From Employee to Empowered: My Freelance Journey So Far

Hey there, lovely readers!

I wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about myself and what I have been up to since Clare H Writes was created.

Writing has always been part of my everyday life, whether it was writing a detailed report on a company and its products and services during my day job or writing a post for my personal blog in my spare time, it’s a skill I have continuously honed throughout the years.

When I decided to take the leap from full time employee to self employed writer – and it felt like a HUGE leap – I had to sit down and remind myself of the skills I had to be able to do this. The things I had been writing on a daily basis such as company profiles, e-mail templates, checklists, processes and newsletters were all confidential, so I couldn’t share these with potential clients.

I panicked, wondering how could I possibly showcase my writing with an empty portfolio?

Fortunately, I landed myself a regular spot with a small company and soon I was updating their website copy, creating engaging social media posts and even starting a quarterly newsletter for their customers. I also revamped their admin set-up by building a brand new customer database, creating templates to use for customer correspondence and giving the online filing system a complete overhaul.

Each day is a chance for me to not only help to improve the businesses of others but also to challenge myself and enhance my skill set. I no longer wake up dreading the working day ahead, but instead, I can’t wait to get started.

The success of my clients is the success of Clare H Writes.

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.