Making a living as a digital adviser

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Making a living as a digital adviser

At what point can you get enough experience and successful projects under your belt that you can just completely switch jobs becoming a digital adviser?
Making a living as a digital adviser
This is my dream and my end goal I want to reach in the following 5 to 7 years.

How am I going to achieve this? By reaching guru status!

In any industry, there are trusted experts, when it comes to the digital world, almost everyone with a blog claims to be an expert and a guru. To put it shortly, making a living as a digital advertiser can be a hard nut to crack.

But wait, I have a plan and I'm going to share it with you!

1. Assimilate more knowledge, constantly.
The digital world is wide and in constant change, it is hard enough keeping track with SEO changes, I spend at least one hour every day getting up to date with everything new in the SEO community.

Nobody is capable or knowing everything and being an expert in every digital domain, but you can do you best to learn and assimilate additional knowledge. If you are an SEO like me don't stop here, learning so basic programming, understand how coding works at least on a basic level, this will give you a lot more insight knowledge on SEO as well as other subjects.

Copywriting, coding, design, project management, research, data analyzing and even whatever a sysadmin does - if you have the time and the opportunity try learning a little bit of everything!

If you already work in an agency you probably already have all those experts around you. All you need to do is interact with them, understand what they are doing and if you aren't annoying already, ask questions!

2. Get really good in your main field of expertise.
Ok so you are learning about everything, but that ain't sufficient, you need to be truly an expert in one specific field. I've chosen SEO. Is close enough to online marketing and web development that it allows me to create strategies and give my insights in both departments.

As I said you need to have at least one hour every day dedicated to research and updates on your specific field of expertise. This is extra work you have to put in if you want to make it and achieve your goals.

Don't ignore experiments and tests, this is the only way to develop your own personal strategy that works. I'm constantly testing and researching myself, I don't get all my information from other SEO experts, sometimes I develop my own techniques which usually I don't share with others.

3. Experience, you need loads of experience.
If you are a designer, you will want to have a project from every niche possible before you can declare yourself an expert! The same thing applies for SEO and any other digital domain. Every website is different and every niche is special and unique. You need to go through loads of clients and projects, the more of them you do, the easier it gets, you can eventually spot problems in seconds and solve complicated situations in record time.

Why? Because you probably went to similar experiences a couple of times! This is why you need experience.
I started refusing smaller clients that didn't offer me any demanding work, but I learned to never refuse clients that offer me complicated jobs, even if the pay isn't that good, I take them on, I learn from them and increase my experience.

I even take clients and projects that I don't know how to solve and have no idea of an actual solution. I just figure out things as I go along. Never refuse an opportunity!

4. Personal branding.
If you really want to achieve guru status there isn't an easy way around this. You will need to build up your name and personal brand. Of course, staying active on social media and having impeccable profiles everywhere helps.

But I think the best way to show how good you are is by helping others! Start a blog and start writing and teach people your secrets. Seriously, at this point, you don't really need to be afraid to share your secrets and help people. So far this was the only decent recipe I've seen to ever have a direct effect on how a blog and a blogger gets popular.

Of course, you will need to have some advance knowledge on marketing, content building, coding and every design & users experience. Getting a blog popular is no easy task, but if you manage to stay active and constant for a few years, giving good information to people you will eventually start seeing a following of people and your hard work will come to fruition.

5. Go to digital events and interact with people.
I already start doing this and the effects are amazing. Almost on the ever single event, I went too I made some connections. There is no simpler way to put all of this. Go to events as much as possible, interact with people, be friendly and get your name out there. You will eventually get some many connections that business offers will start flooding in.

6. Focus on your goal, eliminate any additional distractions from your life.
Still playing video games? Do you still enjoy following 7 different TV shows every week?
Well, it is time to drop all that from your life and focus on your goal. I'm not saying DO NOT HAVE FUN! I'm saying you most certainly waste a lot of time on trivial stuff that doesn't matter and doesn't help YOU with anything at all.
That time can be better used achieving your goals.
Making a living as a digital adviser


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Great write up, Cristian Making a living as a digital adviser

When it comes to running a business as a digital adviser, you need to do so many things. I've known people in the past that have gotten into this type of work and they get overwhelmed fairly quick because they were so use to a basic 9 to 5 where someone else was telling them what to do an a daily basis and they weren't use to the "freedom". Some of the people I know actually quit their jobs when they started making money online, which I was against, and they soon hit some snags and had to beg for their jobs back lol Making a living as a digital adviser

The part I really liked about your discussion is the section where you talked about going to events. I've been to a good amount of events and I agree with you that they are great networking opportunities. I've handed out my cards at these types of things and got a huge response rate. Not everyone signs up, but at least they will remember you if you contact them in a few months to see if they're interested in signing up for something you're selling Making a living as a digital adviser I always like to do the "special discount" offer with people that I have met in person. I don't discount the products or packages too much, I just say it's a special discount because it's easier to sign them up because they think they're getting it as a lower price than the rest of the world lmao Making a living as a digital adviser

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The title Digital Adviser is nice to hear and I guess I would like to be one. However I know that a Digital Adviser should be well-versed not only with the internet but also with computers. I envision that person to be a techie in relation to the needs of the users. If the work is only for SEO then I would probably qualify in a few more months but as I said he should be technically competent.

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This is great, and inspiring too! It's good that you have set your goal clearly, and I agree with focusing on our goals and eliminate other distractions. I like that you mentioned spending an hour every day to study. Though I do not plan to be a digital adviser, this plan certainly works for everyone.

Hope your dream will come true very soon.

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Thanks for this enlightening post. I have learned and written some points to read more on them.

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Branding is an important part in this journey, so also is developing your skill-set and keeping tabs with latest industry standards. These day i spend almost 2 - 3 hours daily either getting updated or learning something new. It takes a lot of discipline for you to get where you require, but if you follow these steps careful, you certainly will become better.

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I think getting consistent clients is the key. You can see that the digital adviser is something one has to consider. I have found that digital advisers often get the lead from the word of mouth and through successful portfolio. And for this reason one has to find out them on successive basis. I guess it'd not be easy to manage that part. But overall I'd say this can be a one good process to start with there.

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That guru status is not easy to reach although I know that it is achievable if you will put your heart into. My main line is providing contents to forums but I have plans of pushing with my own blog. And with my experience as a co-blogger before, maybe I can master the trade and become an expert in the field of blogging. And who knows if I can also be an expert in SEO methods when that time comes.

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Really great idea, if you can get the work. I think they are many opportunities in this. I would advise one to take a course, acquire the digital skills . Work on a few major projects that you can include on your CV. Then advertise your services as a digital advisor. Most online shops are moving online so there's a lot of opportunity. If you look at your local shops or malls you will see that most are closing down and some are moving online.

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