In which our hero, revamps his neglected website, imports content from Medium, and says: “F*ck it, I like being a writer”.
I’m back in the freelance writing and content game. Hit me up. I buy ink by the barrel.
From the day I started looking I resisted going back to freelance work. I took on a few projects, but my goal was then, and still is, to land a full time job somewhere. My family and I am much happier when we know I have steady paycheque coming in. Benefits are cool too. I resisted doing freelance work until a friend told me that, you know you could make a go of it. You do have better than the average bear writing skills.
Okay, okay, I’ll give it a go.
In practical terms this meant I had to kick this website into shape. New theme, fixed a lingering database/load time problem so the site loads faster than at a glacial pace, and I imported a good chunk of my content from Medium to here. The “cobbler’s kids have no shoes” doesn’t cut it when you’re actually trying to show people you can write great stuff.
I’ve put some time into the site and I think it’s ready for primetime. I still tweak and tune things here and there, but it’s good for the time being.
Yep, the sh*t is getting real.
So…what can you write about?
Great question. Simple answer: pretty much anything. I’ve blogged (and done it professionally), I’ve managed communities, I’ve done (doing?) the social media thing, I know B2B and B2C. I’ve done video tutorials, podcasts, and voiceovers. Short form, long form, ebooks, white papers, landing pages, boilerplates for RFPs, even entire website copy.
And I work in a little marketing strategy, value proposition development, and other marketing smarts in there too.
The point is I haven’t met a topic I couldn’t start work on. Look, I’ve even written about garbage bags, so whatever your SaaS, B2B/B2C hybrid is, I can get into it and write about it. And really enjoy doing it.
This is my value proposition to you. I love technology so much that I can immerse myself into almost any app, service, or gadget and geek out about it. This isn’t false “oh this service is so cool” stuff, this is getting to know and understand your app and be able to translate its value proposition to your customers. Doesn’t matter the medium, the message is the same: here’s why this is awesome and you need to check it out.
Not closing the door on a full time job
Revving my freelance writing back up doesn’t mean I’m shutting down my job search. Freelancing is how I’m extending my runway find the right fit. I don’t want a job just for a paycheck. I want to come into work and be challenged to be better. I want to keep the saw sharp by tapping into as many of my talents as I can. I doubt there would be a marketing or content job that includes cooking, but, hey, there are foodie startups out there who need a great cook to try out recipes and publish how to content. I’m pretty darn good in the kitchen and, yes, I’ve even written about cooking and food before. My ideal job is with a group of people who, like me, love to be constantly learning. People who experiment and aren’t afraid to make a mistake. No “that’s how we’ve always done it here…” places. Innovative. Challenging. Purposeful. That’s what I’m looking for. If you’re hiring (or know someone who is) here’s my resume/cv with my details and some samples of recent B2B content work (Dropbox link).
Whether I find a full-time job tomorrow or next week or next month, I’m still going to keep freelance writing as my “side hustle”. I think it would be stupid not to. I stopped freelancing about three years ago, and in hindsight that wasn’t smart. I should of kept doing more things on the side so when the start up runs out of money or the job I felt I had to take is a bad fit or the other place drops you out of the blue; the blow wouldn’t have been as hard. You live and you learn.
So here’s to the next chapter! More writing. More clients. And who knows, maybe another book.