Soon the holidays will be upon us, and then 2014 will be here. I hope you’ve had a fantastic 2013. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at what we’ve covered on the blog this year. We’ve been busy. There are more opportunities than ever for freelance writers, so I hope you’re taking advantage of them.
Use this material to ensure that you have a WONDERFUL 2014.
Today, let’s look at building a career as a freelance copywriter.
Beginning Copywriter: How Long to Build a Business?
Here are some tips if you want to set up your business, and start making money quickly as a freelance copywriter:
– Everything you do for your copywriting business is cumulative.
Tell as many people as you can about your new business. The more people who know what you do, the more clients you will get.
Write press releases, call prospective clients, and most importantly, set up a website.
By all means use social networking sites like Twitter. However, you also need to network in person. Find out where and when your local chamber of commerce has its meetings, and attend. You’re a business person. In addition to making contacts, you’ll learn a lot at these events.
– Write anything and everything you’re asked to write.
Get testimonials by asking for them. Ask intelligently, with leading questions.
Top 10 Copywriting Tips for New Copywriters.
These ten tips work; they’ll help you to build a thriving freelance copywriting career:
Eliminate Procrastination With a Process
All writing is a process. Research, draft your copy, then write it and revise it. Stay at your desk, and write.
Copywriters know that out of perspiration, comes inspiration. Over time, I’ve learned that if I sit in my chair, even if I hate what I’m writing, I’m kicking my subconscious awake. Inspiration will strike later, when I’m doing something else.
Give Your Clients EXACTLY What They Want.
In this post, we discussed Web content, rather than copy, but the information on managing your clients works for every kind of writer – copywriter, Web content writer, whatever.
Use this info to make your mark in 2014:
Your first question is: “What response do you want?”
It turns out that John’s an importer. He’s importing a laser resurfacing machine from France. This machine is the latest technology; it’s faster, better, and less expensive than current technology. He wants to sell the machine to beauty salons. He wants beauty salon proprietors to call him, so that he can arrange demonstrations.
That’s what John wants. The content you write for him MUST do that.
Immediately, your mind starts swirling with ideas of what you need to do, to give John want he wants.
Find Writing Jobs the Simplest Way in 2013. (And 2014…)
Google is your friend. (Well, that’s what they say… :-)) In this article, we looked at the easiest way to find all the writing jobs you want.
Remember, this is basic know-how, and it works for freelance copywriters, Web writers, article writers… We pointed out that it’s a numbers game:
What do I mean by “lots”? Start with 100 contacts, and be prepared to make 500 contacts, if that’s what it takes to have a full order book. As Nike says, just do it. It’s not hard. It’s just being professional. You’re a business person. Businesses hire sales people. You’re your own sales person. Accept that, and get busy.
These four articles were published in January, 2013. The information is timeless… Use it to build your freelance copywriting career.
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