Formula for a Profitable Freelance Business

What does having a profitable freelance business mean to you?

Rebecca Matter here.

To me it means having a business that meets your financial goals while working reasonable hours … having solid skills that clients value … and having plenty of clients who are willing to pay you very well for those skills.

This week in The Writer’s Life, I’m going to share with you my simple but effective formula for ensuring you end up with a profitable freelance writing business.

Of course, in order to have a profitable writing business, you need to first decide what kind of writing you feel most passionate about.

So, before we jump into my formula, I want to make sure you’ve chosen a path.

If you already know what kind of writing business you want – good. The rest of this week, we’ll work on making it profitable.

But, if you haven’t chosen your niche yet, I want you to make the decision today.

That’s right, today.

Whether you decide to go with copywriting, web writing, resume writing, travel writing, grant writing, internet research for writers … it doesn’t matter.

But the first step to living the writer’s life is choosing a path.

If you want help making that decision, you can access an essay I wrote on the topic here. It takes into consideration why you’re doing this in the first place and what your version of the writer’s life looks like.

Just know that whatever path you choose, you can be successful.

AWAI has been helping people live the writer’s life since 1997. We know how to create programs that give people everything they need to succeed.

And we require our experts to be the real deal. Not just good teachers, but people who are making a lot of money doing what they’re teaching you to do.

All you have to do is choose your path, and our experts will guide you the rest of the way.

The key is not to put a ton of pressure on choosing the “right” path. Just because you make a decision today doesn’t mean you have to stick with it for life.

You can always change direction down the line, or add another path into the mix. And it’ll be a lot easier to do, since you’ll have experience under your belt.

Now, if you ask me for my recommendation, I’m going to tell you to start with copywriting.

Why?

Because with huge and growing opportunities like the business-to-business market (B2B), the web, and social media, you have the potential to make as much money as you want and truly live the lifestyle you desire.

And to be honest, even if you end up going down another path like travel writing, resume writing, or grant writing, having a foundation in persuasive writing (i.e., direct-response copywriting) will make you a more effective writer in all those other areas.

You’ll also find it easier to land clients in whatever field you choose, because you’ll understand how to write persuasively and how to sell your value to prospects.

Copywriting is definitely the most adaptable path you can choose.

All right – it’s action time.

Choose your path and share it with me here.

If you feel torn between two writing niches, add a comment and I’ll help you make the decision once and for all. And if you just can’t choose one for some reason, tell me what’s holding you back. I’ll help you push past it.

Tomorrow, we’ll start down that path with my proven formula for ensuring a profitable freelance writing business.

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Published: February 10, 2014

173 Responses to “Formula for a Profitable Freelance Business”

  1. Hi Rebecca, I am an Infinity member and have access to all courses. I believe I might have gone through all of them, literally. But somehow I don't seem to stick with 1 and make that important move forward. I would like to quit my full time job asap, and replace the salary. I don't want to write long sales letters, I'm looking for short and quick projects. These programs attract me most: Catalog Copywriting, B2B, Graphic Design. I think what's holding me back is the doubt of getting clients.

    Guest (Sasha)

  2. I'm in the cuffs of moving aboard for good....if you know what I mean...I would like to start Copywriting as a means of potenial income. I would like to have a mentor show me the ropes, and aide an assist in providing information towards relocating to South America..but I would like to hone in on my income skills, First!!...Need Help!....lol..Johnnie

    Guest (Johnnie)

  3. Definitely B2B for me. I set up my Web site 4 years ago, but I'm quite comfortable in my day job and am not finding time or motivation to be tenacious about this. But hey, I've got your Step One done and chose my path.

    Guest (Gary)

  4. I am just starting the AWAI copywriting course and, down the road apiece, as we used to say in Wisconsin, I want to take the B2B course as well. I am uncertain which niche to choose but am fairly clear that it will not be fiction. Perhaps travel writing, perhaps social media and email. I'll just have to see where I'm led as I progress in the course.

