In today’s media there is a great opportunity for freelancers. The Canadian Farm Writers Federation invited a panel to discuss this topic. On the panel were Leeann Minogue, Editor, Grainews (pictured); Allison Finnamore, FCC Express & FCC Agribusiness, Agri-Food Weekly and Tamara Leigh, Principal at Shiny Bird Communications.
I visited with Leann after the session and asked her for some takeaways. To start with, she says there are not as many people out there who know agriculture and can write well as you might think. Another topic concerned how freelancers charge for their work. Leeann says her company has a flat rate model. The actual amount depends on experience. If you’re just starting you can expect to be paid less than someone with experience. Regarding advice for aspiring freelancers Leann says, “Call, email, don’t be shy about calling and emailing because there aren’t as many people out there as you think.”
You can listen to my interview with Leeann here: Interview with Leeann Minogue