Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Wednesday, October 15 2008

Web Editor – London

Company:  Not specified, but definitely medical
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full-Time, London
Key Requirements:  3-5 years writing experience, web skills
Compensation:  $26.25/hr

Niche Trade Magazine – Writer – Ottawa

Company:  Not Specified
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, with fully equipped home office
Key Requirements:  Minimum 1 year experience, prefers degree & experience with niche trade publisher
Salary:  $80,000 to $90,000

Ireland Tax Free For Writers

This may not be in keeping with the patriotic nature of this site, but I just had to tell everyone – writers in Ireland live tax free!!

Yes, the home of James Joyce, Guiness, and Boxty also does not charge you any tax to be a writer.  Unless you make over 250,000 euros a year doing so.  Quite frankly, if I am making half a million dollars a year, I don’t mind sharing so much with the politicians.

Realistically, writers living in Canada probably make on average about $35,000 to $60,000 per year, with most falling in the lower end of that bracket.  Then we have our tax rate which readily shaves a bunch off of that, even with the writeoffs that we enjoy having our own businesses in Canada.

What I am saying is, you could emigrate to Ireland and thereby automatically give yourself a raise of thousands of dollars per year.  Personally, I would probably end up spending those thousands of dollars flying back to see my family a couple of times a year, so it wouldn’t be worth it.  But for younger writers starting out – is this such a bad option?  I think not…

Tuesday October 14th, 2008

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  There are jobs here for communications managers, bloggers, and others this morning.  Good Luck!

Communications Manager

Company:  Not specified
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full Time Toronto
Key Requirements:  Responsible for copy in brochures, websites, may require some international travel, five years exp. in pharma industry
Salary:  $120,000 – $129,002

Part Time Editor – Toronto

Company – Vulgar
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Free spirited, and I think they mean to say “uninhibited” ;)…
Compensation:  TBD

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.