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    Hello all... My name is Chris and am aspiring to freelance as a copywriter. Looking to connect and network with other copywriters. And advice on getting started? Looking forward to your feedback and thanks in advance.

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    Welcome to the forum, Chris!!

    Read anything by Dan Kennedy and Bob Bly. Have you been to www.AWAIOnline.com? Great place for copywriting freelancers.
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    Hi Chris! Welcome to the forum.

    I'm also doing some freelance copywriting on the side. I've made valuable connection with other copywriters through LinkedIn.

    And this is the easiest legit way of making money as a writer ---> iWriter: Article Writing Service

    Glad to connect!

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    Hi Chris - we actually help freelance copywriters get started. If you're interested you can apply here.
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    Are you on twitter? There are a lot of freelance copywriters on there who have a lot of good advice. LinkedIn is good for contacts too.
    Have you got any experience? It's not a great job to be in as a lot of companies have their own in-house copywriters but get yourself out there and say yes to everything at first to get some experience, not just of the work but of dealing with clients and deadlines etc. Look at sites like odesk etc.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Lomax View Post
    Hello all... My name is Chris and am aspiring to freelance as a copywriter. Looking to connect and network with other copywriters. And advice on getting started? Looking forward to your feedback and thanks in advance.
    Check out John Carlton's "the Freelance Course." It's great for those just getting started.
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    One difficulty with freelancing seems to be that, at least where it comes to web-based copy involving the use of keywords and suchlike, much of the competition seems to be cut-price to the point of absurdity. The temptation is always to compete, especially when one is just starting out, but it is essential to distinguish between clients who want quality copy and others who just want junk SEO on the cheap. I'm not sure if this is the market you are looking at and I could be barking up the wrong tree entirely, but whichever niche you are thinking of becoming involved in it is essential in my view to maintain standards and establish a reputation for excellence. Good luck.

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    Hi Chris,

    Do you have any agency experience or starting from scratch? I taught myself from reading all the books and practicing, but if I were to start again I'd take an online course or work in an agency for a couple of years to help put everything together. There's a lot more to it than just writing words. You need to know how to respond to queries, how to manage projects and, most important of all, find clients. My second piece of advice would be to avoid the race to the bottom in rates you'll find in freelance bidding sites. Network as much as you can in your local area with real people instead. They'll happily pay a fair rate to hire someone they feel they can trust and work with face to face.

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    I agree it's more about just writing words. I have worked in copywriting before and I not only had to write copy but also manage projects, that takes a lot of skills. So if I were you I would work on acquiring more skills, because the more you know, the more you'll have to offer to a client than just writing words, which in turn makes your work more valuable/you can demand a higher pay. Good work!

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