I suppose this is where you get the nutshell version of me. Most relevant details you should know: I started my college career as an English major. That lasted until I had to take a course titled “Major British Writers Before 1800.” Somewhere between Beowulf and Othello, I decided I might be better off pursuing something a bit more…interesting to me.
So I shifted gears and earned my bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from the University of Kansas. (Rock Chalk.) Over the next few years, I was a corporate writer by day and a graduate student by night, earning my MBA from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
I spent 10 years working in corporate communications before joining a financial services firm, working in Client Services. I eventually obtained my Series 6 and 63 as well as my life insurance license, and was a captive agent with AXA (now Equitable).
I liked helping people learn how to manage their money and plan for the future, but I missed writing. One day, it dawned on me: Why not combine my communications background with my financial knowledge and small business experience – and write for wealth management firms and financial advisors? In 2017, I jumped into full-time freelancing, doing business as Amy Ragland Communications.
Since then, I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects with a diverse client roster. As your writing partner, I’ll help you put your best foot forward, working beside you to craft compliance-friendly content that’s easily understood by your audience.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire you as a writer?
Short answer: It depends. I like to talk with you about your project first and get all the details. Then I provide a quote for your project, based on the amount of research, complexity, time it will take, etc.
Do you ever write for businesses that aren't in the financial field?
I do! The best part of being freelance is that I get to choose the industries I work with. Send me a message with more about your writing needs and let’s schedule a time to talk.
Do you work with a compliance team?
Sorry, no compliance team here. And every advisor or company I work with has its own set of rules or guidelines. But the good news I know what compliance officers are looking for, so I try to write with them in mind. The best practice is to run copy through your broker-dealer or RIA compliance team before publication.
Do you offer coaching for people who want to become better writers or freelancers?
Yes! I’m a big fan of giving back to people who are starting a new writing business or just want to learn how to communicate better in the workplace. Send me a message if you’re interested in coaching and we’ll schedule a time to discuss what you’d like to accomplish.
Do you ever outsource projects to other writers?
I don’t really outsource or hire subcontractors. But sometimes I get inquiries about projects that either aren’t a good fit for what I do or I don’t have time to accommodate. In those cases, I like to refer to other writers. Send me a message with the topics you like to write about and I’ll add you to my list!