HOW TO BE A FREELANCE COPYWRITER. DON'T.

If you're reading this, you're probably thinking about going into the highly unglamorous world of freelance copywriting. For thos...


If you're reading this, you're probably thinking about going into the highly unglamorous world of freelance copywriting. For those of you that don't know what "copywriting" is, it's essentially the equivalent of working in a modern day sweatshop.

Some companies won't pay you at all and make up for their shitty pay by giving you all-you-can-eat gummy bears and free poison/aka beer. Going into freelance copywriting is just as exciting as watching paint dry for the rest of your life.

First of all, you'll be writing for brands you could not care less about. These companies expect that a few catchy headlines will make up for their horrible business model and highly incompetent employees.

The horrors of being a copywriter are compounded if you work in an agency. Just like a family, you'll be forced to interact with people you barely respect. And worst of all, everyone else feels like they can do what you are doing.

Writing requires a lot of quiet planning which can be difficult in an open office space. Even headphones are futile against the thundering foot stomps around you. You'll hear the term "SEO" tossed around so many times you think you've gone crazy. A marketing agency is where good writing goes to die.

Working remotely can also have its perils. You're at the beck and call of your editor who wants to get a beer sometime for some fucking reason. Don't fall prey to the freelance copywriting machine. Instead, write for yourself and work some other shitty job on the side.

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