“Mental Health at Work”, a summary

“You don’t need to rush. You’re doing a lot just being here with me.”

– Dad, poorly and 71

I’ve tried not to be overly personal with any of these posts because I’m here as a professional –

But “mental health at work” is a thing, and it could be deemed appropriate or acceptable for me to discuss some of the human challenges which influence my journey as a start up (and low budget) business owner.

I have once shared that long-term unemployment can leave you very isolated. Without the cash to go out and enjoy good times with friends, nor pay for presents or holidays, let alone contribute fairly to normal things like food and fuel, connections quickly begin to breakdown.

I’ve met a couple of women I’ve cared about very much, and been unable to develop healthy or equal relationships with them. The second woman I actually warned in advance that I didn’t know when I would be back in employment (and so was unsuitable for a relationship), and we had a bad relationship for a long while before mutually agreeing we were no good.

I remember my nan always told me, “Make sure you have your own money”, and I did manage that for some years before illness and mild disability struck.

And now I can choose to look at myself and see “Failure”, or I can see “Survivor”.

Either way, I’m broke. My CV is shot, my connections are mostly dead and I’m introducing my unemployed but self-employed self much like a girl shouting down a dark corridor hoping that somebody at the end might be listening.

And all of that can make you despondent, or determined –

And I’m determined. My determination is tempered (or interfered with) by such as “imposter syndrome”, but any self-appraising individual can be guilty of accusing themselves of occasionally not being up to the task at hand.

But nothing ventured, nothing gained:

None of us has the time to tell ourselves, “I’ll never be able to do this”. If we only live once, then why not put our all into our one go at life?

I can find a pit and shrivel up and die in it, or I can say, “Sod everything – I’m alive and healthy enough, and I’m going to keep fighting.”

And that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll just have to keep jabbering into the ether and trust that if I cast a wide enough net, healthy leads will follow.

I hope that whoever reads this post will not think less of me for sharing what I have labelled as “human challenges”.

Nobody has a straight path through life or maybe not even through their career, and I only have sought to share a piece of mine –

My business exists to strengthen the work of entrepreneurs similar to me: Those who are striving and who could benefit from accessible, skilled support in order to help their business be as successful as it can be.

I’m Ruth and I do digital marketing through copywriting –

Feel free to get in touch and introduce yourself and your business!

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The Importance of Being Blatant

I look forward to breaking through every barrier which will lead me to victory road…

I’ve chanced by arm at offering free digital marketing/ copywriting services to my fellow self-employment/ job seekers through a job centre scheme which I myself am attending. Because, why not?

With every professional introduction or proposal I make, the worst response I can receive is, “No” –

And the Law of Averages dictates, what? That the more I seek, the more I’ll find! The more I prospect, the more leads I’ll gain.

Like I’ve said and repeated in previous posts, “Ruth Klempner” is yet to make a professional name for herself:

As far the working world is concerned, I’m just a 32 year old woman on universal credit. Nobody has any reason to trust me or believe in me.

However, since I have such unfettered belief in myself, I am wholly unperturbed by the doubt of others! 

I gained voluntary copywriting experience through Striver.online, but since gaining my qualification and building my website, it has been difficult to gain further experience. 

I provide a fantastic service to small and ambitious business owners, and my belief in “pressure and time” will drive my continued exploration of a variety of lead, and voluntary, avenues.

This week I will further explore networking avenues including those available through Enterprise Nation, but I’d also like to break into Twitter properly –

It’s an unusual platform since character limits are so low and so there is a lot of non-content. BUT, I’m probably just looking in the wrong places…

I don’t want to be another account parroting well-known sales or copywriting techniques, and I don’t want to only be advertising services and the benefits of outsourcing experts.

I want to use Twitter to engage with suitable communities, such as communities of small business owners or digital marketing service providers. But I think I’m going to have to be smarter and more specific than that, and connect with professionals and commentators –

Like it’s name suggests, Twitter is about conversation. Not pitching. There’s still lots of preaching, but I’m not planning to use it for that either.

In years gone by, I used Twitter to engage in politics talk (and I’ve also been a keen Trekkie talking actors and star ships!), but I have to say, I’m finding it very difficult to know where or how to start as a copywriter on Twitter.

I know there are copywriter communities, but I will have to think about how to create original content – like I have said, I don’t want to simply repeat decades old (but no less relevant) sales techniques.

As ever, let’s see what I can come up with! Building a business online does require so much patience. But this time and effort is all necessary to achieve the success I crave.

So, bring it on! I look forward to breaking through every barrier which will lead me to victory road…

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