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Get Paid to Manage Social Media for Companies – The New Home Based Business Idea

Get Paid to Manage Social Media for Companies - The New Home Based Business IdeaBy Lowell Christensen

The existence of social media in our everyday lives is leveling the playing field for those who want to start a service based home business. It’s a service that is growing in demand with few people taking advantage of the opportunity. It is a social media job you can do from home with little competition in your local market.

The reference to your local market is ‘key’ simply because there are plenty of social media managers online seeking out social media jobs within larger companies. Likewise, there are countless consultants looking for clients in need of their services online, but few are tapping into the greatest need for these services. It’s reaching the local businesses near where you live – working from home as a social media manager.

What is a Social Media Manager?

A social media manager is someone who handles the social media marketing for a company. You don’t need a website to do the job. All you need is a computer and a basic knowledge of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. There is online training provided to equip anyone with a desire to start this type of home based business.

Your proximity to these local companies does not mean you need to leave your home to serve them as clients. All the work is done online through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. Servicing local businesses simply gives you an advantage because you will understand their needs more than someone outside of your region.

It only takes a few hours a week to manage a single client. Once you streamline your strategies and techniques, you can simply roll out your marketing skills to other companies. As a social media manger working from home, the more clients you have, the more money you can make each month. The average client will pay from $300 to $450 a month for you to post on their Facebook Page or connect with their Twitter Followers, in addition to other social media profiles.

The key to any successful business, is passion for the service or product that you provide. Before choosing any avenue to make money from home, it’s important that you are able to articulate your product or service easily.  This is what makes social media management so exciting. It is a language everyone understands. It is a service that can be presented simply.

What Does a Social Media Manager Do? 

They build connections between a business and new potential clients and customers through social media. Yes, it’s a business you will need to build over time, but one that is simple to get started at with no prior experience.

There is a training course available that assists people in building their social media marketing business from home. The program combines instruction on the skills needed to be a social media manager, as well as how to set up your own successful home business providing this service.

If you would like to learn more about what it takes to be a social media manager from home, there are plenty of resources available online to help you decide if this home based business is for you. Learn more about the Social Media Manager Training Course.

This post was sponsored and written by Lowell Christensen. With any business opportunity you need to do your due diligence and research the opportunity extensively. Please be aware that we can only promote advertising from companies that we feel we can legitimately recommend to our readers.

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18 Responses to “Get Paid to Manage Social Media for Companies – The New Home Based Business Idea”

  1. 1
    Krystle says:

    I’ve always wondered about that kind of job. I used to think that would be a good job but had no idea how to find a position like that. Thanks for the information!

    • 1.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      Krystle – I manage social media for a small business, it’s a great job to have. You can either start your own social media consulting company or your can search for companies who are hiring social media managers. Good luck!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Frankly, I find this article more than a little disturbing.

    Managing a business’ social media means you are performing marketing tasks for that company and you are responsible for the reputation and often customer service for that business. If done incorrectly it can mean serious consequences for the company and/or the person managing the social media.

    Effective marketing truly requires education and experience and social media marketing should not be left to those with no marketing experience. Just because someone knows how to socialize on Facebook doesn’t make them an effective marketing professional.

    Social media management also requires very specific types of business insurance and knowledge of copyright and other laws as well. Throw in the fact that each post should be search engine optimized and you really can’t trust this important job to an amateur.

    I’ve been doing internet marketing for 12 years and what I knew then versus now would fill several books – it’s called experience! I’m truly disappointed that you would post this article, I usually find your content to be quite beneficial but this time I find this article to be insulting to all of us who are true professionals in this field.

    • 2.1
      Holly Hanna says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m sorry that you found this article disturbing.

      I totally agree with you, managing social media is way more than just tweeting and updating Facebook, it’s handling a companies overall appearance and reputation. With this said, I don’t agree that one needs prior marketing experience to be an effective and successful social media manager.

      Is marketing experience helpful? Of course, but it’s not required.

