How I got a portfolio career

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Last year when I was exploring what I wanted to do next in my career I met with a careers advisor who suggested a ‘portfolio career’ might be the direction to go.

I wasn’t entirely sure what a portfolio career was and how you approached getting one but looking back over the past 12 months of self-employment I now know.

It’s happened by stealth rather than design, people asking me if I can take on certain work.

My ‘portfolio’ of work to date covers a lot that is obvious but also many areas I hadn’t initially considered as a freelance:

• Content writing

• Copywriting

• Ideas generation/content strategy

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How to avoid writing fluffy content

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I got asked recently how you avoid writing fluffy content.

You know the sort of thing, a piece full of padding and little value.

I’m an advocate of quality over quantity so my instinct would be if you don’t have something interesting or of value to share then don’t waste your time.

Pressure to produce

But there is so much pressure on businesses to produce content now, particularly as regular content is good for SEO, so there may be occasions when you just have to produce something.

My first tip is to take a different approach. Is there a human story that could add weight, an experience to share or how someone felt?

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Writing for the web – 3 tips about presentation

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I’ve been writing for the web for many years both for work and on my theatre blog, making some of the common mistakes along the way.

But I’ve learned from those mistakes and I wanted to share some of the tips I’ve picked up.

My first three bits of advice don’t actually relate to what you write but how your content is presented.

If your carefully crafted words aren’t easy to read then it will put people off reading them.

And, there are also very good SEO reasons for making sure your content is presented well.

1. Mobile-friendly

Remember that people could be reading your blog post or website content on a phone or tablet, not just a laptop or desktop.

Current trends show that the number of web searches on mobile devices is rising and, depending on which stats you look at, has overtaken laptops and desktops.

So it’s important to check how your content looks and reads on all devices and make sure your website is mobile-friendly.

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