Our team chatted with Emily Becker to learn about their freelance journey and what helped them be successful on Contra.
Tell me about the type of work that you do.
I’m a freelance copywriter mostly, though I also do freelance Project Management and content strategy. My primary niches are travel & tourism and mental health & wellness, but I love writing about all kinds of things!
How did you get your first freelance client?
My first freelance writing client was a women’s travel blog. I found the gig through my university’s job board and didn’t think I’d actually get hired because I had no travel writing experience. But my first client took a chance on me and I’m so grateful because it empowered me to jump into copywriting head-first!
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working as a freelance Project Manager at Wordbrew, where I help strategize SEO content and act as a liaison between clients and writers. I’m also writing for a large tourism website and a mental health provider!
How did you get connected to that project?
I was connected to Wordbrew through Contra, heyoooo! I started as an Inbound Content Strategist and eventually started managing my own clients as a PM.
My other writing clients have come to me through LinkedIn. How? I have no idea! But they found me, reached out, and I’ve been writing for them ever since.
What is something that lives in your head rent-free?
This video of a man dancing at a bus stop. It’s just always on my mind. Can’t explain why.
What would you like to see Contra build in 2024?
I would love to see more writing opportunities on Contra in 2024! If I’ve learned anything from working at Wordbrew, it’s that there are SO many companies (big and small) that want to up their SEO game. Writers are here to help! But finding those opportunities can be challenging. It would be fantastic to see more of them on the platform. 🙂
What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten, related to freelancing or writing?
Don’t sell yourself short! When I first started, I was very unsure of myself and my abilities, especially because I was breaking into an entirely new career. I was a teacher before I started freelance writing!
Focus on your strengths and what you have to offer. Figure out how to communicate that on your portfolio/resume etc., and don’t be shy about it! Confidence is key. 🔑