Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Canada

Proof Reader/Copy Writer – Vancouver

Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/902173951.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but from Vancouver area
Key Requirements:  Experience writing IT documentation and web copy
Compensation:  TBD

Copy Writer – Vancouver

Company:  Agency
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/901128640.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Professional writing experience with websites and advertising
Compensation:  TBD

Writer/Reporter – Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo

Company:  Local Newspaper
Link:  http://kitchener.en.craigslist.ca/wri/900336233.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Not Stated
Compensation:  $30,000 to $35,000

Copy Writer – Richmond

Company:  Bricand
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/901320704.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Professional writing experience with some experience in the alternative health field.
Compensation:  TBD, Salary with Benefits

USA

Website Article Writer

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/wrg/902079342.html
Key Requirements:  Have experience with web copy
Compensation:  Your quote

Environmental Writer

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/wrg/901985891.html
Key Requirements:  None, see ad for application process and make sure to follow it
Compensation:  Starts at $20.00 per article.

Fitness Writer

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/wrg/901824148.html
Key Requirements:  Excellent writing skills, in tune with fitness industry
Compensation:  TBD

How to Be a Freelance Douche in 5 Easy Steps

1.  Dispense Advice to People With Zero Experience

A lot of people think that the Internet makes them instant experts.  It doesn’t.  Years of working in a profession or studying in a school does.  Don’t call yourself an expert on anything because you’ve read a Wikipedia article on it.  People will find out and they will hate you.

2.  Give Tips on “Getting Around” People

One oft-repeated phrase I heard in the theatre industry was that you met the same people on the way down that you stepped on while you were on your way up.  This is applicable across all professions.  If you are trying to “get around” a person for any other reason but their proven incompetence, you’re pulling a dick move and while karma may not exist, the memories of the people that you screwed are long.

3.  Use Illnesses to Garner Sympathy

Most freelance writers are there for a reason, whether it is through sheer talent, not being able to deal with an office environment, or a serious illness.  People with a serious illness never play that card unless they really have to.  For example, they are in the hospital and are having their family members phone their clients because they are that ill. Chances are good that you bid against a lady with breast cancer on chemo to get that job – don’t use the flu as an excuse for being late.

4.  Get Stale on a Long-Term Gig

Nothing bothers your clients like a quality slide.  We’ve all done this.  You get so used to a job that doing it comes to you like clockwork; the only problem is that it feels this way to your readers after a while as well.  Switch up your stuff now and then by changing your voice, introducing some new twists and generally keeping it real.  The longer term the gig the more effort you should put into it.

5.  Outsource without Telling

Probably the biggest douche move that you could pull as a freelance writer is to outsource your work without telling your clients.  The right answer when you have too much work, always, is to call each of your clients and discuss how you can best schedule your deadlines.  You may find that some of them are not as time-sensitive as you think and will understand if you have one client that needs something done right now.  Just make sure that you go the extra mile for the clients that cut you the necessary slack.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Boo!  Here are a few leads before I take off for my sister’s wedding this weekend.  Marriage… scary….

Canada

Writing Assistant for Yelp.com

Company:  Yelp.com
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/899744421.html
Key Requirements:  Local to TO area, writing experience
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but must be TO local
Compensation:  Competitive hourly wage for 20-30 hours of work per week.

Freelance Fashion Writer
Company:  Toronto/Hollywood company
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/899461283.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Have samples of work you’ve done
Compensation:  Not Stated

USA

Hiring 10 Bloggers
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/900135126.html
Key Requirements:  Write 10 articles a week
Compensation:  Not stated (e-mail me if you think it is too low)

Thursday October 30th, 2008

Canada

Part-Time Proofreader – Vancouver

Company:  Asentus Consulting Group
Link: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/898368057.html
Onsite/Telecommute: Onsite, 20 Hours a week, Vancouver
Key Requirements:  Microsoft Office, excellent proofreading skills
Compensation:  TBD

Creative Writer – Website Content

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wrg/896161700.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  2 verifiable references, writing skill
Compensation:  Your rate

Web Content Writer – The Peg

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://winnipeg.en.craigslist.ca/wri/890143460.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full Time
Key Requirements:  BA, 3 years internet writing experience
Compensation:  30,000 to 33,000

USA

Note- all positions telecommute, let me know if they don’t hire you because you are Canadian and I will remove.

Snowboard Blogger/Writer For Popular Site

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/wrg/898414058.html
Key Requirements:  A ripper who loves to board, blogger
Compensation:  TBD

Automotive Blogger

Company:  cargurus.com
LInk:  http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/wri/898220733.html
Key Requirements:  Car enthusiast, previous experience with online publication.
Compensation:  20.00/hour

Essay Agencies – Consider Yourself Served.

I just found an ad for an essay writing service that claimed that it was operating “on campus” of a major Canadian university.  I immediately reported it to the university.

As you can see from my views in the tab above on why I won’t take or post essay jobs, I do not agree with the practice of purchasing or writing essays for university students who are too lazy to do it themselves.  I had to write all of my own essays on a full-time courseload while holding down a part-time job, so I feel that everyone else should too.  I guess I’m just a little bitter that way.

This is a notice – if you are an essay agency and I see you advertising that you operate on or near or for the students of any particular University, I will report you to that University immediately on seeing your ad.  I will also cut and paste your ad into my e-mail so that you can’t simply just erase the listing.  In other words, I am actively trying to completely screw you up.  Of course it will be up to the University to take action, but I’m betting that most of them will.  I cruise all major Canadian job boards for ads for writers every day – so I won’t miss it.  Good luck to you – you’re going to need it.