How can you make good money quickly, as a beginner or junior copywriter? There is so much misinformation out there, promising you that certain methods will make you $5,000 per month online. Today, I’m going to teach you a real strategy for making $5,000 per month online as a remote writer. Even if you are a complete beginner, starting from scratch, these strategies can work for you.
It might surprise you that many non-famous writers are very wealthy, and earn six-figure incomes as a freelance writer.
Most writers that I talk to have what I call the poverty mindset. Many writers believe that it’s normal for writers to struggle financially, and that most writers don’t make much money.
The common belief is that you have to be a famous author or write a bestselling book, to make big money as a writer.
It’s true that most writers don’t make much money. But it’s not because they aren’t famous yet. And it’s not because they haven’t yet written a bestselling novel. It’s because they haven’t yet discovered which types of writing endeavors are the most lucrative. Fame has nothing to do with it. Discovering which types of writing can make you real money, however, has everything to do with it.
Discover the Most Profitable Type of Writing
I meet a lot of people, and I talk to a lot of writers. I’ll sometimes ask writers, “How are you planning to make money writing?” And people often respond by saying, “I’m planning on writing a book,” or “I’m going to write some articles.”
They don’t understand that this isn’t the most profitable type of writing.
There are lots of different types of writing that you can do as a freelance writer. The most profitable type of writing is what some people call business writing, also known as copywriting. It’s when you’re writing for businesses. This type of writing can be so profitable, that you earn $5,000, $10,000 or even $15,000 per month. I call this high-income copywriting.
What makes copywriting different from other types of writing, and why are copywriters typically paid more than other types of writers? The main difference is that you’re not being paid because of your ability to write, you’re being paid because of your ability to persuade and sell, using your words.
As a high-income copywriter, you’re being paid based on results, not word count. You’ll be well-paid because your writing brings the business owner more leads, more customers, and more revenue.
For example, for an online eCommerce store, you could be paid quite well to write the product descriptions. Well-written product descriptions can persuade visitors to buy the product. So, you’re essentially being paid to help the business owner sell more products.
Similarly, copywriters are often paid to write email sales letters that will be sent out to a company’s email list. The purpose of the email is to compel readers with a sales offer, and generate sales using your written words.
Copywriters Earn More, and Work Less
Let’s say you’re a freelance content writer, not a copywriter. You write articles or blog posts for clients. You’re charging your clients $100 per article. Your goal is to earn $5,000 per month. That means you have to write at least 50 articles per month. That’s a lot of pressure, and that’s not easy. Perhaps you have ten clients, and you write 5 articles per month for each client. If those clients are in different industries, then that’s going to be a lot of work for you to research different industries and provide each client with the type of content they want.
Now, let’s compare this scenario with the workload of a copywriter. I recently paid my copywriter $5,000 to write one website landing page to sell one of my products. My copywriter only needed one client (me) to earn a quick $5,000. Copywriters are known for earning more money, working less hours than other freelance writers.
You might be wondering why I pay my copywriters so well. Why am I paying my copywriter $5,000 just to write one landing page? It’s because that landing page is designed to sell a product, and I’m looking to get a 10x or 20x return on my investment of $5,000 spent on hiring this copywriter.
Getting Paid Based on Results and the Return on Investment (ROI)
When I hire a copywriter and decide how much to pay them, I’m looking at the return on investment (ROI). I’m not looking at how many words they write. I’m using their writing to produce revenue, and that’s the difference. When you can produce revenue for a client with your writing, that’s when you can charge a lot of money. Companies will pay a premium price for this type of writing.
It doesn’t even matter that much if you’re a junior copywriter, just starting out. If you write copy that generates revenue, and your client gets a great return on investment, they’ll hire you again and refer you to their friends.
Copywriters Earn More Money with Less Words
Freelance writers such as content writers often get paid more if their articles are longer, especially if they’re paid by the word. Copywriters, however, make more money with less words.Copywriters are different from other writers because they earn more money with less words. Click To Tweet
Imagine that you are a junior copywriter, just starting out. It’s crucial that you understand that you’re writing to produce a result. You’re writing to compel the reader to take a particular action. You can do this in very few words – in very few sentences. That’s why high-income copywriters don’t charge by the word.
