How to Increase Your Earning Potential and Improve Career Opportunities for Creatives and Freelancers with Contract Work

Jennifer Schmidt
9 min readMar 10, 2023
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I’m a tech and thought leadership content writer and editor. I have held a variety of titles including tech writer, copywriter, content writer, policy writer, and editor. I’ve been doing this for the past eight years and when I started, full-time was the predominant option for work. I also had a freelance business, but I found it hard to find consistent clients and nobody wanted to make any type of long-term commitment.

However, for the past two years I have seen a huge increase in the number of contract positions for creatives — both full-time and freelance opportunities. While there are some traditional full-time positions, these tend to be paid less and are also more apt to the idea that “In a recession, the writer is the first to go!” A concern especially relevant in 2023.

But despite the increase in contract opportunities available, contract work is often looked at as something scary and uncertain.

I felt this way in the beginning too. It was hard to think the uncertainty of contract work would be desirable. However, over the past two years, I have learned just how powerful contract work can be for my career when leveraged correctly. And in this article, I want to dispel some contract…

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Jennifer Schmidt

Lifestyle turned content marketing and thought leadership writer. I specialize in tech writing and content writing. Find me at: schmidtwrites.com