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Ready to turn your love of writing into a successful copywriting career? Join professional copywriters Nicki Krawczyk, Kate Sitarz, and the Filthy Rich Writer team to get the tips, tools, and training to help you become a copywriter and build a thriving business of your own.  Whether you want to land an on-staff job, freelance full-time and work from wherever you want, or make extra money with a side hustle, the best place to start learning is right here. Nicki and Kate have 20+ and 10+ years of experience, respectively, writing for multi-billion-dollar companies, solopreneurs, and every size business in between. To us, being “filthy rich” means having a job you love, being good at what you do, and making great money doing it. So let’s get started! Subscribe now and make sure you never miss an episode!
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178. Combatting Anxiety-Inducing "What Ifs" with This Tactic

It’s a question that pops into most aspiring—and even established—copywriters’ minds at some point: “What if I fail?” Our brains LOVE to catastrophize and fear the worst (just another great perk of being a human…). But if you notice yourself descending into a spiral of negative thoughts, the good news is that one simple method can combat all of your panic-inducing “what if” scenarios. If you’re the type of person who tends to give yourself a hard time over every little setback (yes, we’re looking at you, high achievers!), you’ll definitely want to listen in to today’s episode. Join Nicki and Kate as they unveil a powerful tactic to reboot your confidence and remind you that, yes, you *can* do this! --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Why Some Copywriters Fail Related Links Why People Tell You “Copywriting Is Hard to Get Into”Fight These 10 Fears with a Systematic ProcessWhy Setbacks and “Failures” Don’t Mean What You Think They Do --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
4/10/202428 minutes, 12 seconds
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177. Reframing Your Copywriting Goals to Align with Your Values - with Jessica Lackey

As the owner of a freelance business, you *want* to keep growing but it can be hard to know where to go next in a way that stays true to your vision. And most importantly, how do you get there without burning out? As the leader, you’re steering the ship of your business solo, and it can feel lonely without anyone to help you make sense of what’s next.  Instead of following someone else’s roadmap or throwing more shiny objects at the problem, it’s time to craft your own path to success. Meet Jessica Lackey, a strategy and operations advisor who combines her wealth of experience working within a huge range of businesses—from global brands to solopreneurs—with a human-centered approach, to help entrepreneurs grow and scale sustainable businesses. She joins Nicki and Kate to help you think more deeply about your business’s challenges, goals, and how to build a solid foundation from the roots up. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Visit Jessica’s WebsiteFollow Jessica on LinkedInFollow Jessica on Instagram Related Links The Fastest Way to Grow Your Copywriting BusinessCareer Resolutions to Make Right NowYour Copywriting Business Plan for a Successful YearPreventing Burnout as a Copywriter5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Copywriting Portfolio Site --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
4/3/202437 minutes, 50 seconds
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176. How This Ex-Teacher Joined the Filthy Rich Writer Team—As a Copywriter - Rebecca's Story

Life has a funny way of coming full circle sometimes. But if you’d told ex-teacher Rebecca that, just ONE YEAR after signing up to the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy, she would be copywriting for the Filthy Rich Writer team…well, it’s safe to say she would have laughed in disbelief. In this episode, we find out the secret ingredient that set her pitch apart from the rest—and helped her land a client she *never* thought was possible. Listen in to hear more about how the CCA paved her escape route out of teaching, allowing her to enjoy more freedom and flexibility as a new mom. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Rebecca’s PortfolioAre You Living in the Gap or the Gain? Related Links Transitioning Out of Teaching to Copywriting – George’s StoryHer Goal Was to Replace Her Teaching Income in 5 Months: She Did It in 6 WeeksGreat Summer Job for Teachers: CopywritingToo Afraid to Pitch? Business Owners WANT Your Copywriting Pitches --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
3/27/202438 minutes, 5 seconds
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175. Career Resolutions to Make Right Now

The arrival of a new year often sparks an enthusiasm that makes us set wildly ambitious resolutions. Shed 60 lbs? On it. Become fluent in French? Let’s go. And then would you believe it, a few weeks down the line, you’re done. One of the biggest reasons why resolutions are set up for failure is because we never stop to break it down into smaller steps. While we absolutely encourage you to have goals or resolutions (which, by the way, don’t have to start on January 1st!), we also need to make sure we take the *right* approach. In this episode, Nicki and Kate break down how to make our goals more effective, more fulfilling, and more fun! --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Fire a Copywriting Client—Without Burning Bridges Related Links Are You Living in the Gap or the Gain?Is Manifesting a Copywriting Career Bogus?Your Copywriting Business Plan for a Successful YearSet Your Future Self Up for Success Right Now --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
3/20/202434 minutes, 12 seconds
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174. What You Need for Your Professional Copywriting Home Office

Whenever we embark on something new, it can be tempting to go out and buy allll the new accessories to help you get started. “But a shiny, new desk will make me *feel* professional…and THEN I can do the work, right?!” Well, we hate to break it to you but…a new desk is *not* going to magically boost your productivity.  In fact, the “urge to splurge” is often just resistance showing up and trying to distract us from doing the work we need to do. So in this episode, Nicki and Kate remind us of the absolute essentials to kickstart your copywriting career, as well as the “nice-to-haves” that might come further down the line (when you have regular income coming in!). --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Best Free Software for CopywritersDubSado (for client tracking and invoicing)Asana (for project management). Related Links What Software Do You Need to Run Your Copywriting Business?Home Office Essentials for a CopywriterWhat Does a Typical Copywriter Day Look Like? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
3/13/202427 minutes, 34 seconds
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173. How to Elevate Your Profile & Land Copywriting Clients on LinkedIn

You *know* LinkedIn is important for landing work but when it comes to building or updating your profile…well, taking a nap always seems like a better option. But LinkedIn can strongly impact your career and by taking the right steps to optimize your page, you could be attracting job leads and recruiter connections while you sleep! In this episode, Nicki and Kate are running through some of the most important changes that will zhuzh up your copywriter LinkedIn profile and make yourself irresistible to hiring managers, potential clients, and recruiters! --------------- Mentioned on this Episode What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview  Related Links How to Optimize Your Copywriting LinkedIn PageYour Ideal Clients Want You to Pitch ThemBusiness Builder or Time Waster? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
3/6/202436 minutes, 3 seconds
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172. Taking Action in the Face of Imposter Syndrome - Shelby's Story

Have you ever scrolled past copywriting roles at big-name companies, feeling like they’re out of your league? “There’s no WAY they’d consider hiring someone like me!” Many of us have doubted whether those big, corporate giants would ever give us a shot. But today, we’re about to share a story that proves those internal doubts wrong… When Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student Shelby landed an interview at a big corporation, she certainly thought it was one of those “’too good to be true” scenarios. Little did she know, her unique approach would be key to standing out from the crowd and securing the position! Tune in to discover the two key ingredients that helped Shelby land the job of her dreams. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode View Shelby’s portfolio site Related Links Can Copywriting Be a Side Hustle?1 Year to a Senior Copywriter Promotion – Kelsey’s StoryWhy Freelance Copywriters Should Still Apply to Full-Time JobsHow To Prepare for a Copywriting InterviewAce These Copywriting Interview Questions to Land the Job --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
2/28/202422 minutes, 26 seconds
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171. Help! My Client Wants to Test My Copy!

“Wait, my copy is going to be put to the test?! What?!” Anything that mentions the word “test” always sounds scary but don’t panic! When a client starts to talk to you about potentially running tests on your copy, this is something that you should not only embrace, but even be excited about. Testing your copy is a chance for you to better serve your client, allowing you to learn a lot about what resonates with a particular audience. In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss how testing works, as well as different opportunities for testing copy that could help you deliver more value and drive better results. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode What is a Copywriting Test and Should You Do One? Related Links Know Your Copywriting NumbersCopywriting Metrics: What You Need to Know --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
2/21/202427 minutes, 25 seconds
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170. Why You Need to Upsell Your Copywriting Clients (And How to Do It the Non-Sleazy Way)

We know by now that pitching clients is hands down the best way to control your workload and your income. But if you’re spending all your time pitching new clients, you could be missing a trick… Sometimes we forget that the easiest clients to pitch are the ones who already know you and love the work you’re doing. So today, Nicki and Kate are diving into the strategies for upselling past and current clients so that you can deliver more value, increase your income, and grow your business! --------------- Related Links Should You Package Your Copywriting Services?Too Afraid to Pitch? Business Owners WANT Your Copywriting Pitches --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
2/14/202432 minutes, 16 seconds
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169. 12 Marks of a Lazy Copywriter (And How to Avoid Becoming One Yourself!)

