When I was out in South Africa, my boyfriend linked me to a writing position based in Pretoria. It was for a company that deals with online marketing, from website creation to advertising and social media. They were looking for a copywriter to join their team, and telecommuting was a possibility.
This job was perfect for me, although I knew I probably didn’t have enough experience to get it. At that time, the main experience I’d had really was through websites such as Freelancer and oDesk, and let’s face it, they don’t look amazing on a CV. I applied anyway though, because I know there would be no harm in it.
I am so glad that I did! The manager got back to me and said that I wasn’t suitable for the position. However, he had passed my email on to the editor of a partnering company he runs, iLead Online, because they had a lot of clients in the legal sector. I would just like to point out now that I have a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Creative Writing with Law – a combination I never realistically thought would land me a job.
The editor of iLead Online got back to me, we exchanged contracts and I started work that next month! I am a freelance writer rather than an actual employee, but that suits me just fine. I cover a wide range of topics, and a lot of them are incredibly boring – plastic card printing, removal companies, accountants, lawyers, health services etc. However, I wouldn’t change it at all. It is giving me so much experience with regards to writing on a variety of topics, and it really gets my creative brain working hard – how can I write multiple articles on the same boring subject, in a way that will keep people interested?!
If you are starting out as a writer, then these are the types of companies you really should consider applying to – companies that deal with website creation and online marketing. They offer a lot of content to their clients, and as a result always seem to be on the lookout for new copywriters with fresh ideas.
Has anyone else landed a job like this? What do you think of it?