Super proud to be celebrating five years in business with KLC! In February 2009, journalist Kelly took redundancy from her position as a local newspaper deputy editor and set about launching her own business. Kelly tells us about her journey…
I have worked as a journalist since the age of 17, having offered my time free of charge to my local daily newspaper, the Echo in Basildon, until they gave me a job! They put me through my journalism training and I never looked back.
During my 13 years of employment, I worked as deputy editor of five weekly regional titles, as editor of the Met Police internal newspaper The Job and as a freelance writer for TVTimes magazine. I have interviewed everyone and anyone from Joe Bloggs on the street, to families of murder victims after court cases, to TV personalities such as cleaning queens Kim and Aggie and Rav Wilding (when he was a Met detective!) and the commissioner of the Met Police. With such varied experience, it meant I learnt to turn my hand to writing about any topic, in whatever style necessary, from hard news stories to more creative features.
When redundancy hit in early 2009, my initial reaction was panic. But, I soon realised it was my big opportunity to become my own boss, to work on a wonderful mix of projects making no two days the same. Being a journalist, my contact book is bulging and so I set about contacting anyone I thought may be in need of the services of a freelance journalist – whether that be for PR, copywriting or editing.
I soon had my first school clients on board and, after discovering the world of networking, lots of corporate clients followed.
KLC has now grown to have eight school clients on board – using PR and brochure production services – as well as a large national retailer and many other corporate PR and website copywriting clients. Most recently, I have launched a more personal project, my wedding blog A Real Bride’s Guide (www.arealbridesguide.co.uk) giving a platform for smaller wedding suppliers to earn publicity and take out affordable advertising.
I have loved every second of my 18 years so far as a journalist and the buzz of seeing my articles in print is still the same as it was back at the start. But, the last five years have been incredible and have taught me so much about business.
Thanks to those who continue to work with me and KLC and for enabling me to continue doing what I love…from the comfort of my own home!