OK, it’s time to ‘fess up. Is some laziness starting to creep into your copywriting? If you find yourself hitting “send” without a second look, resorting to tired seasonal puns (PLEASE no more “fall for falling prices”), or skipping the strategy stage…it might be time for a wake-up call. Our clients rely on us for the highest quality work and, as tempting as it can be to cut corners sometimes, it’s a sure fire way to start producing mediocre work. Listen in to discover the lazy behaviors you want to steer clear of to achieve copywriting success. Plus, Nicki and Kate reveal the lazy habits they’ve been guilty of too—no one’s perfect after all 😉 --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Wendy’s Ranch Tooth commercialAre You Skipping This Essential Copywriting Task? Related Links Keep Your Copywriting Creative Review from Going off the RailsThe Creative Project ProcessSelf-Edit Your Copywriting: Why It’s a Must & How To Do It --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
2/7/202433 minutes, 14 seconds
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168. 1 Year to a Senior Copywriter Promotion - Kelsey's Story

Despite being born with a passion for writing, Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student just couldn’t seem to find a way to make it her full-time gig. But spending 20 years working in the bar and restaurant industry, living paycheck to paycheck, had started to take its toll physically and emotionally. Within a matter of months of starting the CCA course, Kelsey’s portfolio site was up and running and she landed the job of her dreams. Not only has she already bagged herself a promotion to senior copywriter (in under a year!), she also gets to work on some pretty exciting (ahem, KIM K!!) brand collaborations. Listen in to Kelsey’s story, which is a great testament to taking action, even when you have doubts. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Kelsey’s portfolio Related Links Building a Copywriting Side Hustle With a Full-Time Job – Claire’s StoryBuild a Copywriting Business While Working 9 to 5Journalist Turned Copywriter – Dori’s Story --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/31/202443 minutes, 8 seconds
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167. How to Deal with Haters, Doubters, and Anyone Getting in the Way of Your Copywriting Career

When you’re starting a new career in copywriting, you might run into some…less than helpful comments, shall we say. “Copywriting–is that actually a real career?” and “Is that even something you can make money from?” are some of the classics. But as Taylor Swift so wisely said: “The haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate)” and you can’t live your life letting other people’s opinions hold you back from your goals. Whether they’re people from your inner circle or strangers online, listen in as Nicki and Kate dig into the best ways to handle anyone getting in the way of your copywriting success. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Changing Careers to Become a Copywriter – Adele’s StoryWhy Some Copywriters Fail Related Links The Worst Advice for New Freelancers (And What to Do Instead)Why People Tell You “Copywriting Is Hard to Get Into”Which Work From Home Writing Jobs Are Real? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
1/24/202432 minutes, 4 seconds
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166. How Copywriters Can Add Content Strategy as a Service - with Amanda Hand

While it’s not necessary to build a successful copywriting career, adding complementary skills to your toolbox can be advantageous. And–despite its name–content strategy can actually make a great pairing with copywriting. Experienced content strategist Amanda Hand joins Nicki and Kate in this week’s episode to dig into this role further and what it takes to create high-performing content that drives business growth. For anyone interested in the dynamic field of content strategy and SEO, Amanda is a must-listen voice! (Content writing…content marketing…content strategy…we know how confusing all the content buzzwords can be. But don’t panic–all will be explained in the episode!) --------------- Mentioned on this Episode What’s the Difference Between Copy and Content?#1 Secret for Copywriting SuccessLinkedIn SEO Keyword strategy course – a basic introduction to SEO keywordsHere’s a basic course Amanda asks writers to take on her team. It’s less than 2 hours and it helps them think about keywords and how to use them to help understand the user when writing.Find out more about Amanda’s SEO agency  Related Links What is Content Strategy? And How Is It Different from Copywriting?What You Need to Know About Being an “SEO Copywriter” --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
1/17/202437 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sorry Julie

We love recording the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast ... but sometimes we mess up. A lot. Luckily, we have the very best podcast editor, Julie, who makes us sound extra coherent. To celebrate her 3-year anniversary with the Nicki K Media team, we enlisted her husband Jay's help to put together this tribute to all the times we're caught saying "Sorry Julie" while recording. A project that started as a joke became a very serious reality. Enjoy this earworm of a song and show your appreciation for Julie's editing genius by leaving her a note in your review!
1/12/20248 minutes, 34 seconds
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165. Terrible Advice New Copywriters Get All the Time

We can’t help but facepalm when a student tells us, “but I’ve heard you have to [insert terrible advice from a so-called copywriting ‘guru’]?” Despite its wealth of information, the internet has created an echo chamber of bad advice, especially for new copywriters. In this episode, Nicki and Kate roll up their sleeves and dig into some of the worst recommendations out there, from hand copying ads, to niches, and–dare we even mention–Upwork. You’ll also find out what *truly* works instead–well, at least for our 10,000+ copywriting students… --------------- Mentioned on this Episode 5 Ways to Improve Your CopywritingWhy Choosing a Copywriting Niche is Terrible AdviceWhat’s the Difference Between Copy and Content?Artificial Intelligence Copywriting: Do You Need to Worry?1 Copywriting Tactic You Should Avoid at All CostsWhat is a Copywriting Test and Should You Do One? Related Links How to Avoid the Copywriting Niche TrapWhat’s a Copy Test?Content or Copy: How to Tell the Difference and What Should You ChargeThe Real Math on Job Bidding Site “Success”Should I use job bidding sites like Upwork? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
1/10/202456 minutes, 3 seconds
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164. Changing Roles Within Your Current Company - Joseph's Story

When it comes to landing copywriting roles, the proof really is in the pudding. If you can demonstrate that you can do great work, the opportunities are there for the taking–and some of them might even be right under your nose… In this episode, Nicki and Kate are joined by Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student Joe, who shares how proactively pitching an idea helped him transition out of a career in finance and into a brand new role as marketing content manager (created just for him!). Listen in to hear the importance of showcasing your value, the power of your current network, and why you don’t need to worry about “knowing it all”. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Joseph’s portfolioJoseph’s Instagram pageLanding a Senior Copywriter Role with No Paid Experience Related Links The Three Steps to Career ChangeFrom Financial Professional to Copywriter—Chaundell’s StoryFind Copywriting Clients by Networking in the Right PlacesChanging Your Career to Copywriting While at Your Existing JobYour Goal Should Be to Love Your Career. Period. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
1/3/202433 minutes, 49 seconds
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163. Are Your Copywriting Prices Leaving Money on the Table?

Do your project costs only factor in time spent writing, editing, and in meetings? If so, you may be doing a lot of pro bono work for your clients–and we’re fairly certain you didn’t get into this business to work for free! As a freelancer, it’s easy to get caught up in our emotions, fear, and self-doubt. In this episode, Nicki and Kate encourage us to put on our CFO hats, look at our numbers, and make sure that we are getting paid for *all* of the work that we’re doing. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode The Right Way to Raise Copywriting RatesIncrease Your Copywriting Pricing Without Burning Bridges Related Links How to Set Your Copywriting RatesWhy Most Advice About How to Price Your Services is Dead Wrong for YouCopywriting Is Only 1/3 Writing—Here’s Why That Affects How You Charge --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
12/27/202340 minutes, 58 seconds
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162. #1 Secret for Copywriting Success

Do you ever suffer from “shiny object syndrome”? The feeling of learning something new can bring a lot of excitement but it could also be a sign that resistance is creeping in… When you first start digging into copywriting, you’re exposed to a whole new world of possibilities, from SEO, to graphic design and web development. We know how tempting it is to want to learn all of the skills but in reality, it could be slowing down your success. Listen in as Nicki and Kate reveal what’s really needed to make sure you achieve your goals. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Copywriting & Design: Insights from a Global Design Leader – Ch’ien Chan Related Links What Does a Copywriter NOT Do?Should I Combine Copywriting and Graphic Design Services?What Do Copywriters Actually Do?Fake Job Alert: What You Need to Know About Being an “SEO Copywriter” --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
12/20/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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161. 1 Copywriting Tactic You Should Avoid at All Costs

Whether it’s the email formula that will “10x your sales” or the subject line that will “double your open rates”, there’s–unfortunately–a copywriting template for pretty much anything these days. But is pressing the easy button going to deliver excellent results for your client? Tune in as Nicki and Kate talk (ahem, rage) about why you shouldn’t undermine your own skills and the value of what you do by leaning on templates. --------------- Related Links Can Copywriting Software Replace Skilled Copywriters?Artificial Intelligence Copywriting: Do You Need to Worry? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
12/13/202325 minutes, 44 seconds
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160. How This Teacher Doubled Her Salary and Decreased Stress - Amanda's Story

The 2023 Summer Freelance summit brought you a star-powered lineup of expert speakers, dedicated to helping you progress your freelance career. Today’s podcast episode is breaking down three days’ worth of inspiration into a smattering of highlights to help you optimize your freelance business! From mastering your personal finances and combatting procrastination to implementing game-changing features on your website (and much more!), this is your chance to steal some of the most effective tactics that will boost your business as we soon enter 2024. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Amanda’s Portfolio Related Links Master Your Money Mindset – With Brie SodanoHow to Calm Your Nerves for Meetings with Copywriting ClientsHow to Set Your Copywriting RatesBusiness Builder or Time Waster? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
12/6/202337 minutes, 55 seconds
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159. 8 Tips You Can Use Right Now to Step Up Your Freelance Copywriting Game

The 2023 Summer Freelance summit brought you a star-powered lineup of expert speakers, dedicated to helping you progress your freelance career. Today’s podcast episode is breaking down three days’ worth of inspiration into a smattering of highlights to help you optimize your freelance business! From mastering your personal finances and combatting procrastination to implementing game-changing features on your website (and much more!), this is your chance to steal some of the most effective tactics that will boost your business as we soon enter 2024. --------------- Related Links Master Your Money Mindset – With Brie SodanoHow to Calm Your Nerves for Meetings with Copywriting ClientsHow to Set Your Copywriting RatesBusiness Builder or Time Waster? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/29/202341 minutes, 3 seconds
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158. Set Your Future Self Up for Success Right Now

Today’s episode is a little bit Back to the Future-esque as we dive into the concept of setting your future self up for success. This is something the Filthy Rich Writer team is verrry big on, so we want to share some of the best actions that will make future you oh so thankful. Tend to drag your heels before sending an invoice? Always finding a reason not to update your portfolio? Listen in for some expert tips to help you smooth out your processes and make your future self proud. --------------- Related Links 5 Ways Super-Productive Copywriters Start Their DaysDaily Habits of the Most Successful Writers & CreativesWhat Are Your Copywriting Business Rules?3 Steps to Taking a Vacation as a Freelance CopywriterThe Right Way to Invoice Your Copywriting Clients --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/22/202332 minutes, 44 seconds
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157. Are You Living in the Gap or the Gain?

