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Forging my own path - freelancing instead of a day job!

After starting a new office job, I've realised the large office work environment really isn't for me. I'm finding 9-5 work with a long commute at either end of the day stressful, unfulfilling and unsatisfying. I'd like to use the talents and skills I've developed over a varied career in media and IT to go freelance, and create a sustainable life for myself rather than hopping from job-to-job. Where can I go to make this happen for myself - particularly in my key skill areas of copywriting and IT work - and what should I know before and after taking the plunge? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Preparing to pay taxes as a freelancer

I’ve just started freelancing as a copywriter and have some questions about preparing to pay taxes, and what I can claim as expenses. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jul 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Mid-career switch: reception to copywriting

I've been working as a receptionist for a few years, and I'd like to transition into a career as a copywriter. About three years ago I wrote back-of-the-box copy for a home entertainment distributor, I've written music and film reviews for a few blogs my friends run, and I recently finished the third draft of a novel. None of these seem like they'd work for a copywriting portfolio. I've also spoken to the marketing department at my current place of employment about writing press releases and blog entries, and I'm waiting to hear back from them about potential short-term projects. In the meantime, what can I do to get more experience and build up a portfolio?
posted by pxe2000 on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

New to SEO copywriting: How much should I charge?

What is the going rate for SEO copywriting jobs? I'll need different rates for different jobs: 1) writing blog entries, 2) pitching blog stories to editors. This is for quality copy, not just keyword dumps, for corporate clients. Please, also, any anecdotes about negotiating prices for such jobs would be appreciated. thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Freelance advertising rate for creatives in NYC?

What should my day rate be for copywriting at a major ad agency in New York City? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Chicken or Egg? Who comes first, copywriter or designer?

I want an awesome website and I have wireframed the whole thing. I am planning on using the design contest process on 99designs and I have found an amazing copywriter on Odesk. Who should do their part of the work first? [more inside]
posted by gravitypanda on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I find consistent freelance copywriting work for 5 cents a word?

I'd like to get more into freelance copywriting. It's something I can do from home, and I'm pretty good at it. I have a money and time goal for it. Money: 5 cents a word Time: 15 hours a week Total: About $1,500 a month. I'm on Textbroker, but they rarely pay more than 1.5 cents a word. I'm open to pay-by-project too, if they're consistent. How would I go about finding regular clients/websites that could help me reach my goal?
posted by tuberose on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

How to get ahead in copywriting

I'm thinking about attempting to land an entry-level copywriting position, after working for over ten years in an unrelated field (public librarianship). I'm wondering if I currently have enough relevant experience to start sending out resumes, or if I need to beef up my portfolio a bit. And any general advice on copywriting careers would also be welcome. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to improve my copywriting skills.

I'm looking for an online course to help me improve my copywriting skills. [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Nov 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I take this copywriting job if I want to be a writer?

I was hoping to be offered a writing job on the editorial side, but instead I'm going to be on the business/advertising side. What does this mean for me? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

How to bill for marketing / copywriting

How should I bill a client for freelance writing of marketing copy? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on May 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I be paid for the work I produced in this interview?

I recently attended a job interview which included a copywriting test - I was given some facts about an upcoming event and asked to write a press release. I did not get the job, however, the press release was released exactly as I wrote it (without my byline) and was picked up by a small local news blog and a local religious newspaper, as well as being used in the organisation's internal newsletter. The headline I wrote was also tweeted with a link to the event info on the organisation's website. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 15, 2012 - 26 answers

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand?

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand? [more inside]
posted by rudhraigh on Nov 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Writers: how do you educate clients who don't value your work?

Copywriters and other creatives: how do you protect yourself when dealing with clients who suck up time with extensive revisions, general indecisiveness, or just plain bad judgment? My larger projects can handle some ballooning of time in one direction or another, and for my big national clients there is always client awareness of my expertise and what it's worth. My problem is with taking on smaller clients who seem great at first, but then balk at suggestions, revise good writing into terrible, etc... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Oct 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Web Copywriting Tips

What are your top tips and resources to help me write the most amazing website copy ever? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jun 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Ad Flack Woes

How do a build a copywriting portfolio? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jun 18, 2011 - 2 answers

How to write better telemarketing scripts?

