Are You All In?
My husband loves the idea of being a writer …
Over the past eight years, he’s heard about and met hundreds of people AWAI has helped obtain the freedom and financial goals they once only dreamed about.
And, after 20 years working in corporate America, he wants to live the writer’s life, too.
BUT, there’s one thing he especially likes about his current career … and it also happens to be the one thing holding him back …
Receiving a steady paycheck.
The idea of his income going up and down month after month stresses him out.
And, that brings me to the final myth I want to address this week …
Myth #4 – It’s all or nothing.
Somewhere over the years, the phrase the writer’s life started to be construed only as the “freelance” writer’s life. But, that’s simply not the case …
The writer’s life means something different to everyone. And, for many, it does not mean working as a freelance copywriter.
Take Pam Foster, for example …
She made the leap years ago to become a full-time freelance copywriter.
She loved the freedom and the variety of projects. But, as she built her business, she realized what she missed most was being part of team.
So, she accepted a full-time position at a company that offered her flexibility. That way she could be part of a team, and yet still be able to work when and where she wanted, as well as write as a freelancer on the side for other clients.
Rae Robinson actually started as a full-time freelance copywriter right out of college …
She took the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting while she was still enrolled in school, and began taking on clients before graduation. But a couple of years down the line, she decided she’d like a bit of stability month after month and, like Pam, enjoyed being part of a team.
So, she took a part-time “in-house writer” position that offered her a steady retainer in exchange for a set number of projects month after month. That way she could gain some stability, but continue to expand her freelance business, taking on more clients as she chose.
Christina Gillick had a full-time job that she actually enjoyed. But she wanted to make more money, while ultimately working fewer hours.
At first, she took on a few clients in her spare time, while she kept her full-time job. She soon realized she could replace her entire salary working only 20 hours a week at copywriting, by adding her employer to her client roster and quitting the full-time job.
All copywriters … totally different paths and versions of the writer’s life.
So, don’t let the fear of “going freelance” hold you back. It doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” decision.
Here are a few things you can do to get started …
- Start small, taking on a project or two on the side.
- Approach your employer about a more flexible work schedule.
- Ask if you can help your employer grow the business by writing copy for the website and other marketing channels, and then use the experience and samples down the road when you’re ready to take on other clients.
- Consider moving into a part-time position to allow for some steady income, while at the same time freeing up time to work on building your copywriting side business.
One day down the line you may decide you WANT to go 100% freelance. Especially if the clients and projects are abundant, and you simply don’t have any time because of your j-o-b.
Or, you may be happy to do copywriting on the side …
Or, you may change jobs to become an in-house writer.
My point is this …
The life of a copywriter is not one single path. It’s completely flexible and can give you as much freedom and income as you want.
So, don’t let fear hold you back.
If you want to make a living as a writer, copywriting is definitely the best opportunity available. You can live where you want, work the hours you want, make as much money as you want, and live the life you want.
Sure, it takes work …
But, so do most things in life!
And now that we’ve debunked many of the myths, I hope I’ve removed any roadblocks that were in your way.
But, if there’s something else you feel is still holding you back, I’d like to hear about it.
Please share with me below, and I’ll see what I can do to help.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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