If you’re anything like most of the members in our community, you’re probably the type of person who sets goals and measures yourself against “ideals”. But sometimes, in the pursuit of those dreams, we forget to give ourselves credit for what we’ve already achieved. Built your portfolio? Sent your first pitch? Landed your first client?! These are all HUUUGE wins worth celebrating! On today’s episode, Nicki and Kate are discussing some of the most valuable takeaways from the book The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy. If you find yourself slipping into “gap thinking” and dismissing your wins a bit too quickly, listen in to discover how you can find fulfillment again throughout your journey of achievement. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Master Your Money Mindset – With Brie SodanoThe Gap and The Gain by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy Related Links Should a Money Mindset Matter to Copywriters?Book Pick: Why Your Obsession with Money is Getting in the Way of Your Copywriting Success#1 Thing You Need to Do Throughout Your Copywriting Career --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/15/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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Laser Coaching - How to Land Copywriting Work with an Ad Agency

On today’s Laser Coaching call, Nicki and Kate meet with a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student who is wondering if she needs to change her approach when pitching ad agencies in particular. In this info-packed coaching call, you’ll hear advice around how to demonstrate that you can think strategically and what to do if resistance is getting in the way of your pitches! --------------- Related Links Copywriting for Ad Agencies: What to Expect and Why It’s Great for Your Career5 Ways to Vastly Improve Your Pitches to Would-Be Copywriting ClientsHow NOT to Pitch Potential Copywriting Clients --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/10/202315 minutes, 7 seconds
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156. 11 Years in Social Work to a $10K/Month Copywriting Career - Sonali's Story

Like many Comprehensive Copywriting Academy students, Sonali came from an entirely different professional background. After 11 years in social work, she knew it wasn’t her forever job. Sonali always had an affinity for writing and copywriting soon became an attractive career choice. Sonali decided to go all in on her new career and set a goal to hit $5K a month by June 2023. Spoiler: She hit that by April and now has her sights set on hitting $10K a month by the end of the year! But it’s not just the financial freedom she’s benefitting from, as she now has the flexibility to spend more time with her family in India. Tune in to hear Sonali tell us all about how to be your own superpower when it comes to finding success in copywriting. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Her Goal Was to Replace Her Teaching Income in 5 Months: She Did It in 6 WeeksView Sonali’s portfolio Related Links From Financial Professional to Copywriter—Chaundell’s StoryLanding a 4-Figure Project 2 Months In—Courtney’s StoryMost Common Copywriter Backgrounds --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/8/202336 minutes, 27 seconds
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155. Top Copywriting Advice from Working Copywriters

We’ve had the pleasure of hearing some truly remarkable stories and transformations from the students inside our Comprehensive Copywriting Academy. In this special episode, we’re giving you a roundup of some of the very best advice from our CCA students and working copywriters. What all of our success stories have in common? A willingness to embrace discomfort, dream a little bigger, and welcome new opportunities. Get ready to be inspired because if they can do it, what’s stopping you? --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Hitting 6 Figures As a Copywriter in 6 Months – Stacy’s StoryChanging Careers to Become a Copywriter – Adele’s StoryLanding a 4-Figure Project 2 Months In—Courtney’s StoryLanding a Senior Copywriter Role with No Paid Experience – Mike’s StoryBecoming a Social Media Copywriter & Manager – Carli’s StoryNavigating Ups and Downs in a Copywriting Career – Tammy’s Story Related Links Overcoming Copywriter Imposter SyndromeWhat to Do When You Feel InadequateWhat to Look for in a Copywriting Job5 Reasons You’re Not Getting Copywriting Job Responses --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/1/202346 minutes, 31 seconds
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154. How Freelancers Can Masterfully Juggle Multiple Projects - with Kaitlyn Spinney

Ever felt like your to-do list is about to stage a coup? Some tasks have practically set up camp there for what feels like forever, and you keep telling yourself you’ll get around to them… eventually. Here to arm you with the knowledge to tackle your to-do list with ease is our own operations manager and go-to problem-solver, Kaitlyn Spinney. Tune in to hear her expert advice on managing your time more effectively, reducing overwhelm, and the digital tools that could make your life a whole lot easier! ----------------- Related Links Amp Up Your Copywriting Productivity with Ultra Scheduling5 Ways Super-Productive Copywriters Start Their Days4 Tools to Stay On Top of Your To Do ListStaying Productive When I’m Unmotivated: Pomodoro TechniqueHow to Set Up Your Schedule When Working from Home --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/25/202345 minutes, 10 seconds
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Laser Coaching - Balancing a Copywriting Career with an Acting Career

Copywriting is an ideal way to supplement your income. It’s flexible, creative, fun, and you can work with clients from anywhere. But when you’re not consistently working on your copywriting business and honing your skills, it can feel like an uphill battle. Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student Indigo is struggling to balance her acting career with her copywriting work, so asked Nicki and Kate to advise on how to switch between these two roles more effectively. In this Laser Coaching session, you’ll learn the significance of taking consistent small steps to successfully balance multiple careers. --------------- Related Links Can Copywriting Be a Side Hustle?Ep. 55: Building a Copywriting Side Hustle With a Full-Time Job – Claire’s StoryEp. 75: How to Be a Part-Time Copywriter with a Full-Time Job – Catching Up with Alicia --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/20/202318 minutes, 18 seconds
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153. How to Write Powerful Copy (Even When the Product or Service Isn't Interesting)

As a copywriter, you get to write for a whole range of different brands and industries (especially when you follow our “no niche” advice). And while you might get your fair share of exciting projects writing about exotic travel, luxury products, and delicious food, other topics may seem a little more…dull.  We get it–it may seem hard to convince someone that a tractor part is going to transform their life. But it is your magical superpower as a copywriter that means you can turn any subject into an engaging piece of writing! In this episode, Nicki and Kate remind us why the target audience should be at the forefront of our minds if we want to write killer copy, especially for industries you’re less enthused about. --------------- Related Links Episode 137: How To Structure Your Copy for Every ProjectEpisode 126: Good vs. Bad Copywriting: How Do You Tell the Difference?Ep. 5: Why Choosing a Copywriting Niche is Terrible AdviceHow to Avoid the Copywriting Niche Trap --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/18/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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From Pastry Chef to Dutch Copywriter - Steffan's Story

Depending on what’s going on in your life, and what you need in the moment, copywriting offers a ton of flexibility. And Comprehensive Copywriting Academy Student, Steffan, is a prime example of how to take full advantage of all the different possibilities!  After years of working as a pastry chef, Steffan had to rethink his career when the pandemic hit the industry hard. He joined the CCA in 2021–fast forward two years and he has landed a full-time on staff position writing copy for an insurance company in the Netherlands! Listen in to hear some of the benefits of working in-house and his wise words of advice for anyone just starting out.  -------------- Mentioned on this Episode What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview (Part 1 of 3)Ace Your Copywriting Interview (Part 2 of 3)Post-Interview Must Dos (Part 3 of 3)View Steffan’s portfolio Related Links Why Freelance Copywriters Should Still Apply to Full-Time JobsOn-Staff vs. Freelance Copywriting: Which is Better? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/11/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is Manifesting a Copywriting Career Bogus?

The concept of the law of attraction is that you can manifest your deepest desires into being with merely the power of thought. So does that mean you can think your way into a 6-figure copywriting career? Sadly just sitting and waiting for it to happen isn’t quite how it works–but you do have to believe that it is possible for you. If you’ve ever been guilty of saying things like “Sure, it worked for them, but it wouldn’t work for me!” or “I don’t think I can do it”, this skepticism could be holding you back from achieving your goals. Join Nicki and Kate as they dive into the world of manifestation and explain why you have a lot more agency than you might think… --------------- Mentioned on this Episode CCA Student Testimonials Related Links Ep. 85: Overcome Scarcity Mindset as a Copywriter with Mindi Huebner3 Books to Help You Amp Up Your PersistenceOvercoming Copywriter Imposter Syndrome --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/4/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Day in the Life of a Copywriter

One of the selling points of a career in copywriting is the flexibility of how you structure your work. But if you’re not yet making your living as a full-time copywriter, you might be wondering how a copywriter actually spends their time.  While this is going to look completely different from one person to another (especially as there are different routes like freelancing or working on-staff), there will still be some commonalities. In this episode, Nicki and Kate talk us through the details of a day in the life of a copywriter and how best to use your time when you’re feeling more or less creative! --------------- Related Links What Does a Typical Copywriter Schedule Look Like?5 Ways Super-Productive Copywriters Start Their Days --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/27/202332 minutes, 33 seconds
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Laser Coaching: How Can I Work Remotely from Anywhere in the World?

