One month ago today I started this blog with the goal of making $6,000 net a month in 6 months as a freelance copywriter. So I figured this would be a good time to check in to let you know how I’m doing.
I was laid off on January 20th. By the beginning of March, I had 2 clients, both of whom came to me through referrals. Yes, I started this blog with 2 clients. That’s part of the reason I decided to write about the journey I’m on. I finally knew where I was going.
Since the beginning of March I have received signed contracts from both clients and each client has paid half of their fee up front, for a total of $5,750. That’s close to what I want to be earning a month net, but definitely not there yet. I’ve got some serious work to do.
I do have a project starting in May, but I haven’t received a deposit on that one yet. I have also been pursuing other potential clients, some of whom have approached me and some of whom I have reached out to. I’ll let you know when those pan out.
I’ve also been networking in every way possible, including offering my services to a non-profit my father is involved in. I’ve reached out to friends and family. I’ve used social media, job boards and various other channels to tell the world I’m a freelance copywriter looking for clients.
Some of those connections have paid off, with various people contacting me, asking if I’m interested in a project. As I write this post, I’m waiting to hear from a friend regarding one of those projects.
I’m not yet prepared to say this freelance copywriter thing is even remotely a success. But it does have the potential to become one. And the Universe, or (insert your choice of deity here), does seem to be steering me in this direction.
Here’s how I know.
- As mentioned in an earlier post, people (including those of you reading this post) keep sending me support and potential clients.
- I have managed to secure two client contracts, both of which I am enjoying writing.
- I’m learning tons. Even if this doesn’t pan out in the end, I can honestly say it was a learning experience.
- I attended the Brian Clark/Bryan Harris email list building webinar on Monday and won a free “Get 10,000 Subscribers” course. (If that isn’t the Universe pointing me in the right direction, what is? I have a lot of list-building work to do now. Phew!)
I honestly feel like I’m off to a good start. I’m not where I want to be yet, but hey, I’m logging my 1-month mark. I’m doing pretty well. Stay tuned to see if I keep going up or if I hit a snag somewhere along the line.
So… yeah. After being laid off and not knowing what to do next, I can honestly say that so far, this freelance copywriter thing is a good idea. Not sure if it’s my “forever” career yet (though I want it to be). But it’s so crazy, it just might work.
I’ll report in again in another month.