After soon about 10 years as freelance curator (first part time, now basically full time for various projects) with focus on written content, I am going to share some insights and learnings.
For those not familiar with the term “curation”: I would define it as the process of systematically selecting and recommending relevant information or creative work generated by others.
In this piece I am focusing on curation of text (news, analyses, essays, commentary, longform journalism, specialized information), but of course curation isn’t limited to one media form.
Synergies & marginal costs
“Synergies” might sound like boring corporate speak, but as a freelance curator, synergies are your biggest ally. As long as the topics that you have to keep an eye on for different curation projects don’t expand too much, an additional output product does only add a marginal amount of additional time required for monitoring. You are already reading most of the things anyway for your other project(s). If you, for example, spend 2-3 hours a day reading tech and startup news for one daily newsletter, producing another curated output product related to tech and startups (maybe about a specific niche within tech/startups) won’t require additional 2-3 hours of daily reading. In other words, producing only one output product comes with the highest costs in required production time/product. With each additional output product (within the same sphere of topics), the marginal costs of producing it decrease. Continue Reading