How To Approach Manager Question

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I believe this is my very first post on the forum, so hello everyone!

About 3 months ago I landed a job as a Jr SEO Copywriter doing product description copy, while providing SEO titles, tags, and meta descriptions for the products. My manager compliments my work I have done, so I would like to use it in my portfolio.

M question is how would I ask my manager if I could use some of the product description text in my portfolio? I worry this will make me sound like I have a goal to leave the company to do freelance work, and this is not the case until years later.

I enjoy the work and would like to add some freelance client work when I'm not working.

How would I go about asking this? Or should I just write something on the side and do separate projects based in this niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    If it were me, I would not do that. The work you are doing now belongs to your employer and three months on the job is not a long time.

    Instead, I would look for a few quality freelance sites and do some work there to build a portfolio.

    When your freelance work is similar to or the same as your 'real life job', I would keep them completely separate.
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    Originally Posted by Ashley Mayberry View Post

    How would I go about asking this? Or should I just write something on the side and do separate projects based in this niche?
    I agree with Kay King. and to add to that... I would NOT be doing work in the same niche. Your employer will probably see that as direct competition, and not sure that will go over well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamell
    I wouldn't ask "my manager " or copy .I would write something original .Also Google will penalize you for duplicating product descriptions or content.


    I would go along and do my work on the side because there is no need to set off any alarms or ruin the relationship that I have with my manager .
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Mayberry
    I figured these as much, thank you everyone for answering the question!
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Don't. Instead, take a few minutes each evening, find a product on amazon.com or such site. Write a better description. Save it in your portfolio.


    Better yet, use items you own and use. The photos you take of them are yours, no need to worry about copyright.



    Originally Posted by Ashley Mayberry View Post

    I believe this is my very first post on the forum, so hello everyone!

    About 3 months ago I landed a job as a Jr SEO Copywriter doing product description copy, while providing SEO titles, tags, and meta descriptions for the products. My manager compliments my work I have done, so I would like to use it in my portfolio.

    M question is how would I ask my manager if I could use some of the product description text in my portfolio? I worry this will make me sound like I have a goal to leave the company to do freelance work, and this is not the case until years later.

    I enjoy the work and would like to add some freelance client work when I'm not working.

    How would I go about asking this? Or should I just write something on the side and do separate projects based in this niche?
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