Is it true that I need a degree to become a copywriter?
This is one of the most asked questions I get from people looking to becoming a freelance copywriter. And the answer is “Nope.”
You 100% do NOT need a college degree or any previous experience to become a successful copywriter.
I didn’t have a college degree when I got started, but I still managed to make multiple six figures during my first year.
If that isn’t proof enough, I don’t know what is!
In fact, sometimes the folks with the journalism or English degrees find it HARDER to get into the groove of copywriting, not easier. Why? Because they often have to UN-learn what was pounded into their brains about “how to write.”
Copywriting is much more conversational and informal than many other types of writing.
If you can write like a person talks and factor in marketing strategy at the core of the “conversation,” you have the first foundational skills to becoming a copywriter.
So who am I and why the heck am I qualified to teach copywriting? Well, I’m glad you asked!
To give you a brief overview of my background, I’ve been freelance copywriting since 2004. I came across copywriting on the internet while I was trying to figure out my next move professionally. I totally stumbled into it, but I knew it was what I was destined to do.
The decision was made: I decided to go all in on becoming a copywriter. My husband and I even sold our house so I had money to attend a conference where I knew I could meet leaders in the copywriting industry. I really was that serious and determined!
And that first year as a copywriter, I made six figures.
I did that partially by generating over four million dollars in sales within 30 days for one of my clients. I netted him a million dollars in profit. And at the time, I was a complete unknown in the industry and a total newbie.
That’s a true testament to the blood, sweat, and tears I put into becoming the best copywriter I could be. Because I really wanted to do it!
I’ve also helped another client generate $1.55 million in just ten days.
I’ve literally made my clients millions of dollars over the past fourteen years, AND I’ve made multiple six figures myself every one of those years too.
Frank Kern, one of the most sought-after copywriters in the world, dubbed me the “Queen of Copy” and the “Millionaire Maker.”
Gary Halbert, another giant in the copywriting world, begged me for my million-dollar sales letter.
All of my hard work, dedication to my craft, and love of serving others has led me to where I am today. I’m now in a position to take what I’ve learned as a copywriter and teach others how to make money from home just like I do.
If a 50+ year old formerly homeless woman with no college degree can make multiple six figures with copywriting, SO CAN YOU!
So what exactly is copywriting? Copywriting is definitely different than plain ol’ writing! And here’s how…
Copywriting is the process of writing the words that convince, persuade, educate, engage, and empower every aspect of selling a product, concept, or idea.
That was a bit of a mouthful, but essentially copywriting is writing words that sell.
This could be anything from writing a landing page for a website, blog posts, opt-in copy, email sequences, video scripts, product descriptions, direct mail ads, catalogs, brochures…anything and everything that pertains to WORDS that SELL.
So you can see how copywriting is different than writing an email to your friend or a note to your boss. Copywriting is extremely intentional, deliberate, and focused. It takes real skill to be able to write content specifically created to establish a connection of trust, while selling a product or service to the prospect.
Just one more time for those in the back: 😉
Copywriting is writing words that sell!
And if you’re worried about potential sleaze-factor in selling? Not an issue. In fact, writing authentic and true copy is the ONLY way to go in my world. It should be that way in yours too.
Fact is, becoming a freelance copywriter completely changed my life. Yes, that’s a bold statement, but it’s 100% true. When I decided to become a copywriter, I knew I had to learn the skills and invest in the training I needed to be the best.
Now that I have 14+ years of copywriting experience under my belt making multiple six figures every single one of those years, I want to help YOU become a successful freelance copywriter as well.
I go over eleven key traits every copywriter MUST have in order to be successful. I’ll also give you insight into what you don’t need to become an excellent copywriter. I think you’ll find that part very reassuring–maybe even surprising.
And remember, I always give it to you straight–you won’t get any fluff from me!
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Have you ever wondered if working from home online is possible?
I’m here to say absolutely, it is! But guess what?
I’m going to throw in a fun twist you might not have thought of…working from home online combined with RV living full time!
This is something I can speak to from twenty years of experience.
My husband Ron and I have been avid RV travelers for a very long time. We love it because it’s all about the freedom to work anywhere you want, when you want, and even IF you want.
When we first started the RV life, we had very little money, but a BIG determination to experience life in a whole new way.
Ron and I had only been married a short time. We were both starting over again, but we found a way! We sold the modest mobile home we’d managed to buy in Central Oregon, and pretty much everything we owned.
And so, began our RV lifestyle.
It’s a funny thing with the RV lifestyle. It ebbs and flows and changes.
At first, we tried what is called workcamping.
Basically, workcamping is when you work in a temporary job, usually related to RVing.
It might be as hosts in a campground, office workers in an RV park, sometimes even a volunteer at a State or National park.
Sometimes you are paid a nominal hourly rate, plus you receive a full-hookup RV space.