    HeidiWalter

  5. I've already settled on mine: an events and products copywriter, not a matter of if but just when for me. Turning it into a profitable niche for myself is just ... getting there. I'm anxious, trying not to be. Mentors are always helpful!

    Guest (Nathan)

  6. I've chosen to pursue event planners, those that specialize in corporate events, as my niche. I feel that this will be a profitable as either a direct client or as a referral for other businesses. I'm hoping that the experience will lead to doing work for trade show managers, then to convention centers, and finally to tourism councils and economic development councils.

    Guest (John Lee)

  7. I do B2B, online copywriting. I'm working on expanding out my skills to offer all the different aspects of this niche

    Julia Stover

  8. I'm thrilled to say I just finished The Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting! Last year I took Nick Usborne's Money-Making Websites course and set up my site about how to create a profitable YouTube channel. I've been reading a lot on AWAI about the surge in Video Sales Letters (VSLs). So, I think a good niche for me will be to combine my love of video (can't get enough of YouTube!) and my new direct-response copywriting skills and focus on writing and producing VSLs.

    Elizabeth Blessing

  9. I've been doing nursing writing for a few decades but want to learn something new and possibly couple it with my nursing/healthcare experience. Therefore, I am going to take Rebecca's suggestion and choose copywriting first. Maybe down the road I will add something new but I need to start where I can have a proven successful income! Thank you!

    Dawna

  10. here's a sample of writing-There's a knowing of certain thing's that comes from Gods spirit who spoke the earth stars and universe of the past into time There's also a knowing of our time that comes from Satan and his demons that knows the history of our time and we as mankind go by a clock on the wall we created with our hands known as clocks of time.-just a sample of writing-I have the address wrote down-do not have money to do this at this time.

    Guest (zohn meyer)

  11. Hi Rebecca, I found out in Dec that my job will be outsourced as of June 1st. That news prompted me to look at options and while doing so I discovered AWAI. I'm very interested in B2B. It seems a good fit with my personality and style of writing. I'm participating in the Accelerated Copywriting course, the Live Companion series and just purchased the Secrets of Writing High-Performance B2B Copy. Needless to say, I'm a tad overwhelmed but excited about starting down this new path.

    PamDymsza

  12. I am interested in pursuing copywriting, with one area of focus being faith-based businesses.

    Guest (Barb)

  13. I'm thinking web writing is the path I'd like to go down. I have 11 years of marketing/public relations experience. I have a column in my local newspaper and I've been lucky to land some freelance web writing work drafting articles and corporate executive's profiles, however I'm making basically nothing. I don't seem to be landing any clients with the experience and portfolio of work I have and I'm not sure how to shift my approach.

    Guest (Kristen Knobloch)

  14. I have chosen Internet research. I am not really into the writing itself but I enjoy doing research. I would like to also get into proof reading. I have started on the research course but my biggest problem is time! I already work 2 jobs in the racehorse industry and put in 18-20 hour days 7 days a week. My biggest doubt is finding clients and in the beginning knowing what to charge. Also, how do I know that I am giving the client what they are really looking for?

    Jackie E

  15. Hi Rebecca, I have chosen B2B for my niche. I have been going through the courses in that segment.

    Guest (Venkat)

  16. Eight years ago, I received an excellent review on my Six Figure restaurant assignment. I was so excitied. A few days later my 19 year old son died.
    A thousand changes have taken place in our hearts since that day.

    So many people make great plans for that "someday", and then not get their chance to enjoy it. We joined World Ventures, which compliments travel writing and photography perfectly. My difficulty is where to submit articles. When I lost my son, I lost a little confidence as well.

