Interview with Karen Marston: Full Time Writer and World Traveler

karen-martson-headshotToday I’m pumped to share my interview with Karen Marston. Karen is a full time freelance writer and also runs a popular site Untamed Writing, where she shares honest and “bullshit free” advice on getting paid to write. After randomly landing on her site one day, I immediately wanted to interview Karen because of her honest writing style and advice – which for me was very refreshing to see.

So let’s get started…

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from, what did you do in your previous life?

I’m Karen, 30, living in Edinburgh, Scotland (though I’m English, lest you be shocked at my lack of Scottish accent should we ever talk). I run Untamed Writing, a blog where I dish out bullshit-free advice on getting paid to write, and teach courses on how to get started with freelance writing.

Oh, I guess I should also mention the fact that I’m a copywriter. Duh. I write copy for businesses that want to give their websites a personality. Before that, I worked in bars. Yup — no corporate history to speak of here (which may explain a few things).

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Interview with Full Time Writer & Freelancer Gina Horkey

gina-horkey-headshotI recently interviewed Gina Horkey. Gina has a pretty amazing story that I wanted to share with our Contena members. She recently transitioned from a 9-5 job to freelancing full time, making her a perfect fit for our first Contena interview! Gina blogs at Horkey HandBook, where she helps other writers to quit their day jobs and transition to full time freelancing.

Hey Gina! Great to have you. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from, what did you do in your previous life?

I’m a married, millennial mama to two toddlers from just north of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. My previous career was in finance as a personal financial advisor and support person to a large financial planning practice.

How did you first get into freelancing?

I had been an advisor for close to a decade and had a small book of business of my own, but it wasn’t as fulfilling as I’d have liked (i.e. I didn’t want to do it for the next 30 years). So I started Googling around and came across freelance writing for the web and it piqued my interest.

I have always loved to write, I just never explored the non-fiction side before. Content marketing is such a huge field nowadays and there seems to be unlimited opportunity to get paid to write. So I thought I’d give it a shot!

I came across freelance writing on April 15, 2014, set up my website and took a course in May and landed my first paying gig in June. I continued to build my business on the side of my full-time job for the rest of 2014 and had my last day of work around Christmastime, 2014.

You were working a full time job while freelancing and raising your two children. That is pretty incredible – I’m sure it was tough to balance all of that. Can you give us some more insight into that? Read More

Welcome to Contena

Earlier this year, we set sail with a simple goal:  To make it easier for writers and content creators to get paid doing what they love.

Meet Contena.

Contena is a powerful tool built for writers and content creators who want to find the best paid gigs.

With Contena, you can search, compare and apply for open writing positions that are posted on across many different sites – instantly.

It’s like having superhuman job finding abilities.

We are hard at work adding new job sources and have some really great new features planned that we can’t wait to share.

Today we are opening Contena up so that you can create an account and try it for yourself. 

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