My New Working Venture

I have landed!

With out breaking into song & dance, I now have The Best of Both Worlds.

Being a rock star mom and wife is number one in my life while work allows me to express myself with the a path that I have found a pretty good niche in. I have found a job (or did they find me?) where I am able to be a mom and help a company communicate & market themselves to the right client.

I am now with Consilio and it’s sister company Perfect Order as their Communication Manager. I will be communicating about classes, services as well as assisting in internal marketing efforts.

This “Best of Both Worlds” opportunity is part of the revolution with the way working moms decide whether or not they should stay at home with their kids or fulfill their need to work and contribute to something that they are great at. All the while, being a rock star mom & wife.

I will also be out and about picking up new clients to give them my nurturing, hands on approach to social media all the while doing other “things” with my new working family.

Principles Over Income?

The following message is in response to someone wanting me to do some social media work for their clients:

 I think there is a way for me to refer you clients that want there status updated and blogs taken care of.

Here is my response that I will hit send as soon as I hit “publish” here:

I would love to help you and your customers out…but I don’t believe in ghost status updating or ghost blog writing.

I believe in teaching people how to do social marketing, not do it for them. It would be like me going to a face:face networking event & pretending to be them – not truthful nor believable…and to be honest, those people will be exposed. The truth comes out with social media. Those that choose to fake it will not succeed.

Sorry for the bluntness, I just have principles when it comes to this. If you want me to teach, monitor & help them succeed, then sign me up! But I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I am basically lying to people about who I am. There is a difference between representation & doing someones work for them. Again, let me know what days/times you can get together this week & we can discuss further…just in case I read it wrong. thanks -jen

Am I wrong?  Am I writing my own ticket to waiting tables at IHOP?

How would you feel if you found out that Tac Anderson or Jeremiah Owyang doesn’t actually Tweet or blog their own stuff?   There is a difference between doing PR/marketing for someone & doing their work for them…right?  I don’t believe I am wrong here, insight from the older crowd is much appreciated.  🙂  Hello IHOP?

Unemployed? Sorta.


On Tuesday the 10th, I was laid off at TSheets as Head of Social Media Sales and Marketing.

No worries.

I was at NAWBO that night & met the most amazing women. We talked about social media and how it can help increase conversations and of course relationships in business. Women get it. But that is a whole other blog…stay tuned.

With the encouragement of these wonderful women, I believe I am going to do the consulting “thing”.
I had my first meeting yesterday with Karen Meyer of Handyman Connection and she is just an amazing woman. Another possibility is brewing today and another one tomorrow.

Deep breath people….here we go!

Top 10 Reasons Why Unemployment Doesn’t Suck

lovin-chocolateYea, that’s right, I said it, unemployment doesn’t suck.  
And here is why.

1.  I had time to get my teeth cleaned
2.  I had time to talk to my dentist about his marketing practices
3.  He had time to tell me that what he was doing, and what he was spending was a big waste
4.  We had time to chat about what they had done in the past (when they didn’t have any money) and who those customers are and why they have stuck around from the beginning
5.  I had time to think…wow, I should start my own gig!
6.  I had time to think of the possibilities of what I could offer to companies
7.  I had my ego lifted by those wanting advice (in exchange for lunch!)
8.  I had options
9.  I had the confidence to know that I could succeed on my own
10.  I had the ability to say no to job offers because I had figured out and knew to my core what I was good at & that I could make it.

What did I do?  
I decided not to go on my own.  
I decided to make a difference to clients wanting to build their business in a tough economic time AND make a difference with a product I believed in could be part of that equasion.

But…I do know that if unemployment strikes again, I will be just fine.

Tip of the Day
If you believe in a skill that you have & know that you can change one persons life, you can change many.  
Jump & ye shall succeed.

The JenHarris09 Update

So, I went dormant there for a while.  Honestly, as soon as Matt Rissell said he wanted to hire me as the head of Social Media Sales and Marketing at TSheets…I took a big sigh of releif & watched a mini-marathon of Paris Hilton trying to find a new BFF on MTV.  Don’t remember a thing about it…just noise.

