Hi everyone! New to the forum, I am looking for some tips on getting my copywriting career started.

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So this is probably my first ever to join a forum! I found this forum by chance through google. You see I first came to learn about copywriting 6 months ago and I was mindblown!

I am an experienced salesperson with 8 years of sales experience in different niches and doing different types of sales, but I never knew that it was possible to sell trough print.

Anyways, I won't use up this whole space with my blah blah blah. The reason for me posting on here is that I am kind of stuck atm, I believe I have the right skill set to start building up a portfolio and acquire clients. To be honest, that is easier said than done, I don't know where to start, how to get a chance to develop my skills, seems like everyone is searching for someone experienced and with a track record to show.

Hope this post gets noticed!
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Visit the copy writing section of the forum. Start there, several long term members have post excellent advice through the years. https://www.warriorforum.com/copywriting/
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    Hi there, welcome to the forum and to the copywriting industry. Get your thinking cap on, you're going to need it.

    Here are my tips.

    1. Choose a niche
    Copywriting means a lot in many industries. You can write ads, emails, landing pages, product description, etc.
    Pick something that interests you and check the market for it.
    You don't need to stick with it forever, but you need a starting point.

    2. Create some copy in that industry
    Get your hands dirty and make some samples. People hire newbies, but you need to show your skill to impress them.

    3. Get some work done
    Start it cheap or free and create some real life copy for clients with the condition to share it on a portfolio. Since you're not getting paid a lot in the beginning, get some portfolio samples and reviews out of it.

    4. When you feel ready, pitch some high-paying clients.


    That's about it in simple terms. What makes or breaks your success in this industry is your commitment, ability to learn and work hours invested.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    If you have experience as a sales man maybe you can try pay per call offers because they pay very well and you have the necesary talent to speak with people
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  • Profile picture of the author shaminoss
    hey Bashir, look into my niche, self-help/new age, so many authors REALLY want to help people, but they have ZERO notions of marketing, and ever more copywritting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sayemul Islam
    Hi there, welcome to the forum. Maybe this tips can help you.

    Here are my tips.

    1.Select a niche
    Copywriting means a lot likes write ads, emails,product descriptions, etc.
    Pick something thatwhich you're interested and check the market for it.
    2. Create some copy in that industry.People hire newbies, but you need to show your skill to impress them.
    3. Get some work done
    Make some real life copy for clients with the condition to share it on a portfolio. Since you're not getting paid a lot in the beginning, get some portfolio samples and reviews out of it.

    4. When you feel ready, pitch some high-paying clients.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Rewriting a post ahead of yours is not the same as contributing, so it will not help you.


      Originally Posted by Sayemul Islam View Post

      Hi there, welcome to the forum. Maybe this tips can help you.

      Here are my tips.

      1.Select a niche
      Copywriting means a lot likes write ads, emails,product descriptions, etc.
      Pick something thatwhich you're interested and check the market for it.
      2. Create some copy in that industry.People hire newbies, but you need to show your skill to impress them.
      3. Get some work done
      Make some real life copy for clients with the condition to share it on a portfolio. Since you're not getting paid a lot in the beginning, get some portfolio samples and reviews out of it.

      4. When you feel ready, pitch some high-paying clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdmanMrWoo
    The Drip System Marketing Plan

    Way back, in the 80's, I started my ad agency. I knew nothing really about the "ad agency business". But I knew how to make ads based on direct response methods.
    Someone, in the business told me, "You need a car dealer as a client, they spend money on advertising."
    So, I picked up the phone and called all the car dealers within 3 counties. 33 dealers as I recall.
    Mrs. Gatekeeper NEVER put me through to Mr. Big. And Mr. Big, never returned my call. So, I was kinda pissed. "I'm Linwood Austin, how dare they not return MY call".
    I had my pride, you see.
    So, I sat down and wrote 12 letters about advertising. Each letter focused on a different area of advertising; newspaper, TV, radio, etc.

