International Freelance Writing Success

Introducing Kate Smedley

1. What kind of work were you doing or had you done prior to becoming a full time freelance writer? Before turning to writing I spent 18 years in recruitment running my own businesses, so I was used to working for myself and not having a guaranteed income source, other than whatever I generated.

2. Is freelance writing your full time income or just a part time income source? It’s my full-time income source.

3. What age bracket did you fit in when started freelance writing? I was between 40 and 50 when I started freelance writing, which is quite a shock when I look at the numbers on paper!

4. Are you making as much or more a year than you did before you started freelance writing?  I am earning more than I was in my final years of recruitment when the global recession hit.  I have yet to earn as much as I did in the ‘boom’ years of recruiting, but I’m confident of getting there in the not too distant future – and I’m much more fulfilled in my work.

5. Do you have children at home?  Hmm.. yes, one son but he’s coming up for 19 this summer, so there’s no stress of school runs etc, although plenty of ‘chauffeuring’ to gigs at unexpected times.

6. What types of writing projects have you done? What makes up the majority of your work currently?  The majority of my work is recruitment/talent management/HR related, such as blog posts, e-books for clients, newsletters and website copy.  I also write sales copy for the franchise sector, articles for Christian Today, features regularly in the print version of Upscale Living Magazine and am also a regular writer for Expatriates Magazine. I was also fortunate enough to have a book published by Need2Know Books in 2013, strangely enough on Coarse Fishing in the UK (it’s a long story, but was the result of my father being a retired fishing guru who co-wrote it with me).

7. Do you do most of your writing during business hours or outside of business hours?  I try and stick with traditional business hours, but my clients are a mix of nationalities including American/English/Norwegian/Australian and sometimes Malaysian, so the time zones can be quite widespread.  I enjoy working early and late so whatever my deadlines are I work with them.

8. What do you love most about being a freelance writer?  The flexibility, the freedom, the variety of projects, when clients love what I’ve written for them. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

9.  What is your least favorite part of freelance writing? I can’t say there is one.

10. If you could write about anything and be paid for it, what would it be and why?  I’d love to be paid to write poetry, but I really have to brush up my skills again first!

11. What words of advice do you have for someone considering freelance writing as a career?  Go for it! But be prepared to work very hard to get established. I started off on the typical freelancer sites, like Elance, which are a great place to start.  Based on my own experience, I would also recommend having a specialist niche (or two) as it helps you to separate yourself from other freelance writers.

12.  Where can you and your writing be found online or in print?  On my website,, on and across many ghost-written recruitment blogs and a few e-books! In print, my previously mentioned book, Expatriates Magazine and Upscale Living Magazine.

(I also offer a final note of massive gratitude to Kathleen Krueger for encouraging me to go for it and for giving me my first break in the freelance writing market.  I hope I can do the same for a fledgling freelancer one day.)

Follow Kate on Twitter: @ksmedleywriter

Kate and I connected initially through our poetry writing. We both had different careers at that time, I was a bookkeeper and she was a talent recruiter. Now, we’re both living our dream of making our income from our writing.

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