, and client work
  • Add a customized LinkedIn URL to your business card, resume website, brochure, etc.
  • Highlight awards and honors, as well as projects and publications
  • Explore companies and higher education
  • Use a Boolean search in LinkedIn to find industry professionals 
  • Use a Boolean search in Google to find industry professionals on LinkedIn
  • Search for jobs and get found by potential employers
  • Connect with others you meet at networking events
  • Engage in conversations in LinkedIn groups on topics of interest
  • Give/receive recommendations and endorsements
  • Lead generation > write about your area(s) of expertise on the home page, in groups, or write articles
  • Create projects where you have worked with others to showcase collaboration
  • Create a company page to highlight your expertise and get followers (check out this LinkedIn resource for your small business)
  • Let LinkedIn be your online portfolio
  • Start or join an engagement pod to get your groupies to like and comment on each others’ posts
  • Tell your story and your WHY you love doing what you do
  • Add media to your profile to showcase your talent, creativity, skills, products, services, etc.
  • Find the hashtags for your areas of interest and post using 3 hashtags
  • Create meta tags and alt tags in LinkedIn with keywords
  •  Add emojis, icons, and symbols to your profile for a pop of color
  • Find out your Social Selling Index (SSI) score to get your “report card grade” on LinkedIn
  • Use the FIND NEARBY feature on the app on your phone to connect with others in the nearby vicinity

No matter what … keep on learning! You don’t know what you don’t know. 

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Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 6300 members and alumni providing career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today.