It’s Decision Time …
We all have people we look up to in the freelance writing business. And the ones we respect the most are the Masters! They’re the people who have high-paying careers and are living their dreams.
What if you could talk to them and find out THE keys to starting or reigniting your freelance career? That’s exactly what I did, and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned.
Bob Sands here, joining you for The Writer’s Life this week. Each day I’ll be revealing one new “Masters” key to building and growing your copywriting career. With 2013 rapidly coming to a close and 2014 just around the bend, these keys could make all the difference in your future success.
The first key is from Rebecca Matter, AWAI’s Co-Managing Partner. Writing is in Rebecca’s blood. Her mom, whose novel, Rage Against the Dying, was published earlier this year, got her own start in copywriting right out of college.
What is Rebecca’s key to starting or growing a successful freelance business? Make a decision and get moving.
According to Rebecca, indecision is the one challenge that stops most aspiring writers from being successful – and slows down the success of many others.
If you’re just starting out, you need to decide which path you’re going to take to the writer’s life. If you need help choosing, check out Rebecca’s popular article, Choosing Which Opportunity to Start With. In it she helps you assess each writing opportunity individually, while taking into consideration your goals. That way you can choose the one that’s right for you.
If you’ve chosen the copywriting path, decide which niche you’re going to start with and start immersing yourself in that industry. You can always add other niches in the future, but pick one and get started. This will allow you to build some momentum in your business. And even if you change niches down the line, you’ll have experience marketing yourself and working with clients.
Once you’ve chosen a niche, it’s time to decide how you’re going to market yourself to clients and start doing something every day toward that effort. Even if it’s as small as researching 10 new potential clients, or adding a page to your website … one action a day can add up to a whole lot of forward progress in a month.
So, wherever you are today, identify the next decision you need to make … make it … and then get moving. Don’t wait until you take another course, read another book, or attend another seminar. There will always be “one more something.”
Take it from Rebecca … she has played a major role in helping many dreams of the writer’s life come true.
What decision do you need to make today? I’d love for you to share it with me and your fellow AWAI members here.
And if you’re completely stuck and don’t know where to start, don’t worry …
I’ll be back tomorrow with the second key to successful freelancing from our next Master – Jay White. He’ll help you figure out where to begin … or where to begin again.
The Professional Writers’ Alliance
At last, a professional organization that caters to the needs of direct-response industry writers. Find out how membership can change the course of your career. Learn More »