Other times, it is only the RV space, as you are working in a volunteer position.
This might mean 20-hours or more a week of work in exchange for your RV site. If you are a couple, this usually means you each must work a set number of hours per week.
Some people love this arrangement, but for us, we quickly discovered it wasn’t our cup of tea.
We just didn’t fit well into a tight regimen, being at the beck and call of a supervisor, and making very small money.
We’re both more entrepreneurial than that. But for some people, it’s a perfect fit.
So, we set out to find a different option. In a way, we were kind of like pioneers. While most folks were scrambling for their next workcamping jobs, I started my copywriting business.
I have to smile when some new to the RV lifestyle act like they discovered the Internet and working from the road. We started doing that when we still had a bag phone for communication.
That thing was the size of a backpack!
But it worked. And we GREW in experience and knowledge and SHRANK our phone over time.
For me, and others I’ve taught, copywriting has been the springboard to an extremely successful business I can do from anywhere.
We have literally been in almost every state in the USA, most of Canada, and even lived in Central Mexico for two years (without the RV), plus owned several different properties in Arizona.
I’ve been able to work from anywhere and everywhere, thanks to the Internet and my copywriting skills. Combine that with Divine guidance and an abundance mindset, and it’s been pretty amazing.
I clearly remember sitting in Grand Teton in the RV, writing a sales letter that brought in $10,000. Yep. For ONE sales letter. There simply wasn’t any way we’re going to clean toilets in exchange for a full-hookup RV site when I could do this instead!
How about this for your office view? This is what I looked out at while I worked…
Now our RV is dubbed the Mobile Office, though some call it the Command Center when they see it because it’s kind of imposing.
Our RV is called a Renegade and is built on a Freightliner Heavy Duty Truck Chassis.
Yep, it’s big! 45’ long, plus I tow a 4-door Jeep Rubicon behind it.
So, if you long to have more freedom in your life and would love to take to the open road in your RV, take heart!
Because if you’re the entrepreneurial type, who also wants to make more than minimum wage for your efforts, there are a number of ways you can work at home from your RV.
Nowadays, with the variety of ways you can gain Internet access, cell phones, boosters, data plans, and smart technology, there’s simply no reason you can’t be successful working from home online and experiencing the exhilaration of the RV lifestyle.
You can work from home online, even if “home” has four (or more!) wheels. Home really IS where you park it.
You can work from a laptop, literally on your dining room table or even the dashboard of your RV.
I prefer to use an iMac desktop computer. We have had several different versions of mobile office over the past 20 years, but we always customize the interior to accommodate my office.
Here’s my current setup…
You can work from anywhere, as long as you have an Internet connection and can get online.
Wondering what kind of work at home job you can do from your RV?
Here are some ideas for you:
When you do it the right way, blogging can provide an income for you, and it’s fun too!
Not only do you get to flex your writing muscles, you can structure your blog posts to attract traffic by using keywords people are looking for.
The first thing to do is simply BEGIN!
I recommend creating your blog in WordPress, because Google loves WordPress and it will help you attract organic traffic to your site. It has search engine optimization built into it.
Even if you’re not particularly techy (like me!) it doesn’t have to be that hard to create your first blog. Start right here with How To Start A Blog and follow the steps.
You can seriously be up and running with a blog in ONE day.
However, if you’re like me, maybe you want to get started on the right foot by digging a little bit deeper into the foundational strategy for your blog. Especially if you are non-techy and just need a step by step process to follow.
I invested in a very affordable training called Blog by Number, and I highly recommend it.
Suzi just has a way of literally going one step at a time, while explaining both the HOW and the WHY as you go. Super helpful!
Don’t make the mistake of going for a free WordPress site though. You won’t be able to monetize it unless you go for the paid version, which is very inexpensive.
If you want to make money from home in your RV, you need to begin your blog with the end in mind. And that means, building a foundation from day one that will allow you to monetize your blog.
How do you do that you ask?
There are a number of ways to work from home online with your blog:
Guest Blog Posts
Offering Freelance Services
Promoting Your Own Products
Of these, the ones that can make you a really great income would be Affiliate Marketing, Offering Freelance Services, and Promoting Your Own Products.
I’ll be writing more about this in other blog posts.
Today let’s talk a bit about Affiliate Marketing and Freelance Services as ways to make money with your blog.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is when you endorse products or services you personally use, recommend, and believe in.
You get what is called an affiliate link for each product or service, and then whenever someone decides to purchase through your link, you receive a small commission.
Over time, the small commissions can really add up to very tidy sum.
And you can continue to grow your affiliate income, as the momentum builds, and you attract a larger audience to your blog.
A lot of new bloggers completely overlook this aspect of generating income through a blog.
But if you are new to all this, you need to learn how to do affiliate marketing ethically and appropriately, so you don’t accidentally spam anybody!
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