      Most individuals who are acting as social media managers have prior experience in corporate America which translates well to managing social media for businesses. Plus, the fact that social media, SEO, blogging and marketing education can easily be accessed through webinars, online courses, teleconferences and coaching makes this career option that much more viable to women who want to work at home.

      Again, I’m sorry that you found this article insulting. I just like to inform my audience all of the options that are available to them. Sounds like I need to write a more detailed on article on the ins and outs of social media management =)

      • Elizabeth says:

        I respectfully disagree with you Holly. Just having experience in corporate America does not translate well, in my opinion, to managing social media for businesses. Many fields and departments in corporate America such as finance, engineering, design, personnel, etc. do not prepare someone to successfully market a business, conduct customer relations and support, search engine optimize accounts and postings etc., and yes effectively and successfully market a business’ products and services through social media. And, then there’s often the need to know coding in order to work with apps, custom facebook pages and more.

        Yes, I do agree that training can be learned online, and yes I think it can be a great part-time job from home for some people, but I found it offensive that the “training video” started out describing an “oddball job my friend Kate stumbled upon that makes her a cool $10,000 a month income part time” And… “so easy a 10-year old could do it.”

        • Holly Hanna says:

          I see your points Elizabeth.

          When I talk about prior experience and skills, I’m talking about generalized skills that can be applied to being a social media manager (critical thinking skills, time management, organization, being able to streamline processes, writing, etc). I absolutely agree that individuals who want to be a social media manager, need to learn best marketing practices and keep up to date with the newest technology, polices and procedures.

    • 2.2
      Lowell says:

      As the author of this post, I would like to ad my two bits.

      First of all, the article does not say that you don’t need training to be effective at this type of business. That said, you need more ‘street sense’ than you do an official education in a traditional sense from an accredited institution.

      Experience? Yes, it’s needed – but you have to start somewhere – which brings my to second point…

      I focused on local business We are not talking about tweeting for Microsoft or seeking a full time marketing job. This is very much something that you can start small with. There are plenty of local businesses that don’t even have a Facebook page, and if they do, 25 people ‘like it’. Beginners can’t compete with larger companies to start, but they can learn simple tools to help small local business.

      On a final note, this is not to replace the marketing efforts of any company in other areas… such as print, direct mail, radio or TV. Yes, for that you need someone who has overall marketing experience to pull it all together. This is one facet of a companies marketing strategy.

      To say that you need experience before you start any venture, no matter how small, is unreasonable. Let the ‘beginner’ learn from the ground up like you did and in 12 years from now they will not be any different… a person who had a dream and did what they could to learn the ropes and gain some independence.

  3. 3
    Duke says:

    Elizabeth, I can appreciate your need for respect given your years of experiance. However, I hope your first mentor and first client (who paid for you to learn) were more considerate of novice SM Marketers with a passion to learn this relatively new trade. I found this post most beneficial. Thank you!

    • 3.1
      Elizabeth says:

      You just made my point about what concerns me – no business should pay someone to “learn” what they’re doing. I would never ask a business to pay me to learn while doing the work I didn’t know how to do for them.

      Social media is an aspect of marketing and to do it properly for a company one should have a background in marketing, advertising and business management which I did. And, the business I “learned” social media on was my own and then several more that we volunteered for at no cost to a business or organization. Again, I would never ask a client to pay me while I “learned” to do my job.

  4. 4
    Lowell says:

    I would like to add to my comments above that with any home business, it’s work. It takes time and there is a learning curve. Training won’t get you the experience you need, but it helps to get your foot in the door to even determine if this is something you want to do.

  5. 5
    Cheiska says:

    Does anyone know of a company hiring? I’m not sure how to even try to get started.
    Thank you!

  6. 6
    Doug says:

    I am wondering about the difficulty of securing a social media job without any formal training. I use youtube/facebook every day but as far as formal training or any kind of marketing experience, I really do not have any. Is that a problem?

  7. 7
    Abbie says:

    I just read the conversation between elizabeth, holly & lowell, my big question; are local small businesses really going to pay for a social media marketer?

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