Here’s my freelancing story . . .
I started freelancing in 1998, after moving cross-country from the San Francisco Bay Area to Washington DC to be with my then-boyfriend, now-husband. It was a big move, so I thought I’d make it an even bigger one by starting my own business. I wanted to make a living as a freelance writer and editor for environmental organizations, thus EcoScribe Communications was born.
I had worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a small foundation in San Francisco, and had served on the boards of and volunteered with numerous nonprofits. I saw plenty of need for a good writer who understood both the issues and the nonprofit world.
But within a matter of months, clients were asking if I could not only write their newsletter, but lay it out too. And could I get bids from the printer while I was at it? And convert it to a PDF and put in on the website? Could I not only whip up a press release, but call a few reporters too?
Soon I was not only implementing tactics for clients, but also creating their marketing strategies, drafting their communications budgets, and attempting to calculate return-on-investment for all of this work. Expanding my business beyond freelance writing and editing in this way worked for me and it worked for my clients.
But after freelancing and consulting for 10 years, I was ready for something new. I decided that I’d rather spend my time teaching staff at thousands of small nonprofits how to do good marketing and communications themselves, rather than doing it directly for a handful of clients. I launched NonprofitMarketingGuide.com in 2007 and it’s now my primary business. More than 2,500 nonprofits have participated in my weekly webinar series. I also wrote a book called The Nonprofit Marketing Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2010).
While my first love is helping nonprofits, I also still feel great love for my freelancing brethren, which is why I created Writing for Nonprofits. I want other freelance writers to know the joy of writing for the good causes you love, and being able to pay the mortgage while you do it.
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