I have worked as an advertising copywriter for five years. I’ve worked in huge agencies, small agencies, medium-sized agencies. But always in agencies. Always for someone else, with someone else’s rules.
I’ve always loved my job – even during difficult times, when I was driving 80 miles a day or not really feeling like part of a team. I love creating work that makes the client smile (no mean feat with some of my previous clients, let me tell you). I love working with similarly passionate people to develop digital creative that wins awards because it’s just so awesome. And I love the look of comprehension that dawns when I finally manage to convince someone that yes, you can start a sentence with ‘and’.
But I’ve always wanted to be the boss. I wanted to be able to develop Little Bird, write for different media and try new things. So last week I decided to take a risk – I left my job. And yesterday I launched my own business – The Friendly Copywriting Company.
My new office is far less fancy than some of the agency offices I’ve worked in – there’s a bed behind me for starters, there’s no water cooler either, and the desk is a little bit wobbly (although it is vintage…). I think I’ll be pretty happy here though, and my new boss is brilliant. Obviously.
I don’t often talk about my work on this blog and I probably won’t again, so I hope you’ll forgive me this little bit of ‘networking’ (shudder) – if you need an online writer, a content manager, a social media person or just a general digital type, get in touch here.
PS – My site was built by the ever-wonderful Rob Allison.