Lucy, one of our editors, shares her journey from freelancer to full-time, as she celebrates one year at Making You Content.
I know everyone says it, but I cannot believe how quickly the past year has gone by. I joined MYC as an editor in March 2019 – after being self-employed for a year and a half – and can safely say it was a fantastic decision.
You see, while I loved being a freelance writer there was something missing. I was looking for a creative (and varied) role that would offer me a little responsibility while working alongside others. Oh, and the option to work from home when needed.
While I knew what I wanted, I didn’t think it would be that easy to find…
Making the move
While umming and ahing whether to return to a full-time position, I came across Kelly and Making You Content. I decided to get in touch and ask about potential freelance opportunities and, almost as if she read my mind, Kelly rang me back to see whether I would be interested in a permanent position.
While she did admit that she was looking for an editor, Kelly explained the role had a level of flexibility – and that I could make it whatever I wanted it to be. One of the other writers had been keen to pursue journalism, so MYC encouraged them to fulfil this through live event coverage, interviews and long-form pieces.
For me, I wanted a role that would allow me to be hands-on with clients as this was something that I enjoyed as a freelancer. I wanted to be able to collaborate with others in order to produce the best work. And ultimately, I was looking for somewhere that would let me bring my ideas to the table. MYC offered just that…
No day like the last
My favourite thing about freelancing was always the variety. Throughout my life, I’ve always looked for things that require my brain to be utilised in lots of different ways. At the gym, it’s circuits. At home, I like to cook and try to make as much as possible from scratch. And in my career, it’s no different.
I studied Broadcast Journalism at university. Every day was different and saw me writing for radio, TV, online and print. While freelancing, I was lucky enough to work with a number of different clients – from estate agents and retailers to insurance companies and event organisations. It’s cliché, but no day was the same.
Keeping this variety was important when making my next career move – both in terms of tasks and clients. As a result of having experience in editing, writing and social media management, Kelly and I quickly realised how my position at MYC would pan out.
Something about hybrid
Kelly had hired her first editor the year before. And, while Lucinda and I both have the same title and share similar skill sets, we have made our roles into something very different.
Lucinda focuses on the strategy side of things – helping clients establish their content goals and creating a plan for the months ahead. I’m more hands-on from a distribution standpoint. As well as editing clients’ content, I support their social media management ensuring maximum exposure of their brand.
From social media posts to whitepapers, MYC has given me the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects – which is exactly what I was looking for. And it doesn’t stop there.
As a small (yet growing) company, you’re always going to be required to do things that aren’t in your job description – when a deadline is looming, for example. So, I was more than happy to take on a hybrid role that encompassed all of my skills. And these will only expand as Kelly is incredibly invested in us as individuals!
Looking to partner with an agency that specialises in writing, editing and social media? Give us a call on 0161 660 9206 to learn how Lucy and the team can give your brand the voice it deserves.