Working from anywhere in the world is an aspiration shared by many copywriters. Now, more than ever, clients don’t care where you are. They just care about the work you deliver. Working with remote clients, whether they’re in a different state or another country, can be a bigger challenge than expected. In this Laser Coaching sessions, Comprehensive Copywriting Student Melody is seeking advice from Nicki and Kate about how to set herself, and her clients, up for success! Listen in to find out how to do it right. --------------- Related Links Is it Really Possible for Copywriters to Work Entirely Remotely?Tips for Copywriters Working With Remote ClientsWhich Work From Home Writing Jobs Are Real?7 Tips to Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle as a Copywriter --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/22/202315 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Worst Advice for New Freelancers (And What to Do Instead)

No one’s born knowing how to freelance–just like no one’s born knowing how to write copy. So if you’re told to hold your nose and jump into freelancing without a schedule for finding clients or how you’re going to work, you’re probably not going to build the career you want. If you are going to take the leap into freelancing, you need to make sure that there is a net (and maybe a backup net!) in place. Join Nicki and Kate as they highlight the importance of planning and developing the necessary skills when entering the world of freelancing. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Ep. 73: Bridging the Gap from Quitting a Job to Full Time Freelance Related Links Amp Up Your Copywriting Productivity with Ultra SchedulingA Powerful Self-Inventory for Freelance Business SuccessWhat Are Your Copywriting Business Rules?Setting Boundaries as a Copywriter --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/20/202328 minutes, 48 seconds
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148. Copywriting Replaced This Teacher's Income—And She Works Less Hours - Jess's Story

Feeling unfulfilled and burnt out from teaching, Jess Frischolz took the brave step to hand in her resignation just over a year ago. Within just one month of working as a copywriter, she was earning the same money and working fewer hours! On this episode, Nicki and Kate speak with CCA student Jess about her inspiring transition from teaching to copywriting. Listen in to hear how she persevered through repeated rejections to land her dream job, and how she is embracing the newfound freedom in her life. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Visit Jess’s Portfolio Related Links Ep. 91: Transitioning Out of Teaching to Copywriting – George’s StoryGreat Summer Job for Teachers: CopywritingBest Backgrounds and Degrees for Getting Into CopywritingHow Much Experience Do You Need to Become a Copywriter? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/13/202347 minutes, 2 seconds
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Laser Coaching: Identifying the Deep Benefit for Artwork

The benefit to the consumer is the number one thing a copywriter has to keep in mind while writing. For some things, like artwork, it can feel a little bit less concrete. CCA student Shelby is looking to write copy for art and creative writing clients, but is having trouble identifying what the deep benefit is. In today’s Laser Coaching session, Nicki and Kate discuss how each individual project requires a different approach to highlight its unique benefit. -------------- Related Links Copywriting Q&A: The Magic Bullet for Effective CopyFeatures vs. Benefits Quiz: Test Your Copywriting Knowledge --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/8/202314 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to Avoid Freak Outs & Solve Any Challenge

As much as we love building our own businesses and being in charge, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. It’s still real life, and challenges will probably come up. When things do go wrong, the tendency is often to panic and freak out.  In today’s episode, we are giving you a set of tools to figure out what the problems are in your business (or any area of life!) and exactly how to solve them. Worried about how many hours you’re working? Stressed about not meeting your financial goals? Tune in to hear how this problem-solving framework can get you right back on track. --------------- Related Links Frustrated, Disillusioned, and/or Procrastinating? It’s Time to Fight ResistanceCopywriting Rush Fees: When and How to Charge ThemEp. 17: How to Set Your Copywriting RatesWhat Are Your Copywriting Business Rules?Ep.134: Keep Copywriting Fun: 3 Must-Implement Business Boundaries --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/6/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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Face Your Freelance Finance Fears - with Crystalynn Shelton (CPA)

As copywriters, we’re in control of the words but when it comes to the numbers, things can get a little intimidating. Like anything, numbers become less scary and hold less power over you when you face them head first—and then you can use that information to build an even more lucrative copywriting business! Nicki and Kate are joined by Certified Public Accountant, small business advisor, and QuickBooks Top 100 ProAdvisor Crystalynn Shelton, who shares what numbers you need to know as a copywriter—and when you should start working with a pro who can do it for you. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Listen to her podcast: https://www.crystalynnshelton.com/podcastsWebsite: https://www.crystalynnshelton.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crystalynn.shelton.5/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalynn-shelton-cpa-09436995/ Instagram: @crystalynnshelton Related Links Set Your Copywriting Business Up for Financial SuccessOpening a Business Bank Account as a CopywriterAccounting Tips for New CopywritersEp. 112: Want to Earn Six Figures as a Copywriter? Get Your Finances in Order --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/30/202337 minutes
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Laser Coaching: Turn an Informational Interview Into Work

Today we are taking an inside look at a Laser Coaching session with Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, Gabe. Gabe has an upcoming informal meeting with an agency owner, and is interested to know how he can turn this into an opportunity for potential work. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate offer Gabe advice on how to approach this in-person pitch to maximize his chances of being hired. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Ep. 15: 11 Traits of the Most Successful Copywriters Related Links Ep. 133: Are You Giving Off Any of These Copywriter Red Flags?BONUS Laser Coaching: How to Pitch Copywriting Services to Agencies --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/25/202316 minutes, 30 seconds
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Catchy Hook or Clickbait? How to Tell the Difference

There’s nothing worse than scrolling online and coming across a headline that you simply have to click—only to discover you’ve been completely misled and won’t be getting the answers you wanted. As a copywriter, how do you know if you’re writing effective hooks or if your copy falls into the dreaded clickbait category? In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss the importance of hooks in copywriting and how to distinguish between hooks and clickbait. They provide examples of impactful hooks and caution against using clickbait techniques that disappoint readers and erode trust. --------------- Related Links What Your Headlines Are Missing Copywriting Q&A: When to Use Curiosity Headlines Ep. 27: The Most Important Piece of Email Copy --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/23/202315 minutes, 14 seconds
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Navigating Ups and Downs in a Copywriting Career - Tammy's Story

When Tammy was burned out from teaching, she decided to give herself a little room to decide what her next career move was. Like many people making a major career shift, she fought the temptation to go back into education. But, when friends told her she could make money writing, she leaned into her copywriting career, joining the CCA and blocking out the internal voices telling her to go back to her old career. Tammy joined the CCA in May, was pitching by August, and landed her first freelance clients by September. She started a full-time job at an ad agency starting in January 2023—but then something unexpected happened. Listen in to hear Tammy’s incredible story and her inspiring mindset tips for working through unexpected challenges. ----------------- Mentioned on This Episode: Tammy’s PortfolioNail Your Copywriting Interview (Parts I, II, and III)Land the Job by Acing These Copywriting Interview Questions Related Links Is it Better to Be an On-Staff Copywriter or a Freelance Copywriter? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/16/202340 minutes, 53 seconds
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Laser Coaching: How to Find Email Copywriting Clients

One of the best parts about being in charge of your own copywriting career is that you get to choose the type of work you want to focus on. In this laser copy coaching session, our hosts are joined by CCA Student, Kory, who has a desire to become specialized in email marketing, but is unsure how and where to start finding clients with his limited experience. Listen in to find out how opting in to an abundance of email will inspire your value-based pitches. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Marketing School PodcastThe Digital Marketer PodcastStacked MarketerHubspot Email MarketingThe Art of Online Business Podcast Related Links Ep. 84: When to Break the Copywriting Niche Rule --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/11/202331 minutes, 19 seconds
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Business Builder or Time Waster?

When you’re building your own copywriting business, it can be hard to know how to manage your time. People often like to spend time on tasks that feel comfortable (like finding the perfect URL…), even though it’s not actually moving the needle forward in your business. In this episode, Nicki and Kate highlight some of the common time wasters, provide insight into the activities that are almost always business builders, and remind us to continually evaluate how we are using our time. --------------- Related Links: 5 Easy Tips for Maximizing Your TimeAmp Up Your Copywriting Productivity with Ultra Scheduling --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/9/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 27 seconds
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On-Staff vs. Freelance Copywriting: Which is Better?

One of the wonders of a copywriting career is how versatile and flexible it can be. But having so many opportunities and so much freedom can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t know which direction is best to take. Today, Nicki and Kate answer the long standing debate once and for all: Is it better to focus on on-staff or freelance copywriting careers? The answer is not as black and white as you might think… -------------- Mentioned on this Episode Ep. 56: What is a Copywriting Test and Should You Do One?Ep. 49: How to Build Your Own Benefits as a Freelancer Related Links Freelance Copywriter Benefits: How to Build Your Own Benefits PackageIs it Better to Be an On-Staff Copywriter or a Freelance Copywriter? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/2/202358 minutes, 58 seconds
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Laser Coaching: A Copywriter's Guide to Creative Thinking

When transitioning to a copywriting career from a long-term position elsewhere, it can feel challenging to break away from the rigid structures you are accustomed to. In this laser copy coaching session, our hosts are joined by CCA Student, Felicity, who has worked in health care for 20 years, and is struggling for ways to expand her creative thinking in a brand new industry. Listen in to learn how lowering the pressure on yourself and giving yourself permission to work in an entirely different way can unlock your creativity. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Spotify Workday Lounge Playlist Related Links The Copywriter’s Creativity Problem --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/28/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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#1 Change That Will Double Your Copywriting Income

When you’re building your copywriting business, it can be easy to while hours away working on tasks that aren’t actually driving you any closer to your goals. Often if we are feeling a little bit of resistance about taking the next step, we default to doing the stuff that doesn’t have as much of an impact, like posting on Instagram or dare I say watching Netflix! Once you do start taking your business seriously, even though it may feel uncomfortable at times, you will transition from having a hobby to having a business. In today’s episode, Nicki and Kate discuss how putting on your CEO hat can truly propel your business forward and at least double your income. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode CCA Core Training Module 0 Video 4 ‘Fight Resistance-and Win’ (For CCA Students) Related Links Frustrated or Fearful? How New Copywriters Can Fight Resistance --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/26/202328 minutes, 23 seconds
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Traveling Europe While Running a Copywriting Agency - Chris's Story

The idea of traveling the world while working is a distant dream for most people. But one of the best things about a freelance career in copywriting is that you have the flexibility to hop on a plane with your laptop whenever you want. In this episode, we are joined by one of our star CCA students, Chris, who was determined to take advantage of the digital nomad lifestyle. Listen to Chris share his journey of building a successful business while traveling, his practical tips for managing workload, and his advice for anyone hoping to move their business toward an agency model. --------------- Related Links 7 Tips to Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle as a Copywriter6 Must-Pack Items to Write Copy OverseasIs it Really Possible for Copywriters to Work Entirely Remotely?Ep. 68: Learning to Embrace the Flexibility of Copywriting --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/19/202321 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are You Skipping This Essential Copywriting Task?

