said 9 months, 2 weeks ago:
@mchillemi Hi Madeline
Read a lot. Find the best blogs out there and read everything you can. Set up an RSS feed (I would recommend Google Reader).
Then start playing around with the social networks. Get a feel for them and start using them a lot. Keep up to date with social media news and updates as well (again, more reading),
Start a blog, about anything, and start writing – a lot.
Then when you think you know a lot about everything in theory, start in practice. Start with your own stuff – maybe start a blog and Facebook page and test out those theories. Do this for months. With the major networks.
Then, when you feel more knowledgeable and confident, ask around to see if anyone wants some help for free (small charities) and run their social media for them. Meanwhile start helping people on Twitter/forums with small issues and start talking & asking questions in blogs and forums (like this one).
Once you have built up experience and reputation, then you can think about a business. Then, and only then, start charging people for your services.