When You Don't Know Where to Start …

So far this week, I’ve told you how having a job allows you to try different things when it comes to developing your freelance business. Even better, you can take advantage of opportunities without worry or pressure.

But, if you’re wondering where to start, this is, perhaps, my most important point: start small and build on each success. Your job gives you the capacity to do this. And, if you’re like me, gaining confidence in your abilities often happens one step at a time.

So, even if you haven’t finished the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, don’t wait for an opportunity to drop in your lap. Start setting up your website. Volunteer to write for your church newsletter. Write a lead-generation report for your dentist. You’ll get experience, testimonials, and more importantly, belief in yourself.

From here, you’ll be ready to move into paid work. Begin by asking people you know. I started by redoing my financial advisor’s website. She then referred me to people she knew, and I went on from there.

What you’ll find is that many local businesses not only appreciate your copywriting skills, they really need your help. Eventually, you’ll grow comfortable in giving advice. This is a great time to start offering marketing analyses for your clients. When you do, you’ll become more than a copywriter. You’ll be a trusted advisor. As you climb the ladder to larger clients, you’ll bring this persona – and confidence – with you. This will make it easier for you to command higher fees.

And, of course, be sure to take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. This may mean you’ll occasionally do something for “free.” However, if it’s an opportunity like working for Dan Kennedy, your job will provide you with the freedom to go for it.

Now, you may be worried about having enough time to do this while you’re working. However, I can assure you, all of this is possible, based on my own experience. You’ll be busy, that’s for sure. But you won’t mind that because you’ll enjoy what you’re doing, and it’ll feel good to know you’re working toward the writer’s life.

There’s one more, very important benefit I’ve experienced because I decided to keep my job while building my freelance business. It’s a great way to grow your skills and get new clients at the same time. I’ll tell you more about it in my final segment tomorrow.

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Published: January 30, 2014

4 Responses to “When You Don't Know Where to Start...”

  1. Think of a sunny day, and run with it. God Bless!


  2. Great advice Chris, especially your suggestion to volunteer to write for a local community non-profit's newletter. Excellent way to hone your copy chops. By the way, your website is super...hard to beat a testimonial from Dan Kennedy!

    Alan Steacy

  3. Thanks Chris. Website it is!

    Kim Lynch-Staunton

  4. I have found that studying alone at home(I'm now retired) is great except I really miss having the feed back. Not necessarily a pat on the head but more important to me, am I headed in the right direction?
    As a classroom teacher, I got almost instant feedback from my students if I was connecting to them. Even when I "blew it", I knew and could at least attempt to re-adjust my methodology.
    At home, working on my own...well, I really miss the feedback - both good and not so good.

    Guest (Connie)

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