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Apologies if someone has already posted this question. I want to know where I can register online to be a (preferably paid) freelance copywriter. I am currently employed as a copywriter/SEO for a finance firm in the UK that has 10 websites. I also have 7 years marketing experience (this is what I did at Uni) and have also worked in media and online retail and have freelanced for an online girls lifestyle magazine.
Any ideas, URLs, suggestions and general help will be much appreciated.
Depending on what you have in mind, you may find the world of online content writing is somewhat more restrictive, in financial terms, than the offline world. Many site owners it would seem - judging from comments regularly posted here - do not value highly content written specifically for the web - somehow seeing it as a different product and proposition to paper-based freelance journalism/writing - and typically quote figures of $10-20 per 1,000 words or per article.
Sites such as elance.com are favourites for those seeking to provide contract work in this arena.
At the professional end of the content/copy writing market, I can only suggest that you may best find opportunities at the online offerings of magazines such as Revolution.
The quickest way to get started is by building business relationships. If you present well face-to-face, have some business cards printed and become visible wherever businesses in your target market hang out--chambers of commerce meetings, business networking socials, meetups, whatever...
If you don't do well face to face, then start scouting some of the small to mid-sized web design firms in your area. Meet with them and get to know the people working there. Present yourself as a freelance copywriter willing to be a value-add for them.
Talking to design companies of various sizes, I've discovered that many don't have copywriters on staff or even offer it as a service.
I can't tell you how often I've seen web designers roll their eyes, and throw their hands up in frustration, over projects that have been delayed because the clients are slugging away at the copy themselves.....
And frequently when the design companies get the client-generate copy it tends to be horribly amateurish.
So start there. That way you can determine the price for your services, rather than get stuck in the $10 per article hell that's bringing this profession down.