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The Essential Guide to Getting Started in Copywriting With No Experience
A resourceful guide to the key steps required in launching a successful copywriting career.
A Journey to Copywriting
Ever been intrigued by the idea of delving into copywriting? Before you get swept away by the thrill of something new, there are six crucial stages to undertake before you can begin attracting clients willing to invest in your newly discovered skills. This resource serves as a repository of knowledge, offering insights into these crucial steps drawn from a plethora of sources.
Your First Steps into Copywriting
Being new to copywriting can be overwhelming; endless research and tutorials can leave us feeling out at sea and unsure about which initial steps to take. Herein, we set out the first six steps to guide you through the early stages of your copywriting journey.
Devotion to Learning
Our first step revolves around the art of studying. A copywriter is a life-long learner continuously expanding their marketing and copywriting knowledge. Binge-watching YouTube tutorials for a week will not make you an expert; success in this field demands a commitment to continuous acquisition of knowledge. Therefore, immerse yourself into the world of podcasts, Youtube tutorials, books, workshops and practical copywriting programs.
From Knowledge to Practice
Knowledge without implementation is fruitless. After acquiring theoretical knowledge, it’s time to get your hands dirty and test this new-found understanding. In building a foundation for your craft, it's essential to have a proactive approach. For a start, try transforming ads, landing pages or emails into your interpretation. Remember, practice makes perfect.
A Sense of Community
Never underestimate the value of an interconnected network of peers. Establish connections with a team of individuals who are on the same journey as you, join online groups or communities, and create lasting relationships. However, ensure you're actively involved in such groups, providing as much value as you're receiving.
Conveying Your Vision Through an Elevator Pitch
An effective elevator pitch communicates what you offer, who you target, and how you intent to execute your plans in under 10 seconds. Start by identifying your offer: could it be content, copy, or both? Decide on your niche or area of specialisation, then determine your ideal clientele. Lastly, map out what services you plan to offer.
Building a Portfolio and Profile
Organize your work samples neatly into a professional portfolio. Be clear about which items fall under 'sample' work. Expand your collection with relevant pieces that exhibit your skills and capabilities. Employ a simple tool like Google Drive to create and share your portfolio. Keep it structured and organised, not necessarily stylish.
Increase Your Visibility
The last step entails gaining visibility. Having a firm grip on your elevator pitch, expose your craft to the larger world, where potential clients await. Try tactics like cold outreach to numerous people or, even more productive, exploit networking opportunities. This could take the form of having engaging conversations on platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as attending live local events.
And there you have it; a foundation on which to build your copywriting career. Brainstorm, research, network and soon enough, you'll set sail on your copywriting odyssey with a clear vantage point.
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