When most people think of a writer they think of a person penning the next best selling novel, or writing an in depth article for a magazine or a newspaper. While those are examples of writers, there are other forms of professional writers as well. However, perhaps the most versatile of all writers would be a copywriter.
A copywriter is someone who writes in many different forms. Everything from radio and television ads to web content and even the occasional manual are all included, as well as other forms of writing, in a copywriter’s job description. If this sort of writing appeals to you and you are interested in becoming a freelance copywriter, there are a few things you will need to consider.
First, being a jack of all trades when it comes to being a copywriter is essential. However, it is always good to know what type of writing best suits you. While early on in your path to becoming a freelance copywriter it is likely that you will not have many choices as to what you write, that will not always be the case. As you gain more experience and become better known among those looking for a copywriters talents, you will have the opportunity to pick and chose a little more than earlier on in your career.
Putting your writing skills into practice is as simple as going online. There are plenty of companies and websites out there that are looking for writers. The good thing about a lot of these companies is that they are looking for entry level writers and experience is not always a requirement to get started.
Is copywriting always a thrill-packed career? Well, no. But it is a good place to hone your writing skills and get a good understanding of what being a copywriter is all about … all the while making a little money in the process. Once you have put in some time learning this field, then you might want to branch out to doing some more substantive work like writing for the software industry, being a sought-after grant writer, or writing copy for your own products and services.
Becoming a freelance writer is, for most, not the ticket to a six-figure income in 6 months despite what some companies may tell you. However, the experience you earn and the time spent sharpening your writing skills will mean that you are better prepared for a more promising and successful freelance writing career in the future.