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New Mom Mindy Tyson McHorse is Latest Addition to AWAI’s Wall of Fame

Mindy’s copywriting career started with two jobs: a spec she landed from Job Fair and a project that came from the friend of a friend who was an entrepreneur and needed a five-page website and downloadable report.

That was just over two years ago.

Today, Mindy is on track to earn $80,000 working part-time … giving her plenty of time to care for her 3-month-old son.

“One of the reasons the copywriting lifestyle appealed to me was the ability to work when I wanted. My husband is an air traffic controller and works a crazy schedule where his hours change daily,” writes Mindy Tyson McHorse. “When I worked my old 9-5 job, I rarely saw him. Once I took the reigns as a copywriter I was able to parallel my schedule with his. Now we have a brand new baby so I work when my husband is home, meaning one of us is always able to care for our son.”

One of Mindy’s proudest moments so far?

“It happened when I added up my earnings for my first year of copywriting. I’d been transitioning out of my full-time job and had only been writing copy when I could fit it in – a little here, a little there – and it totaled up to $21,763. I was thrilled to find I’d broken the $20K mark with minimal effort, but more than that it was incredibly satisfying to know I’d earned that money independently – using only my mind and a computer.”

And, Mindy’s advice to her fellow AWAI members?

“For the love of goodness, just go for it! You can make lists and plan and prepare till you’re blue in the face, but that won’t get you any writing work. You’ve just got to go for it – and remember that the world won’t collapse if it takes you a couple tries to find your copywriting groove.

At first, it may feel a lot like driving with your eyes closed – it certainly did for me! Just remember AWAI can give you all the directions you need to get to where you want to be. And if you’d like a little extra assurance, find yourself a way to network with other copywriters. I joined Circle of Success and never looked back. Having the support of people who knew what I was going through was instrumental in helping me stick with my goals. It was a lot like wearing extra seatbelt during that blind driving spree – I was terrified, but I knew I’d be okay.”

Read Mindy’s inspiring Wall of Fame profile. And, if you think you’re ready to join AWAI’s Wall of Fame, submit your story today.

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Published: October 21, 2009

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