Quality Communication Solutions (the company with which I’ve been freelancing full-time since September) is doing booming business, and needs some more writers! QCS is stepping up its game, ramping up its marketing, revamping its website and logo (those are fun things I get to mess around with, thanks to my license-to-play in the form of a “Director of Media & Communication” title)–and yet we’re already at maximum capacity with regard to what our current team can handle. Sooo… We need more writers!
Let me tell you a bit about the gig (because, in case you hadn’t realized it yet, I’m trying to recruit YOU, my writing-friends) and then I’ll show you where to apply.
QCS is owned by Steve Brown–a writer himself, who just last month made the “leap” of quitting his day-job (well, night-job in his case) to manage this business full-time. He does the work of bringing in clients, and distributes the content-writing assignments to his team of writers.
A day in the life of a QCS Writer… Steve parcels out writing assignments as they come in from clients and posts each writer’s projects in an online file-management system, so I can log into my own folder at any time and see what I have lined up. Every assignment comes with a 24-hour deadline, and when I’m done with each article, I upload it to the same online folder, where our editor can pick it up and take it from there.
When I have questions, Steve is available pretty much all the time on Google Chat and Skype, AND (this one I’m proud of) we now have a separate web-page dedicated to QCS Staff Writers’ Resources. (Check it out… Several of the pages are password-protected as private for the QCS team, but you can get a feel for what we have going on.)
Steve is looking for writers who can commit to at least 2,500 words per day (on weekdays), which is usually 4 or 5 articles. Weekend-work is always optional–if you’re looking for some extra on your week’s paycheck, you can pipe up to take some weekend assignments, but it’s not an expectation.
Pay for a QCS Writer… Steve pays all of us promptly every Monday via PayPal. [Pause here for me to happy-dance! I still can’t believe I’m getting paid to write!] For tax purposes, we’re considered independent contractors, so he’s not deducting anything from the payments, although PayPal does nip about 2% as a surcharge on each one. The payscale for writing is a sliding scale according to how many words are in each article ($2.50 for 600 words being a pretty standard-sized piece). If you go with that minimum commitment, we’re talking about $50 a week…
But also keep in mind that you can take on as much additional work as you choose–pretty much the only limitation here is how much you actually CAN write in a week. (And that’s a different answer for each of us–so I truly can’t tell you “how many hours” the minimum work-count takes, because it will be different for you than it is for me. It’s even different for me from day to day, depending on what topic I’m writing about…) I know I’ll also be asked how much a person can reasonably expect to make–and that, too, is dependent on each individual’s situation and speed. I don’t mind sharing that my weekly writing-check ranges from $200 to $300–because that’s the amount of writing I can “reasonably” fit into my life.
I very much enjoy the fact that I’m getting work handed to me every day instead of spending my time combing the internet for writing-jobs, so the time I do spend is time directly devoted to the word-count for which I’ll be paid. All I have to do is write. Although that does lead me to…
Challenges for a QCS Writer… I realized after my last recruiting-post (just six weeks ago–business is growing fast!) that I’d done our newcomers a disservice by not talking much about what this commitment involves. As I said, Steve is looking for writers who are willing to commit to a minimum of 2,500 words most days, and the deadlines are truly critical. If we (as a team) don’t get our work to the clients as promised, we lose clients. Simple as that.
Having said that, there’s also plenty of room for flexibility IF you communicate with Steve about your schedule. When I was at the hospital for a few days because of Keoni’s knee-replacement, for example, I asked for less work than my usual–and when I was on the road for Western Byways magazine for a few days, I requested no work from Steve. If he knows what’s going on, that’s not a problem–what IS a problem is when he assigns ten articles to a writer and hasn’t heard back when the deadline arrives, and then the writer explains why it didn’t get done. At that point it’s too late, and somebody else is scrambling to get those pieces written before the client walks… (Often that “somebody” is ME–so I confess I have an additional personal interest in bringing on new writers who can handle deadlines. [grin]
If you’re wondering whether Steve will consider a freelancing “newbie” whose writing experience doesn’t (yet) include writing-for-pay, the answer is YES. Quite simply, he’s looking for people who (1) Write Well, and (2) Respect Deadlines.
Interested? If you have questions about any of this, please feel free to post them in the comments here (or if you’re not comfortable with that, you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org–although I’d prefer the “comments” area just because it enables everyone to see the answers)… Either way, I’ll be answering. :)
And if you think you’d like to give QCS a try, there’s a quick-and-easy application form on our Writer’s Resource Page. I’m hoping to see you there!
Feb 15 Addendum: Great questions below (and hopefully some helpful answers) including what types of writing we end up doing… And in response to one of the requests below, I’m attaching a few of the pieces I’ve written in the last couple weeks, so you can get a better feel for the job… (Click on any of the titles below to read the article; bolded words are the keywords provided by clients…)