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Career Opportunities for Web Copy Writers

5 May

In addition to writing, one of my favorite activities is to post opportunities for web copy writers on my Freelance Writing Class website, home of a little virtual course I wrote last year about getting into freelance writing as a career. There are literally thousands of ways in which copy writers can earn a decent living, either part time or full time.

The advantages of being a freelance web copy writer are endless, including:

  • The freedom to work from home or anywhere an Internet connection exists.
  • Flexible schedule that fits well with family life or other responsibilities.
  • The ability to take on as little or as many writing projects needed to earn an income.
  • Being your own boss has many perks and increases confidence.
  • Experiencing different industries and cultures around the world.

For me, becoming a web copywriter has been the single-most rewarding aspect of my adult life. Despite having worked in human resources for well over 14 years, I found that my transition to becoming a freelancer was a positive one. While I won’t paint a completely rosey picture because this choice has had it’s ups and downs just like any career, I can say that I am more fulfilled as a career-woman and feel much more in control of my family finances than I ever did working outside the home in a corporate day job.

If you are exploring the many opportunities in web copy writing work, in addition to my freelance writing  jobs page at Freelance Writing Class, here are some resources to help you get started (and where I found a lot of inspiration over the years!) :

Freelance Writing Jobs – one of the largest and well-respected sources for information on freelance writing and career opportunities. Multiple job postings and information to keep you in the know.

Freelance Writing – Helping freelance writers succeed since 1997, this website will give you insight and information about freelance copy writing opportunites and contests around the globe.

Online Writing Jobs – Find organized lists and sources of information on freelance copy writing gigs all over. I return to this list time and again for updated opportunities.

Writing Career – posts updated freelance writing job leads from Craigslist and other online job boards. Nice resource and fun way to find work online.

FlexJobs – This is the only membership freelance writing job resource I recommend. Why? Because I personally worked for FlexJobs when I was first starting out as a freelance writer!  I know from first-hand experience that all of the freelance writing job leads are legit, well-researched and updated on a daily basis by real people to make sure only the best jobs are listed.

So, if you are trying to find your way as a freelance web copy writer, or you are searching for new opportunities – be sure to check out the above sources for fresh job leads and inspiration!

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About the Author: Tess C. Taylor, Owner of Taylor Resources Writing, is a web copy writer in Charleston, South Carolina who has been featured on The Chamber of Commerce, Yahoo and US News. She has been writing for 5 years and has published over 2,500 articles and 100 websites on business and career topics around the world.

A Copy Writer Talks About Her 5 Favorite Books of All Time

4 May

Did you know that the favorite past time of most writers is actually reading? It could be because writers love to experience the written word from other perspectives. It’s challenging to pick up the subtle nuances and find inspiration in others’ writing. Or, it may be a way to temporarily escape reality – who knows? Very often, when I am not busy writing some web copy or brainstorming with a client on a marketing startegy, I am hanging out with my husband, Eugean, at our favorite bookstore reading a great book!

So…without further ado, here are my 5 Favorite Books of All Time!

Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

In 2000, every hopeful writer ran out to buy a copy of the “Master’s” book on his rise to fame as a Horror-Fantasy writer. I was working full time as a human resources manager at the time and writing a few pieces here and there. I remember reading this book in my car during my lunch breaks, laughing and crying at the same time when I heard the story of how King struggled as a new writer – then later cheering when he recanted his tale of “Christine” and how he felt when he got his first big check! This book still has an important place on my bookshelf, where I reach for it when I need some inspiration.

Dorothy Perrin Moore’s “Careerpreneurs”

I love Careerpreneurs, written by Emeritus Professor Dorothy Perrin Moore, of Charleston’s own Citadel. This gem of a career book caught my attention when I was venturing into starting my own business as a Charleston copy writer. What intrigued me was that Prof. Moore focused in on the female entrepreneur population and how we are shaping the future of careers for women everywhere. If you are looking for inspiration and resources for starting a business, you will find it in this book!

Ralph de la Vega’s “Obstacles Welcome”

This book literally flew off the shelf when I first noticed it. For good reason, as it tells the personal story of Ralph de la Vega who went from being a kid in Cuba to becoming the CEO of At&t Mobility. He did this by holding fast to his BIG dream and never giving up on his personal principles. I found this book to be a great read, still refering to it when I have one of those moments of doubt. I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling in any area of a career or business.

Linda Gray Sexton’s “Searching for Mercy Street”

A few years back, whilst browsing through a local bookstore looking for a great book for my summer vacation, I stumbled upon this interesting book written by Linda Gray Sexton, daughter of famous poet Anne Sexton. The book shares a very painful, yet triumphant story of the relationship between Linda and Anne, and how it shaped Linda’s writing career. I’ve read the book several times, and each time I find something new that makes me stop and think. Anyone who has had a difficult relationship with a parent should read this book, to let the healing begin.

Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”

As a child, I spent countless hours pondering the universe and trying to make sense of the world. Being able to go on a journey in my mind by discovering a new book in my great grand-mother’s library was a treat. That’s where I found Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” waiting for me. The tale of Meg trying to save her little brother Charles Wallace and their father from unseen evil was my first foray into Science Fiction. To this day, the concept of time and it’s mysteries still has an affect on me. If you have young minds eager to explore the wonders of reading, I recommend the entire series of L’ Engles’ books!

So there you have it – a copy writers list of the top 5 books of all time! I hope you’ve enjoyed this and that you get a chance to explore some of the books here. Feel free to share your comments below!

Using Google Calendar to Set Up an Easy Blogging Editorial Calendar

3 May

This week, the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon launched with some great incentives to start blogging daily! At last count, there were over 200 unique blogs participating in this fun activity. When you think about it, that’s a lot of blog posts! 

To start things off right, I decided to be proactive with my own blog and set up an easy editorial calendar using Google calendar. I use this free web-based calendar for so many things in my Charleston copy writing business. From booking private clients and scheduling myself for events, to setting up reminders for project deadlines and important networking meetings – I use Google calendar ALL the time. The cool thing is that it’s not only just a nice web-based calendar, it has a lot of great features such as sending invitations to others for meetings, and text message reminders right to any mobile device! Without this technology wonder, I would be lost most days!

So, when it came down to the Blogathon, I wanted to get myself set up with fresh ideas and reminders for topic days on my Google calendar so I have it all planned out. That way I don’t forget a day or get burnt out on blogging.

Here’s how I set up an Editorial Calendar for the Blogathon:

  1. Signed into my Google accounts
  2. Clicked on “Calendar” which took me to another page
  3. Set up a New Calendar Named “Blogathon”
  4. Added a Daily Topic for each day of the month of May
  5. Set up reminders to send me a text and email each day

It really was that easy! Anyone can use this handy FREE tool to create an online editorial calendar to maintain a blog. Try to think of topics that are relevant to your business, what your clients or friends may be into, and in a specific order that makes the best sense. If you have a complex topic, try breaking it up into a series and then writing about it for a few days – expanding on the topic as you go.

Wishing all the participants of the 2011 Wordcount Blogathon the best of success! Looking forward to getting to know others, share some great information and make new friends.

OK now it’s YOUR turn – how are you keeping track of your blog posts??? Please leave comments below!

About the Author:

Tess C. Taylor, Web Copy Writer and Owner of Taylor Resources Writing, has been writing for the web since 2007. After transitioning from a 14 year career in Human Resources, Tess writes on many topics close to the hearts of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured on Yahoo Business, US News and Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Tess, please visit www.trwriting.com

What You Need to Know About Local Web Copy Writers and Web Designers

19 Apr

If you own a small business and you are looking for the best quality and values in web copy writing and web design, why not look in your own backyard? Chances are, there are some wonderful marketing and creative service providers who live right in your neighborhood, have kids who go to your kids’ schools and may even go to your church! While many creatives work on the side for extra income, there are some who dedicate their lives on a full time basis to supporting small businesses with excellent quality web copy, websites and art.

Charleston web copy writers and web designers are plentiful due to the influx of new business growth in the Low Country. To find them, one must simply do a quick search online or check with the regional Chamber of Commerce. There are also many networking groups in the North Area, Summerville, downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and beyond where small business owners can connect with talented writers, web developers, graphic designers and other creatives. These folks are eager to provide entrepreneurs with their best work.

A great way to save money on any web or print marketing project is by hiring a local Charleston web copy writer who can handle all types of content. Instead of farming work out to some unknown print company in another state, it’s always a better idea to look for a local professional. Remember, a local copy writer has more at stake than just a sale. He or she is interested in making sure you are 100% happy and get what you need to be successful. You can experience a personal level of concern and a long-term business relationship with a local creative professional – something that you will never get with a “sweat shop” printing mill.

You will also benefit from working with a local web copy writer  or web developer because you know that this person understands your market better than someone from out of the area. A Charleston based writer knows the people who are your customers. A website designer from the Low Country understands the unique culture and tone that your website will need to get the right message across to your patrons. Instead of trying to explain this to an outsider, save time and trouble by hiring local for all your creative marketing needs.

When you find a Charleston web content writer who you like working with, many doors will open to you. You can easily get connected with other local creatives like web developers, photographers, graphic designers, and more because writers often work hand-in-hand with other creative types. Once you have a trusted Charleston web copy writer on your team, you can rest assured that the people that work with your writer are people that this writer trusts to do a great job for you.  Writers happen to be very social creatures, so they know all the right people!

So before you lay down a lot of cash for a website or a marketing brochure through some overseas company, with no face or name to refer to, take a moment to contact a Charleston web copy writer or web development firm. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the great response and quality of work you will receive for your investment!

For more information and rates for Charleston Copy Writing, please feel free to contact Tess C. Taylor of Taylor Resources Writing, LLC. today at 843.548.0077. Or visit HTTP://WWW.TRWRITING.COM