    I mailed them all a letter every 3 days.
    I never got past the 8th letter before I had more ad agency work from car dealers than I knew what to do with.
    Listen, that's why I recommend you do much the same today on linkedin, facebook or any other platform, IF you are selling B2B.
    Truth is, you cannot mail "too much". And if you mail or drop a message every day, you'll get some action around the 8th day. Especially if your letters are good.
    I have personal experience with this, and I'm betting you'll do well with it too.
    If you want me to write those 12 letters for you, let me know.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy goh
    Hi there, are you looking to build a copywriting career by being a full-time employed copywriter, or to become a freelance writer?

    You might want to consider offering your copywriting service to non-profit groups that are in need of help in marketing and promotions. They would appreciate voluntary help they could get, volunteering adds to your resume and you get to build up a portfolio to showcase future employers.

    Also recommend that you chat up with people who are years ahead of you in copywriting career to get further ideas and inspiration. You could find them via services like careernav.club or lunchclub.ai or communities in LinkedIn or cold outreach to copywriting professional there. I personally have benefited from speaking with people for my career-related dilemmas.
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  • Sumone smart once said copywritin' was ... Salesmanship In Print.

    This means if you dun 8+ years dialogin' to success 1-to-1, prolly you got a head start on all them centennials queuein' up to write copy for tattoo parlors an' vape brands simply bcs they can spell the quasi-celeb name their ditzo parents misspelt.

    Problem is, 1-to-1 sales patter ain't so easy to recreate when you speakin' to an imaginary audience.

    Plus, if'n you got swell boobies, you can't hang 'em out your pant suit at the point of closure to swing the deal on an in-person charisma ticket.

    So you gotta make all this previously tangible stuff available to copy's vacuum.

    It is a mindset switch, but way bettah than settin' off from outta noplace.

    Main thing is, you gotta want positive stuff for the how & why whoomsoevah you speakin' to can wake up tamara with real stomp forward on whatevah they wanna figure.

    Way I see it, diffrence between salse speak an' copy is same as diffrence between movies an' IRL.

    IRL is fulla uhm an' er an' uuhm -- an' nowan wants this dialog in a movie.

    Movies are FAKE -- idealised representations of stuff so the actschwaahn moves forward.

    Narrative perfection!

    Ditto when you talkin' to sumone 'bout a deal.

    There is necessary shimmyin', bcs 1-to-1 flesh stuffs is fulla that stuff.

    Introductions. Pleasantries. Cover tactics for when your prospect farts.

    If'n you record that emergin' conversation, likely you see instantly the fluff there.

    Cut that, you hit on the core stuff.

    All story synopses figure this ... ansa what is the essence here?

    Once you got core stuff, it can be repurposed anyplace.

    Rebuilt accordin' to the medium.

    All that's needed is an understandin' of the required VOICE needed to embrace the available EAR.

    Which ... if you been handlin' face to face pitches since whenevah, gotta figure you got.

    Instinctive bonhomie an' considered appeal ain't too far apart whenya think 'bout PEOPLE.

    It's all frickin' yackin'!

    Copy jus' has more pernickety apostrophes, I guess -- like gowin' the longer way round for an ansa you might already be speakin'.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxdosh
    Originally Posted by Bashir Hazan View Post

    So this is probably my first ever to join a forum! I found this forum by chance through google. You see I first came to learn about copywriting 6 months ago and I was mindblown!

    I am an experienced salesperson with 8 years of sales experience in different niches and doing different types of sales, but I never knew that it was possible to sell trough print.

    Anyways, I won't use up this whole space with my blah blah blah. The reason for me posting on here is that I am kind of stuck atm, I believe I have the right skill set to start building up a portfolio and acquire clients. To be honest, that is easier said than done, I don't know where to start, how to get a chance to develop my skills, seems like everyone is searching for someone experienced and with a track record to show.

    Hope this post gets noticed!
    I would highly recommend you start off reading a book I just recently finished reading. It's kinda old and talks more about the IM niche but it's something I will definitely read again, it's called Just Sell The Damn Thing JSTDT by Dan Dobberman.

    He has quite some interesting information about copyrighting somewhere in the middle.
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