Spotlight on: Richard Steele
Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Steele – a freelance copywriter who has had the amazing opportunity to work with organisations like UNICEF, the British Red Cross, WaterAid, Oxfam and many others.
Richard is positive, talented and… Well, we’ll let you discover more on your own. Enjoy our newest exclusive ‘Spotlight On’ interview with Richard Steele!
Please tell us a bit about who you are and what you do.
Hello. My name is Richard Steele and I’m a freelance copywriter and editor for charities.
How and when did you get started?
I went freelance in 2018 at the same time as I moved from London to Aberystwyth in Wales. I’d been working in editorial roles, first as a copywriter for an agency and later as a brand manager at a charity. When I decided to go for it and become self-employed I wanted to stay in the third sector, so I approached my network of charity professionals for work. Happily, they gave me some!
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced so far?
Managing my workload so I have a steady stream of work can be a challenge. Some weeks are super busy while other times are quiet. I’ve learned to value my free time when I have it and not stress quite so much.
What has been your most satisfying moment so far?
Building up a client base of well-respected charities and getting lots of positive feedback has been really satisfying. It’s always nice to be recommended to someone new by an existing client.
Would you recommend freelancing to others?
Absolutely. It can be really empowering. But it’s not for everyone. You need to be good at motivating yourself and managing your time and money. If you struggle with that, I’d think twice.
What was your motivation to become a freelancer?
The freedom to choose my own work and manage my own time. Living by the sea, it’s a privilege to be able to go out and enjoy the sun when it’s shining and work in the evening instead.
What drives you, what motivates you?
Helping clients communicate more clearly and effectively. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’ve made a small contribution to the vital work the UK’s charities are doing in these most challenging of times.
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