    Kathleen Siver

  17. Hi Rebecca I'm brand new to this scene but very excited to explore the possibilities. I think most likely copywriting will be my niche, mostly because I find those straightforward direct response letters very effective and motivating. Frankly, I've purchased products and services from those type of letters myself. I think I could catch on and really enjoy that work. Thanks for jumping right in and getting me started. Let's do it!
    Guy William

    Guest (Guy William)

  18. I have decided on B2B and I ordered the course last week and I have started. Thanks Ron

    Guest (Ron Eugene)

  19. Just signed up for the Ultimate Travel Writer's Program and am super excited to get started! I am also interested in copywriting, merely for the earning potential.

    Guest (Stephanie)

  20. Rebecca, I'm just getting started with the accelerated program but knowing that I truly desire this to become my "full time gig" copywriting is definitely for me although being a web junkie I can also see subsidizing that doing web research here & there!

    DaveR

  21. I have chosen copywriting as my FOCUS. I plan on adding B2B once I get the basics down. Thanks for an enlightening article. My obstacle has always been deciding which way to turn, where to start and what to do first.

    Pat B

  22. Hey Rebecca,

    For me the only choice is financial copywriting (Both B2B and B2C copywriting) I looked at other markets briefly but the financial market has always been the best fit A. because I find the subject matter intresting and B. it is largely known as the most lucrative.

    Guest (Brett Comeau)

  23. I am interested in copywriting/web writing.

    Guest (William Ballard)

  24. B2B copywriting has me hooked.

    Kim Lynch-Staunton

  25. My passion would be travel writing and/or romance writing.

    From a business standpoint, I'm already a biographical researcher and write donor profiles to help raise money for organizations. Its what I know...but I would rather follow my passion...but would there be more money in internet research/writing?

    Guest (Daria)

  26. I'm torn between Internet Research and Copywriting. I'm trying to do 2 online courses- Moneymaking Websites & Copywriting. But I haven't chosen a niche yet. My interests lie with alternative health--I do quite a bit of research for myself and family.

    JudyB

  27. Hi Rebecca, First of all, thanks so much for all the very helpful posts. I've been applying what I've learned from them these past few weeks.
    Now, I'm already writing articles for magazines, but as you probably know, the financial stream is more of a trickle at times. I've just started the Accelerated Copywriting Course in order to expand my horizons. So, Copywriting is my focus...for now!

    Guest (Rose Di)

  28. Rebecca, I'm gonna copywrite.

    Guest (Wes fahlenkamp)

  29. Hi Rebecca, I am in the accelerated program and thoroughly enjoying it. I am planning on copywriting as my primary goal with B2B filling in the gaps. I am a big proponent of the alternative health industry since I use it myself so I plan on pursuing companies in that realm.

    JL Burns

  30. I AM A COPYWRITER! with an emphasis on B2B. I almost completed the "old" Accelerated Course, but with the edit and joining the LIVE Companion series, I am pursuing a "do-over." I will complete it this time in 10 weeks! Looking forward to the doors that will open for me and my family.

    Tom Schenk

  31. I've decided. That's progress, right? It's Travel Writing for me. I am about a week into the Ultimate Travel Writer's program and enjoying every minute! Thank you for your informative posts.

    gwyng

  32. Thank you for this, Rebecca. I am between careers, and need this to be a full-time income ASAP. I am new-ish to AWAI, and am taking the Companion course for the Accelerated program. I choose copywriting, with a possible B2B focus once I get through the basics. I'm also interested in natural health and self-help as possible specialties. Still need to home in on a niche and figure out how to start making at least some money ASAP.

    Colette

  33. Copywriting was my first choice when introduced to AWAI. Then I got interested in the travel writing program with photography.
    So now I have all three programs and I am interested in copywriting to start and then maybe integrate into travel writing. If honest, I am intimated with copywriting, which is why I have not completed the excelerated program, but this is the year I take control and start my own business as a freelancer. Thanks for sending your email. I made my choice today. Thank you.

