Jordan Barkin is a Contributor to The Huffington Post. He is able to write from his condo in Atlanta, and his freelance pieces have been published in U.S. News & World Report, Gannett, Hearst, and other media outlets.
1) How did you get started working from home?
I was originally an Associate Editor for Veranda, a Hearst Magazine covering luxury interior design. I worked in the magazine’s office as part of a great team. When Hearst decided to consolidate to their New York office, the Atlanta office closed. I wanted to stay in Atlanta and so I became a freelance writer and have gotten to meet a lot of wonderful people in so doing.
2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?
I enjoy reading and following the news, so working at home gives me the flexibility to write quickly when deadlines require.
3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?
Fortunately, I had learned the basics of writing in college and the fundamentals of journalism at Hearst Magazines. So I just got my laptop, began writing, and submitted to my favorite publications. I obtain research volumes from the library or bookstore.
4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?
My first freelance article was for Atlanta Magazine, and I obtained that assignment by emailing an editor there whom I had known for a few years. I made sure my “pitch” was in alignment with their editorial voice or, as some say, their “brand.”
5) How do you market your business?
I rely heavily on LinkedIn and word-of-mouth. Fortunately, many of my articles are also online and show up in search results. I also research each publication before I submit to find the relevant editor and their email address.
6) What does your usual day look like?
I generally work 9-5 but am glad to travel or interview people off-hours.
7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I were a better typist!
8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?
I would advise people to produce work that they are proud of, to keep their expenses low, and to promote their work across multiple platforms. Remember that your time and expertise are valuable. Surround yourself with true friends who are positive and supportive.
Website: Huffington Post
LinkedIn: Jordan Barkin
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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