Do You Fantasise About Being a Freelance Writer?
Do you have romantic visions of yourself sitting at your breakfast bar with a scalding espresso, nonchalantly tapping away at your MacBook, writing things that people will give you money for?
So, I have a question for you: why haven’t you done anything about that yet? You do know you only get one shot at this mess of crap called life, right?
How long have you been thinking about testing the freelance writing waters? And how long have you been putting it off because you’re not sure it’s for you? Because you’re not sure you’re good enough? You’re not sure you’ll enjoy it? I mean, what if you can’t make it work?
If that’s where you’re at, this course is for you. How to Become a Freelance Writer in 5 Days Flat is intentionally designed to be a short, intensive course that doesn’t give you too much time to dwell on shit.
So put down the latest issue of Writer’s Digest, close that ‘just one more’ blog post you felt compelled to read, and pay attention.
Can This Really Be Done in 5 Days Flat? C’mon.
I know it sounds like a ridiculous claim. But bear in mind that what I’m talking about here isn’t becoming a wildly successful, popular, wealthy freelance writer in 5 days flat. What I’m talking about is finally trying this thing you’ve been thinking about for so long. Finally taking action.
Finally launching that bloody business you’ve been picturing for god knows how long.
However, the name isn’t just hyperbole. It’s totally possible to do everything I lay out in this course in 5 days flat. I know this because this is exactly what I did when I first started out.
In 2012 I was working in a pub for £7 an hour. I was just so god damn sick of my stupid job with my asshole of a boss and I didn’t want to feel trapped in this mind-numbing lifestyle any more. So I spent five furious, frenzied days setting up a freelance writing business. And it worked. Less than a week after doing everything I cover in this course, I had my first real freelance writing client. I’ve been happily self-employed ever since. And I want to help you do the same thing.
So that’s what this course is: I’ll show you how to do exactly what I did to get started on the road to full-time freelance writing. I’ll give you specific instructions. You’ll follow them. At the end of your 5 days, you’ll have a freelance writing business ready to go.
This course is for you if you just aren’t quite sure – about whether you really want to do this, or if you even can. Take my course and fucking find out already, would you? Either that or stop telling everyone you’re going to become a freelance writer some day.
Signing up to Karen’s course proved to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m now able to support myself comfortably from writing alone, which is a situation I could previously only dream of. Whether you want to earn a little extra on the side or create the foundations for a full-blown freelance career, Karen can help.
You’re probably wondering if the course is really as good as it seems. It is! I’ve just booked a one-way flight to Australia, where I intend to spend a year or so writing/surfing/developing skin cancer. Obviously could never have done this without Karen’s course. Thank yooooou!!!!!!!!
How the Course Works
This is a self-guided course, so you can work through it at your own pace. Yeah, you don’t actually have to do everything in 5 days flat. I know not everyone has 5 free days kicking around. Maybe you have a solid 8–6 job that leaves you very little time for anything else. Maybe you’ve got kids grabbing onto your ankles every 6 seconds and the idea of snatching 8 hours to yourself on any given day is laughable. So, if need be, take your time over this.
As soon as you click Buy, I’ll email you a link where you can instantly download all 5 PDFs, which contain everything you need to know to get up and running.
Inside the course, you’ll also find a link to the Untamed Writing Students Facebook group, which has been steadily growing for the past 2+ years. It’s now home to newbies and veterans alike, and it’s a great place to ask questions about anything you’re struggling with. (Seriously, everyone’s so friendly and lovely in there.)