Can you recommend some resources to help me learn how to write fantastic outbound calling (telemarketing/teleprospecting) scripts? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz on Apr 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me calculate a day rate!

I'm a freelance copywriter who normally charges hourly. A prospective new client has asked me to give them my day rate. How should I calculate this? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Nov 24, 2010 - 16 answers

Staying abreast of the ads that are best

I need to keep on top of the advertising/marketing zeitgeist. Which blogs and online resources should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 22, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I become an advertising copywriter?

How do I get involved in copywriting and other creative endeavors in the advertising industry? As someone in the industry, what do you believe is essential for me to learn in order to become successful and happy? What books, blogs, etc. should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Ads where a word is worth 1000 pictures

Great text-driven (print) ads from 2009? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 15, 2009 - 5 answers

ad concept confusion

New to copywriting: what is an 'ad concept' ? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Nov 16, 2009 - 13 answers

CopyWriterFilter 5000: How do copywriters come up with names for products and product lines?

CopyWriterFilter 5000: How do copywriters come up with names for products and product lines? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Oct 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Can I grow my writing indoors?

I'm a freelance writer who mostly does entertainment writing, but I want to branch out into copywriting. What's the best direction for me and what are the next steps? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket on Sep 16, 2009 - 2 answers

Crash course in freelance copywriting?

I need a crash course in freelance copywriting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Ideas for effective brainstorming session?

Help me come up with some fun brainstorming exercises and tools for my company's new software product messaging! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Nov 12, 2008 - 5 answers

I'm an experienced copywriter -- how do I find a job in a city where I know no one in the industry?

I'm an experienced copywriter -- how do I find a job in a city where I know no one in the industry? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Portfolio? No one said anything about a portfolio!

I applied for a copywriting job that I thought I had no chance of ever hearing back from, and they have actually asked me for a portfolio. But I don't have one - yet! Help! [more inside]
posted by andeles on Sep 8, 2008 - 9 answers

copyeditors: how many hours?

hey copywriters/editors: about how long might it take you to edit a 20-page product brochure averaging 10 items/page? thanks!
posted by oigocosas on Feb 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Putting the hyphen in "anal-retentive"?

Is this an acceptable format for writing out a business address on a mailing label? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Jan 30, 2008 - 23 answers

What does copywriting pay?

What does copywriting pay? A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing. As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 22 answers

OK, I'm a freelance writer. Now what?

How can I parlay the sudden improvement of my freelance writing resume into career advancement? [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol on Jun 22, 2007 - 6 answers

how to become a nonsucky copywriter

When adding items to my online shop, how can I learn to write awesome product descriptions? How can I stop being the most boring copywriter ever? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Yeah, I'd get free cookies and cakes, but is that enough?

How do I negotiate (tomorrow!) a decent salary for working part-time as a creative services manager for a successful bakery where the company wants to leverage the coolness factor of the environment and I want to leverage my years of varied experience? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on May 30, 2007 - 12 answers

How do I build my writer's portfolio?

Help me get started as a freelance copywriter. I have one ad under my belt that I created for the company that I work for (I'm not in the marketing department but was lucky enough to lend my talent). The marketing department is now run under a different manager and the opportunity for more is no longer there. The ad appeared on the back cover of several magazines. That's it...one ad for my portfolio. What is the best way to build my portfolio as a writer? How do I gain business and experience with an extremely slim portfolio? Someone once said that I should go back to school and try to build it through projects. This isn't really an option and I'm really not looking for any more education. Any advice is appreciated.
posted by ieatwords on Feb 28, 2006 - 7 answers

best promotional copy you ever forgot

Not long ago I was reading a tech company's "About Us" page on their web site and was unduly impressed at how well-written it was. It seemed to me the perfect combination of hilarious and informative. I made a mental note to consult it when writing a similar page for a new service my company is launching. Of course, I have forgotten the company. I just remember how good the copy was...ring any bells?
posted by subpixel on Nov 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Copywriting 101: The Good Parts Version

Looking for a copywriting workshop that doesn't suck. My jargon-addicted boss wants to leverage some capital to grow her marketing proficiencies; I'm trying to steer her in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Apr 1, 2005 - 3 answers

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