Freelancing

5 Reasons I Wanted to Quit Being a Freelance Copywriter

I have a confession. Ever since I moved back to Edinburgh after quitting my digital nomad adventures, I’ve been wondering about – oh god, can I even say it? – getting a J.O.B. Like, now that I’m based permanently in one city, would it be better to get a job rather than continue to be freelance? Obviously I have no intention of going back to barwork. CHRIST NO. For one […]

6 Embarrassing Freelance Copywriting Mistakes I’ve Made (Please Don’t Read This?)

Someone once told me it was reassuring to learn that I am as messed up as everyone else. It’s not my favourite compliment to ever have received, but if you squint at it, it IS a compliment, right? Right??? In an internet crammed with ‘thought leaders’, ‘gurus’ and ‘influencers’ (it’s impossible to write those without using quotes, isn’t it? If you don’t hate yourself, I mean), I guess it would […]

My 29 Extremely Personal Tips for Surviving Your First Five Years in Business

I quit my job five years ago, two months after making my first bit of money from my new freelance copywriting business. Sometimes, even now, I have these moments where I’m like, holy fuck, this is my LIFE. I don’t have to rely on anyone else to earn enough money to live. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time each day. I don’t have to do anything […]

How Maison Created a Badass Comedy Copywriting Brand

This week I’m talking to Maison Piedfort, a hilarious badass from Charleston, South Carolina. And, just to clear up any confusion about how sophisticated she is, that’s pronounced Mason Peedfort. Maison took my freelance writing course back in November 2015, and her business turned one on 30 November. A proud day! Oh, and Maison herself turned 23 yesterday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAISON. My gift to you is an interview on my […]

YOUR WRITING ABILITY IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE

Before you dive into starting your own freelance writing business, I have to tell you this one thing: MOST OF THE ISSUES ALONG THE WAY ARE GOING TO BE IN YOUR HEAD. Yeah, you heard me. I’ve been teaching people to start their own freelance writing businesses for over three years now and I can almost immediately tell who’s going to be successful and who’s not. Or at least who’s […]

How I Persuaded a Cheapskate Copywriting Client to Pay Me More Than Double

Three years ago, when I was still a new freelance writer, I found a potential new client. Most of my clients at that point were people who wanted SEO articles. This woman ended up being one of my first ever copywriting clients. She wanted the content for two websites rewriting, both of which offered the same services but with different branding. She wanted 16 pages for each website. What the […]

How André Quit His Job, Emigrated to London and Became a Freelance Writer

This week I’m talking to André Spiteri, a veteran student of mine who now makes his living completely from freelance writing. André, originally from Malta, took my freelance writing course back in September 2015. Here’s his story: Why did you want to become a freelance writer? As a child, I spent many summers holed up in my room writing short stories (and a terrible novel). I figured when I grew […]

From English Teacher to Freelance Copywriter: Mary Clark Rardin’s Success Story

Back in 2014, Mary Clark Rardin – originally from Memphis – was living and working in Costa Rica, teaching English. She did that for four years. Sounds awesome, right? But Mary Clark was ready for a change, and she wanted that change to include writing for a living. Enter: Untamed Writing. Mary Clark signed up for my freelance writing course in August 2014 and now makes a full-time living as […]

Is Fear Keeping Your Freelance Writing Rates Low?

If you ever want to start making decent money from freelance writing, you must stop operating from a place of fear and scarcity – feeling like this client is the only client you’ll ever have, and that if you lose them, all else is lost too. If you’re always scared you’ll lose the client, you’ll never be able to put your rates up. Actually, scratch that. Because you will always […]

James Robinson: An Untamed Writing Success Story

James, from the UK, took my freelance writing course way back in August 2014. James was a star pupil of mine, and I’ve loved watching his progress – both in business and in life. Not long after completing the course, he moved to Australia for a year, and in a few days he’ll be heading to Whistler, Canada. Talk about taking advantage of the lifestyle! But I’ll let him tell […]