As some of you may know, I’m the site manager for Binge Gamer, a video game blog that I founded with two of my friends. Binge Gamer hires an intern every semester, and last night, I was scheduled to do an hour-long training session with him, just so he could learn what we expected of him at Binge Gamer and what his schedule would be like for the semester. As it turns out, Intern Chris is interested in freelance writing after he graduates, and since that’s kinda what I do, I offered to stick around a little longer and answer some questions.

It turned into a total brain dump of everything you need to know as a freelancer. Well, maybe not everything. But we did end up spending over an hour more on Skype, just talking about the business. I answered a lot of his questions and gave him some stuff to think about.

As he said to me last night, “Why spend hours reading on After Graduation when I can get info straight from the horse’s mouth.”

I promptly mocked him for calling his internship boss a horse, but I did admit that he had a point. Not that there aren’t some awesome things to read here at After Graduation - but it isn’t anything like talking one-on-one.

Right now, I’d like to offer a one-on-one conversation for you, like Intern Chris got last night. I can’t promise that I know everything, and I certainly can’t promise the I’m the most eloquent speaker in the world, but I’m opening this up for the first 25 people who contact me, either by leaving a comment here, DM/@-ing me on Twitter, or contacting me via Facebook. The only requirement is that you have Skype to make the call (it’s free to download). I’m not charging anything for this or even asking that you join my mailing list, become a reader, or promote After Graduation in any way (though that would certainly be nice!). All you have to do is be willing to learn more about this business.

And you get to dictate what we talk about. Some topics we could cover?

  • How to get started blogging
  • How to find jobs online
  • What you nee to do to get your finances in order
  • How to promote yourself as a new freelancer
  • What to do in college to prepare for working as a freelancer
  • How web content writing differs from newspaper writing

Or, if you’re brand new and not sure what to ask, I’ll just start talking! You can come with a list of questions you want answered or just show up and ask questions as they come to you.

I wish I could do this for everyone, but there are only so many hours in the day. So, again, this is only open to the first 25 people who contact me. Oh yeah…and did I mention that this is completely free? Free!

Oh, as a side note, if you want to do the call with some of your friends, that’s fine. I can talk to a group at once. That limits the number of questions everyone can ask, of course, since you’ll still only have an hour, but if it’s more comfortable for you to go through consulting that way, it’s fine with me!

I’ll edit this post if all the time slots are filled, so if you’re still reading this, you have a chance to sign up. But do so right now if you’re interest - I have no idea how long this offer will be open or how many people will be interested.

Look forward to hearing from you all!

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Oh, and don’t forget that you can connect with me, Allison Boyer, anytime directly on Twitter. If you follow me, say hi and introduce yourself so I can get to know you!

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