Credit where it’s due: I’m writing this in response to a Skype conversation I had with Mark Narter, a friend and writer who doesn’t have a huge online presence but writes full time for a local business. Every now and then Mark pings me to talk about something I wrote and whether or not he agrees with me. After I posted a peek into my portfolio, Mark wondered what makes my past experiences good ones. What do I consider a “Good” freelance writing job. The money? The glory? The opportunity?
I love questions that make me think. So when a friend wonders what I consider a worthy freelance writing opportunity, I’m all over it. I don’t believe all gigs are good gigs. I worked plenty of sucky jobs. For example, some really boring SEO work and a content site that was more interested in using the right keywords than whether or not the content made sense. The content site gig didn’t last because the pay didn’t justify the work and my boredom with the subject matter. The SEO gig paid quite well. Still, it wasn’t what I would consider a “good” gig.
Keep in mind that that each writer has his own definition of what makes a “good” gig. Here’s my list:
- It pays well
- I enjoy the work
- I earn a profit
- I have a byline
- I put forth my best effort
- Others respond to what I wrote
Now, I may not have written for many “huge” names, but I can say with all honesty that I landed plenty of “good” gigs. Tell us about you. What makes a “good” freelance writing job? What are some of your favorites?