Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Writer for Art Website – Vancouver

Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but must meet with business owner
Key Requirements:  Understanding of SEO, ability to embed keywords throughout copy seamlessly
Compensation:  Please quote as per posting for website copy & weekly blog.

Advertising Copywriter – London

Company:  Teen Challenge
Link:  Click Here
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full Time
Key Requirements:  Writing skills, university or college diploma
Compensation:  TBD

5 Reasons Why “Passive Income” Is the Most Horrible Term Ever Coined

Run into any internet marketers lately?  Chances are they have dropped this little phrase:  “Passive Income”.  Passive income, in case you haven’t had the joy of being indoctrinated, is the income that you make whilst sitting on your buns doing nothing but enjoying zen-like moments filled with nothingness.

Then they usually launch into why you should join their affiliate program, etc. etc.  As a writer, I would like to formally advise anyone using this term that it is the most yawn-inducing, horrible phrase to ever grace way too many pages on Google’s search index.  Here is why.

1.  People Hate Discussing “Income”

As soon as you start telling people that you are going to earn them an income, they don’t believe you and they shut off.  Most people would also only really want to discuss their income with maybe their spouses and that is it.  This is a very personal area that most people would rather not get into – mentioning it automatically throws up blinders.

2.  Passive Doesn’t Paint a Pretty Picture

A better word than passive?  Massive.  While passive isn’t the opposite, it is damn near close to it.  This word makes me think of a small trickle of money rather than the massive waterfall that most marketers are trying to portray.

3.  Annoying Business Language

While “passive income” isn’t nearly as annoying as “moving forward” or “going forward”, it is definitely in the same class of annoying business phrases that make people sound like stupid drones.

4.  You are Telling People They are Lazy

While it is a fact that most people would rather accumulate money sitting on their arses, most of them don’t want to be told that.  A lot of people pride themselves on working hard for their money; this phrase seems to put them down in an offhanded manner.  Not a good way to attract people to your business model.

5.   Passive Income is Rarely Passive

Most internet marketers will tell you that the amount of work required to generate passive income is massive.  Yes, you can have a website that makes you money in your sleep.  Chances are good that you will have to spend 8-12 hours a day building, maintaining, and providing service for that site, despite all of the assurances to the contrary.

Thursday October 9, 2008

Web Writer – Victoria

Company:  Userful
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full-Time, Victoria
Key Requirements:  Fast typist, tech savvy
Compensation:  To be negotiated

Content Writer – Toronto
Company:  NBSA
Link:  Click Here
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full-Time, Toronto
Key Requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree, 2-5 years work experience
Compensation:  TBD

Wednesday, October 8 2008

Holistic Blogger Needed

Company:  Not Specified
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Ability to write unique, insightful posts on a long-term basis.
Compensation:  TBD

Product Copywriter – Mississauga

Company:  The Shopping Channel
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Mississauga, Full-Time
Key Requirements:  Strong HTML, write 30-50 product descriptions per day; experience writing for retail businesses, preferably online.
Compensation:  $40,000/a

Freelance Writer and Researcher – Montreal

Company:  Not Specified
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but must have access to extensive library
Key Requirements:  Academic writing with formal citations, must submit samples with same, other
Compensation:  TBD

Marketing Writer – Research In Motion
Company:  Research In Motion
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Waterloo, Full-Time
Key Requirements: Marketing Degree Required, minimum 5 years experience product launch, etc.
Compensation:  TBD
Note:  This company has killer benefits.  If salary doesn’t seem high check out house prices around Waterloo – actually not that bad.  Octoberfest is held there every year as well.

Tuesday, October 7 2008

Web Writer/Producer – Toronto

Company:  Recruiting agency for employer
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, downtown Toronto
Key Requirements:  University degree, technical writing skills, bilingualism an asset.
Compensation:  $50-$55K
Note:  In my experience, when recruiting through an agency they will try to get you the higher end of the salary spectrum offered in the ad.

Web Author/Technical Writer
Company:  Recruiting Agency for an Employer (not the same one as above although they look similar)
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite Toronto
Key Requirements:  Expand search commands on the website?  ROFL.  On a more serious note, two years of web design.  See link.
Compensation:  $50-60K

Website Content Writer – Kitchener

Company:  Not Specified
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Kitchener
Key Requirements:  Write and edit web content on health related topics
Compensation:  $35,000/a