Here is one thing that I needed to get out there – I used SureveyMonkey to ask my friends & collegues some questions about how they would pay an independent social media consultant.  Here is some of the Q&A. 


1. Have you considered integrating a Social Media/New Media/2.0 marketing plan into your existing marketing plan?
Yes:  73.9%
No:   26.1%

2. Would you rather hire someone…
Internally – full or part time: 30.4%
On a Consultative basis:  69.6%

3. Would you rather pay a consultant based on…
An hourly rate?: 57.1%
A paid up front block of time?: 42.9%

I also asked an open ended question of how much it was worth per hour & that was just all over the board from “show me the ROI first” (really? Let’s blog about that later) to $300 an hour (thanks mom). 🙂

My goal starting December 1, 2008 is to blog here three times a week and for TSheets twice a week…along with my other communications out there, I really think that we can show a consistant ROI for Social Media.


What is Social Media Worth to You?

I am at the beginning of week 3 of unemployment…still sucks, but we are looking at mission critical here.  What do we do?  Should I stay home w/the twins and still try to pursue something?  Or with a half dozen supporters so far, should I venture out on my own teaching Social Media to small/medium size businesses?

I put together a survey with SurveyMonkey to see what my peers believe the going rate is for a social media consultant.  I have pushed it out through Twitter and a lot of my gmail contacts.  LinkedIn & Facebook are next.  I am asking: what would you pay for someone to come in and either guide you into social media or help you intertwine it into your traditional marketing strategy?

What makes me different from the other local consultants trying to do the same thing?  My satisfaction comes from knowing that I have explained to people what social media tools are & which tools will benefit them in the best way possible.  I would love to help teach businesses how to use social media tools to connect with their current & future clients in a way that their competitors are probably not.  The result would be a more loyal customer (aka: repeat business) and if taken seriously a better ranking on search engines.

Again, thanks for taking the survey & I will post results by Thursday night at the latest.

Heeeeerrrr Mr. Opportunity!

So there are opportunities out there in SM, some that I am VERY excited about that have even been created due to Twitter.

A very unnamed Twitterererer wants my help…and you WILL know about it.  ARGH! I am SO excited about it because it will amplify the world of SM here locally, bring some attention to businesses of the many possibilities & it might just produce something for the future for me.  Can not wait until they give me the “go”!

Quite surprising to me, I am getting some “shout outs” from people I highly respect in the world of SM.
Thank you to Michael G Cohen for the chance to be interviewed at TwitterViews w/the likes of Shel Israel. It goes live on Monday.

Earlier this week I DM’d Jeremiah Owyang letting him know about this blog…and he Twittered it out to his 14,198 followers.  I did the happy dance.  Thank you. 

I spoke to Steve Chazin again yesterday at  I inturruped his dinner in Floridia with his in-laws, sorry about that!  Funny thing is that he is there at the EduCause Conference as is MPC.  We were  going to educate show-goers on the MPC Community, but oh yea…I was laid off & it really is stagnant now. 😦  REALLY looking forward to another call with him.

Our local baseball club here as well as our hockey team have some great opportunities as well in the world of SM.  Todd Rahr & I have been in contact & we will touch base mid month.

My husband says to not give it all away (my SM ideas that is).  But what I am hoping will happen is that one of these companies will pick up on the idea that they need to hire me flat out or hire me as an independent consultant.  The search continues…in more way than one.

New Use For Twitter!

Day 13 and still looking…but things are looking up!  I had a really good conversation with Matt Rissell yesterday and an email exchange with Steve Chazin from AND I found an almost empty bag of candy corn in my glove box this morning – there is hope!

I have been doing my due diligence when it comes to finding a job: sending out resumes, following up, checking ALL the right (and some WAY wrong) places online to find a job but I am hoping my extra effort in the Social Media sphere will leap frog me ahead of everyone else getting laid off in this valley.

