One of the first posts I ever wrote was about a site called Textbroker. In fact, it may have been my very first post – I’ll have to check. I’ve mentioned Textbroker in several comments and when advising new writers where to start writing for money, I always point them to Textbroker.com.
One of the methods used in writing for Textbroker is Direct Orders. These are orders where a client has seen your other work on Textbroker, they like what they see and they want a specific writer to do a job for them. This was the case when I received a direct order from Kelly who needed web content written for her new, all natural cosmetics website. Now I know it’s hard to believe, but I typically don’t wear make-up. Really. Guess what. I took the job anyway.
Well, I did have the advantage of having recently completed a stockists directory for a UK company, where I reviewed and wrote descriptions for 50 cosmetics sites. So I guess I wasn’t completely out of my league.
Kelly was and is a great client. She is easy to work with, very clear on what she is looking for and is not prone to fits of indecision (re-write itis). I developed content for her about page and home page and a few other things and then…
I received her request to name and give product descriptions based on pictures she would send of her lip gloss line. Hmm says I. I’m thinking Old Spice, English Leather and Hi-Karate are about all I might know about this.
But I’m not afraid
I recently wrote a post about fear and writing. An addendum to that post would advise writers to not be afraid to spread their wings and give something new to them a try. In fact, keeping your focus too narrow will cause you to miss out on valuable work. This is part of the reason I accepted Kelly’s request. And the fact that she is a good person in general.
Actually I had a lot of fun coming up with names and descriptions. It was a form of creative writing that left me satiated.
Just this last week I heard from Kelly with a request for more writing. She also let me know that Bitter Sweet Cosmetics was now live with their web site. I headed right over for a look. it still amazes me to see something I’ve written in a different setting other than a Word doc. I had to smile as the product names and descriptions came to life. Shazzam, Dark Tangerine Blitz and Electric Passion were there in all their glory. Their sister glosses equally bright, the products page just rocks.
It was fun to help a great new company. I really felt like a team member and through the writing, I was able to see the value and importance of an All Natural cosmetic line.
If I had said, “What? Name a cosmetic line? But what does a 48 year old big ol’ bald guy know about THAT?” I never would have had this great experience. I would have closed a door instead of opening one.
Do not be afraid to take on a job because you know nothing about the subject. Heck, I’m writing a 70 page e-book on Ant Extermination right now. Not much of an entymo um, enta ant guy right now, but I sure will be when I’m done. I’m writing 20 SEO articles for an operating system I’ve never used. Get the point?
Be excited to spread your writing wings a little. Run with it. Have FUN with it. You’ll be glad you did.