    Guest ( Karen Brutton)

  34. Hi Rebecca. I chose Natural Health Copywriter. And in about 3 months I will be at the top of the Google rankings for that search term. You watch!
    Shawn Dady

    Guest (Shawn Dady)

  35. Rebecca, "the light came on" one day recently while listening to a variety of Boot Camp recordings. I have no doubt that the niche for me is B2B with a specific focus on Maritime shipping and security. Steve and Ed's presentations always resonate deeply with me; the maritime focus simply comes out of life experience.

    SJ Barta

  36. Hi Rebecca. I have chosen the copyright niche and would love to get started earning income as a cooyrighter. I signed up for the 6 week acceleration course but not really sure if I am getting the full impact of the course. I probably need more hands on, one-on-one attention. I am ready to learn all that I can and get my business up and running, especially since I was recently laid off from my job. Please help!

    Anitra Writes

  37. Hi Rebecca, I've chosen copyrighting. I'm currently a student abroad but it is very difficult to get employment that pays as well as the job I left in the US. So I'd like to start there and eventually make my way into travel writing.

    VivienneB

  38. Hi Rebecca, thanks for all the encouragement you provide. I'm torn on which niche to get into. I started the Accelerated Program but need to get an income going, I made a choice and now I'm working on the Internet Research Program. I'm working on the photography programs. Hopefully I can get to a place where I can get some income going. I struggle time aspects and I'm working on a goal sheet. Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated. Oh, I'm working on Nick's web program also!

    Guest (Mike W)

  39. Hello Rebecca, Help Please! Ideally I'm interested in the travel writing option but first I'd like to get a solid income with copywriting. I'm just trying to figure out *what* kind of copywriting will if me best and be the most profitable...

    EMJ

  40. I'm doing the first step, and I'm taking your advice, so I'm choosing copywriting. By the way, I've actually started with the Accelerated Copywriting program but somehow I wasn't able to pursue it. Now, I want to get back into it but I just don't know how.

    Jackru

  41. Rebecca, I appreciate the opportunity to share. This may be too narrow of a niche but I want to do historical non-fiction dealing mainly with transportation subjects (trains, planes, autos, and ships). I would like to dovetail that with travel writing by highlighting museums specializing in these same areas. Does this sound like a workable approach? Thank you!

    MikeM

  42. I have been on this journey for a long time. Always saying I want to try writing but not following through. I am a CPA with 25 yrs in public practice and industry. Lost too much time at work instead of with my family. My dream is to retire at 55 (7 yrs away) with a 6 figure salary doing something I really enjoy. My interests are catalogue, motivational, or travel writing with a possibility of B2B writing. My real challenge is jumping off the ledge of possibility into reality.

    Julie Marie

  43. My niche is going to be B2B. I'm going to focus on the industrial market, since I'm currently employed full time in industrial/construction sales. Think it's a logical transition to make. My biggest challenge is in finding the courage to actually market myself to prospects. That's where I need help- getting out in front of potential clients and making myself known. I think part of it is also being unsure of my abilities and skills.

    Pete Weaver

  44. Hi Rebecca!
    My choice is copywriting - specifically I want to do fundraising letters.
    Thanks so much for all of your work!

    Guest (Nicole )

  45. Hello Rebecca.
    I'm a plod along writer. I've got a voice somewhere but stammer (the writing) when I can't think of what to say. I own the Copywriting course and plan to plod along with it, but I'm also attracted to poetry and some kind of travel related writing. I'm looking for a new way of spinning the travel writing genre to make my writing something new and special. My background is in the "Liberal Arts". Any suggestions on what to read?

    Thanks.

    Guest (Gary)

  46. Yes, I'm torn. Frankly, I'm just about to break into part two of the accelerated 6 figure income course. Both Ads were amazing, and I seem to have that flare for this type of writing. I can do this!

    But now Rebecca is asking me to choose my path, and I'm torn between the B2B and Launching a profitable website (or something like that!)

    OK,My comment is in, Back to the grind. (Not really, I'm actually haveing fun. I looking forward to the meat!

