Advice on being a freelance copywriter – 10 things I’ve learnt

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I’ve been self employed since 1996 and running my marketing, copywriting and training business since 2008. Time, I thought, to reflect on what I’ve learnt. Behind the scenes what have I learnt about keeping sane and solvent? 1.…

Is My Home Based Business Turning Me Into a Recluse?

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I’ve been working from home as a Freelance Copywriter for the best part of a year now. Recently, something’s started to play on my mind…I don’t really leave the house much now except when I need something urgently. Friday is…
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John the copywriter’s recipe for becoming a copywriter.

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I’m often asked “What is a copywriter?”  It seems like people are extremely curious because one of the most asked questions on Google is “How to be a copywriter?”I think the term copywriter is very confusing for people. They mix…

A day in a life of a freelance blogger

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Blogger/University Assignment Marker It’s difficult for me to define my “typical” day, because what a typical day is changes depending on the time of the year. So I’m going to separate this post into…

Speakers, 6 Things You Need to Guarantee Closing a Sale

In fact, a good closer is closing throughout his sales pitch, and he’s doing it in such a way his prospect doesn’t even know he’s being closed. And that’s because a good closer genuinely cares about what he’s doing, and he cares that…

How quitting my job saved my sanity

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Three years ago today, I walked away from a reasonably-well paid mid-senior management role into the unknown.For years, I had spoken about going freelance, but had never worked up the courage. Working for someone else was my comfort zone,…

If you can read your customer’s mind, you’ll make sales

Do sales seldom happen on your site? Do you often scratch your head and think:“Why aren’t visitors buying my wonderful products and services?”Well, scratch your head no more!  Because recently I asked some of my favorite bloggers,…

Who moved my support staff? The skills you need for a home-based freelance job

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Last Thursday, around bed time, I learnt a valuable lesson about what it really means to be a freelance copywriter – to run my own little home-based freelance job. And it has nothing to do with writing.I was playing around in the back…

The story of how I went from broke wannabe writer to living the freelance life

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I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Yet I ended up in a Master’s program in Slavic Linguistics at UC Berkeley. (And yes, I did love it!)Then I had to make a choice: Do I want to continue on with the PhD program or follow my writing…

The secret to my lucky life as a freelance copywriter

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“You’re so lucky!”Three words that seem so harmless. They’re often said with heartfelt goodwill, but those three words make my blood boil!Truth be told, I am lucky. Very lucky. This post shares the secret of my lucky, lucky life…

3 phone phrases to land more copywriting clients

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You can have the best lead-generating machine, but every copywriting client project still comes down to one thing. A conversation.I’ve landed projects just through email, but it’s rare. High-paying projects usually require a phone call.…

10 first steps to a successful freelance career

More and more busy working mums are saying goodbye to the restrictions of a full time or flexible job, and hello to the freedom of freelancing. But how have they done it? And exactly how can you go from paid employment with one boss, to a contacts…