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Started from the bottom, now we need some more help

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drake 1Big Sky State Buzz and Drake, the rapper, might not have much in common. The one thing we do share, though, is we’ve both started from the bottom.

While Drake and his team have arrived, BSSB is still grinding as we work our way to start wearing ever single chain even in our houses, as Drizzy eloquently puts it.

And here’s where you come in. While I started from the bottom, when you jump aboard now you’ll get a decent head-start.

After chatting with some friends and supporters, I’ve found that to keep building Big Sky State Buzz, I need some extra help, or a few valued teammates to help reach our potential.

I’m looking for up to three enterprising writers who want to dive into the entertainment scene around northcentral Montana. Can you write about concerts, art openings, comedy shows, plays, wine tastings? Do you love attending these things but don’t have much experience writing? I can help.

Are you a young writer looking for exposure and the desire to be on a winning team? Let’s talk. Are you someone who is frustrated by the lack of proper coverage of what’s happening around the area and want to do something constructive about that? I’d love to chat with you, too.

There is a small downside to all of this, however. Unlike Drake, we’re not quite “here” yet, so we can’t pay anything at first.

As a writer myself, I get it. You value your work and you feel you deserve to be paid for it, and I agree 100 percent.
I’ll also invite you to step back and look at the big picture for a minute, though. In order for Big Sky State Buzz to become profitable, I need someone to help Big Sky State Buzz logo bluetake the load off of myself. With that help, making money becomes much, much easier because the massive load it takes to run a site like this one, becomes a little lighter.

With that in mind, I’m also looking for at least one person who has a great business acumen. Someone who enjoys selling a product they believe in and reaping the benefits of their hard work.

Someone who’s hard-working, honest, good with people, an excellent communicator and has an eye on the future and another on the present, is highly preferred.

The person who takes on this role would be helping the entire operation by helping us pay our bills, and give us the ability to start paying those who have agreed to join the team in other capacities.

I’ve left the most important trait I need in my new potential teammates for last. I need people who are true to their word and consistent. If you’re able to help a little, great, if you’re able to help a lot, even better, but I need to know how much you’re able to do.

Here’s what I can’t have – you agree to write two articles a week, but after three weeks tell me that you can’t do it anymore because you don’t see anything you like writing about. It is fine to need a break now and then, as long as you try your best to honor your word and do your best to keep at it for however long you can.

Consistency doesn’t mean you’re a slave to the job, either. I get it, I do. However, that’s why I say let me know up front how much you can commit, and I’ll take what I can get. Don’t promise something you can’t deliver.

Ideally I’d love to find two writers who can contribute three articles a week. Articles run between 300 to 4,000 words, so they don’t have to be long, and they don’t have to be short, but they do need to get to the heart of the event. If you can do that in 300 words, fine, if it takes more, that’s fine too.

The same goes for the business director role. Ideally, that person would be able to visit, or make at least 10 phone calls a week to businesses.

That might seem like a lot, but that’s why it’s an ideal situation. Maybe you can do more, maybe you can do less, because I know how life gets in the way, and things happen, so let’s not kid ourselves here. I don’t expect anyone to drop everything and be my personal assistant for hardly any pay. I wouldn’t take that gig, and I don’t expect anyone else to either.

So, in conclusion, what I’m really offering you the chance to help, as Drake would say, “make the music everyone else parties to” and get us “from 0 to 100” at the same time. Together we can show Great Falls, Montana, and maybe even the entire world we’re a real force to be reckoned with.

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