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If you’ve considered freelance writing for money, you should pay close attention.
Because sometimes trying to get paid for writing might feel like a farfetched dream, especially if you want to make a reliably generous income.
Here’s a fact: I’d never been paid to write anything in my entire life, unless you want to consider writing a short business letter as a secretary in that scenario.
But when I made the decision to learn how to become a copywriter, that changed very quickly.
In fact, with no previous experience as a copywriter, I catapulted to multiple six figures my very first year.
Right about now, you might be wondering…
How I Started Earning Six Figures As A Freelance Copywriter
My copywriting career began with a decision.
I’d been cruising through the Internet one day, looking for something I could do besides the face-to-face selling and promotional tours my husband, Ron, and I had been involved in.
We were tired of racing back and forth across the country, setting up and running huge marketing events week after week. We were tired, and I knew there had to be a better way.
Somehow, I stumbled onto an article about copywriting. And as I read it, I quite literally broke out in a sweat. This was something I knew I could do! I just had a feeling about it, even though I’d never even heard of copywriting prior to that moment.
I understood right then and there I was going to figure it out. I could FEEL it.
During this time, I’d invested in a one-on-one consultation with a life coach. I’d already dealt with some pretty hair-raising events in my life, and I was working my way through what it all meant, and what I should do next.
It was the next best thing to meeting with her in person. I knew she had a live event in Maine coming up, and I really wanted to go. But I knew there would have to be a miraculous influx of money for that to happen.
This is where mindset and manifesting enter into the picture, but that’s another story for another blog post!
The short version is…when I shared my story with my life coach, she suddenly announced that if I could get there, she would love for me to speak for about 15 minutes at her Maine event!
That’s when I knew I had to pay attention to the door opening before me. I was willing to do whatever it took move forward.
Ron was completely on board. He believed in my conviction and commitment to my goal of becoming a copywriter. And from previous experience, he knew when I had a “feeling” about something, it was worthy of our full attention.
So we did what any rational couple would do…
We sold our humble little home in Arizona to raise enough money to live on while I was getting started!
I had a pretty deep intuitive feeling about how copywriting could work, so I literally sold the VIEW of that humble little home. Why? Because that was the most special and unique benefit of that little house!
I wrote up an ad, took a photo, and drove down to the Thrifty Nickel newspaper to place my ad.
The clerk looked at me questioningly when I laid it all out on the counter.
She said, “Don’t you want to include some photos or description of the house in your ad?”
“Nope,” I replied. “That’s not what’s gonna sell it!”
And sure enough…we sold it for cash to the first person who called about my ad.
That act of faith, and taking decisive action, led directly to…
My First Copywriting Job
We drove cross-country to that event, and I stood before the audience, hands shaking, and made my presentation.
And a really weird thing happened…
People surged around me afterwards! Some of them were crying. One told me I was “golden.”
I was shocked!
One of those people was a sweet woman named Barbara Winter.
Barbara is all about (wait for it…) making a living without a job!
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
She has books on Amazon and travels the country making presentations.
And there she was, standing before me.
She told me she had an upcoming event in Las Vegas and hadn’t been able to sell any tickets with her current marketing copy.
She asked me if I would like to write a sales letter for her.
Of course, I said YES! And I did.
And she sold out her event. Just. Like. That.
I think I made around $500 for that first sales letter. I dunno, it may have only been $250. Either way, I was thrilled!
That’s how it all started.
And it just grew from there. I kept on. I learned. I implemented. I raised my fees.
And I made multiple six figures the first year.
I don’t tell you this to brag. I tell you so you can understand this simple truth…
If I Can Do It, YOU Can Do It.
Now don’t misunderstand.
I’m not saying you can do exactly what I did.
You may do less. You may do MORE!
I have no way of knowing.
What I know for sure is you have to be willing to trust in yourself. You have to learn.
You have to believe it is possible for you to succeed. You have to put in the effort.
If you are willing to do all of that, the chances are you can begin making some very good money working from home as a freelance writer, a COPYWRITER to be exact.