    Guest (Paul Mark Boddy)

  47. Hi Rebecca. I have chosen B2B. I actually did the "Case Studies" and "Email Newsletters" courses before I did the "6 Figure Accelerated Copywriting" course. Probably the wrong way round, but not to worry. I have a brochure almost complete for one client and a meeting tomorrow to (hopefully) start a case study.

    Thank you for all the great information.

    Ian Brophy

  48. Hi Rebecca,

    I just finished the Accelerated program and have been spending reading and absorbing the resources available on PWA, WWW, B2B Writing Success.

    I am looking to quit my job and freelance full-time. I am definitely interested in writing for the web in the B2B space.

    From white papers to case studies, I know there are several lucrative options, but I am not sure which one is correct for me, which courses to take or where to start.

    Your suggestions will be most helpful.

    Best, Ria

    Ria

  49. Hi Rebecca,

    My longtime interest is in copywriting (B2B). I purchased the Accelerated copywriting course, I started, but along the way, day-to-days' challenges made it hard for me to complete. I want to re-commit to completing the program, and proceed to the B2B training.

    Thanks

    Christine Muleme

  50. hi , i am interested in copywriting , but have only started down the road on your accelerated program , as im from ireland i am a little unsure as to how i can make it work for me , time will tell i guess .

    Guest (gerry)

  51. Hi, I am positive that I want to advance in copywriting and if it will take me somewhere else in time, that's fine as well. My concern is that in order to become an expert copywriter I understand that it's advisable to be an expert at something I would like to write about. However, I am no expert and not even a very big reader. Any advice? Thanks you.

    Guest (Ruth)

  52. Hello Rebecca

    So much choice! Currently doing AWAI Live.

    B2B - I like the less emotional, more logical approach Self help - I'm finally coming out of a long struggle and want to help others Professional services - I was a psychiatric nurse - many in this field are not good at marketing, I am.
    Christian - I recognise where my guidance comes from Grant writing - I like this idea

    All contributions gratefully received.
    Thank you D H

    Guest (David Hands)

  53. Hi Rebecca. I've taken the Ultimate Travel Writing Course and the Money-Making Travel Blogs course. I haven't made any money to speak of yet, but I recently lost my full-time job, so it's time to put it into high gear. How I'd love to not go back to a day job. I have a few months to forge ahead and see if I can make a living from freelance writing before I have to "make do" with another JOB.

    Guest (Connie)

  54. Hi Rebecca. I think my preference is for B2B but my niche is definitely alternative health as I am a practitioner in that field.I am just about to set up a natural health blog so am working on content.
    I am about halfway through the Accelerated Copywriting course. My problem is knowing where to start to get some income flowing as my finances are not good at the moment.

    Guest (Teresa Farrell)

  55. I am interested in copy writing.
    #I am a participant in the live Companion series. Looking forward to the completion of this program and how it pans out!

    Michael Richards

  56. Hi Rebecca, I'm looking to transition from teaching high school English to working at home. My husband is a pastor, so we move frequently and each time I have to get 're-certified in the state we move to. Done with that. Looking for work that I can do anywhere. Thinking because of lack of finances, I should start with money-making website, then looking at B2B, it looks most appealing. I have plenty of time to devote to this, looking to make a good income. Any suggestions?

    dianafrick

  57. My niche is going to be healthcare but I am not sure how specific I should make it. I am a cardiovascular technologist specializing in cardiac and vascular ultrasound. Should I specialize in cardiac healthcare or even ultrasound, or be more generalized in healthcare?

    TimP

  58. Hi Rebecca,

    I have purchased several courses that have interested me. However, I want to focus on copywriting because I believe it will give me the foundation I need to eventually expand my business to include the other products that interest me. I really believe that the Accelerated Live is helping me to focus on the revised copywriting program. I only completed part one of the previous version before I became distracted by life. I'm determined to complete is course and apply it.