You Can Start Your Copywriting Career the Hard Way, or the Easy Way
When I was getting started in copywriting, I did it the hard way because I hadn’t learned any of these valuable lessons yet.
Back in the day, I was cold-calling business owners who had advertised their product or service in the Yellow Pages. I asked them if they’d be interested in hiring a copywriter to write better ads for them. Sometimes I’d even tell them that their current ad in the Yellow Pages isn’t that good, and that I could write something better that would get them better results and more customers.
I’d also go to a lot of business networking events, where I business owners hang out. I went to these business events to try to meet new clients. I’d hand out business cards, but it was tough to make a great impression because my English wasn’t that great, and I spoke with a heavy accent.
I’d entice clients by offering to write on spec. This means that I’d write something for a client, and I wouldn’t get paid upfront. I’d only get paid if the client chose to use what I wrote, or sometimes I’d only get paid if what I wrote generated revenue.
For almost a year, I did things the hard way, doing stuff like this. But there is an easier way.
Shadow a Master Copywriter
The faster and easier way to become a high-income copywriter is to shadow a master copywriter.
Shadow someone who already has the credibility, the great reputation, and the long list of happy clients. In the beginning, when you’re a complete beginner or a junior copywriter, you lack that great track record and you lack credibility.
The best way around this is to use someone else’s track record. When you shadow a master copywriter, that copywriter has the track record, the credibility, and an influence in the marketplace. The master copywriter is getting new requests from clients every day. They might even have a wait-list of clients eager to hire them. A junior copywriter working under a master copywriter can therefore get spill over clients.
Yes, a master copywriter can act as a mentor, and give you coaching, training, advice, motivation, and a sense of direction. But more importantly, they can give you referral clients, which is typically their spill over clients.
Getting Spill Over Clients
I want you to imagine that you’re working under a master copywriter who charges $5,000 for one landing page. What can the master copywriter do, when certain clients can’t afford the $5,000 price tag? The master copywriter could say, “I have an apprentice – a mentee that I’ve personally trained – who can do this for $2,000 for you.”
Many clients are happy to pay the junior copywriter $2,000, especially if that junior copywriter was trained by the master who they were originally interested in hiring.
Of that $2,000, you can pay your mentor a referral fee of say $500, and you’re still very happy. Why? Because look how quickly and easily you got to make $1,500 from writing one landing page. It probably wouldn’t have happened that easily if you weren’t benefiting from the master copywriter’s spill over clients.
Earn While You Learn
When you shadow under a master copywriter, and you get their spill over clients, you are earning good money while you learn copywriting. Earning while you learn is a beautiful thing.
You’re also building credibility and developing a good reputation as a copywriter, every time a spill over client is happy with your work.
Many beginner copywriters can’t get copywriting gigs, because they don’t have any experience. But without landing copywriting gigs, you’ll never become good at copywriting. As with any great skill, you become good at it by doing it. You become good at it by practicing. In other words, you need copywriting gigs to master copywriting.
Being the mentee of a master copywriter solves this problem. You will get copywriting gigs, because they get too many gigs, and they can give spill over clients to you.
It probably only takes a couple of spill over clients to make $5,000 per month. It really can be that easy, even as a junior copywriter.
It Worked For Me
Shadowing under a master copywriter is what worked for me. That’s how I got started. I shadowed under my mentor Alan. He taught me how to be a great copywriter, and he even made me do several copywriting exercises to get better at it.
Alan got lots of inquiries every single day, from companies or business owners who wanted to hire him or retain his copywriting services. Whenever people couldn’t afford Alan’s premium prices, I’d just catch all those spill over clients, and it was like catching money.
Getting client referrals from Alan was something that I knew I was very lucky to be getting. It helped me make good money as a beginner copywriter with very little experience.
Become a High-Income Copywriter
If you want to learn more about how to get into this type of lucrative writing, and you’re interested in becoming a high-income copywriter, enroll in my High-Income Copywriter Certification Program. You’ll learn how to make over $5,000 per month from home, working remotely as a copywriter. And, you’ll learn more about how to do this even if you’re starting from scratch as a beginner.