A creative review is essentially a meeting designed to present your work to project stakeholders, discuss it, and leave with clear next steps on refining the project to be the best possible version it can be. Sometimes it’s just you and your client. Sometimes it’s you, your design partner, a marketing manager, project manager, and others involved in the project. You review the creative brief, so every one is on the same page and reminded of the project goals. Listen in to hear why Nicki and Kate call this task essential, and the best way to make it happen! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/12/202327 minutes, 17 seconds
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When Copywriting Inspiration Becomes Copywriting Comparison

There are times when copywriting inspiration turns into copywriting comparison, and it can happen quickly before the person consuming that information even knows what is happening. But it’s important to recognize when your information intake makes you feel bad about yourself or your business or your life, and pay attention to the triggers. Nicki and Kate take time to discuss how this has happened to them (it happens to everyone) and the strategies they use to combat those negative comparisons and how keep them from stealing their energy. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/5/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to Structure Your Copy for Every Project

When you are approaching a project and have a blank page in front of you it can be overwhelming, so starting with a jumping off point for your project is key. The creative brief will act as a roadmap for the project. In this episode Nicki and Kate discuss how to best use that roadmap and what tools CCA students have best convey the message and achieve the goal that has been laid out for them. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode Ep. 70: Tips for Tackling Blank Page Syndrome --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/28/202332 minutes, 5 seconds
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Copywriting Transformed Her Quality of Life - Amy's Story

Before joining the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy, Amy had tried numerous jobs. But she hadn't found the one that made work-life balance actually achievable. She wanted to earn the income she needed for her family, but her far bigger goals were having a job where she was able to relax and control her own day. Listen in to hear Amy's story, including her advice for introverts, as well as tips for combatting resistance and reaching your goals. --------------- Mentioned In This Episode: Amy's Portfolio --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/21/202338 minutes, 56 seconds
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Laser Coaching: How Do I Find Clients for Freelancing?

On today’s Laser Coaching call we hear Nicki and Kate meet with a CCA student who is wondering “What’s next?” and where to focus her energy. She is ready to start to start pitching but unsure of the best way to do that, and how the follow up process to pitching works! Listen in to this info packed coaching call for tips and info on how to find your freelance clients! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/16/202317 minutes, 26 seconds
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Are Portfolio Schools Worth It?

Portfolio schools are most often two year programs that teach writers to build their portfolio. They pair students with designers to work together to create and curate pieces for your portfolio. While this may sounds great, there are also drawbacks. In this episode Nicki and Kate break down the pros and cons of portfolio school, what it really means to get a certificate at the end, and how to discern if portfolio school is the right decision for you! --------------- Mentioned In This Episode Ep. 18: How Do You Write a Spec Ad? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/14/202322 minutes
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Keep Copywriting Fun: 3 Must-Implement Business Boundaries

Copywriting is a super fun career. But, occasionally, you’ll notice you have no time in your schedule, you’re super stressed, and you’re wondering what happened to the “fun.” Sound familiar? It’s very likely you’re moving your business boundaries—or you never implemented them in the first place. Nicki and Kate dig in to business rules you need to create in three areas: your no lower than rate, your OOO rules, and your game plan for celebrating wins big and small. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/7/202330 minutes, 19 seconds
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Are You Giving Off Any of These Copywriter Red Flags?

Sometimes when you’re new, you might be nervous that your clients can tell that you’re inexperienced. In this episode, Nicki and Kate dig into how self-doubt might creep into client interactions and other red flags that make it obvious that you’re a newbie—like mixing content and copy to being paid by the word. You’ll leave this episode with the tools to always put your best foot forward with prospective clients. --------------- Mentioned in this Episode: Episode 3: What’s the Difference Between Copy and Content? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/31/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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Using Copywriting to Build a Second Business - Karen's Story

On today’s episode our hosts interview Karen, a CCA student, homeschooling mother of children with autism and a new business owner! They discuss her road to copywriting and what her new career has brought her family. Karen has found incredible success as a copywriter and credits it to the CCA. She is now starting her own business while working part time as a copywriter. --------------- Mentioned In This Episode Karen’s PortfolioOut of Your Ordinary --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
5/24/202323 minutes, 26 seconds
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Can You Make $10,000 Month with Copywriting?

As a freelance copywriter, you have to respect yourself enough to claim the rates you should be working for. Growing your copywriting career to a five-figure-a-month business is entirely possible. Not only is it possible, but it’s probable, if you follow some specific steps to grow your copywriting business. In today’s episode, Nicki and Kate discuss rates, tracking time, retaining current clients, and pitching as well as the importance of knowing your value as ways to help you achieve the financial success you deserve! -------------- Mentioned on this Episode Ep. 42: How Copywriters Can Negotiate with Confidence – with Susie TomenchokEp. 104: Biggest Copywriting Mistakes in Our Careers --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/17/202334 minutes, 38 seconds
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4 of the Highest Paying Copywriting Niches

As you know, we do not recommend choosing a copywriting niche when you’re just starting out as a copywriter. That advice still applies. There are high-paying copywriting clients across any and every industry. That said, there are four industries that tend to have clients willing to pay more—and higher paying projects—than other industries. (Emphasis on tend.) You may incorporate these industries on your pitch list, but we’d recommend not limiting yourself to any single industry—or judging any single industry based on one client or one experience. Listen in to hear what these industries are and what you need to know about each of them. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode: Your Unique Selling Point: Set Yourself Apart from the Competition --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/10/202331 minutes, 28 seconds
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#1 Thing You Need to Do Throughout Your Copywriting Career

Celebrating is important and what we tend to celebrate is hitting the big milestones (as you should), but that’s not the only stuff you should be celebrating! It’s about the journey. Anything that we do that takes us out of our comfort zone deserves to be acknowledged. Join Nicki and Kate as they discuss the when and why and how of celebrating your accomplishments and journey as a copywriter. Get Free Copywriting Training here 
5/3/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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Landing a 4-Figure Project 2 Months In - Courtney's Story

Courtney Cherry is a writer who went from working seven days a week in government to becoming a successful freelance copywriter. In this episode, Courtney shares her story of how she built her business in 15 months and now lives life on her terms. Courtney also shares tips on how to get started, the importance of copywriting, and the power of networking. She then goes on to discuss the importance of speaking up, taking risks, and finding the right support system. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/26/202332 minutes, 57 seconds
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Words Copywriters Need to Eliminate From Their Vocabulary

Today’s episode is about word choice, but not the copy you are writing, but how you are speaking and describing things to yourself. Our words have a lot of influence on the outcomes of situations that we might find uncomfortable, or hard or scary. You have to make the decision to speak to yourself in a more empowered way. Listen in as Nicki and Kate offer tips and benefits to speaking more kindly to yourself. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/19/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Good vs. Bad Copywriting: How Do You Tell the Difference?

The question of “What makes copy good or bad?” is often spun by our students into “Am I a good copywriter?” It’s a simple question with a not always so simple answer. In this episode Nicki and Kate dive into unraveling the answer, and how asking yourself if something is good copy or bad copy, will make you a better copywriter. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/12/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to Calm Your Nerves Before Copywriting Client Calls

A client responds to your pitch and you’re SUPER excited … and then completely overwhelmed as you dread actually getting on the call. What if they find out you’re a fraud? (You’re not a fraud, promise.) What if you don’t actually like them? (Great news…listen to this episode …).  First … breathe! Second, that’s what this Build Your Copywriting Business podcast episode is all about. Nicki and Kate are digging in to steps you can take to prepare and calm your nerves before client calls. And remember: there are more than 9 million online retailers in the world—2.5 million of which are in the US alone. That’s just online and just retailers. That means there are plenty of other clients if your discovery call with one doesn’t work out.  --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/5/202333 minutes, 28 seconds
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4 Questions to Massively Boost Your Copywriting Productivity

This episode is a self inventory that will help contribute to your success as a freelancer. Our hosts will help you determine when you work best to contribute to your success as a freelancer using four key question. The questions will help you determine when you work best, which results in increased productivity, more fun, less frustration…and more income! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/29/202335 minutes, 57 seconds
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"Slowly" Replacing Her Income with Copywriting ... in 3 Months - Melissa's Story

After seeing a Facebook ad for the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy our guest, Melissa, decided to pursue her desire to work freelance and joined the CCA. Within three months of beginning to pitch clients she was able to replace her income. Within the first year Melissa made 50% more than she would have at her previous job…all while working between 20 and 25 hours per week. --------------- Mentioned on this Episode: Melissa’s Portfolio: Reallygoodcopy.comMelissa’s LinkedInEp. 32: Starting a Copywriting Business with a Chronic Illness – Dorothy’s Story --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/22/202340 minutes, 53 seconds
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3 Steps to Taking Time Off as a Freelancer

A huge perk to being a freelancer is that you can work when and where you want. But even with that freedom freelancers are notorious for not taking vacations and working right through, resulting in burnout. As a freelancer you may feel like if you aren’t working, you aren’t making money. But if you set up your calendar you can plan for this! Nicki and Kate have real world advice for freelancers struggling to take time off throughout the year. -------------- Mentioned on this Episode: Ep. 49: How to Build Your Own Benefits as a Freelancer Related Links: 6 Must-Pack Items to Write Copy Overseas --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/15/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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Writing a Call to Action that Maximizes Engagement

If you haven’t yet, you’ll probably see “CTA” all over creative briefs and project outlines. CTA stands for “call to action” and refers to the copy you use to tell the reader what you want them to do next. You need to give your audience a next step to take. (We’re writing the copy for a reason, right? We want the reader to buy the hand towel, sign up for the course or watch the video–depending on the project, of course.) The call to action tells the reader what step to take next and how. --------------- Related Links What Makes a Good Call to Action (CTA)? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/8/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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Most Common Copywriter Backgrounds

Successful copywriters come from all backgrounds and experiences, in fact, that unique perspective can make you a better and more valuable copywriter. Becoming a copywriter is not dependent on your background, but on how hard you are willing to work, if you are consistent and persistent, and if you are willing to follow the steps. Listen in as Nicki and Kate outline why your background does not matter and what you really need to find success in copywriting! -------------- Mentioned In This Episode: 11 Traits of the Most Successful Copywriters --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/1/202317 minutes, 15 seconds
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From Copywriter to Managing a Team of Copywriters in Less Than 2 Years - Jenni's Story

When Jenni joined the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy in April 2021, she was working in a marketing role. Writing was part of her day-to-day work, but, like most CCA students, she didn’t know what copywriting was, much less that it was an entire career! Before she even finished the course, she was landing her first clients. Spoiler: in less than two years, she was managing a team of freelance copywriters and more than doubled her income. On this episode, Jenni shares a ton of valuable advice for copywriters looking to level up their own game, including the importance of your portfolio and how to calm your nerves when receiving feedback. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/22/202335 minutes, 9 seconds
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What's a Unique Selling Point?