    Guest (Kathleen P)

  59. I'm committed to copywriting for a variety of reasons, but primarily to buy my way to freedom. I'm convinced the other programs are valid and I'm sure I will be pursuing them at some point. I am a linear thinker though, and tend to approach challenges one at a time.

    JimBob from Canada

  60. Hi Rebecca - I'm actually taking a course to get certified in proofreading and copy editing, and am much more interested in the editing end of things, rather than writing. I would rather work for a publishing company to have the stability, but am probably not ever going to have a "portfolio" I can bring to the table. Is it worth pursuing publishers, or do you think I would be able to break into the field more quickly if I did freelance work?

    Guest (anonymous)

  61. Started the Accelerated Program for Six Figure Copywriting about 2 weeks ago and I am on track with the 90 day action plan. I am retiring from reserve component military service in 13 months and I will have 10 months in business behind me when that day comes. It feels great. I'm looking forward to this weeks formula for a profitable freelance business discussion with everybody.

    Doug

  62. Having lost my job a year ago, I joined the Accelerated course in search of a new career, and am now in the Companion course. I'm definitely focused on copywriting. Considering B2B and B2C at the moment, and interested in alternative health, though I'm still pondering a niche. The B2B side sounds very interesting. I do need to get something going as quickly as possible, and am anxious to begin, even in a small way, to bring in some income.

    Colette

  63. Hi Rebecca! I'm one of those who is on the fence in terms of trying to decide what my niche should be. I've been writing all sorts of things most of my life (some for money; some not), and want to go with copywriting, and perhaps with B2B, because I am looking for something that is lucrative without me having to put in 8++ hour days. I am also attracted to B2Consumer, in regards to animals.

    Can you help?

    Thanks!

    Valerie

    Guest (Valerie Stocking)

  64. Copywriting is my choice but I'm not looking to spend money, I looking to make some. If you can point me in that direction I'd appreciate it.

    Guest (Ihopalong)

  65. These posts are great. I'm trying to take more time to read these. I'm in the middle of the 6-figure copywriting course, and love it. I hope to build into B2B soon. Looking forward to your tips!

    AshleySukalski

  66. My niche is B2B + case studies, white papers, & research as specialties - because I enjoy them. Discovered that long, salesy copy isn't my forte but it's been a long haul. Built quite a library of AWAI courses/resources that have helped me figure it out & completed the Accelerated w/the help of the Companion Series. Tackled HomeStudy specs, which was a road to discovery in itself! Also found a fellow AWAI-er who's helping me set up my website. So, thanks to all @ AWAI - 2014 is my year.

    JudyB-Raleigh

  67. Hi Rebecca I studied the copywriting course and the companion series. I also studied the resume writing course. The path i want to follow can start there but I want to also learn B2B.

    Carmen Iris

  68. B2B is my choice! Just starting the course this week. I have a healthcare sales background and would also like to pursue the boating/yachting industry specifically.

    Guest (Michelle Gadient)

  69. I appreciate your tips. I have been searching for my niche and have arrived at copywriter. Question is how to make money working freelance. It appears to me a lot is involved in the market to begin with writing killer prospect letters to get clients on board. My daily writing happens mostly at night. My journals have sub heads: news, lessons learned, ideas, good job, and plan for tomorrow. Also am posting weekly blogs. Currently assembling my portfolio and editing old creative copy. Thank you!

    HannaK

  70. I've selected B2B. Financial Software, IT and Aerospace.

    Gary L McEntee

  71. I want to master Copywriting first as a foundation for Web Writing and Travel Writing, however I love research which is good as this will benefit myself along the way. Who knows, maybe I will find someone who needs a researcher to add to the mix of income. I need a self-sustaining income this year by June, so I am highly motivated and have the time freedom to do so which includes a huge desire to relocate or travel about the planet!

