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Our guest blog today is brought to you by Roy Furr of American Writers & Artists Inc. Since 1997, AWAI has been helping writers and artists take their careers to the next level so they can make money on their own. They have programs for copywriting, travel writing, photography, and graphic design. Their organization might be the next big thing to kick-start your career.
There’s a unique job opportunity waiting for you right now. It offers these benefits: high pay, a flexible schedule, and the ability to write from wherever you want.
It’s called copywriting.
There are dozens—if not hundreds—of well-paid writing projects available for copywriters. Each is a chance to flex your creative muscle. And many come with an extra challenge—to stir your reader to take action, whether to request more information or to buy a product or service.
There are opportunities to be a well-paid writer, once you know where to look. And it’s all within your reach if you have strong writing skills.
Here’s a quick story illustrating what is the single most valuable part of my life as a writer.
Not too long ago, my wife came into my home office around 1 p.m. (on a work day) and asked, “I’m taking Dominic [our son] to the water park this afternoon. Want to come?”
Before I quit my 9 to 5 job, my only option would have been to tell her “No.”
Now I just have to think, “Have I been productive today? Are my projects still on schedule, and will they be if I take the afternoon off?” My answer was, “Yes.” I took the afternoon off. And we had a blast!
That freedom is the single most valuable part of becoming a freelance copywriter.
Beyond that, copywriters, including those with just a couple of years in the game, often surpass six figures in income annually. I earned a six-figure income, from home, in my first full year as a freelancer—and I don’t work full-time.
If you’re a writer who likes to flex your creative muscles on a regular basis—and wants to make a good living doing so—copywriting gives you the opportunity.
So to answer a couple common questions…
Industries Hiring Copywriters
Who hires writers like me? Every business needs writers who can clearly communicate their message and persuade customers to buy. There are businesses in a number of industries who want you to help them succeed.
Business-to-consumer businesses sell products directly to consumers. The style of writing that works best is often conversational. Top industries for business-to-consumer copywriters are health, financial, self-help, catalogs, and fund-raising.
Business-to-business (B2B) companies sell products to other businesses. This isn’t “technical” writing. It can include marketing business software and services, training and development materials, industrial supplies, business consulting services, and more.
Types Of Work For Copywriters
I briefly touched on the variety of work available before, but I want to reassure you: Becoming a copywriter doesn’t mean you’ll just sit down and write letters or articles.
Here are some examples of the different types of projects you might work on as a freelance copywriter:
- Online sales letters
- Direct mail sales letters
- Space advertisements
- Lead generation letters
- Catalog descriptions
- Articles (online or print)
- Web pages
- Marketing emails (autoresponders and other marketing messages)
- White papers and special reports
- Books (ghostwriting for clients)
- Press releases
- Blog posts
- Video scripts
As you can see, the list is vast—and on any given day, a client may ask you to complete a new and different project.
So how do you get started?
There’s never been a better time to become a copywriter. The growth of ecommerce means that online businesses are always in need of fresh copy and content. And there are opportunities for copywriters of all skill levels, including beginners.
A flexible schedule, time and freedom, and the ability to earn a living—a great living—from writing…that’s what being a copywriter is all about. To get started enjoying these benefits, you simply need to learn how your writing abilities can be applied in the world of copywriting.
Personally, a company named American Writers & Artists Inc. (or AWAI for short) has been an important part of my early success as a copywriter. And my story is one of their thousands of success stories.
AWAI has a large number of programs to take you from wherever you’re at as a writer to working as a professional copywriter in a specialty of your choosing. Their Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting is where many copywriters get their start, and I recommend it highly if you want to fast-track your own copywriting career.
Note: American Writers & Artists Inc. is the world’s leading publisher of direct-response copywriting, travel writing, photography, and graphic design home-study programs. They’ve helped thousands of people develop skills to acquire financial security, independence, and freedom.
AWAI prides itself on publishing programs that not only equip its members with the tools necessary to succeed in their new careers…but with the critical skills and connections needed to land clients and start working professionally and earning money fast.
For more information: Visit American Writers & Artists Inc. and its training programs, including the flagship Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting.