From KYC to Copywriting: What Motivated Me To Become a Freelance Writer

Although I haven’t always had a career in the writing industry, writing has been a huge part of my everyday life.

It wasn’t until recently, I realised I had been writing copy and content, pretty much since I could spell. As a child, I would fill endless notebooks with stories and ideas, when I got into my teens I would write magazine articles, for my own imaginary magazine.

When I started working in the city, my role within KYC (Know Your Client) would involve writing detailed reports on companies and individuals, where I would research what the company or individual did and how they made their money, then I would make my recommendations as to whether they were deemed a suitable customer for the bank.

I also spent time creating e-mail templates to send internally and externally, checklists and processes for other staff members to use, and I even wrote a few newsletters. If there was something to be done with words, I wanted to be involved.

After finishing work, I would go on to do more admin for my partner at the time, who ran two businesses. I would spend evenings writing emails, invoices, and quotes and working on advertising, I even went on Talk Sport radio once because of a successful advertising idea I had.

When I was in my late twenties I decided to start a blog, purely for my own entertainment and I felt very Sarah Jessica Parker, although I was too nervous to publish this.

A few years later, I decided to be a bit braver. I started a new blog, which I did publish, although under a pseudonym. I found myself using every spare moment to write blog posts, some personal, some informative, and some purely for fun. I have been writing that blog for 6 years and still love it just as much.

Last year, I realised that life is too short to not do what you love. So, I decided to pursue writing full-time. I began helping family and friends with website copy and social media content, and that’s how Clare H Writes was born.

I now have regular work, where I create and update company logos, and write email templates, blog posts, social media posts, website copy and customer newsletters. I absolutely love what I do and I am so glad I made that leap.

If you need help with your copy or content, you can contact me or fill out my client questionnaire.

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