So you’ve decided to take up copywriting as a career. Congrats!
The next step? How to get experience for copywriting without having to go back to school?
Here are some of the best ways to get your feet wet as a copywriter without having to take out a huge loan.
1. Join A Freelancing Community On Behance.
If you’re passionate about creative writing and love to brainstorm with other writers, you can join a freelancing community on LinkedIn. You can even set up a profile to get invited to join groups with other freelancers.
On Behance, you can find a ton of freelancing communities, all with fantastic creators who are looking to collaborate with smart, savvy marketers who can bring fresh ideas and inspiration to their work.
Find a community that fits your skills and connects with other creators who can help you grow your freelance career.
2. Start A Blog (With Affiliate Marketing)
Blogs are always an excellent option for new writers looking to build their online portfolio. You can use your blog to tell compelling stories, educate your audience about the importance of the products you promote, or simply entertain your readers.
If you’re looking for ways to get experience, you can try affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you’ll be asked to promote products that compliment your blog posts. You can then earn a commission when a customer makes a purchase after learning about the product from your blog post.
There are tons of affiliate marketing networks to join. Simply find one that suits your blog’s niche and fits your budget. You can also add affiliate marketing to your blog’s side-hustles to generate extra cash flow.
Blogs are a fantastic way to get experience. You can build a platform that will teach you invaluable lessons about marketing, communication, and most importantly, yourself. You’ll find that, as you grow your blog, the demands of the role will evolve with you.
3. Start A Business (Incorporating Copywriting Into Your Business)
If you’re looking for a way to get experience without having to go back to school, you can incorporate copywriting into an existing business you’re already conducting. You can even start up a side-hustle to fund your role as a copywriter.
To do this, you’ll need to be really creative. How can you make money without having to sit at a desk all day? You can offer freelance writing services for businesses, brands, and agencies who need someone to take ownership of their content strategy. You’ll need to be well-versed in SEO, paid marketing, and content strategy.
4. Look For Freelancing Clients On Upwork (And Other Online Marketplaces)
If you’re looking for clients who want someone to help them with their content creation, you can use sites like Upwork to find freelance copywriters who can begin work on their projects. You can set your desired price range and tell people your experience level.
Upwork is one of the most popular freelancing platforms, so it’s a must-try for any new writer who’s looking for their first gig. You’ll need to be confident in your writing abilities, but you’ll also need to be able to research and articulate complex ideas clearly.
You can also use sites like Fiverr, which is more of a marketplace than a freelance network, to get started. On Fiverr, you can find people to help with a variety of tasks, from copywriting to translating a text message into a foreign language. Just make sure that you read their profile to understand their experience level and areas of expertise.
These platforms aren’t just for finding freelancers, either. You can use them to look for clients who want to hire you.
Every year, businesses generate billions of pieces of content (like emails, social media posts, and websites). To remain competitive, businesses must engage with their audiences via content created specifically for them.
To get started, you’ll need to determine the type of content you want to create. Once you have, you can decide on the platform(s) that can help you get started.