As with all careers (professional chocolate taster or gin drinker aside), freelance copywriting has its downsides. They're few and far between, though; by and large I can, hand on heart, say I absolutely love my job.
It took me a fair few years to get into copywriting - and a little while longer than that to take the plunge to go full-time freelance. Stepping into the unknown is always terrifying, isn't it? But if you're thinking of doing it too I'd say just go for it.
So, how do you go about it? I've had my ups and downs with it - and a fair few skint, 'crying into my tea' episodes, but I can honestly say it's the best thing I've ever done. And it could be the best thing you do, too. If you've a passion for writing, a flair with words and you just fancy the idea of making your own hours, then head to the Professional Copywriters' Network for some more tips on how to branch out.
Just after Christmas, the folks behind the site featured me in their regular Members' Spotlight slot - and it felt good to be recognised as a professional on a site which really does know its stuff. Really good.
True, your Mum and Dad (hello Mum and Dad *waves*) can tell you you're okay at your job. And so can your clients. But it really does mean a lot to be featured on a site that's a one stop shop for all things copywriting.
Head over to the site to see how I made the foray into freelance copywriting and feel free to ping me an email if you're thinking of entering the profession too and want a few hints and tips on how to go about it.
Until next time...