How to Become a Working B2B Copywriter in 90 Days
Hi, Lane Sennett here, taking over The Writer's Life this week.
Over the next five days, I’ll tell you about the path I took to quickly become a paid B2B copywriter — in less than 90 days!
There are challenges and a few roadblocks, but I've outlined what you can do to be successful in “My 5 Steps to Success” I’m going to share with you this week.
I hope my experience will help you get motivated and take action to learn, create, network, market, and, last but definitely not least, write B2B materials for paying clients. Just a few years ago, I decided to leave my job as a technology consultant to embrace a new life with no commute, the ability to work from anywhere and still make six-figures. Based on my 10 years working as an “IT geek,” I knew that web writing and B2B were my ideal niche.
There are five things I focused on when starting my B2B copywriting business that led directly to my success. Let's kick off with the first one.
If you've gone through AWAI's Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, you know the foundation of direct-response writing. But, although it's a good starting point, B2B writing is definitely different in its philosophy and writing style. B2B copywriting is more straightforward than writing for the consumer market. It's based on features and benefits of your client’s products or services, and not as sales oriented in its tone or approach.
So, you have more learning to do, including understanding about a B2B client’s challenges, needs, and interests (their CNI Factors), how to write strong B2B bullet points, and the twin pillars of B2B writing. My favorite AWAI resource is Steve Slaunwhite’s Secrets of Writing High-Performance B2B Copy. The B2B Groupsite is the best place to share your exercise content and questions with the extremely friendly and helpful members who give great feedback. You can also search the Groupsite for keywords to find answers to your questions.
The free articles on the AWAI website are also a great place for learning about picking a niche, what should be mentioned in your B2B website content, and much more.
I feel really lucky to have achieved the goal of becoming a paid copywriter so quickly! But the credit goes to the AWAI training programs I chose, and a tremendous group of mentors providing direction for selecting a niche, fast shortcuts to gain knowledge, confidence, and marketing techniques.
That said, don’t get caught up in the continual learning cycle and not feel ready to get clients. Tomorrow, I’ll describe how to quickly create samples and build your website.
Do you have questions about the AWAI B2B training programs? Just let me know in the comments section and I’ll be glad to help.
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