A unique selling point or unique selling proposition (USP) tells your prospective clients why they should hire you versus any other copywriter. What do you have that no other copywriter brings to the table? If you’re instinct is to say, “Nothing! There’s nothing unique about me!”, then you’ll want to listen in.  Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been copywriting for awhile, it’s time to either write or revisit your USP. Nicki and Kate are breaking down how to write a compelling USP that will make it crystal clear to your prospective clients why you’re the best copywriter for the job. ---------------- Mentioned in this Episode 4 Steps to Write a Wildly Effective About Us Page Related Links Your Unique Selling Point: Set Yourself Apart from the Competition --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/15/202327 minutes
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Best Free Software for Copywriters

It’s very tempting to purchase software to make us feel professional. But taking action and landing clients is what makes you a professional copywriter. Making professional purchases is often a distraction from doing the work we need to do. That said, there is tons of software for copywriters that has a free level and today Nicki and Kate are talking about 7 of their favorites. While you may not get all the features at once, you can use the software and find what works to you. Then, when and if the time comes, you can upgrade…if it’s going to pay for itself many, many times over. --------------- Mentioned in this Episode: Asana [Note: this is an affiliate link]CalendlySpotifyToDoistFreedom --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/8/202329 minutes, 39 seconds
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How Handle Negative Copywriting Feedback Like a Pro

Getting feedback is not, by its nature, negative. Copywriters should all expect to get feedback other than “this is amazing, thank you!” We’re not in our clients heads. There may just be information they forgot to share or you didn’t think to ask—it’s a collaborative process!  But what happens when a client isn’t happy with the quality of the work or how the project turned out? Here’s how to handle negative copywriting feedback—without letting it ruin your day. --------------- Related Links: How to Give Copywriting Feedback --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/1/202325 minutes, 39 seconds
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She Replaced Her Teaching Income with Copywriting - Charlotte's Story

Seven months ago, Charlotte had no idea about copywriting. She set the goal of replacing her teaching income by August of 2023, when her youngest child starts going to school. Spoiler: she replaced her income within six months of joining the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy. On this episode, Nicki, Kate, and CCA student Charlotte talk about the transition from teaching to copywriting, including how Charlotte set the goal to leave her job, how she built up a financial safety net, and what it’s been like working from New Zealand with clients all over the world.  --------------- Mentioned on this episode: Charlotte’s Portfolio --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/25/202325 minutes, 32 seconds
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Hate Writing Your Own Portfolio? Use These Tips to Get It Done

Why is it that we can write copy for our clients with little fuss, but when it comes to writing for ourselves we kick and scream? The biggest reason copywriters struggle to write copy for themselves is that they don’t treat their own copywriting projects like a copy project. But it’s one of your most important copywriting projects you’ll ever do. Your portfolio needs to reflect your ability to write great copy. Otherwise, there’s a good chance clients won’t want to work with you! Nicki and Kate are digging into two keytactics you need to use that will help you write a stronger portfolio that makes clients want to work with you. --------------- Mentioned on this episode: 4 Biggest Copywriter Portfolio Mistakes Related Links: Ep. 39: The Creative Project ProcessCreative Brief: The First Step to Any Successful Copywriting Project --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/18/202324 minutes, 39 seconds
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Copywriting Client Didn't Pay? Here's What to Do

One of the biggest worries copywriters (and freelancers in general) have is: what if I do a project…and then my client doesn’t pay me? First, the good news: this is so unbelievably rare. Clients are running businesses. And, if they want to stay in business, they’re going to want to pay you (and any other service provider they work with). But, what happens if a client, for whatever reason, doesn’t pay on time? This week’s episode takes you through the four steps you want to take to handle late payments (and step 1 starts before you even send your invoice!). --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/11/202332 minutes, 45 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Lower the Pressure on Pitching

If you find yourself putting off pitching because it feels intimidating, you’re not alone. But in order for pitching to feel less intimidating you need to START pitching. On this bonus podcast episode, CCA student Alex joins Nicki and Kate for a Laser Copy Coaching session to dig into why she finds pitching overwhelming. If you’re looking for guidance on how to overcome resistance to pitching and why you need to give yourself grace if you don’t hear back, take a listen now! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/6/202315 minutes, 54 seconds
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Want to Earn Six Figures as a Copywriter? Get Your Finances in Order

A major part of setting and reaching your copywriting income goals is to get your finances in order. That’s right, you need to get a full picture of your finances and be diligent about tracking them if you want to stay on track. In this episode, Nicki and Kate share advice from their experience on how to manage your copywriting finances to help your business flourish. Listen in for actionable tips you can apply directly to your business! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/4/202328 minutes, 2 seconds
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From Financial Professional to Copywriter - Chaundell's Story

A sure way to find success as a copywriter is to decide what your goal is and to continue to make any step you can towards that goal. CCA student, Chaundell, is a perfect example of the success you can find when you refuse to let anything get in between you and success. Listen in to this episode to hear Chaundell share her story with Nicki and Kate and explain what she's learned along the way. Mentioned on this Episode Chaundell's portfolio Chaundell's Instagram --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/28/202222 minutes, 4 seconds
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What's Your Copywriting Career Path?

At the beginning of your career, you may think that all you want to do is become a freelance copywriter. And that’s great! But, it’s also important to stay open to different directions that your copywriting career could take you. In today’s episode, Nicki and Kate share examples of some of the various paths your career might follow and offer advice on how progress your career along the way. -------------- Mentioned on the Episode Ep. 103: Becoming a Social Media Copywriter & Manager – Carli’s Story --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/21/202223 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Right Way to Raise Copywriting Rates

How much you make in your copywriting career has a direct relationship with the rates you charge. In this episode, Nicki and Kate are sharing insights on how to raise your rates and when you should. Listen in to learn the best way to tell you clients about a rate increase, how to evaluate your rates, and when you should. -------------- Mentioned in this Episode Ep. 17: How to Set Your Copywriting Rates --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/14/202224 minutes, 23 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Tips for Neurodivergent Copywriters

Part of being a successful copywriter is using what makes your unique to your advantage! In this laser coaching session, CCA student Martha speaks with Nicki and Kate about how she can build a successful career as a neurodivergent copywriter. Listen in to learn best practices for turning a personal trait into a personal strength that sets you apart from other copywriters. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/9/202214 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is Copywriting the Same as Copyediting?

First off, copywriting and copyediting are not the same thing. That you may already know. But, in this episode Nicki and Kate elaborate on why the two are completely different skills and why you don’t have to offer both. Listen in to learn why being a professional copywriter doesn’t make you a professional copy editor.  --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here  Mentioned In This Episode What Is Copywriting?Content Writing vs. CopywritingNew York Times Copyediting TestMake Money Faster with Focused Services
12/7/202217 minutes, 10 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Focusing On Work You Want to Do

You call the shots when it comes to your copywriting career. So, this means that you can choose to focus on they type of work you want to do.  In this laser copy coaching session, our hosts are joined by CCA Student, Robin, who has expertise in multiple areas of copywriting, but is struggling to choose which service to focus on. Listen in to learn how to focus your business around the services you want to offer and why you don’t need to do any type of work just because you can. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/2/202219 minutes, 42 seconds
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Building a Copywriting Business as a Mom - with Kate K, Dorothy & Jen

Being a mother is a full-time job on its own. But it’s totally possible to build your copywriting business and continue to be the amazing parent that you are now. In this episode, CCA students (and stellar moms) Dorothy, Kate K, and Jen join the show to share their experiences running successful copywriting businesses while raising children. Listen in to learn how you can balance your time, set boundaries, and share your career with your children as you grow your copywriting business. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/30/202259 minutes, 44 seconds
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To Pitch or Not to Pitch Clients During the Holidays?

