These days, nothing is certain. Except you – you’re all you can rely on… Your skills, talent and knowledge. But who knows you? The more people who know you, the more options you have.
“Who are you?” That’s the most common question when someone sees your name online. You need to be able to share who you are. On my freelance writing blog, we’ve been discussing profile pages as a way of making money even without a website. A profile page is your online calling card. It’s a way of sharing who you are. It can tie all your social networking sites together, to build a picture of who you are, without a website.
Why would you want to show who you are?
Let’s look at some reasons.
- You’re a small business person. You need a way to build credibility and trust. For your leads, your suppliers, and everyone you come into contact with. If someone Googles you, you want to share who you are;
- You’re employed. You’re not job-hunting yet, but if someone needs your skills, you’re open to better offers;
- You have an idea for a start-up. You’re bootstrapping, but you may want some capital for your venture soon;
- You work online, or want to. You want people scouting for someone with your experience and skills to get in touch with you. A little judicious moonlighting would help out with the mortgage, and your kids’ college fund. You need a profile page.
“This is me” – websites on which you can create profile pages
There are many profile websites; let’s look at three good ones.
about.me – simple, easy, fast. Does what it says on the label
I like about.me. Your profile page is easy to set up, and share with others. The site’s adding some social media options, so you can network on the site.
Here’s my page on about.me.
Google+ – if you can’t beat them…
Google+? Yep. You can file this under “if you can’t beat them, you might as well make the most of it.”
Here’s my profile on Google+. The big benefit of a Google+ profile is that it’s Google. People who want to know about you will Google you, so they’ll be able to find you. You’ve got social media with a profile page baked right in.
Don’t fight it… :-)
Flavors.me – I haven’t tried it, but it looks good
I haven’t set up a profile on flavors.me yet, but the site looks good. It seems to have more options than about.me.
So there you have it. If you don’t have a website, at least create a profile page. Get findable, and visible.
Apropos of never knowing who’ll see your page online. I set up a dinky little website in 1997, because I was writing a book for Allen & Unwin on using the Internet for business. Although I never paid much attention to the site, it got me loads of business over the next few years. I even wrote an online creativity course for Barnes & Noble University when someone spotted the site. You never know who’ll see your name online.