Now let me start by saying, I love LinkedIn.  I have been an advocate for a few years and love the direction they are going (just downloaded new WordPress App).  But the “recommendations” just seem to be all the same.  “X is great.  X is a hard worker.  X knows how to bla bla bla”.  And what brilliant future employer has the precious time to read all those glowing remarks about me? 🙂

How about 140 characters?  My brilliant future employer would see that my peers say what needs to be said and are to the point.  A lot of my Twitter friends I have only been face to face with them once or twice, but we all run around in the same Twitter sphere & if I was a schmuck and a fraud, they would quit following me and or call me out.

I have asked my TwitSphere to tag their recommendations #jensSearch and I have 3 so far.  What is great is that these are people I would have never gone to for a “traditional” recommendation, so I am thrilled to have them as part of the process of finding THE job.  Thanks guys! 

BTW: Any fellow Twitterererrs are more than welcome to add to the list – but be geniune! If you think I am a schmuck, say so!  🙂

@JenHarris09If you didn’t know that the words Google, MySpace, and Blog are verbs, you need to hire Jen Harris. Today. #jensSearch

Jen helped me with a client’s need to market a large commercial project. Her advice, focus, guidance, & follow-up was superb. #jensSearch

#jenssearch I can’t recommend Jen enough. She’s a go-getter and knowledgeable in social media and skilled in project management.

Top 10 Reasons why Unemployment Sucks

For those that know me either 1:1 in real life or in Twitter, LinkedIn or through a community, I think it is fairly obvious that at this very moment in time…I am going nuts.  I have never been unemployed this long.  The last time was between a move from Colorado to Boise and I had a job 1/2 way lined up before I move then.

So here is my contribution to the life of Top 10 Lists:


  1. The unemployment office smells of B.O & last weeks lunch
  2. I don’t HAVE to take a shower in the morning (see reason #1of result) 
  3. I could “research” all day long & know what EVERYONE on Twitter is doing instead of finding a job
  4. The vacuume cleaner stares at me all day
  5. I think I am expected to have dinner on the table at 6pm…whaaaaa?
  6. My neighbor thinks I am one of them now (referring to a very hard job-but not mine: SAHM)
  7. I have an urge to scrapbook. Noooooooooooooooo!!!
  8. Those “work from home” and make a gazillion dollar ads are actually tempting
  9. So what is wrong w/curling up with a trilogy of Back to the Future in the middle of the day?
  10. Even though I bragged about itm I REALLy don’t want to wait tables

Any ones you could ad?

Day 7, Fear of Unemployment Sets In

So I am not sure if it was

  • Two screaming 2 year olds that didn’t want to get in their car seats yesterday afternoon
      • The thought of living off of Sheppards Pie for a while
  • The empty feeling of “am I good enough?”
  • Just flat out overwhealm

But whatever “it” is that I feel (think pukey butterflies in your stomach) but I am getting scared.

I have been on the hunt for a new gig, officially, for 7 days now.  I don’t want to sell insurance, do clerical work from home or give up my passion of teaching & educating people about Social Media/New Media.  I might just have to compromise though…I can stuff envelopes with the best of them.

Four to five people have said I should definatly go out on my own & do the “jen thing”.  Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is enough to get me thinking I should do it.  But then reality of the “what if’s” lingers with me: mortgage, 2 cars & 3 kids that eat more than Greg & I combined (I know, sounds hard to believe but I swear sometimes we are raising horses and not kids!)  

So what is the “jen thing”.  Patti Murphy of Murphy Media says that what I can teach companies about Social Media is more on the 1:1 scale and not the 60,000 foot view that a lot of other individuals that are out there right now.  I am very much a believer in:

  • baby steps with a purpose
  • a long lasting message
  • developing your voice so that it is heard

More of an organic approach to Social Media rather than the fast food drive through.  Organic Marketing if you will…hmmm, that’s an idea what do you think?  Anyone takes that, I will personally rip you to shreds, thank you-xoxo 🙂

I will continue to apply for jobs & I have one more week to go until full on panic hits us head on…so for now, keep looking, writing, Tweeting and meeting new people.

If you are a local Twiter-er-e-r-er…@georgeseybold & @mightysmith so kindly had the idea of putting together a TWEETUP at the City Grill Friday 10/24/08 at Noon for my “liberation” from MPC.  Hope to see you there!