The Course Content
Day 1: Sorting Your Mindset and Branding
- How to Complete This Course
- Your Writing Ability is Not the Issue Here
- The Number One Skill You Need to Learn
- What You Need to Do to Become a Freelance Writer
- What Freelance Writing Looks Like
- How to Brand Your Business
Day 2: Starting Your Writing Portfolio
- How to Create a Writing Portfolio
- A Brief Overview of Written Content for Online Businesses
- A Brief Guide to SEO
- How to Write and Structure a Blog Post
- How to Format Your Content with HTML
- Choosing What to Write About
- The Biggest Mistakes New Writers Make
Day 3: Setting Up a Professional Website
- Why You Need a Professional Website
- Buying Your Domain Name and Hosting
- Installing WordPress
- Choosing a WordPress Theme
- Creating the Pages for Your Site
- Writing the Content for Your Site
- Organising Your Menu Bar
- Setting Up a Professional Email Address
- Why You Shouldn’t Start a Blog
Day 4: Learning How to Work with Clients
- An Overview of the Freelance Writing Process
- Scoping Out the Project
- Sending a Quote
- Negotiating Prices
- Signing a Contract
- Communicating with Clients
- Getting Paid, Bookkeeping and Accounting
- Registering Your Business
Day 5: Finding Your First Clients
- How to Find and Win Clients
- How to Write a Good Pitch
- How to Find Prospects to Email
- Following Up
This course breaks things down to the most fundamental elements to get you started ASAP. The materials clear up any confusion around getting started (and getting paid).
If you’re struggling to understand what exactly freelance writing is or if you just need a step-by-step process to get you in business right away, this course is it.
What’s the ‘Information required’ thing that pops up when I click to buy?
There’s now an EU regulation that requires me to add VAT to all self-study purchases from EU countries (except the UK). The information you enter in that little box will calculate how much VAT needs to be added. If you’re outside the EU (or are in the UK) don’t worry, no extra charges will be added. You won’t be charged VAT on the guided course no matter where you’re from.
Can I pay in a different currency?
Yup! No matter what currency you use, PayPal will automatically convert it into GBP, so you don’t have to do a thing.
How much money can I expect to make from freelance writing?
This is a difficult one to answer because it depends on so many factors, like the type of writing you do, who you do it for, and how talented you are as a writer. However, one thing’s for certain: it is possible to make a living from this. People do, after all. I can also tell you that I’ve had students earn £1000+ in their first month alone.
Am I guaranteed to make my money back if I take this course?
Goodness, no. That would be a silly promise for me to make, since I have no idea whether you’re willing to put in the work required. However, the course is only £29, so even landing just one gig could more than make you your money back.
Do I have to take your course to be able to make this work?
Nope! I mean, that would be an awesome business model on my part… but no. You can figure all this out for yourself if you want to. But if you’re sick of yourself never taking action on this freelance writing dream, well… you know. It might be a good idea to take a course by a no-bullshit chick who’ll give it to you straight.
Can I specialise in a writing about a certain topic?
Yes, if you want to. That can be an effective way of scoring clients. But if you don’t know what you would specialise in yet, that’s cool, too. You can generalise until you figure it out. Wait, can I use ‘generalise’ in that context? Anyway, you know what I mean.
Will there be any additional expenses?
I highly recommend spending an extra $100 or so on buying a domain name and hosting for your own website. This will make you look so much more professional and make it easier to be taken seriously.
Can I do this work while I travel?
Hell yes you can! A number of my students joined up simply because they wanted to be able to travel and earn money at the same time, without having to pick up crappily paid jobs along the way. The freedom to earn money no matter where you are in the world is pretty fucking awesome, let me tell you. If you’ve got a laptop and an internet connection, you’re good to go.
Can I take this course if English is not my first language?
Yes, you can, although you will still need strong written English to make it work. I don’t understand why you’d want to become an English-language freelance writer if you can’t speak English very well.
I took the course and started emailing hundreds of prospective clients. It took a while but one day it finally kicked off and I got a lot of responses. I found myself suddenly chained to my laptop writing 6 hours a day, but I didn’t mind as I was happy it was paying off.
Because of Karen’s course, I now have the freedom to go off and travel whenever I feel like it and fund myself as I go. I would recommend it to anyone.