Freelancers Wanted

Unique Property Bulletin is looking for freelance journalists who enjoy unique property…

Apologies to Our Super-Bad Poet Hero, William Topaz McGonagall – Here

The photo above is one of Unique Property Bulletin’s own owned office locations.

P.S. If you spot the typo in the advert above, we will send a fiver to your favourite charity.

This is one of the reasons we need freelancers. To help copy-edit and proofing!


Working From Home Can Be Fun

Even once the occasional apocalyptic pandemic passes, it can still be a comfort to raise your draw bridge at night.

This Castle Is Not For Sale. But Many Are.

Our job is to help our readers find unusual homes to buy and/or rent.

One of your first tasks is to write about finding ideal remote telecommuter work stations for our readers (and maybe even yourself one day).

Freelance vacancies have been brought forward to help self-isolating folk earn some extra money ~ and also keep some sanity. Perhaps add a little hope for the future into the mix as well.

It is crucial that applicants have a good WORKING KNOWLEDGE of the WORDPRESS internet systems. It is possible to self-learn via the very kind WordPress Youtube community.

If I can learn WordPress from this very desk where these words are being typed,

surely you can do the same at your home?

You can teach yourself WordPress operational protocols to the requisite standard. It just takes several hours. But hey, what better time? You are likely to be self-isolating for at LEAST 3 weeks (more likely 3 months if we follow the Italian tragedies). Have a look at WordPress on Youtube. Teach yourself how to write on internet websites and you may well find this frustrating time stuck in the house will open some new doors for you to a life that is much improved on your current one. Just a thought.

If you are interested in some contract work from home, please…

TEXT your name + email address + your Facebook page link to:-

TEXT ONLY: 0757 2768 795

Please avoid telephoning as we have been inundated with enquiries to buy nuclear bunkers and private islands since the outbreak of Coronavirus. Hence our employing admin., staff once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Facebook page link and an ability to work social media are also very important to the skillset we are seeking.


For those seeking to apply, here is some background to enlighten you as to the what, why, where and how of Unique Property Bulletin…


Unique Property Bulletin has been run by volunteers for the past 31 years. Originally a monthly journal…

Unique Property Journal: Paper Format: 1989-1992.

In 1992 the A5 monthly spot-colour format was changed to an A4 full-colour presentation…

Unique Property Bulletin: Paper Format: 1992-2010

In 2011 we went from a paper format to an online version…

Unique Property Bulletin Went From Paper Format To Online: 7th February 2011.

All throughout this 31 year period, Unique Property Bulletin has had articles, features and the fundamental inclusion of unusual buildings that are for sale grace the pages. Research and editorial supplied by our core group of volunteers…

Great Fun With Unique Property For Sale All Round

Examples of Unique Property We Have Helped Our Friends To Sell .

If It Is Unique & For Sale: We Feature The Property

However, the internet version of the Buletin proved a turning point. Our modest 2,000 to 3,000 readership of the paper format went a little bit viral on the internet. A stable readership of 25,000 to 35,000 was built up month-on-month. Sometimes, that number has reached as high as 100,000 from our own “regulars” plus social media going a tad viral…

The email and telephone enquiries that flowed from such large numbers of site visitors was very welcome, but the volunteer group here struggled to cope.

Volunteer Burnout Becoming A Problem At Unique Property Bulletin

Indeed one of our good friends, Sam Collett closed her “What Sam Saw Today” website (here).

As a result of the high readership numbers, in 2017 we had to decide whether to close our Unique Property Bulletin website or to keep it alive.

Our day job elsewhere is creating new jobs. In 22 years of renovating closed shops and shut-down hotels + derelict factory units, we have very much enjoyed creating 111 new jobs. So it would be daft to close something such as Unique Property Bulletin that has new job creating potential.

We chose to keep this publication going.

However, in order to secure a way to fund it so we can start to contract freelance journalists and then move to staff reporters we had to come up with a reliable source of revenue.