    Cheryl Davis

  72. I am going to move from lurking to take you up on your offer. My dilemma is that I need to find a niche that is also not a conflict with my job. I need to diversify and protect my income from employer whims and set the stage for a move into full-time. I am a marketing salesperson for a internet media company.(SEO,SEM,Websites) I work with local businesses, representing products we sell. We do not do any copy writing. I use my website: www.BillBlett.com for credibility and lead generation

    Guest (Bill Blett)

  73. My dream is to have a copywriting business with expertise in B2B, Sales, Sports, Career and Education. I'd like to be a Web Writer, Resume Writer, Direct Mail Writer, and company blogger. Those are my long term goals. I'll admit...I have a bit of apprehension. Not because I don't think I'm a good writer, but because I want to have the right time to dedicate to perfecting my craft and becoming an expert in all that I mentioned above. I just need to figure out when and where to start...

    Carlos J

  74. Hi Rebecca, tnks 4sendin me dis article,nd all d previous guide for B2B copywriting,I tink I hav decided to stick to d B2B for now

    Once again tnks a million

    Inspire

    Inspire

  75. I purchased the Internet Research Specialist package. I believe Research could lead into copy-writing. It would help me decide on a niche and type of writing. Learning Research will help me write content for my own retail websites. It provide much needed income and make my websites more likely to produce sales. With the income plus the writing experience I can later expand into copy-writing. Is this a good plan?

    Frederick Gardner

  76. Hi Rebecca, I've chosen Web Copywriting and just coming to the end of Nick's Web Copywriting 2.0 course. I believe it gives me the opportunity to be able to work from anywhere in the world I happen to be. However, I'm stuck on choosing a niche. My background is in sports and there are so many directions you could go. To me it's like 'the kid in a candy store.' Which way do I go? I believe Sports is a huge industry. Any ideas would be appreciated to point me in the right direction/decision. ThkU!

    Marcellus Greene

  77. Rebecca...Thank you! Your message came at a very good time for me. I have decided TODAY...I am an internet research specialist for writers. I have the program access, and am committed to absorbing the material and launching my service this week.

    Chris Fray

  78. I purchased the Accelerated 6 Figure course only a couple of days ago. I have done a lot reading so far and seem to gravitate to the B2B and Web Writing models. I am a graphic designer (30+ years), so a web business might fit pretty well. I've also owned a brick-and-mortar print shop and trade type/design shop, so the B2B interests me. Additionally, I am a musician (violinist), so some kind of business model that involves music would be a good fit. So many interests -- so little time. I'd really like to replace my income and stop the commute within the next 12 months. Your input would really be appreciated.

    Michael M

  79. Hi Rebecca, I'm strongly thinking about going down the B2B road. As an attorney, I'd naturally like to focus on the legal services market. Do you see plenty of opportunities there and, if so, do you think my background would be a big plus in attracting those clients? Either way, 2014 is my year - I'm tired of talking - taking ACTION is what it's all about! Appreciate any thoughts from you and/or the community!
    Thanks!
    David

    David Schrader

  80. I've chosen copywriting for both Self-Help and Fitness niches. I suspect there will be plenty of overlap between the two. I am working on tailoring my General Copywriting website for these niches, and working on a potential client list. I enjoyed meeting you at the last Boot camp! Thanks!

    Guest (Dan F)

  81. I have been looking for this guidance since I started AWAI. There's a lot to read and I get overwhelmed with the info. Now I feel like I have a launchpad. Copywriting it is!

    JBE

  82. This is such a great email from you. I want a Profitable Freelance Business for sure. What's holding me back?
    *Can't figure out a niche to begin with.
    Here is what I love:
    Christian writing: inspirational, slice of life articles.
    Copywriting: I love it.
    Have one client now for whom I produce a weekly newsletter that goes out to 200 agents.Love that too.
    Enjoy reading and writing motivational type articles.
    I am a member of AWAI since 2006. Boy, do I love the programs and I have several of them.

