An Open Letter to Aspiring Freelancers...

I'd like to pull out all the stops today and just write you a personal letter about living the writer’s life …

When I discovered the writer’s life, I knew it was for me.

  • No boss hanging over my shoulder, telling me who, what, when, where, why, and how for everything I was to do in the day
  • The chance to earn enough to achieve financial freedom, far faster than most jobs would ever allow
  • And complete control over "place" – that is, the ability to work from anywhere without worry of where my job is, where I have to be today, this week, or this year

 … I mean, who wouldn't want this?!

But for a long time, it was just a dream. It was something that others had, and I did not.

I worked hard to learn all the things I thought I'd need to know before getting started. But really the "work" I was doing was just a clever disguise for my envy of those that were already living the writer's life, and my fears about getting started.

Maybe this rings true with some of the feelings you've had, too?

I know for me that fear of getting started kept me from living the writer’s life for far too long. Even as I heard stories from AWAI and elsewhere of people making the leap– going for it with gusto and succeeding with far less than my limited experience – I still told myself that my day hadn't come yet.

I put it off. And put it off. And put it off.

There were a lot of reasons, sure. Mortgage payment. Growing family. The fact that mine was the primary income for our household.

But those reasons didn't really matter. Not in the grand scheme of things.

The real reason behind putting it off was the fear of the unknown.

And ego.

What would happen if I didn't succeed? Would I be forced to shelve my dreams? And for how long? Would it shatter my spirit so that I'd never attempt going for my dreams again?

Would I fail only to end up in a dreaded 9-to-5 for the rest of my life?

I suppose those were all real possibilities. I mean, any of them could happen.

But with just a bit more self-reflection, I'd probably have come up with what I know now.

That I'm resilient.

That I'm strong.

That I can find a way to make things work.

And that even if I fail at something I try today, tomorrow I'll pick myself up to try again.

And I'm sure you have many of these qualities, too. No matter what your life experiences are, if you can tap these qualities, you have a fighting chance at success. It's not guaranteed – nothing in life is. And frankly, you may have tough days where you just want to throw in the towel. I know I've had my share. But still you'll stick with it. And you'll come out on top.

But even in knowing all this, I don't recommend just diving in. That's reckless.

Instead, take a look at where you're at now. Take a look at where you want to be. And come up with an ambitious-yet-realistic plan of getting from where you are to the freedom, independence, and financial rewards of living the writer's life. Give yourself a timeline to put this plan in action. Get help where you need it to move forward and build your thriving copywriting business. Do the work you need to do to overcome all obstacles.

And make it happen.

I've just worked with AWAI to update and expand their already stellar Making the Leap program. I used it – and found it incredibly helpful – when I planned and launched my freelance copywriting business at the beginning of 2010.

Many of the doubts I talked about above simply disappeared when I followed along with the proven approaches in the program.

And I also learned my own set of lessons along the way. I've now worked with AWAI and added my own lessons and specific insights into the Making the Leap program … Plus I've added a bonus video supplement called The Fast Start Guide to a Thriving Copywriting Business that takes you through – in detail – the seven biggest secrets I found to success in launching my copywriting business so you can put these secrets to work immediately. (You can read all about it in my letter here.)

And now I can happily say I'm living the writer’s life.

  • I have clients, not bosses
  • I have far more time in my day
  • I've passed my previous full-time income with part-time work
  • I've moved across the country with no interruption in income
  • And I finally feel like I'm in control of my destiny

It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't put all my doubts aside and taken action.

And it won't happen to you unless you do whatever it takes to create a plan for yourself, then follow through on that plan to creating your thriving copywriting business. What I share in this letter can help – but it's up to you to take action now.

Your life – yourwriter’s life – depends on it.

And with that, it’s time to start the weekend …

I’ve enjoyed my week with you! If you have any comments or questions for me, I invite you to share them with me here.

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Published: March 18, 2011

7 Responses to “An Open Letter to Aspiring Freelancers...”

  1. Thanks Roy. Good stuff.

    Sean McCoolMarch 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

  2. Roy, I've enjoyed reading your letters this week. You touched on many of the things that are holdling me back from making the leap. The fear of failure is the worst, because I come from a generation that preaches a man's responsibility to support his family. This has been an ongoing struggle for a couple of years since I purchased the AWAI "Six-Figure" copywriting course. I hope to one day have the confidence to do what you have done. Thanks for putting some inspiration out there for us.

    Jim LawrenceMarch 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  3. just wanted you to know I thoroughly enjoyed your articles,all of which resonated with me.While I'm involved in another program right now,it's made me rethink copywriting and going back to where I left off with that program...I also have to admit I tried to fill in all 5 stars for the rating but after I filled the 1st one I couldn't fill any more and also couldn't delete it to start over-but it was worth 5!Thanks for the food for thought!

    Guest (chris)March 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

  4. Does anyone know if/how the "Making the Leap" program differs from AWAI's "Freelance Writing Success: Your Complete Guide for Launching and Running Your Profitable Freelance Writing Business" and "Getting Your First Client: The Copywriter’s Shortcut to Making $100,000 Per Year" programs?

    AKWriterMarch 19, 2011 at 2:38 am

  5. Hey Roy - and many thanks for your excellent input this week. Your positive, resourceful - realistic ideas have been a source of inspiration in my struggle - not over whether or not to become a writer -that's sure - but WHICH of the excellent courses to do in my current circumstances. They all look exciting - but, after considerable pondering, I have a plan that is good for me: the auto responder course with Jay White. I must focus on ONE at a time, and experience the joy of achievement, overcoming doubts, seeing the first income rolling in, feeling growing confidence. Thanks. Bill

    Guest (Bill Bentley)March 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

  6. Hey Roy,

    Thanks for sharing some of the details about your personal journey.

    I think there are a lot of people out there who are wary of taking the plunge.

    Like you have mentioned, there is a reluctance to quit the rat-race.

    After all, a steady paycheck is a steady paycheck.

    And if you fail, you don't have a job that you can return to. You'll have to find another job: easier said than done.

    That's why your message provides hope for so many undecided workers out there.

    Cheers.

    Archan MehtaMay 16, 2011 at 5:07 am


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