I’ve been receiving your posts daily,updating me on the latest writing jobs.I am a Kenyan University student,and I am taking a Bachelors degree in Communication and Media Technology ,though I have a bias for the print media.I love writing; its a passion I’ve nurtured since I was young.
It’s however unfortunate that (in) most of the writing (job) updates you send, the employers would rather have people based in the US.
Please Anne,is there any way you can help me exploit my writing talent as I hone my skills and up my prowess, while still making some money to push me through college?
Zilper (in comments)
Kenya? Love the international nature of the ‘net. I’ve not met anyone from Kenya before, so nice to meet you here.
Yeah, most of the jobs we post here are in the US. A few in Canada and a few in the UK. That’s only because the jobs we find to post are in those countries. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that’s also where the most freelance writing jobs are, at least when the language is English, which, unfortunately, the only language I speak, read and write.
Out of curiosity I used google to discover the official language of Kenya is something called Ki Swahili. So I asked google for jobs in Swahili, jobs in Kiswhili (google runs the two words together), writing jobs in Kiswahili and finally writing jobs in Kenya. I got listings with each search, enough so I think it’s probably worth doing if I’m right and you speak and write Kiswahili. If your native language is something else or you also are fluent in a third, do searches that way.
That said, I’m also guessing that writing gigs in the US pay better than those in Kenya, although some of ours are truly low pay. American employers tend to hire in the US because they know how to do it and it seems easier.
You can overcome some of those objections by making it super easy for them to pay you – PayPal is probably the best approach. And having a PayPal account will reassure US employers somewhat. Skype may let you do telephone interviews cheaply and if that’s true, when you apply make it clear if they want to talk with you, you’ll call them so they aren’t looking at high cost out-of-country calls. Also make sure you’ve nailed the differences in time – in all four US timezones.
Although I didn’t look deeply, it also seems that translation jobs may be the most numerous. Not writing, but close enough to get started I think.
Finally, double and triple check your spelling etc. I found a couple of typos I corrected here, but those will get you eliminated in a heart beat.
Thanks for asking and let us know how it works out.