    Guest (Barb J)

  83. Hello Rebecca:

    I am an AWAI member and have completed the Advanced Copywriting program. However, one thing that was left out was the fact that most clients want an experienced copywriter, one who has several years of experience. How does a novice copywriter get over that particular important hump? I can't explore niches or expand my skills if I can't get clients due to lack of experience. Please advise.

    Thank you, Alma

    Guest (Alma)

  84. Rebecca, I have taken the B2B Program and Accelerated Copy writing classes. I have chosen my niche to be in the B2B space with an emphasis on Alternative Energy (solar, wind, electric vehicles), Chemicals, Utilities, and Environmental since I have background in all of these industries. I want to focus my services on very technical product/services which need to be communicated to non-technical people. My primary concern is as a newbie copywriter how do I cater my offerings to these niches?

    Tony Green

  85. I have just started the Accelerated course and Companion programs. Ihave been jumping from wanting to do one thing, then read a different article and want to try that one. My desire is to write grants and do fund raising, but finally decided to put them on hold until I get established in b2b. I really am not comfortable sharing what I want to specialize in just yet, but it is a narrowly focused area. Thanks to you and everyone else at AWAI for all the help, guidance and encouragement so far. Already working on saving up for boot camp. See you there!

    Guest (TomB)

  86. A money making website will be first thing after completing the Accelerated course & companion series...then on to B2B. White papers & Case studies is where I want to start.
    Time to start saving for my first Boot Camp!
    Rebecca, do I have my priorities straight?

    Tom B

  87. Hi Rebecca:

    It is definitely copywriting to start for me. While I see things I like in the other businesses I do not think they are right for me.

    Ed

    Guest (Ed)

  88. I'm diving into the online health market and travel writing. The health market is my primary market and online I can get the feedback data for constant improvement. The travel writing is for fun and to make a buck from vacation adventures.

    I look forward to finding out where these customers are who are supposed to pay good money. Six months monitoring Elance and Guru and all I see are 300 word articles for $1.50 (saw that one today)

    Drjay51

  89. Rebecca,

    I was initially interested in the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, but I was unable to purchase at that time.

    Now I'm especially interested in the new program: How To Make Money As A Social Media Expert.

    Is there any way I can purchase the first program and then "upgrade" incrementally to the Social Media Expert?

    Please help!

    Mike "Loco E" Social Media Apprentice

    p.s. I do appreciate the email tips on starting my new copywriting career

    Guest (Mike Loco E)

  90. Hi Rebecca

    Copywriting - got the Six-Figure course in 2012 (plus some other courses since) and haven't looked back.

    But here's a surprise...

    My first paying gig I accepted $35 for a 500 word article -- and had to chase the payment!

    My fault for lacking the confidence to go for bigger paying clients.

    Fixed that issue by building the courage to ask the very next client for $800 for 1,000 words.

    He never even flinched!

    My third client I asked for even more - and requested full-payment in advance - both of which he gladly accepted.

    I recommend copywriting - confidence next - and the courage to ASK!

    Mike Searles

  91. Hi Rebecca,

    I've decided that my 2 areas of interest are Resume Writing and Direct-Response writing. I like and enjoy crafting effective resumes and I like to write persuasively. I'm in both of the programs, but I struggle with finding the right niche for copywriting. What do you recommend that would help me tailor my interest for a specific niche?

    Carlos J

  92. I am a new student of AWAI. I am in the 6 figures course and I would like to eventually write in the self-help niche but I would like to start in the Social Media niche. I have very little experience in social media but I am an avid learner and writer. I hope to make money to supplement my pension.

    Suzuki-Q

  93. Hi Rebecca, Thank you for the great article. I have decided to start with B2B Copywriting because I believe that niche best aligns with my skills and knowledge. I have been in Corporate America for practically my entire adult working life and feel that this is the niche in which I can be most successful. I would like to move into email marketing and Christian copywriting. But B2B will be my jumping off point.

    Pat B


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