Are You a Reluctant Marketer? How to Be a Mighty Marketer Instead
How Marketing and AI are Similar
The way that you probably feel about marketing your freelance business is how I used to feel about AI. Learn what I did to move from being a reluctant AI user to an AI pragmatist, someone who understands the need for AI and uses it. Then follow my process so you can move from being a reluctant marketer to a Mighty Marketer.
Read time: 8 minutes
Let me start with a confession. I’m a marketing geek. But I know that marketing is really hard for most freelancers because you never have a chance to learn about it. So you become reluctant marketers.
What Reluctant Marketers and Reluctant AI Users Share
Until I had to learn how to use AI in writing, I didn’t really understand why so many freelancers were reluctant marketers. To learn about AI in writing I started out by following discussions on LinkedIn. Then I found some experts to learn more from. I listened to podcasts and read reports.
That’s when I realized that if I wanted to be able to continue to serve my clients and get new freelance work in the era of AI, I needed to learn how to use it. While I have never been a reluctant marketer, I was definitely a reluctant AI user, or as Gordan Graham calls this, an AI resister. Graham is a freelance writer and an early innovator in the use of AI in writing.
Listen to the High-Income Business Writing podcast with Graham Gordon
So I procrastinated for a while. I made excuses, like “I don’t have time to learn AI” and “I need to focus on client work.” But the truth is, I just didn’t want to do it.
The problem is that technology is and always has been a struggle for me. As a freelancer, I’ve had to learn how to use a lot of technology over the years. While I’ve always been able to do this, it’s been hard for me. And like you, I’m really busy.
How You Can Move from Reluctant Marketer to Mighty Marketer
How you probably feel about marketing your freelance business is how I used to feel about AI.
But learning how to market a freelance business and learning how to use AI in writing come down to two essential things: (1) knowledge and (2) hard work.
Knowledge is fairly easy to come by. I’ve given you some ways to learn about marketing your freelance business below.
The hard part—for me in learning AI and you in learning marketing—is actually doing the work.
If I wanted to continue to succeed as a freelance medical writer, then I knew that I had to learn how to use AI. I might not have a business in a few years if I didn’t do this. So I was really motivated.
Just like you should be really motivated to do the work to market your freelance business. Because if you don’t, getting the steady, high-paying clients you deserve and building a stable, successful freelance business will be a struggle.
4 Ways to Learn How to Market Your Freelance Business
Here are 4 ways to learn about marketing and do the work to learn how to use it.
Since I’m comparing learning AI to learning marketing, I used AI to generate content for this parts of the post. I asked ChatGPT “How can people learn to do new things for work?,” then prompted it with “Revise as a blog post on 10 ways to learn new things.”
Some of the information from ChatGPT includes advice I would have provided on my own. But the content wasn’t engaging and it didn’t use my writing style or tone.
If you’re curious about how I humanized what ChatGPT gave me and what I added on my own, then see the ChatGPT transcript at the end of this post. As you’ll see, I didn’t use most of that information.
1. Just Get Started
Did you ever stand at the edge of a pool, afraid to jump in because the water would be too cold? Jumping in is much easier than lowering yourself slowly down the ladder.
When you jump in, the worst part is over quickly. You don’t spend time worrying about how cold the water is, or talking yourself out of going in at all.
Once you get started on your marketing, it’s much easier to keep going.
Start slowly with some general learning, like I did with AI. This will give you some knowledge about marketing a freelance business. Hopefully, that knowledge will help you become more comfortable with the idea of marketing your freelance business and more confident that you can do it.
And starting with general learning is much easier than trying to immediately develop client-focused marketing. If you do that, you’ll probably get frustrated because you don’t know enough yet and give up.
Reading this blog post is a good start. Finishing this post is an achievement. And each action you achieve motivates you to keep going. Do a little more each week until you build the marketing habit.
2. Follow the Right Marketing Experts
Learn from experts who use a proven process, deliver realistic results, and care about your success. Experts in freelance marketing include:
- The Mighty Marketer (me)
- High-Income Business Writing
- Marketing Mentor.
Ed Gandia’s High-Income Business Writing has a podcast and a blog, along with courses and coaching. Ilise Benun’s Marketing Mentor has a podcast, a blog, and Quick Tips, along with lot of on-demand content you can buy.
