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Monday, March 16 2009

Canada

Writer – Stoufville
Company:  Christian Blind Mission
Link:  http://charityvillage.com/applicant/jobs.asp?fn=view&g_varID=131276
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  2 years experience, relevant degree

Blogger Copywriter – Vancouver
Company:  Drake International
Link:  Right Here
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Post-Secondary Education, minimum of 2 writing samples,
Compensation:  41K-50K

Junior Web Author – 6 month contract – Oakville
Company:  People To Go
Link:  Right Here
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements: 2 years experience, community college diploma in web development, bachelor’s degree in writing or related field

Marketing Copywriter – Richmond
Company:  Mindfield Group
Link:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4310125&Source=JobPosting
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  5 years experience or more, completion of university

Online Copywriter -Toronto
Company:  Sears Canada
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10674742
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Undergraduate degree

Adult Bloggers Needed
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1075194536.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Can handle adult material

Junior Writer for Ad Agency – Vancouver
Company:  Ad Agency
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1073208795.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Portfolio

USA

Christian Public Relations Company
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/wrg/1074169257.html

Vegans to Write Recipes
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1074210266.html

Fixed Gear Bike Blogger
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/wrg/1074698069.html

Timekillers and How to Avoid Them

Working from home is often distracting but always rewarding.  Here are a few things to avoid and a few things to embrace about working from home to keep yourself productive.

1.  Put Everything You Need Near Your Computer

If you have reference books that you need to work off of, keep them on a shelf close to your computer.  This keeps you from having to get up and greet any one of the distractions that may derail you if they find you away from the computer.

2.  Draw Boundaries with Family

If you have family that will be at home while you are working, such as a spouse or older children, explain to them that you are working during the day just like if you had gotten in your car and gone to work.  This means that you are unavailable to answer the phone for them, participate in a blitz of household chores, or have long meaningful talks about life.  Some, especially spouses, can grow peevish if you only talk to them when it is convenient for you.  Explain the circumstances and there will be less interruptions and less hurt feelings.  Working from home simply doesn’t work if you don’t establish clear boundaries.

3.  Eschew Facebook and Games

If you need to do some research on the internet or you want to take a quick break to read the news, that’s fine.  If you find yourself loading up Sudoku puzzles or Facebook, that’s not.  Consider yourself the CEO of your own corporation and your naughty time-frittering self as an employee.  Make them stow that stuff.

4.  Waffling Clients

Clients may ask you a lot of questions about your services before they actually hire you.  Take a good hard look at your website and make sure that your rates and policies are clear.  If they aren’t, rewrite.  If they are, try to move clients to “go” by asking them to call you or if you may call them.  Actual phone conversations force a decision much faster than e-mails.  If they hang up the phone and you still don’t have a contract, take more time to answer their questions (go 24 hours before answering) until they either drop off or sign up.

If you find yourself doing this often, take a seminar or a night course in sales techniques to improve your skills in this area.  Basically, you have something the client wants and the client has something you want.  You negotiate until the client feels that they are getting what they want and you feel like you are getting what you want.  It really is that simple.

What about wafflers after the fact?  People who want to review things for months before giving it the OK?  If you know you have one of these, discourage future projects with them unless they are huge or you really need the money.  To move them along start calling them once a week rather than relying on e-mail.  Again, the phone is your friend.  If you are dealing with a large company, ask them to appoint a project manager to you that you can correspond with on a daily basis if needed.  Having a friend on the inside will help you get work done much faster.

5.  Take Time for You

If you don’t take time for yourself, your inner time thief will eventually take over and start playing Sudoku.  Take an hour to go to the gym or fifteen minutes to write personal blog postings.  Anything that stokes your creative juices or keeps you in shape is only going to enhance your work.  Sitting in front of the computer and biting your fingernails won’t do anything but decrease the quality of your writing.  Have fun and it will show in your words.

6.  Cure Your OCD

My house is a mess.  A disgusting, horrid, mess.  If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t get any work done.  I’m probably the opposite of OCD, or what you would term a slob, but I can’t help but think that an OCD person would have a hard time getting work done if they were trying to work from home.  There’s something to be said for keeping your work area clean – I get very peeved when any papers get heaped on my work area and clean it off every morning.  The house is not your concern during the day – you are at your office.  Try to stay there!

