[How To] Get Better Paying Article & Copywriting Clients

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by Reaver, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. SensualTyrannosaurus

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    Hey @Reaver I just read the entire thread. Well done! I'm sure you've built quite a decent clientele with these business practices. If you don't mind my asking, what's your preferred niche? Personally, I could write all about the performance automotive world, war fighting & tactical firearm shit, and bohemian fashion style (helped the wife for a while on that... probably too much)
     
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    Actually a man writing on women's fashion is great. All of my favorite shopping buddies are men. They are brutally honest, and I love it.

    I prefer to write about mental illness, natural remedies and healthy lifestyles.

    I actually did have decent clientele for a long time. It was getting really good towards the end. I never got past $1.25 per word though.
     
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    Just sent the final draft to a satisfied client. Thanks again for the guide @Reaver [​IMG]

    What would you guys do about a potential client who's insisting on having a Skype conversation? I don't want to lose out on a potential 5 figure payday (Bulk order), but my spoken English sucks :oops: Any creative ways to weasel my way out of an audio conversation?
     
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    Have you been able to do any writing for them yet, other than correspondence? Make sure everything you have done on PAPER, is as close to perfect as you can get it. They SHOULD be able to side step your "pronunciation." Be incredibly respectful, sir/ma'am at the end of every question. Basically bury your head as far deep into their ass as you can hold your breath.
     
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    I don't do Skype conversations. No one has time for that. I have to question if I want to work with someone who wants to talk to me directly about an order. There is literally no reason for that.

    Aren't we both business owners? Shouldn't we be too busy to talk on the phone with someone?

    Alternatively, you can hire someone to talk on Skyoe for you. Pay them to do it. I mean, if you really want the money. I'd pass, but that's just me.

    Also, congratulatioms. I am very proud of you. ;)
     
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    I am greatly indebted to you for writing this and opening my eyes. I will send the first payment I got to you straight away.

    Thank you very much!

    Warmest Regards,

    Deby.
     
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    This is some pretty great information and I appreciate that someone would take the time to line this kind of thing out for free. I know it isn't a novel or anything, but these seem like real experienced tips so thanks for that.

    I guess you must have spent quite a bit of time studying the copywriter trade before launching yourself out there for real. May I ask what sort of programs you learned from or was it almost entirely this forum where you skilled up and cut your teeth? I'm interested in seeing if I have what it takes to be a copywriter. I like writing about things I am interested in and wouldn't mind it at all if I could make some money doing it. ;-)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. slager889

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    I'd recommend reading the Yahoo Style guide for starters.
     
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    I am a newbie to this forum but an old copywriter. But I would say this piece gave me so much to learn. Thank you :)
     
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    Impressive and very useful info you shared, thanks!
     
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    Excellent post.

    It's not often these days that I gain something from reading guides on writing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I hope to find more from you.

    Cheers.
     
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    This is a great guide, but I'm gonna thank you just for the "Get paid upfront" section of your guide. It really saves you from significant heartache.

    Thanks again.
     
  13. slager889

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    Update: I've been writing for years charging clients an average of four cents per word. After reading this post, I decided to change the pricing on my new website from 4 cents per word to 20 cents per word. I figured it was a good place to start my journey as a premium writer. A few days ago, I got my first potential client who needed content for her website.

    I figuratively held her hand, finding out what she needed and giving her an estimate of how many words it would take. When I gave her my price of $400 for 2000 words, she didn't even flinch or haggle.

    So when I write this article. I'll be making what I make in about three days in about three hours. It's a real eye opener. There's always someone out there willing to pay you what you're worth. Now keep in mind, I barely get any traffic on my site. It has 301 views all time! The price was set at 4 cents a word for about half of those views and I only got one sale. I set it at 20 cents per word and I get a sale.

    Of course, I consider myself to be a very good writer and my samples are awesome.

    This is a new phase for me as a writer, but given what I'm charging, I'll probably hire an editor for about 5 bucks to give it a second read. I'm yet to start emailing prospective clients like the OP suggested, but I certainly will in the near future. I'm also considering setting my price higher at about 50 cents per word.

    I'd appreciate your opinion OP.
     
  14. lesliejin

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    useful, maybe but for a non-first language of english, it is hard to write article.
     
  15. Feketekalap

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    This is great advice! Adding these comments also make clients realise that they are receiving tons of value (similar to workshop facilitators periodically asking, "by the way, is this useful?"). I believe it might be a good idea to request a 5-star review if they found your work valuable, right after these comments.