Start with One of my Free Ebooks
Get your free copy of one of my ebooks on getting the clients you deserve. Both ebooks cover:
- A proven, 10-step process for building a stable, successful freelance business
- How to develop the mindset for freelance success
- The best marketing tools for freelancers and how to use them
The ebook for medical writers and editors also includes freelance opportunities in medical communications.
For medical writers and editors:
For other freelancers:
If you download one of my ebooks, I’ll add you to my email list so you can read my Freelance Success blog. Also, I’ll send you information about more ways to learn.
Subscribe to Lists and Follow Experts
Subscribing to email lists is an easy way to learn about marketing. The emails will prompt you to work on your marketing and give you ideas and inspiration for doing this. You can also follow me, Ed, and Ilise on LinkedIn so you’ll see our posts.
Get High-Income Business Writing’s free ebook Earn More in Less Time: The Proven Mindset, Strategies and Actions to Prosper as a Freelance Writer and subscribe to Ed’s email list.
Get Marketing Mentor’s “Magic Money Formula” worksheet and subscribe to Ilise’s Quick Tips.
If you find other experts, then make sure you evaluate them carefully. Fake and instant experts are growing in number. Fake experts are con artists who don’t have the expertise they’re selling. Instant experts don’t have the experience or expertise to teach other people.
Learn how to evaluate experts
3. Network through Professional Associations and on LinkedIn
Learn from other freelancers through professional associations and on LinkedIn. In-person meetings, online forums of professional associations, and LinkedIn are all great ways to learn how other freelancers market their businesses and to get answers to your questions.
As I learn about AI, I participate in discussions on LinkedIn. I’m learning about how other people, mostly freelancers, are using AI and their challenges in doing this.
But when you’re learning about freelance marketing, be very careful. Many freelancers do bad marketing. So you need to evaluate what they say and do. You can use the content of my ebook to do this.
Professional associations are also likely to have content on marketing or marketing a freelance business, and maybe educational programs such as webinars, tutorials, or courses.
4. Take an Online Course
As a shortcut to learning how to use AI in writing, I took a course: Introduction to Medical Writing and Artificial Intelligence from Michelle Guillemard at Health Writer Hub. I didn’t want to waste time trying to figure out how to use it on my own. And I wanted expert guidance on best practices.
The course was fabulous! I learned more about AI in medical writing than I expected to and got lots of great resources for learning more later.
Best of all, taking the course forced me to start using ChatGPT. Before that, I hadn’t even tried ChatGPT, which is currently the most commonly used AI writing tool. I wanted to use it, but was procrastinating because, frankly, I was a bit afraid of AI and didn’t know if I could learn how to use it.
A Shortcut from Reluctant Marketer to Mighty Marketer
If you want a shortcut to learning how to market your freelance business, then consider my 7-week online course, Finding the Freelance Clients You Deserve.
Based on what works best for freelancer, the course explains my proven process in detail. You get assignments to help you apply what you’re learning and develop your marketing tools. And you get lots of handouts with templates, checklists, examples, and more.
In the coaching version, you get personal guidance from me, based on your business goals and challenges. I review your marketing and key course assignments. My students tell me that coaching helps them build their confidence and succeed faster.
The course is also available as self-study. This is best if you’re an experienced freelancer who is doing okay but you know you could be doing better.
Learn more about Finding the Freelance Client You Deserve
Watch the course video: Build Your Freelance Business
How I Moved from Reluctant AI User to AI Pragmatist
Now I’m an AI pragmatist, someone “who sometimes uses AI,” according to Graham.
Soon, I hope to be an AI enthusiast, someone “who often uses AI.”
Just as I moved from a reluctant AI user to an AI pragmatist, you too can move from being a reluctant marketer to a marketing pragmatist. And as I practice using AI and you practice marketing, I can become an AI enthusiast and you can become a Mighty Marketer.
Learn More About How to Be a Mighty Marketer, Not a Reluctant Marketer
Content from The Mighty Marketer
Free ebook for medical writers and editors:
Free ebook for other freelancers:
Course video: Build Your Freelance Business
Other Content About Marketing
Ed Gandia, High-Income Business Writing
Ilise Benun, Marketing Mentor
Other Content About AI
#325: Rob Marsh on Leveraging AI to Grow Your Freelance Business, High-Income Business Writing
Health Writer Hub, Introduction to Medical Writing and Artificial Intelligence
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