Writer Case Study: Chris Jordan
Chris has been writing for Future Content since July 2014; from case studies to news articles, blog posts to interviews. The experience has made him a better human being.
After I graduated, I thought to myself, “You know, I think I want to change the world.” Instead, I ended up working for Future Content. But the work is good and the people are nice, so it’s not a bad deal.
From the perspective of a jobbing writer, Future Content is a great idea. It’s the perfect opportunity to build up the all-important “experience” needed by so many writers who are stuck between graduation and entry-level jobs that illogically seem to require a ton of it.
It’s the kind of “experience” you actually get paid for, which is always a plus, and you’ll pick up some essential skills you might not already have, such as conducting interviews, learning to write to house styles, going through the editing process, interacting with clients, researching, image sourcing, and using content management systems.
What’s really impressed me is the breadth of different articles I’ve been asked to write, for some pretty interesting clients. From case studies to news articles, blog posts to interviews, this variety is not only good experience but helps to keep things interesting, and I’ve been able to pick and choose what I want to take on. One day I might be writing about Indian food; the next, email marketing, or the future of schools, or video game companies, or Ultrahaptic technology, or business advice. I can even say I’ve interviewed an OBE.
I started writing for Future Content in July 2014 while working part-time for a start-up digital publishing company (shout-out to Ether Books), signing up after I found out they were looking for new writers. One trial assignment later, I was on board.
The flexibility has been a big advantage. It’s great for fitting around whatever else you’re up to and supplementing existing work, whatever your level of experience. I’ve been able to work remotely, too: while Future Content is Bristol-based and many of their clients are from the local area, I’ve had no problem completing assignments from 160 miles up North.
Freelancing for Future Content has fulfilled each point of my Magical Triangle of Enlightenment, Satisfaction and Unlimited Happiness(tm): I get paid, I get experience, and I enjoy the work. Stu and co are always handy with feedback, too, so over time I’ve only become better at it thanks to their support.
Most importantly, I don’t have such a sadsack copywriting portfolio now, which makes it easier to show my face in public.