As the holidays season begins, you may start to wonder if you should adjust your copywriting business, like how often you pitch or what your current rates are. In this episode, Nicki and Kate explain why you need to keep pitching clients and why discounts only hurt you as a copywriter. Learn everything you need to know about pitching clients during the holidays and what could happen to your business if you don't. Plus, get insight on why offering discounts to your rates is not something you ever want to do. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/23/202219 minutes, 55 seconds
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Building an Agency - with Michelle Fernandez

Your career doesn't have to stop with one-to-one services. Eventually, you can grow your copywriting business into an agency! Michelle Fernandez did exactly that and built her own agency that specializes in paid media and funnel building. Michelle talks with Nicki and Kate about how she started her agency, what she looks for in a copywriter, and other best practices for running an agency successfully. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/16/202236 minutes, 39 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Top Tips for Wildly Effective Pitching

Nailing your pitches to clients is essential to landing consistent and high-paying work. In this laser copy coaching session, Victoria joins Nicki and Kate for advice on how to craft her pitches to help her land more work. Tune in for best practices when it comes to building and sending your pitches to a variety of different clients! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/11/202216 minutes, 27 seconds
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Biggest Copywriting Mistakes in Our Careers

The best way to learn to do something (like copywriting) is to learn it from someone who’s actually done it. That includes learning from their mistakes as well as their successes. And that’s exactly what you can do by listening to this episode. Nicki and Kate dive into the biggest mistakes that they’ve made in their careers and what they could’ve done differently in each situation. Listen and learn how you can prevent yourself from making the same errors in your career! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
11/9/202230 minutes, 55 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Make Money Faster With Focused Services

If you add more services, you’ll have more clients and earn money faster, right? Not quite. It’s all too easy to spread yourself too thin when starting out as a copywriter. Instead, the fastest way to get going and start earning money is to focus on copywriting! --------------- Mentioned on This Episode: https://filthyrichwriter.com/podcast/the-seo-copywriting-myth/https://filthyrichwriter.com/podcast/what-does-a-copywriter-not-do/ --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/4/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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Becoming a Social Media Copywriter & Manager - Carli's Story

Your copywriting career can be whatever you want it to be. Carli De La Cruz is a star CCA Student that used her copywriting skills to grow into a social media manager. Carli speaks with Nicki and Kate about how she scaled from a social media internship to social media manager and key lessons that she learned along the way. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/2/202224 minutes, 35 seconds
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Copywriting Metrics: What You Need to Know

There are various copywriting metrics that can be partially attributed to your work. But, there are a few things you need to know about copywriting metrics and what they can and can’t tell you. In this episode, Nicki and Kate are explaining the must-know details surrounding metrics including the factors that go into them, when you should and shouldn’t use them, and how much impact your writing actually has on the final results of a project. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/26/202221 minutes, 18 seconds
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Getting a Full-Time Copywriting Job with 6 Months Experience - Catching Up With James

There are tons of benefits to working as an on-staff copywriter that tend to get overlooked. James is a CCA student who went from successful freelance copywriter to thriving on-staff copywriter. James shares what he loves most about working on-staff and the ways it’s helped him grow as a writer.  -------------- Mentioned in This Episode Ep. 67: Copywriting as a Creative Outlet for an Actor – James’s StoryJames’s PortfolioHubspot Copywriting Portfolio Examples3 Knockout Copywriter Portfolios and Why We Love Them --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/21/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Master Your Money Mindset - With Brie Sodano

It’s time to master your money mindset so you can get absolute control over your finances! Brie Sodano joins the podcast to talk about the most common struggles around money and shares how you can overcome them. She sits down with our hosts, Nicki and Kate, to discuss how you can escape your comfort zone and develop a healthier relationship with money which will help you hit your financial goals. --------------- Mentioned on This Episode Sheep to SharkFollow From Sheep to Shark on InstagramFollow From Sheep to Shark on YouTube --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/19/202249 minutes, 14 seconds
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Take Advantage of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Working from home is awesome, but it can get a little dull staring at the same four walls of your home office. In this episode, Nick and Kate are sharing the best practices for taking advantage of the freedom you have to work from anywhere. Our hosts talk about their favorite away-from-home spots to work from, necessary items for being a digital nomad, and best practices for working with clients while on the go. --------------- Mentioned on the Episode 6 Must-Pack Items to Write Copy Overseas Related Links How to Become a Digital Nomad CopywriterNote: CCA students, you have access to Laurel Van Woerkom‘s session Life Liberation: Taking the Leap to Location Independence. You can find it on your CCA dashboard under Special Events > Summer Freelance Summit 2022. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/12/202227 minutes, 36 seconds
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Running a Copy Agency from Costa Rica - Poorva's Story

Kate and Nicki are speaking with CCA Student, Poorva Misra. Poorva joined the CCA in 2020 after losing her marketing job during the pandemic. She was joined shortly after by her husband and launched their agency Stratus Media. Not only did Poorva start an agency, she also took the remote work opportunity to move all the way to Costa Rica! She shares her journey to running an agency abroad, the challenges that she’s faced and the wins that she’s had in this episode! --------------- Mentioned on This Episode Poorva’s Agency WebsitePoorva’s LinkedIn Related Links Listen to more CCA Student Stories7 Tips Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle as a Copywriter6 Must-Pack Items to Write Copy Overseas --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
10/5/202238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why Freelance Copywriters Should Still Apply to Full-Time Jobs

Even if you’ve decided that the freelance life is the only option for you in your career, there are still good reasons to apply for full-time jobs. And we will tell you why! In this episode of the podcast, Nicki and Kate are diving in the why and how you should be applying to full time jobs as a copywriter. There can be a lot of benefits to applying to these listings–as long as you are doing it the correct way. --------------- Related Links What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview (Part 1 of 3)Why Companies Requiring Experience for Copywriting Jobs is a Good ThingSuper-Charged Job-Hunting TacticsResume WoesThe Best Copywriter Resumes --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/28/202233 minutes, 42 seconds
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What Does a Copywriter NOT Do?

Inspired by a question we get often about what copywriters actually do, Nicki and Kate are talking in this episode about what copywriters do NOT do. They walk through the other roles that you might encounter when you start out in the marketing world that you might feel like overlap with your role as a copywriter–but they actually don’t. Some clients might expect that you have all these other skills on top of your copywriting expertise. But, savvy clients know that if they want a copy expert, they shouldn’t expect you to be handling more than just the copy. The key is to stay focused on becoming the best copywriter you can be and keep taking steps towards your goals! --------------- Mentioned on the Episode What Do Copywriters Actually Do?What is Copywriting?The SEO Copywriting Myth Related Links Should I Combine Copywriting and Graphic Design Services?The Truth About SEO Copywriting --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/21/202232 minutes, 37 seconds
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Scaling to a Monthly 5-Figure Copywriting Income—Part Time - Catching Up With Kate K

Since we last talked to Kate Kosydar in 2020, her business has grown exponentially—she hit $10,000/month. But this is the best part: she did it working part-time! Nicki and Kate caught up with Kate K to discuss what she’s learned over the past 3 years on her copywriting journey. She discusses the challenges of balancing work time and family time and how outsourcing has helped her deliver the best work for her clients while hitting her financial goals. Mentioned on This Episode Listen to Kate's first BYCB podcast interview from mid-2021Kate K's portfolioKate K's Instagram Related Links How to Be a Part-Time Copywriter From HomeWhat is a Creative Brief?The One Thing Every Successful Copywriting Project Starts WithA Copywriter’s Digital Toolkit --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/16/202245 minutes, 59 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence Copywriting: Do You Need to Worry?

As technology advances, you may be concerned about the threat of artificial intelligence to the copywriting industry. Fear not, because AI will not be taking jobs from copywriters anytime soon! In this episode, Nicki and Kate explain why AI can’t replace the work that copywriters do. Listen in to hear about all of the ways copywriters are irreplaceable partners to clients, even compared to artificial intelligence. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/14/202214 minutes, 40 seconds
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Hitting 6 Figures As a Copywriter in 6 Months - Stacy's Story

At the beginning of 2022, CCA student and CCA student coach Stacy Corneau went full-time freelance for the first time. Six months later, and she'd already hit six figures. Hitting a massive income goal in half the time is an incredible achievement and Stacy is digging into how she got there. In this episode, she shares how she has learned to strategically map out her business goals, gained confidence as a business owner, and her keys to always improving as a copywriter. Mentioned on the Episode Stacy's Portfolio --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
9/7/202247 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Fastest Way to Grow Your Copy Business

The key to growing you copywriting business to reach your goals and live your dream career? Focus and patience. It’s easy to get distracted and think about adding more services or learning new skills, but this will only hold you back. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate share what they’ve learned about staying focused on your true goal at all times and battling the resistance that can knock you off your path. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/31/202225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Earning More as a Freelancer vs. Employee - Catching Up With Stuart

Have you ever wondered how a freelance copywriting income might compare to an on-staff income? Lucky for you, we are catching up with CCA Student turned student coach, Stuart Tarn, and he’s sharing all of the details about his move from on staff to freelance. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate speak with Stuart about how he’s actually making more money freelancing, how he’s improved as a copywriter, and unique ways that he’s found to help his clients find solutions to their specific challenges. Mentioned on This Episode Listen to Stuart's first BYCB podcast interview from early 2021Stuart's portfolio --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/26/202238 minutes, 46 seconds
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The SEO Copywriting Myth

It’s time to myth-bust: there’s no such thing as an SEO copywriter! While you may have seen job listings for this role or even copywriters who call themselves SEO copywriters, it’s not a real thing. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate explain why SEO copywriting is a myth and break down some of the confusion surrounding it. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/24/202220 minutes, 21 seconds
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Laser Coaching: Asking for Feedback to Combat Imposter Syndrome

Today we are taking an inside look at a Laser Coaching session with Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, Kay. Recently, Kay landed a new role as an on-staff copywriter, but she still feels some imposter syndrome in her new role as an on-staff copywriter. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate offer Kay advice on how to battle any discomfort she feels in her new position and how she can ask for and use feedback to continue to improve her skills. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/19/202216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Should You Sign an NDA or Non-Compete?

