No not free me as in “Free Winona” free me, but actually my services are free to you. Silly.
One of my favorite new social products (and yes… a stellar client of mine, I’m not going to lie), Coffee & Power is making you an offer you can’t refuse. (Sorry, I’ve had the Godfather on my mind all week for some reason. Just go with it.)
For those not in the know, Coffee & Power is this very cool work/exchange site where you can buy and sell services, (called Missions). You need cupcakes delivered for an office party? Coffee & Power has someone. Someone to build software? They have someone. Organization help? You get the idea.
Coffee & Power has started a program where certain members have Gift Missions. And guess who has two…count’em… two Gift Missions? That means you can get an hour of my services and Coffee & Power will pick up the tab.
Here’s what you do:
Send yours truly a note with your email. (Don’t worry I’m friendly. Hi! ).
I then send you a gift credit. Register at C&P (takes two seconds) and you’re good to go.
Besides my Missions, there’s a bunch of cool stuff up, so go on and check out their offerings. They change daily and there’s always something. Oh! And put your own Missions up too, so you can earn some moola.
Coffee, Power, and Free Stuff,
One of my clients, Propane Studio, had a major Mad Men moment over the weekend: they needed a script completed for a project. These guys are seriously on the edge of what’s going on in user-experience marketing… so they were having what my Dad likes to call a “high-class problem.” They needed a lot of writing done in a short period of time because they have clients banging down their doors. (That would be scary, actually. I hope that’s not literally true.) So Propane’s Creative Director, Neil, rang me up.
I had worked with Neil years before, doing some corporate acting on a campaign he was working on (yes, I’m an actor too… jazz hands!), but this time he had a business script that needed a bit of edit work. He also wanted some voice-over action for a storyboard… so I quickly became a one-stop shop: writer, editor, researcher, and voice-over artist. I was excited because I knew these guys did awesome work, but their project people are also super cool and organized (bonus!), so I have to say… I was fired up.
We worked Mad Men-style* and wrapped it up this weekend. The result? A clean script, complete with fresh content, and an accompanying audio storyboard for the developers to transform into user-friendly marketing wizardry. AND I still got to go camping on Saturday afternoon. That’s what my Dad would call “okie-friggin-dokie.”
* By Mad Men-style, I mean we worked really late and early morning to get this baby out to market. No in-office boozing or cringe-inducing comments were used in the creation of this project.
Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll all tell you the same thing: I love coffee and I love power. So the other day, I’m driving down Market Street and I see this cool sign and wonder… I wonder what “Work Club” is? Clearly they have coffee and outlets, yes yes… but what does that mean? I was intrigued.
So rather than interact with the physical world and actually enter said establishment I did what any red-blooded modern American would do: I Googled it when I got home.
- (I ganked this pic from C&P’s blog… it’s a cool sign right?)
And that is when I learned about the magic that is Coffee & Power. It’s a work-exchange club where you register your needs, wants, and desires (within respectable reason… c’mon people focus!), as well as cool talents, skills or job abilities you may have. You assign virtual dollar amounts to your skills, and in turn, can “buy” services and goods with the “coffee dollars” you earn. Yearning for a utopian existence (not the Thomas More variety, thank you) I immediately did a brain scan of what I could offer up to barter some coffee bucks:
1) I make a mean crochet sock monkey hat…
- admit it… you want one.
2) I can say all fifty states, in alphabetical order, in under a minute. (True… I’ll post it one day. You’ll see.)
3) Oh yeah. I’m a writer.
So I put up an offer to do some company wordsmithing and within a DAY… voila! I had myself a gig. Not any old gig… but a super fun gig writing and editing for C&P! How great is THAT? PLUS… you get C$20.oo coffee bucks just for signing up.
Easy, fun, and a good way to support or supplement mobile workers. And I have a healthy C$$$ credit. I’m reeling from my new-found power. I must log on and find someone to do my bidding. Mwah ha ha…