Free Guide to Copywriting Part 1

Starting out a career as a copywriter can be a little daunting. There’s a lot to take on board, skills to master and learning to deal with clients you may never meet and who probably live on the other side of the world.

There are certain things and strategies that need to be learnt especially if you plan on providing copy for Internet marketers. Setting yourself up to work from home is relatively easy and inexpensive, but you need to be able to win projects so you can pay the bills and the only way you can do this is by building up fantastic feedback and reviews on sites you choose to work on!

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This guide to copywriting provides lots of tips, things to avoid and advice on how to set up your copywriting business so that you earn the kind of income you need to survive in a competitive world.

Remember, working from home is great, but it has its drawbacks too. You need to be very disciplined and you have to want to succeed without cutting any corners or lowering your standards to do so.

The key to being a successful copywriter is to be consistent, take your time when you craft an article for a client and be proud to have your name attributed to copy you write!

Part One is all about the basics, the things you need to know and where to look for work. But it’s also about the sort of mindset you need to be a successful copywriter!

Happy reading!

 

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Where to Find Copywriting Jobs Online

blogs that chamged my lifeFinding copywriting work online can be a real headache, not only are well paid jobs hard to come across, but the competition is rife too. It can be pretty frustrating which results in many freelancers having to take on part-time work to make ends meet.

The good news is there’s a choice of freelancer job sites out there which are all  platforms where people can post projects and look for work, but the bad news is some are not as professionally run as others. These include the following sites which I’ve listed based on personal preference rather than anything else.

Peopleperhour

  • Easy to navigate and as professional as you will get these days
  • Free to register
  • Rates are not that exhorbitant
  • Receiving payment from the site is fast and efficient
  • Disputes are dealt with fairly and in a timely fashion
  • Site admin is sometimes very efficient other times you tend to get robotic replies which can be frustrating
  • Community was one that could be trusted, but more and more fake identities are appearing on the scene which is a real shame for members who opt to be more transparent

Guru

  • Quite hard to navigate which makes looking for relevant and interesting projects to bid on a time consuming exercise
  • Free to register
  • Rates are just about acceptable
  • Receiving payment from the site could be made a little easier
  • Disputes are dealt with in a strange and long winded manner
  • Site admin appears to be efficient, but it’s often hard to get across just what is wrong – again you often get robotic replies back for any queries you may have
  • Community is a mixed batch of employers who want to pay peanuts for top quality work and members who are willing to provide the work which tends to lower the standards of the site. Quite a few fake identities which makes it hard to know who you are working for or who is actually providing the copy if you are an employer

Elance

  • Another hard site to navigate which means it is time consuming to find work or post a job on the site
  • Free to register but you have to buy credits in order to work on the site
  • Rates are just about acceptable
  • Receiving payment from the site is not the easiest in the world!
  • Disputes are dealt with pretty efficiently, but tend to always favour employers
  • Site admin – hard to deal with if there is a problem due to robotic and automated responses which can be very frustrating
  • Community is a mixed batch of amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals, but jobs tend to be very poorly paid. Again lots of fake identities which makes working on this platform pretty hard

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Freelancer

  • A site that was at one time a pretty nice platform to work on, but sadly as it got bigger it became one of the worst around which is a shame
  • Free to register
  • Rates are quite high these days which makes it harder to find well paid work
  • Receiving payment from the site is a real pain and often takes far too long which is unacceptable in this digital world
  • Disputes are dealt with in an okay manner although they always tend to lean towards project creators which is another big minus for the site
  • Admin is robotic and not really available to settle any disputes or answer queries in a professional manner which can be frustrating
  • Community is a complete shambles with many, many fake identities having been allowed to “rule” the roost which makes it a very hard platform to work on

Alternative Ways to Find Work

There are alternative ways to find work, which includes setting up your own website, but this needs to be done in a very professional manner. You can use Craiglist, but again I’ve heard of many copywriters who’ve encountered many problems getting their invoices paid.

Another option is to submit a request through websites like the Writer’s Job Board .  It’s just one of the platforms around that allows you to apply for copywriting jobs that cover many different niches. Another plus in going down this route being that most of the jobs posted also provide submission guidelines which makes it easier for copywriters to work to. Finally, and as a real bonus these jobs tend to be very well paid  as compared to those posted on freelancer websites.

There are other sites offering a similar ‘job board’ service and I will publish these in future posts which hopefully will make it that much easier for copywriters to find work and earn a respectable living to boot!

Author: Honey Wood

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