Writer Case Study: Chris Cahill
Chris has been involved with Future Content since August 2013, having produced articles, interviews, case studies and more for a multitude of clients. We caught up with him to find out about his experiences so far.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but turning this hobby into a career hasn’t been an easy ride. Upon leaving university, I bumbled around in the real world, hopping from job to job with no clear direction on the way forward, but over the past year I’ve focused efforts on becoming a professional writer.
Everyone appreciates the value of doing unpaid internships and work placements to gain experience, but in a such a competitive job market there’s little guarantee of being awarded a salary at the end of it.
In fact, I recently spoke to a recruitment specialist who advised me of an opportunity within a local marketing agency, but she was honest enough to inform me that they never actually employ anyone. For them, it’s cheap labour disguised as work experience.
If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you need some form of portfolio to prove your worth. Working for free certainly allows you a chance to build this up, but getting paid for it feels so much better.
This is why I love freelancing with Future Content.
They invite you to work on a variety of projects for various clients, giving you an opportunity to get published across several platforms, while offering a very reasonable fee for each piece.
Other agencies may operate in a similar fashion, but none have the personal approach that make AbleGrad stand out. Although working from home, you feel like a valued member of the team, always receiving constructive feedback and positive encouragement from the guys in the office. The payment structure is also the fairest I’ve come across for this type of employment.
My portfolio is now bursting with pieces that really showcase my talents as a writer, with topics ranging from How to Build Online Communities and How to Come Across Naturally on Camera, to Maternity Wear At Work and a guide to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
Over a relatively short period, this work has really bolstered my CV.
I’m now in a great position when it comes to seeking further opportunities and, whatever happens, whether I land that dream job or not, I’ll always keep a close eye on AbleGrad because the workload is so flexible and well-paid.
Freelancing is great, but all too often people expect you to do it for free. Future Content, on the other hand, give you a chance to prove yourself while getting paid.
‘If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you need some form of portfolio to prove your worth. Working for free certainly allows you a chance to build this up, but getting paid for it feels so much better.
This is why I love freelancing with Future Content.’