Desperate times call for desperate measures. And with everyone trying to generate income from home to keep themselves afloat, it’s not shocking that more and more people are looking into copywriting.
Copywriting can be used as a freelance side gig or a full-time job that allows you to have more flexible hours. SO, instead of boring you with all the details you’ll eventually learn but, don’t need to start, here is how I got my first writing gig WITHOUT experience.
Craigslist and FB groups
If you have little to no experience this is the place for you. You just need that one person to give you a chance.
Where more popular job search boards like LinkedIn, Indeed, or Ziprecruiter might not even give your CV a second look – Craigslist or FB groups can be more forgiving.
Try to reach out to businesses from different countries where English might not be their first language. This will automatically give you a head start to help them with their copywriting. As simple as it may seem, speaking English is a skill, use it!
Connect with people similar to you who are just starting in the industry or who has been in the industry for years and know what it’s like to need that one chance.
Fake it till you make it
In today’s time and age we all know that everyone wants 10 years experience but, only a few are willing to give you a chance to reach that. The solution? Fake it till you make it! Harvest skills you need and see how you can apply it to your new role.
Whether you were writing papers in school or writing your grandma letters for her birthday use it to your advantage. Accept that you’re not perfect and that learning a new skill may take time, but if you learn fast and work hard nothing can stop you.
Whether you post on FB or start a blog, just write. Try to write every day or if you’re like me every other day.
The only way you can improve yourself is if you constantly push yourself to do more, work harder, and be better than you were the day before.
Writing isn’t only going to help you improve drastically, it’s going to give you the self-confidence when you apply for the next job. Keep in mind that the more you right the bigger your online presence becomes.
Apps that will save your life
If you’re not yet confident enough to write and submit your work I highly suggest the following apps.
Grammarly: Improve your grammar, spelling, and word choices instantly with this google chrome extension.
Hemingway Editor: This app will let you know how your text reads. By assigning different levels to your work, you will know how easy it is to read and if it will fit the “voice” of your employer.
Believe in yourself
Your biggest fan will always be yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself and what you’re trying to “sell” with your words other people will have a hard time doing it. Work hard, learn fast, and don’t be afraid to fail.
“If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough”
– Jillian Michaels