And when you do, here’s what can happen…
Becoming A Copywriter Can Change Your Life
It certainly changed mine! I never in my wildest dreams imagined what was possible.
And please remember, I am the classic example of “Late Bloomer!”
Seriously, I am. So if you are also “of a certain age,” don’t worry!
I was well entrenched in my baby-boomer demographic before I even knew what the heck a copywriter WAS or what they DID.
You are NOT too old, too under-educated, too late, too big, too small, too young, too ANYTHING to learn how to become a copywriter.
I’ve touched on a few of these before, but it’s been my experience we often need to hear things more than once to “get” it.
So let’s jump in, shall we?
5 More Reasons You Should Become A Copywriter
You get to take charge of your life, pure and simple. Work when you want, where you want, with clients YOU select. Travel or not. Range far and wide, or not. Work from home whether it has an earth-bound foundation or rolls along on wheels.
You never have to depend on a crazy boss for a raise or ask permission for time off.
You get to give yourself ALL the benefits, all the time.
You’ll discover newfound confidence as you hone your skills. You’ll understand the value you bring to your clients and exactly how to help them create success in their business too. You’ll realize you have untapped talents that are finally finding their way to the surface.
Look, a lot of folks want to write. But how many of them make really great money?
The life-changing aspect of becoming a copywriter simply cannot be overlooked or ignored.
I advise new copywriters I’m working with to never even consider writing a sales letter for less than $1,000. And when you learn how to do it, you can easily write a sales letter in a week. You do the math. And that is at the LOW end of what is possible as a copywriter.
Being a word nerd can pay you extremely well. And as they say, a picture is definitely worth 1,000 words. OK, if one is good, how about FOUR?
This is the first home Ron and I were able to afford when we got married later in life. (There’s that late-blooming thing again!)
It is commonly referred to as a single-wide trailer.
This was BEFORE copywriting came into our lives: (Balanced on cement blocks!)
This is our home AFTER copywriting: (Yes, it’s all about the VIEW!)
Here’s our RV BEFORE copywriting: (Oh dear—so many repairs!)
And here’s our RV AFTER copywriting: (Thank you, copywriting!)
Don’t get me wrong. I was intensely thankful for everything we had before copywriting.
Before I met Ron, I was a survivor of domestic violence who had lost everything and become homeless. I was grateful and amazed I even had a second chance.
But experiencing what it means to really have options in life and fulfill dreams has been a blessing beyond measure.
Which leads me to…
Copywriting can create entirely new options for impacting others in the most positive way–with your message, with your passion, with even more things you want to accomplish.
For me, one way has been by teaching others how to find their freedom through copywriting and mindset too.
The opportunity to OVER deliver in this realm is also life-changing, both personally and for those you serve.
And its super fun to create memorable events in spectacular settings…while delivering uncompromising value.
For example, here’s an event I hosted in the most gorgeous setting of coastal Maine. Yes, did you notice? Maine again! Not a coincidence. Seemed appropriate somehow, don’t you think?
We started with the best SWAG ever…an Apple MacBook for every attendee!
As you can see, the attendees were THRILLED!
Yes, it was an intimate and expensive event, and yes, they got full value from it…
Your copywriting skills can be leveraged into even MORE!
For starters, I can think of four different women I’ve trained as copywriters who have gone on to fulfill even bigger dreams…
- A fashion designer for children
- A ghost writer for high-level entrepreneurs…
- A globally known influencer…
- A literary agent for authors…
And personally, as a strategist, launch specialist, speaker, intuitive coach, mentor, and product creator.
When you choose to be a freelance writer by becoming a copywriter, the sky truly is the limit!
Whether you want to work full-time or part-time, copywriting can help you to…
- Make more money than you did in an office
- Pay off your debts
- Create your own security before, during, and after retirement
- Work on your terms, as much or as little as you want
- Travel and work from anyplace that has an internet connection
- Start a thriving business on a shoestring
- Change your life!
Becoming a copywriter has totally changed my life in countless ways.
And I’d love to help you change yours!
If you’d like to get on the waiting list for my new copywriting training program, Authentic Copy, be sure you sign up here…
You really can turn words into money when you learn copywriting.