Do you notice how we entrepreneurs tend to be harder on ourselves than anyone around us? We’re the boss we’d never want to work for—we force ourselves to work long hours, we berate ourselves when we lose a client, and we never come up for air. Excuse me: Wasn’t this whole “owning my own business” thing supposed to be fun? When did we move from doing something we truly loved to becoming our own slave drivers?
The other day, I was chatting with someone I hadn’t seen in a while. She asked how my business was doing. My reply shocked me, because normally I grin and say, “Really well, thanks!” But lately I’ve been feeling a little adrift in terms of what I want for my business, and therefore business hasn’t been booming like normal. I realize it’s my own damn fault. I’m a big believer in setting intentions and making what you want a reality.
It’s a common issue for freelancers: you want more work, so you charge an “okay” rate. Then you realize how much work you have to put into a project and realize that you grossly undercharged for it. You can’t very well go back and ask the client for more, can you? You’re a professional, and you deserve to be paid accordingly. That said, let’s look at a few situations you might find yourself in so that you can ensure that next time you get paid what you’re worth.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".