Freelance copywriter for hire (me)!

I did something pretty scary a couple of weeks ago. I quit my job.

Giving up the financial security of a permanent job may sound slightly mad in these times of economic uncertainty, but I felt it was high time I did what I’ve always wanted to do and set myself up as a freelance copywriter. Copywriting is what I’ve always been most interested in career-wise, and having worked in a rapidly growing travel company and two digital agencies, I’ve had lots of opportunity to build up an enviable portfolio of copywriting work, including Skyscanner and Lancaster University.

Now I feel it’s time for me to take things to the next level by taking the bold step of branching out on my own, which will have the added benefit of giving me the flexibility I need to be able to fly on the rare occasion the weather is actually good enough (at the moment, it’s just my luck that every time the weather is nice I’m chained to my desk!).

I’m going to be officially freelance as of 15 October, offering the full range of copywriting services, both online and offline, but specialising in website content – primarily on-site copy, blogging and news sections. In preparation, I’ve already added a couple of new pages to my site, giving some information about why you should hire me and my rates.

As if this weren’t big enough career news, Lee and I are also setting up a business together doing something completely different, but that will also make use of my skills as a copywriter and my wider digital marketing experience. But more news on that in the next week or two once I finally finish building the website… Watch this space!

Meanwhile, if you’d like to have the honour of becoming my first official freelance client, just fill in the form below to send me an email!

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My first solo flight!

A momentous thing happened today – I flew solo for the first time!!! (Yes, that news is exciting enough that it warrants three exclamation marks.)

The normal motorglider I’ve been learning in was offline, so I did my first solo in a motorglider I hadn’t even flown before. Luckily it was actually nicer than my normal one, and the controls were all identical.

We did five take-offs and landings first, during which I successfully managed a simulated field landing and an approach and landing with no airbrakes (so that I would know how to do this if they failed for some reason).

On the penultimate circuit I said to Lee “shall we just do two more including this one and then call it a day?” and he agreed, but after we landed and were about to go up again he asked if I wanted to do a solo one. My initial response was “No!!!” and then “well… ok then”.

Here’s a pic Lee took after he hopped out and I was about to take off on my own for the very first time. Scary stuff!!

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The aeroplane handled very differently flying by myself, because it was so much lighter, and it took off much quicker. Take-off went fine and I climbed to about 1000ft off the end of the runway. I took the power down a bit and relaxed enough to take the photo below and this video. I hate “selfies” but there’s not a lot of choice for recording one’s first solo flight!

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The bit I was most apprehensive about was, of course, the landing. The thought that if anything went wrong I just had to deal with it on my own, without Lee sitting next to me, was scary to say the least. Also, with just my weight in the plane it was harder to actually get it to land. But I managed it fine – it wasn’t my prettiest of landings, but it was safe and I didn’t break the plane or myself! Taxying was another worry – what if I accidentally hit a parked plane! But that was fine too. Here’s one Lee took of me coming off the runway to park.

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The expression on my face says it all:  elation, relief, pleased as Punch!

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Me and my fantastic instructor!

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And finally, it was time to enter my first solo flight in my log book, recording the Captain as “Self” rather than my instructor for the first time! So thrilled!

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