I meet with a lot of existing and aspiring freelance copywriters in Portland. Sometimes they’re referred to me by members of the Conclave, sometimes I meet them at events, and other times we’re introduced by my creative staffing agency friends.
However we find each other in this town, I end up giving them all similar information as far as where they can go to find good resources for networking and industry exploration. A few of my recommendations work for creative freelancers of all kinds, but I’m speaking specifically to freelance copywriters with this list.
Here are four resources I’ve recommended to every Portland freelance copywriter I’ve met:
- PDXnex: A networking nexus for Portland creative professionals. (I would add 24Seven and Vitamin T to the “Local Staffing Agencies for Creatives” section.)
- Freelancers Union: Promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services. (Now with a Portland presence!)
- Copywriter Conclave of Portland (CC: PDX): A freelance copywriter support group that provides referrals and professional development for Portland Metro members.
- The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman: An award-winning book about how to become a successful freelance copywriter by a successful freelance copywriter. He also has coaching options, a blog, and a monthly e-newsletter that I highly recommend you sign-up for.
I’m also interested to know about other great resources I might be missing out on. What resources have you found to be useful in your development as a freelance copywriter? Books, events, websites? Do share!