After a while you sort of get a sixth sense for who’s not going to make it as a copywriter. Here’s an example:
I am 99% certain this person is not cut out for learning copy or being a freelancer.
Reminds me of this funny clip I saw today from Cold Email Wizard.
He expresses immense frustration over people who don’t have the agency or will to power to get started.
Frankly, it’s damn near impossible to NOT become a paid, professional copywriter if you do what’s necessary.
And everything there is to learn is available to you for free.
None of the resources available today for free existed when I started.
Here’s successful financial copywriter Mike Humphrey’s explaining how he learned to write copy.
You can pay for training by spending your time, your money, or both.
More than half of the great copywriters I know developed their chops like I did: By reading the classic copywriting/direct response marketing books, studying great copy, and writing copy.
I’ve never belonged to a paid mastermind for copywriting or marketing.
I’ve never hired someone to privately mentor me. Or been someone’s copy cub.
I didn’t pay for my first high-ticket copywriting training program until after I’d already produced over $10M in sales for my clients.
At that point, I was charging $5K+ for a sales letter. So I was making good enough money to pay for that specialized training without going into debt.
I broke into copywriting in 2006. Took me 2 months to go full-time with it. I’ve been full-time ever since.
Money was tight then and my oldest child was in diapers. So I invested time instead of money in my copywriting career.
Early on, I developed the habit of reading great copy or writing it 6 days a week. I’ve stuck to that routine ever since. And I’ll continue to do it until they nail my coffin shut someday.
Simple in theory… difficult in execution because it requires daily persistence and commitment to actually doing it. It also requires patience too because success won’t arrive instantly or overnight.
But it is doable, even if you’re dealing with a shoe-string budget.
If I can do it, then I believe anyone else can do it too.
Especially with all of the amazing free resources out there. Most of which didn’t exist when I was breaking into copywriting.
Gary Halbert’s website. Justin Goff’s free email course.
All of the major mailers and huge 8-9 figure companies that put out great copy every day. Not only do they send you great emails for free… those emails take you to their well-written VSLs, webinars, and salesletters too.
That’s off the top of my head. There are lots of other great free resources out that I’m neglecting to mention.
Hope this helps someone who takes the time to read this.
This blueprint is everything you need to go from knowing nothing about copywriting to having enough skill to sell your services as a copywriter
So don’t ask for a mentor when you haven’t bothered to do the work.
It’s an insult to those of us who did.
P.S. While the above advice helps you learn the skill of copywriting, the business of copywriting is something else entirely. I’ve got something planned to help you with that. In the meantime, join CopySkills™.
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