Ava Dècage has been working remotely as an SEO copywriter and digital content creator for the last 10 years. She is happier with the freedom that comes from being a remote worker and travels the world while working from her laptop.
How Did You Get into Working Remotely?
When I retired from traditional office-based employment I started to look for remote work opportunities that could maintain my location-independent lifestyle. I enjoy traveling and living around the world, so I started writing and creating digital copy for companies that needed content.
Working at Home
Describe Your Home Office?
I am location independent so I don’t have a fixed work-from-home office space. My work environment is wherever I can plug-in my laptop and get a good wifi connection. I work-at-home, in airports, in coffee-shops, at the beach, and at rented desks in coworking spaces.
My must-haves for a great remote working environment are a comfortable seat, a sturdy place to rest my laptop noise-canceling earphones, and my instrumental playlist.
Do You Have a Favorite Digital Product, Website, or App That Helps You to Work More Efficiently?
I use an app that uses the Pomodoro technique to remind myself to take breaks throughout the day. It also tracks the number of hours in my workday so that I can better manage my time.
Remote Worker Skills
What Non-Obvious Skills Do Need to Succeed as a Remote Copywriter?
Some of the less obvious skills that can really help in copywriting are:
- Having strong research skills,
- Having an understanding of audience psychology,
- and the ability to analyze competitors to find content gaps that can be optimized and targeted.
These are some of the skills that I personally use to strengthen my content and achieve better results for my clients.
Remote Worker Lifestyle
How Do You Maintain a Positive Work-Life Balance?
Being remote used to mean that I should be available 24/7. So in the past, I used to work all day every day, but ultimately, I started to burn-out which had a knock-on effect on the quality of my work.
A lot has changed since then, I now have a fixed work schedule and I always take weekends off. I also openly communicate with clients about when I am available.
What is One Advantage of Remote Work?
I love the autonomy of working-from-home, it gives me the advantage to fit work into my life rather than the other way round.
One of the perks of remote jobs is that I can work from anywhere in the world, and set my own work-hours
What is One Challenge of Remote Work?
Job security can be a challenge because there is really no guarantee of work. Of course, employees working from home or people working directly for a company may not face these challenges. Thankfully there are specialized job boards that connect me with new clients.
Remote Worker Key Takeaway
What's One Piece of Advice That You Could Give to Someone New to the Remote Copywriting Industry?
Remote work can be competitive but the more knowledge and skills that you have, the easier it is to stand out from the crowd.
What’s Your Remote Worker Philosophy for Success?
Aim to be better than you were yesterday by dedicating some time to continuous self-improvement.