Oliver Gaywood

Civic Web Media

After graduating with a BA in Publishing with Journalism in Scotland, I found work as an online journalist and then an SEO specialist. I then moved to Australia and combined my experience to become involved in content marketing.

I spent two years working for an agency in Sydney. I joined the company as it celebrated its first year in business. I was its fifth hire, but within five years it had grown to a multi-national organisation that sold for close to $50m.

I left Sydney to travel the world, spending two years exploring. I funded this trip for me and my partner as a freelance writer.

Returning to Australia, we settled in Newcastle and found my opportunities to be limited. We set up ourselves and, three years later, we're still going strong.

Throughout my career, I have written for more industries than there are colours. I love writing for travel and lifestyle clients, but I'm equally at ease helping finance and legal firms engage their customers

my core skills

travel writing

website copy

content marketing

seo

proofreading

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Having the nerve and audacity to go it alone. Every day, every project, brings new and exciting possibilities.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

There is no such thing as a typical week for a freelancer, especially when you throw a newborn baby into the mix.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

In 2017, I joined a co-working space in Newcastle. The Roost is a mix of creative professionals, most of whom are starting out in their careers. The office has a great community feel which makes for a relaxing work atmosphere.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I have a knack for delivering what clients want on time. Having been on the other side of the freelancer-agency relationship for close to five years, I know what pleases editors and what pisses them off.

What are the tools of your trade?

An ergonomic keyboard, two screens, an inquisitive mind and a great eye for detail. I also use Copyscape, Grammarly and external proofreaders for extra checks.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Depending on the project, I can do. Working in a shared space for creatives, if a project needs an extra element (eg a graphic designer) I have half a dozen options for people to help out. On smaller projects, I work alone (well, in tandem with the client), but on bigger projects I have the resources to hire other freelancers to help -- whether that's a proofreader to double check my work or extra writers to help finish a project more quickly.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Always save work frequently. I like to write in Notepad (for its distraction-free qualities), however I learnt in Thailand that using a program without autosave is a disaster in a country that frequently experiences power cuts. As an editor, I know the frustration of late work and poor communication, so I strive to make my editors' lives as easy as possible.

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