Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Monday, December 1st

Hey there fellow writers – got a lot of US stuff for you today.

Canada

Freelance Writers – Durham

Company:  Various Durham publications
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/drh/wri/936406995.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not stated, would think telecommute since they ask for freelance
Key Requirements:  Experience as a freelance writer or photographer, knowledge of Durham region (Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby etc.)
Compensation:  TBD

South Asian Weekly Newspaper Ghostwriter – Toronto

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/937554550.html
Key Requirements:  Understanding of south asian community
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Compensation:  TBD

Bilingual Editor – Ottawa

Company:  Federal Government Client
Link:  http://ottawa.en.craigslist.ca/wri/936712574.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Degree or relevant experience, English & French spoken & written
Compensation:  TBD

Health & Fitness Freelance Writers

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://kitchener.en.craigslist.ca/wri/937689987.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Expert in any one of the areas that they cover
Compensation:  Per assignment

US

Bloggers for New Book – Why Hasn’t He Proposed

As an aside, my boyfriend just walked by my computer screen and was like “What is that?” while the posting was open – way to make a guy nervous.  Hee hee hee…
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/939069591.html
Key Requirements:  Some experience blogging, be available for media blitz in January
Compensation:  $10.00 to $15.00 per article.

Home Inspection Articles

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/938970728.html
Key Requirements:  Some knowledge of home inspection industry
Compensation:  $4.50 per 150 word article – a bit low but short pieces.

Pieces Zine Call for Writers

Company:  pieces-zine.com
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/938431564.html
Key Requirements:  Humour (spell it without the u though, you’re in the US here) and a love of research.  Also a strict attentiveness to deadlines.
Compensation:  $10.00/article

Product Copywriter

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://longisland.craigslist.org/wri/937659317.htmlKey Requirements:  interest in fashion or jewelry, ability to write clear descriptions
Compensation:  Up to $1000.00 per month

Educational Publisher Looking for Writers

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/wri/936441022.html
Key Requirements:  blog writers and freelance writers for current product development
Compensation:  TBD

Thursday, November 27th 2008

As most of you already know, today and for the most part tomorrow are vacation days in the US.  That means you can get ahead by getting your app in first!  Lots of tasty leads today – have fun munching, and Happy Turkey Day to our best friends to the south!  A little thin on the maple leaf territory today, but the US dollar is better anyway.  Good luck!

Canada

Web Content Writer – Montreal

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://montreal.en.craigslist.ca/wri/934669078.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not stated – I would apply and they can always choose not to respond
Key Requirements:  None stated
Compensation:  $35.00/page and up

USA

ARG Writers

Company:  Not named
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/935413242.html
Key Requirements:  Some alternate reality gaming and other experience preferred
Compensation:  10-15.00/post (note – I think this is a little low for the ARG market but you may not – plus factor in exchange.)

Visual Arts Writer

Company:  Artist www.artofericfrantz.com
Link:  http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/wrg/934854398.html
Key Requirements:  Write well about their paintings
Compensation:  $175.00

Care2.com needs Bloggers

Company:  Care2.com
Link:  http://jobs.problogger.net/view/1862
Key Requirements:  Expertise in subject areas listed
Compensation:  Per post with bonus potential
Note:  Care2.com is a verrah cool site, I highly recommend signing up on it regardless of whether or not you apply for this position.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Canada

Technical Writer – Markham

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/wri/933595056.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  3 years exp in system and application documentation
Compensation:  $50,000 to $60,000

Writers with West Indian Background

Company:  Yush Magazine
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/933781468.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Knowledge of West Indies
Compensation:  TBA

Mount Sinai Needs Writer/Editor – Toronto

Company:  Mount Sinai Hospital
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10477470
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Degree, 5 years experience in field
Compensation:  Not Stated, 1 year full-time contract

USA

Ski & Snowboard Instructors Wanted

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://denver.craigslist.org/wri/933967377.html
Key Requirements:  Be a snowboard or ski instructor
Compensation:  $8.00 for tip (should take under 15 minutes to write) and they will make a 50 cent donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation for each tip you write.

