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How to Become a Copywriter

27 Feb

I periodically get requests and questions through my contact form asking whether I’m hiring or how I got my copywriting business going.

So, for all of you who are stopping by hoping to get a well-paying, steady income going through copywriting or ghost writing, here are a few tips:

Be an uber-awesome writer. Oh, sure, you’re thinking, that goes without saying. Well, unfortunately, there are a LOT of so-called “professional writers” out there whose grammar and/or punctuation and/or spelling abilities are sub-par. Sad but true. Learn how to write well before you learn how to be a ghost writer or copywriter.

Build your portfolio. Put together whatever you’ve written in the past to get started or, if you don’t have anything, get writing. You don’t need to have work that people have paid for in order to build a portfolio. You simply need writing samples. Do a little work for people for free, set up your own blog or website, or simply write a few articles for the sole purpose of showcasing your talents.

Start bidding on projects. Copywriting clients don’t come to you; YOU go to the clients. You can find clients on sites like Elance.com and IFreelance.com. Both of these sites have free and paid membership versions, so it doesn’t have to cost you anything to get started. You may have to underbid a little at first on projects in order to win them (since you’re lacking in credibility at this point as a newbie), but that’s okay. The idea is to simply score some clients so you can build your portfolio and get some positive reviews.

There, now, wasn’t that easy?

BONUS: Remember, it’s free to build your online portfolio and bid on copywriting projects on Elance.com. Buuuuut, if you use my affiliate link, you’ll get 10 additional free credits you can spend to bid on extra cool projects. Click here to begin.

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