Pep Talks

Feeling Lost and Directionless? I Was Too.

I went to my dad’s funeral in 2011. There, I met David. I’d never met or even heard of him before. He was one of my dad’s old friends. They used to go to the pub together. A smart, academic-type guy, we got chatting about what the hell I was going to do now. I’d just returned from backpacking, which was what I’d planned to keep doing for the foreseeable […]

A Life-Changing Mantra for the Unconfident Writer

Are you one of those writers who panics about not being good enough? I’m betting you are. I mean, there’s like an 80% chance that you are. Unless you’re not a writer and are just here for the awesome logo (LOOK CLOSER) and witty repartee, in which case, well, hi, I guess. But back to the 80% – I know you. I’ve met many people like you. The lack of […]

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 […]

Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]

Some Home Truths for Wannabe Freelance Writers

The perfect conditions will never arrive. You can’t flick a switch and everything will magically be different. You must take it step by step and make incremental changes. There no correct path. There’s no right way to do this. You’re going to have to do things you don’t want to do in order to get to where you want to be. You’re going to have to work at this every. […]

How to Cope with the Worst Part of Working Alone

Back before I started a copywriting business, I was working in a nursing home. My job was literally peeling potatoes. It was right around the time of my dad’s illness. He died while I was working at that job. And that job helped me so so much. I don’t know what would have happened to my business if I’d been running it during that period of my life. But being […]

Fuck Perfection: You Need Consistency

Maybe you think becoming a successful freelance copywriter is all about being the best. About doing things perfectly. About knowing everything. And so you never even give it a shot, because hey, you’re probably just not good enough or smart enough to do this. I CALL BULLSHIT. (I know, right? BIG SURPRISE.) Yes, it obviously helps to be good at what you do, and to know some stuff. But guess […]

Don’t Forget Why You’re Doing This

I’m sat in Stansted airport as I write this, having spent five days in Valencia, eating dish after dish of paella, sharing many a bottle of vino tinto with friends, and wandering countless graffitied backstreets in the 20+ degree sunshine (DID I MENTION IT’S NOVEMBER? TWENTY DEGREES. YES). This is the first time I’ve been abroad this year. And it made me think: the whole point of starting this business […]

What to Do When You’re Paralysed with Fear and Can’t Take the First Step

I met for coffee with one of my readers today. She wants to start her own freelance writing business – has wanted to for years, in fact – but she’s never been able to take the first step. Because she’s paralysed with fear. Because she’s a perfectionist and doesn’t want to get it wrong. Because she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do first. Or second. Or tenth. And she’s […]

6 Awesome Things That Happen After Freelance Writing for Two Years

I’m coming up on the two year anniversary of starting my business. Almost two years since I made my first money from writing. Wow. Sometimes that feels like a long time and sometimes I can’t believe I’ve only been doing this a couple of years. The first year of running a business is tough. You feel like you’re treading water and not really getting anywhere. Will I really have to […]