Let’s get right down to it. I need the business equivalent of a Sugar Daddy (or Mama). This is a completely legitimate and legal exchange between consenting adults: I bring the awesome, you bring the rent payments, and we all go home happy.
It’s really that simple. I’ll break it down for you.
I bring the awesome.
I make magic happen on the Internet. I build, I write, I conduct, I support, I rally armies out of Twitter and Facebook, I make communities strong, and I make websites happen.
I am an extraordinary generalist. I’m a collaborator. I’m the linchpin on web teams. I speak everyone’s language (Designer, Engineer, Marketer, User, Content Developer, Director) and I facilitate getting things done. I’m also skilled enough in all those areas that I pick up the slack when something falls through. I ask for more help when I need it, and I can usually get it from my network of great consultants. I’m fast, I’m honest, I’m loyal, I have ridiculously high standards for presentation quality, and I fight like a bulldog to make a project successful.
Because of all this, and the fact that I’ve spent the last 6 years as an independent consultant, I don’t fit job descriptions. I’ve never met anyone else with my particular blend of strengths. So I’m appealing to you — the people who know me and have witnessed The Awesome — to help me find the right business to call home. You’re the ones who can make this happen.
To refresh your memory, I kick butt at:
- managing customer and audience engagement
- Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Wikis, and other Internet rallying points
- mobilizing volunteers
- managing team projects
- any kind of writing (formal or informal)
- HTML and CSS
- WordPress and other CMS systems (templating and administration)
- public speaking
- event coordination
My clients have included:
- Jiffy Lube
- Seton Pediatric Hospital
- Bedrock Brands
- … and about 25 others, listed here.
Many of these clients (and some of my colleagues) have written generous testimonials about my work. Take a look.
A little more detail…
I’ve been building websites since 1997, and blogging since 1999.
I built and managed two large online communities of my own, mostly by accident. I understood what people needed, I made it happen for them, and I figured out all the details as I went. One was a 5,000-member writer’s publication and workshop (TheWrit.org; now closed). The other is a 20,000 visitor/mo community expression blog with a volunteer staff of 15 (Genderfork.com; still thriving).
I’ve worn many hats as an ongoing consultant at agencies (branding, social media marketing, and technical). I’ve been called Front-End Developer, Project Manager, Community Manager, and Social Media Consultant. I’ve build a lot of client websites, both through agencies and independently.
I’ve consulted on online community development for Cisco, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, Offbeat Bride, the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, The HINTS Lab at the University of Washington, and the Personal Data Ecosystem, among others. I also run an industry blog about online community development at CultureConductor.com.
And let’s not forget my two caveats:
1) I’m not really a designer or an engineer; I’m just great at leveraging and customizing what’s already available.
2) While I do have strong social media skills, I don’t think like an ad agency. I care about delighting customers and audiences, generating excitement, and inspiring people to want to spread the word. I don’t support campaigns that smell like spam, or that alienate members of an existing audience. You’re welcome to pursue those, but I will advocate for other options.
You bring the rent payments.
I spent four years as an independent consultant for agencies, and then worked the last year and a half as my own Sugar Business. While I found that work immensely rewarding and educational, I also ran into my own limitations. I’m far more interested in doing awesome work than finding awesome work.
That’s where you come in.
You’re a business (or independently wealthy Internet enthusiast) with ongoing, interesting web needs. Maybe they’re your own projects, maybe you have an ongoing stream of clients, or maybe it’s some combination of both. You take a nimble and dynamic approach to your work. You’d rather have a rockstar problem solver than a by-the-book workerbee any day. You value the opinions of people who know what they’re doing. You work at a fast pace and like getting things done. You’re either local to the SF Bay Area, or you’re fine with me working remotely.
And your projects are funded.
I’m ready now to hand over some fierce loyalty to the right business for bringing me on board as a staff member. Whether that means an ongoing consulting contract or full-time employment, I’m open to working out the details. It just needs to be backed with enough funds to serve as my primary income. (Sorry, small projects. I have an embargo on you until I work out something consistent.)
This is the first time you have ever heard me ask for this, and it may very well be the last. Consider me up for professional auction. It will close when a situation fits.
Friends, please send this page to the person you’re thinking of right now. You know I will make them incredibly happy.
Business Folk, you can get in touch with me at info at sarahdopp dot com. Please say “hi” sooner rather than later. My situations tend to change quickly.
We all go home happy.
You need someone to do awesome work. I need awesome work to do.
With our powers combined, my rent gets paid, you look fantastic, and we keep on changing the world.