The internet Unique Property Bulletin already has several income streams such as Google Adsense and donations from house sellers that are appreciative of our efforts. Book sales also help…

Unique Property Manual Cover

Front Cover of Unique Property Manual (c) Russ McLean

But the staccato nature of the three main income sources varies significantly from month to month. It is an onerous matter to contract with folk to provide a professional service when the income from this end can be wobbly.

To solve this, the directors and a group of 52 Unique Property Club members set about creating a property based annuity where two or three buildings are placed in a discretionary trust and the rental income utilised to cover contract freelance and eventually new staff reporter wages. Our income-producing buildings will have no mortgages so the income is maximised.

This is a far more reliable revenue stream to pay contract freelancers and eventurally employ staff reporters.

How can this be done you might ask? We took our own advice. It is a long story that will be narrated in due course due to the sublime fun and adventure, but basically we bought a lighthouse station with 8 building on it…

Unique Property Bulletin HQ.

Tower House, Noss Head Lighthouse Station, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4QT.

In January 2020 we have reached the point where Noss Head Lighthouses have been renovated and brought back to life. Some of the buildings surplus to our requirements have been sold – example: here. So Unique Property Bulletin can now gently start letting contracts to with a suitably qualified and motivated folk for an inaugural freelance contract of £9 to £15 per hour depending on experience and skillset.

Please note you can work on contract for Unique Property Bulletin anywhere there is a decent broadband connection. 

Initially, we are seeking:-

Part-time freelance reporters. Classic training not vital. Quality of output carries more gravitas in our view.

As our current trajectory regrows to the high readership rates prior to our sabbatical lighthouse purchase, we seek to…

Increase from two to five part-time freelance writers.

Then…

Add PAYE staff reporters to the organisation (37 hours per week).

We are able to confidently and securely contract with a freelance journalist to ensure that every alternate day a unique property is added onto our website because of the hard work establishing the property ownership portfolio from whence the rental income shall pay the contracted freelancers and payroll staff. There is a lot of income from Google + pay-per-view and book sales, but that is not guaranteed. Hence the directors’ decision to underwrite remuneration with an asset-backed rental income.

It is crucial that applicants have a good WORKING KNOWLEDGE of the WORDPRESS internet systems.

If you are interested, please…

TEXT your name + email address + your Facebook page link to:-

0757 2768 795

Please avoid telephoning as we have been inundated with enquiries to buy nuclear bunkers and private islands since the outbreak of Coronavirus. Hence our employing admin., staff once the lockdown has been lifted. The Facebook page link and an ability to work social media is also very important to the skillset we are seeking.

You can also post your CV to our main offices:-

The Editor, Unique Property Bulletin Ltd., Abbey Studios, 280 High Street, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1JF.

We emphasise that the current need for contract freelance writers can be filled by folk who are CURRENTLY on the Covid-19 LOCK-DOWN.

Indeed, we are highlighting these contracts early so as to assist those who would like to earn extra money from home and especially those folk who like the idea of improving their work-life balance by working at home. Though hopefully before long, this will be voluntary telecommuting and not the mandatory type as proscribed in terms of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (here) and related statute.

Please note, for security reasons, we do require to verify a real-world address for the successful applicants. Given the fact this is an internet-based publication, it is ironic, but online applications can be from anywhere in the world and may include miscreant hackers. Therefore we require a return address in the “real” world that is verifiable and identity of the applicant bona fides plus due diligence completed because the website access passwords will be available to the successful candidate.

Initially, the first contract freelance contributors will simply be adding a unique property every second day to the main website.

In due course, the FULL Unique Property Bulletin online magazine format will be returning. Some guidance for the FULL publication, due for a reboot in the autumn of 2020 can be studied on our tutorial website: click here.

Very best wishes,

 

Russ McLean

Director. Unique Property Bulletin Ltd.