Unfortunately, the learning curve to start and maintain any sort of “traditional” internet business enterprise is pretty darn steep, time intensive, potentially costly and can take a long time to make any real headway in the making moola category.
But what if there was some sort of internet based “job” a comedian could do that capitalized on knowledge that they already have and could take advantage of? I couldn't think of any until...
I ran across an interesting webinar about becoming a social media manager. Basically it involves managing the social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) for small to medium sized businesses.
After reviewing the webinar, here’s why I think that this could potentially be an ideal part time job (evolving over time into a “day job”) for comedians who are already using social media themselves for a number of reasons:
- Since many comedians have accounts with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube already, they are already familiar with how they work and how to use them. In other words, they already have most, if not all of the “experience” they need.
- There is a huge demand for social media managers and the pay potential appears to be significant.
- The work involved is portable, meaning to say that it can be done for clients from a computer with an internet connection. So comedians could do this when they are on the road.
According to the webinar, the average time investment to manage a small business social media client is about an hour per day.
That means that a person could start on a part time basis and grow their social media management resume and portfolio as they want.
Here’s what I can tell you:
If you are a person who struggles with understanding and using social media (like I do), then becoming a social media manager is not for you.
But for those who are good at it and spend hours on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, I think it is certainly something to look into that’s going to continue to be very much in demand and around for a very long time.
Plus, approached smartly -- this sort of social media management work would still allow a comedian the time they need to develop their stand-up comedy act, perform, book gigs, and maintain their own social media presence.