7.  Don’t Buy into the Bullshit
Webinars on “working at home” and making millions of dollars from internet marketing are huge time sucks.  They are usually created to sell you a product like an e-book or an online course, not to actually help you.  Just stay away.  If you don’t feel you know as much as you should about newer technologies, look into a course at your local college rather than buying anything from one of these schisters.

If all else fails and you really feel that being at home will hamper your productivity, look into shared office space.  You can find offices set up just for individuals like you for around $300/400 a month in most urban and suburban areas.  It isn’t weakness to accept that you may just be a better worker outside of the home.  Many of them also come with extra perks like a receptionist, an office phone line and free internet included in your rent.  Almost all of them come with a boardroom that you can reserve for client meetings, very handy if you have the occasional client coming to you.  Look in your local directory for “office rental” or similar terms to find these companies.

Happy Writing!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th is a scarily good day… for job leads!

Canada

Communications Specialist/Writer – Toronto
Company:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Link:  http://charityvillage.com/applicant/jobs.asp?fn=view&g_varID=131206
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  5 years experience, public relations experience, diploma in related field
Compensation:  $50,00 to $60,000

Corporate Writer With Legal Background – Toronto
Company:  Agency hiring for insurance company
Link:  http://www.bestjobsca.com/bt-jobd-libbby-7148.htm
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Law degree or experience working in a legal environment
Compensation:  $50,000 to $60,000

Creative Writer, Radio – Kingston
Company:  Corus Entertainment
Link:  Right Here
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Adobe Audition, radio experience, 1 year experience as a creative writer

Writer/Researcher – Victoria
Company: New Construction Trade Publication
Link:  http://victoria.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1071698336.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Part-time
Key Requirements:  knowledge of heavy equipment and construction an asset

Article Writer
Company: New Content Generation Website
Link:  http://ottawa.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1072078397.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  have a 400 word minimum how-to sample
Pay:  $25.00 per article

USA

Freelance Newlywed Writer
http://www.ed2010.com/jobs/whisperjobs/2009/03/thenest-com-freelance-newlywed-writer

Bloggers/Contract Writers
http://jobs.problogger.net/view/2093

Freelance Content Writer – Check if it is telecommute, ad vague on that
http://tinyurl.com/b5x9st

Thursday March 12, 2009

Planning a birthday party for your spouse, writing a definitive reference article on a popular application, and trying to do some work on a website?  Welcome to my life today!  As a result, it will be a short list.

New Media Writer, Work From Home
http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4319788&Source=JobPosting

Corporate Copywriting Tutor – Vancouver
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1070031585.html

One Week Contract Vancouver
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1070166664.html

Freelance Writer
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1070271907.html

Assistant Editor Montreal
http://montreal.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1069664247.html

Wednesday, March 11 2009

Canada

Information Officer, Academic – Calgary
Company: SAIT Polytechnic
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10676922
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  3 years experience and relevant diploma

Reporter/Writer – Scarborough
Company: CFTO News
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10676922
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, 1 year contract
Key Requirements:  proven ability to be an on-air reporter, journalism or related diploma
Compensation:  $ 948.16 – $1,494.60 per week

Automotive Editor – Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1069743105.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  previous experience in automotive journalism

Junior Copywriter for Lifestyle Site
Company:  Chic & Chivalrous
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1068483947.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  be able to do daily articles on various topics
*note – the “Junior” in this title scares me a little, notify me if the pay grade is sub-par and I’ll take this listing down

Marketing Assistant – Toronto
Company:  Fairmount Books
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/wri/1068899291.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Degree in one of the listed fields, web coding abilities

Gaming Site
Company:  Player1.ca
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1069831795.html
Onsite/Telecommute: Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Working webcam, excellent communicator, gaming enthusiast

USA

Sustainable Living Writer – 12.00/hr
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1068203503.html

Finance Blogger
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1068629832.html

Consumer Advocacy Bloggers
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/wri/1068682218.html

10 articles @ 50.00 per article
http://www.freelancejobopenings.com/job/32ed2c0f3a69426718272e11fae86aa7/?d=1&source=rss_page