It was ten years ago (January 4, 2014) when I first launched my freelance web content business. I had written and self-published local information booklets as far back as 1987 but that was just a hobby for me. What made the possibility of freelancing seem like a good idea was when my newspaper business was starting to suffer with something called the internet.
Online newspapers, and more importantly, online advertising, were pulling away some of the biggest clients we had and it was tough to compete without the resources to create the same infrastructure. So, in January 2014 I started freelancing. I eventually closed the newspaper business in June 2016 and switched to full-time freelancing.
By that time, I had established myself as a reliable web content writer producing everything from blog posts, website articles, web page content, and product descriptions for several clients located around the globe. I quit counting after I reached 40 different countries. Business was booming and it looked as if there was no end in sight with web content taking most of my time.
I soon found myself working as a “staff writer” for (eventually) six different content writing agencies. I was finally at the place where I could pick and choose which jobs I would take and which ones I would pass on. Then after a couple of years of that, things changed. Something called artificial intelligence burst onto the scene where writing could be done for free.
I lost a few clients and I figured that the slump that occurred in early 2023 was going to eventually recover. By October of that year, I decided to cut back to just being a part-time content writer and found a part-time job at the local grocery store. Although I still write, it’s down a lot from what it once was and that’s okay. Ten years is still a good run.
I am currently a staff writer at one web content firm based in the United States and another based in Australia. I have long-term clients in Canada and Australia. I still have profiles on two online freelance websites where I receive “the odd job” and I continue to write for myself. I intend to continue to write for as long as I am able, which will probably be at least another decade only the volume I will produce annually has shifted. I am okay with that.
If you had told me back in 1987, when I self-published my first book (a volume of poetry) that I would eventually own a newspaper business, close that after 12 years and move into full-time freelance writing, I would not have believed it. But here I am. I am always open to working with new clients, so if you are interested in discussing your web content needs with me, please contact me HERE.
It’s been a very interesting, and rewarding ten years. I look forward to many more!