Tuesday, November 25th 2008

Canada

Internship – Participatory News Network – Vancouver

Company:  NowPublic
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/932315956.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  marketing or business communications background, eye for news
Compensation:  Base Salary plus bonus}

Senior Speechwriter – Edmonton

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://edmonton.en.craigslist.ca/wri/932436175.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  4-6 years writing experience in speeches and press releases especially.
Compensation:  $50,000 to $60,000

Communications Officer – Hull

Company:  Federal Government
Link:  http://ottawa.en.craigslist.ca/wri/932487283.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Secret clearance, familiar with new media and best style practices for online publications

USA

Health Writers Wanted

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/932655047.html
Key Requirements:  Understands medical trials, clinical language etc.
Compensation:  Per Post

Legal Writers Wanted

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/wri/932625645.html
Key Requirements:  Tenacity, some experience with legal content
Compensation:  Per article

Broadband Industry Blogger

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/932551524.html
Key Requirements:  Some broadband industry knowledge
Compensation:  Per post

Jobs I won’t Post

Just in case any of you were wondering about criteria over here at freelancewritingjobs.ca, here are a list of jobs I will not foist upon you, my fellow writers:

Student Wanted

Oh, no.  Generally people “want” students because they want to beat them up and not pay them.  If you are a student, run far and fast from these jobs.  You can get a well-paid gig as a student no matter what someone tells you, which brings us to our next criteria.

You Suck, You Need to Build a Portfolio

This is a great job to build a portfolio – with a website or magazine that nobody knows about, mostly.  If slate.com or wired.com tell you that they are a good site to build your portfolio with, believe them; Slate and Wired would never do that though, being respectable online publications.  Again, probably trying to get you to work for free or very little by trying to make an impact on your self-esteem.  Us writers aren’t exactly historically known for being self-confident types.  Although I am fabulous.

Anybody Could Do This Job

If the job description has anything in it vaguely resembling “I could do this, I just don’t have the time” (unless it is coming from another writer, in which case it is valid) or “anyone could do this with a little research”, it doesn’t make the cut.  Language like this is usually a veiled attempt to foist a much larger project on you than you would be willing to take on at that pay grade.  If anyone could do it, they should be calling a temp agency, not looking for a writer.

I Hate Dealing With Writers

I have seen a few ads like this.  On occasion they are from valid companies that have just been burned before by hiring writers over the internet.  Personally, I don’t like dealing with people who are starting with me from a point of suspicion; it doesn’t make for a good foundation to a working relationship.  I usually pass these over unless my gut is telling me that it may be valid.

Unclear Ad

If the ad is just unclear about the intentions of the author, I usually pass it over.  Vague ads are usually recruitment links for essay agencies or services that ask you to pay for leads – NEVER PAY FOR LEADS.  The only sites you should join if you want to pay for leads are Elance or Guru and I wouldn’t recommend that unless you are seriously hard up.

Work All Day on My Sample

If someone wants a short sample in their niche and it isn’t in my portfolio, I do it with a line that I retain copyright until it is purchased attached in the e-mail.  If they don’t purchase it, it goes in my portfolio.  This is the best way to build your portfolio if you don’t have one – targeted samples.

If, however, they want you to spend an afternoon on a “sample”, say no.  I recently got suckered by one of these gigs because I didn’t properly gauge the amount of work that they wanted for the sample.  If it takes you more than an hour to do, forgettaboutit.

Essay Jobs

If you have spent any time on my blog you will feel the special love that I have for students that pay for essays and the companies that write them.  I hate them.  In fact, every time I see an ad on Craigslist, I flag it and encourage my friends to do the same.  Make the internet an inhospitable place for them to do business and they will be forced to turn to less easy measures that may get them caught and expelled (if they are students) or sued (if they are essay mills).  Join together with me, fellow writers, and flag the bejeezus out of these guys.

That’s pretty much it for my criteria.  I also won’t post repeat ads that were posted within a week of each other.  I recommend going back at least two weeks and applying for jobs if you are brand new to this blog – they don’t all get snapped up the day that they come in.