How to Be a Quitter Faster

Cindy Cyr here with a shortcut for quitting your job and becoming a full-time freelancer …

The other day, a fellow AWAI member posted a comment on Facebook.

He’s been told his copywriting is just a “hobby.” That he “shouldn’t put much stock into it.” And that he needs “a regular job that pays every two weeks.”

As someone trying to build a freelance career, you’ve probably heard similar comments. So pay close attention to today’s tip …

It’ll help you make the bucks to prove naysayers wrong. And show you how to connect with the right people who’ll give you the encouragement you need while you move towards your career goals.

In November 2007, I met AWAI co-founder Paul Hollingshead at my first AWAI FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair.

Inspired by Paul’s writing, I introduced myself to thank him for getting me started on my copywriting journey. He was down to earth, took the time to listen, and even offered to look at my writing.

I submitted one piece of copy to Paul for review and received tremendous advice that really helped me. However, I thought he was far too busy, so I really didn’t take advantage of his offer to help further.

There were other opportunities I blew that weekend too, for instance …

When Bob Bly asked me what I could write for his publishing business, I came up blank.

When I got face to face with Michael Masterson and John Forde, I didn’t know what to ask.

I was totally unprepared.

As a result, I wasted great opportunities and made one of the biggest mistakes of my freelance career.

The next Bootcamp was a different story.

This time, I was prepared.

I scheduled a meeting with AWAI Co-Managing Partner Rebecca Matter. I clearly communicated my vision of what I wanted to Rebecca during our meeting. Because I was prepared, within 15 minutes, Rebecca handed me exact steps to get me closer to my goals.

Rebecca’s advice helped me negotiate a long-term retainer agreement with a client, boosting my income significantly just 1 ½ months after Bootcamp. More importantly, her guidance put me on the path to consistent income. (Find out how I grew my income 125% this year by reading my article How to Create a Pricing Structure that Builds Consistent Income.”)

I also saw B2B copywriting specialists Ed Gandia, Pete Savage, and Steve Slaunwhite were scheduled to speak. So I prepared specific questions for the B2B copywriting niche.

I made it my mission to connect with one of them. Again, preparing specific questions about what I needed meant getting information to move me miles ahead.

This resulted in regular projects every month for the past 2 ½ years from one client and helped me land Zig Ziglar as a client too.

Each week, you have opportunities to get on forums, teleseminars, and webcasts. You can attend Bootcamp and other conferences where you can connect with successful freelance writers.

When you read articles, blog posts, and emails from AWAI, you can comment and ask questions to the writers. These are working writers that are living the life you dream of.

Asking specific questions will help move you closer to your goals.

Not sure what to ask? Think in terms of what would make the biggest impact on your business right now. Making more per project? Getting your first client? Writing faster?

Determine what your roadblocks are to achieving your goals. These will form the questions you need answers to.

And if you feel a connection when reading or listening, make a note of what strikes you. Often, you’ll find your question there.

You’ll find the people associated with AWAI are a helpful, supportive bunch who want to see you succeed. And are willing to answer your questions.

Success coach and best-selling author Jack Canfield says, “If you are not moving closer to what you want in sales (or in life), you probably aren’t doing enough asking.”

Remember, take time to ask clear, direct questions and you’ll close the gap so you can quit your job sooner than you dreamed possible—exchanging your 9-to-5 job for the writer’s life. You can ask me your questions below.

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10 Responses to “How to Be a Quitter Faster”

  1. Nice article, Cindy -- thanks!


  2. Hi, Cindy!

    OK, I'm taking you at your are my questions - and my situation.

    At present, I'm an editor and writer for four small community newspapers. I write daily, but I need my time back.

    My challenge is: how to narrow my scope to some niche markets. I need to replace the (meager) income from this job.

    The trouble is this: I can write for a LOT of markets! Which to chose? I enjoy business writing, animals, health, more. I need help to start!



    --- Sue :)

    Susan Laird

  3. Hi Cindy,

    Thank you for a perfectly timed article!

    I found it insightful, helpful and PERFECTLY articulated so I could "see" how to free myself from being stuck at the beginning stage of my copywriting career.

    I keep thinking I have to learn more... before anyone will hire me. For anything.

    Or, is it fear? I feel like I don't know enough.

    What I like best about your article ~ is how you ask us to identify what's blocking us from where we want to be by ASKING a clear question.

    Thank you!

    Becky West

  4. Hey Cindy,

    Thanks for the opportunity to get advice on my copywriting career.

    After finishing the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting about 3 years ago, I put up a web site and ran some AdWords campaigns.

    I quickly got my first assignment and made $1300 in a little over a week.I've only had a couple of assignments since then.

    I have a limited budget and I want to retire writing.

    What would you recommend as the best next step to get up and running?

    I just need opportunity...

    Guest (Ray Matthews)

  5. I am a Transportation and Logistics writer. I cover Domestic and International markets. I have not been able to land a steady client? Any suggestions? I am a specialist. I know the top trade magazines. How do i reach them and solicit my expertise? For instance, Transport Topics is a seminal reading journal for Transportation Executives. How do I get a chance to write for them? Thanks Michael


  6. Cindy,

    I feel like I'm understanding copywriting well enough to get my first client, but I am really anxious that I may not know enough about marketing.

    I feel like the big companies want expert marketing consultants that double as copywriters. It seems many of the most successful AWAI students have prior experience in sales and/or marketing.

    I'm ready to break out, but find myself pulling back. Does AWAI have a Marketing 101 class that breaks down the basics of marketing in big companies?

    Jerry Bures

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