In your copywriting career, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) or a non-compete agreement. These are standard documents businesses ask you to sign so that they can feel comfortable letting you in on internal secrets in order for you to do your best work. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate explain all of the need to know details surrounding each document and how to handle them throughout your copywriting career. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/17/202215 minutes, 37 seconds
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Transitioning Out of Teaching to Copywriting - George's Story

Ever feel like you haven't quite found the answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" You're not alone. A former teacher, salesman, and archeologist, George Gorringe tried several careers before finding one he loved: copywriting. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate speak with CCA student George about his quick rise to success in his first year of copywriting. He digs into what interested him about copywriting, the large clients he works with, and what he did to find copywriting success so quickly. Mentioned on This Episode George’s PortfolioGeorge’s LinkedInGeorge’s Facebook Related Links Great Summer Jobs for TeachersHer Goal Was to Replace Her Teaching Income in 5 Months. She Did it In 6 Weeks. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/10/202234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Laser Coaching: Finding Confidence as an Older Copywriter Learning Something New

In this laser coaching session Nicki and Kate help CCA student, Karen, find confidence as an older writer learning something new in copywriting. Our hosts help Karen see the unique value that she brings to the table, help her fight the resistance towards taking her first steps and give advice on sending pitches to clients. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/5/202218 minutes, 17 seconds
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Becoming a Faster Writer Shouldn't Be a Copywriter's Goal

In today’s episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate are sharing why becoming a faster writer should not be one of your goals in your copywriting career. Despite what you may think, faster writing doesn’t equate to better writing. Listen in as Nicki and Kate explain why your writing speed isn’t as important as you think and why you won’t get faster as you become a better copywriter. Related Links The Case for Slowing Down: Fast Copywriting Doesn’t Equal Better Copywriting --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
8/3/202215 minutes, 21 seconds
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Should You Write Copy for Free?

In this episode, Nicki and Kate are talking about when you should work for free as a copywriter; which is basically never! The hosts explain why some copywriters offer to work for free and why offering your services for free will ultimately hurt your career. Listen to this episode to hear Nicki and Kate share what you can do to prove yourself instead of working for free and how to avoid situations where you might not get paid what your expertise is worth. Related Links What is a Copy Test and Should You Do One?The Importance of Spec Ads in Your Portfolio --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/27/202224 minutes, 41 seconds
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Laser Coaching: How to Pitch Copywriting Services to Agencies

In this episode, you’ll get an inside peek at what coaching looks like in the CCA through this laser coaching session with CCA student, Alex. Nicki and Kate help Alex with her approach to sending pitches to potential clients, specifically agencies. Enjoy this episode and be sure to take note of the how you can improve your pitches to clients as well as your mindset around sending them. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/22/202215 minutes, 15 seconds
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10 Unnecessary Copywriting Stressors

In this episode, Nicki and Kate are digging into some common worries that all copywriters (especially new ones) run into. They discuss the top 10 stressors that aren’t necessary to your success and why you don’t actually need to worry about them! Fortunately, most of the common stressors are based on misconceptions around copywriting; they are based around things that we think, not things that are actually true. Dive into this episode so you can grow your copywriting career without any unnecessary stress from myths in the industry. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/20/202240 minutes, 19 seconds
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Landing a Senior Copywriter Role with No Paid Experience - Mike's Story

Today Nicki and Kate are joined by special guest and Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student Mike Lamb. Our hosts and Mike discuss how he landed his senior copywriter position and the path that led him from his past career as a compliance officer to becoming a successful copywriter. Listen to today’s episode for insights Mike has learned throughout his journey as a copywriter including how to stand out when applying to on-staff roles or sending pitches, opportunities available for copywriters, and his advice for brand new copywriters.  --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
7/13/202237 minutes, 14 seconds
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When and How to Fire a Client

Throughout your copywriting career, you’ll work with so many clients that you love! But, there will be times when you need to end your relationship with a client. It’s important to know when it’s time to part ways with a particular client so that you don’t have to work through any unnecessary stress. Remember, you are in charge of your career, including who you work with. In today’s episode, Nicki and Kate share their best practices for identifying when to split with a client, when to tell your client you’re leaving, and how to have the conversation with them. ------------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/6/202233 minutes, 28 seconds
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Overcome Scarcity Mindset as a Copywriter with Mindi Huebner

Today, Nicki and Kate are joined by mindset coach, Mindi Huebner, to discuss how copywriters can rewire their brain and adjust their mindset to overcome limiting beliefs. One particular belief they cover is the “Scarcity Mindset”. This is the sensation some copywriters experience where they feel like there isn’t enough opportunity for them to consistently land clients. Listen to this episode for Mindi’s powerful insights on how you can embrace your limitlessness, overcome the scarcity mindset, and rewire your brain for success in copywriting and in life as a whole. Mentioned on this episode: Book a breakthrough session with Mindi Follow Mindi: TikTokInstagramLinkedInFacebook --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/29/202248 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why Copywriting is a Recession-Proof Job

In this bonus episode Nicki and Kate discuss why economic uncertainty doesn’t mean you should panic as a copywriter. In fact, they dive into why tough times lead to more opportunity for copywriters. Listen to learn why recessions and tough times don’t affect copywriting in the ways that they affect other industries. Plus, find out how you can have a huge impact on the success of businesses by helping them get through tough times. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
6/24/202219 minutes, 12 seconds
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When to Break the Copywriting Niche Rule

Choosing a niche for your copywriting business is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can limit your options as a copywriter, so you want to be sure that this niche is something that’s right for you before making it the focus of your business. But, choosing a niche can also allow you to solely work with the type of client or the medium that you love the most. So, today Nicki and Kate are giving you everything you need to know about when it’s right to choose a niche and the best way to choose one. Our hosts also share how you can target one industry or type of project without formally making it your niche. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
6/22/202225 minutes, 55 seconds
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Laser Coaching: Transitioning to Freelance

Today we are taking an inside look at a Laser Coaching session with Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, Joe. Joe is setting up a plan to transition into a full-time freelance copywriting career. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate offer Joe assistance with building his plan for his full-time freelance career and share insights on how he can adjust his pitching to help him prepare for this next step in his career. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here 
6/17/202217 minutes, 50 seconds
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From Freelancer to On-Staff Copywriter - Christina's Story

Meet Christina, a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student and public school teacher turned copywriter extraordinaire. When Christina left teaching, she knew that her next career needed to be doing something she loved, but still flexible enough to fit the needs of her family picture. That's why she originally had the freelance-or-bust mindset. But, after successfully freelancing for a year, a can't-pass-this-up opportunity presented itself. In this episode, Christina talks to Nicki and Kate about the factors that led her to take an on-staff opportunity and how it was still aligned with her goals—even though she originally thought freelancing was the only path forward! She also discusses why she got into copywriting in the first place, how it fits her career needs perfectly, and what she loves the most about being an on-staff copywriter.   --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/15/202230 minutes, 51 seconds
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Laser Coaching: Best Practices for Follow-Up Pitches

Today's episode features an inside look at a live coaching session with Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, Michelle D. Nicki and Kate help her out with her process for sending pitches and follow-ups to prospective clients. In this session, Nicki and Kate help Michelle rework her process for sending great follow-ups to potential clients. Listen in to this 10-minute Laser Coaching session for an inside look at what it's like to be a CCA student. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/10/202215 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to Handle Difficult Client Situations Like a Pro

The collaboration that goes into copywriting can be the most exciting part of the job–but there are times that a client will do something that makes working with them a little less fun. But, that doesn’t mean they are bad clients! Every time a client does something that irritates you or makes it more difficult for you to do your job, there’s an opportunity there for you to help them become better clients and for you to improve your process as a professional. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast Nicki and Kate are walking you through the difficult situations that come up the most. They share ways that you can positively respond to each challenge and give guidance on how you can prevent the issues from popping up in the first place. Enjoy! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/8/202239 minutes, 38 seconds
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Crucial Lessons from 10 Years in Business

As you may already know, Filthy Rich Writer is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! Over the last decade, Nicki has collected some crucial lessons that are too good not to share about running her own business. If you’re looking for the most need-to-know insights as a business owner, you’re in the right place! In today’s episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast Kate is flipping the script on Nicki and turning her from interviewer to interviewee. Listen and be sure to take note of all the valuable information Nicki has gathered through Filthy Rich Writer’s 10-year journey. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/1/202246 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Copywriters Can Work with Recruiters

When it comes to landing work, you can never have too many tools at your disposal. As you know, the best way to find clients is to work through your pitch list and continually sending pitches to businesses. But, it never hurts to supplement that with other methods for landing work. In today's episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast Nicki and Kate are discussing how copywriters can work with recruiters to get more clients. Listen as they share exactly what you should and should not do when it comes to working through a recruiter. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/25/202228 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hitting 6 Figures as a Copywriter & Cookbook Author: Kristin's Story

Today we're checking in with Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student Kristin Donnelly. Kristin is a successful food writer and cookbook author who was trying to figure out how to increase her income. After joining the CCA, she gained more confidence working with well-seasoned copywriters and has hit her income goal writing copy. Listen in as Kristin shares copywriting tips she’s learned throughout her journey to becoming a 6-figure cookbook author and copywriter. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training
5/18/202231 minutes, 55 seconds
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5 Ways to Improve Your Copywriting

The most successful copywriters are always looking for ways to further master their craft. As you increase your skill level you can also increase your rates. So, if you aren’t constantly getting better as a writer, you’re leaving money on the table. Luckily, this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast is all about 5 effective things your can be doing to make sure you are the best copywriter that you can be. Enjoy as Nicki and Kate discuss tips that they both use today to continue to improve as copywriters. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/11/202229 minutes, 28 seconds
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Copywriting & Design: Insights from a Global Design Leader

If you’re already a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, you can catch the full, extended version of the interview with Ch’ien on your CCA dashboard under the Land Work bonus courses section. Ch’ien gives additional insight into the career choices he’s made and how it’s brought him around the world, as well as the importance of knowing your worth. You don’t want to miss this version! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/6/202220 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Get More Copywriting Referrals

The importance of consistently pitching new prospective clients cannot be understated–it's the backbone of your business's success. But, a super effective way to supplement that pitch list is to naturally gain more clients through referrals. In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast our hosts are giving you tips and tricks for getting more client referrals so that your list of businesses to work with grows naturally behind the scenes. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/4/202227 minutes, 46 seconds
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Red Flags Copywriters Need to Look for in Clients

We've all experienced a partnership of some kind that wasn't set up for success from the start. It's not only frustrating but can drain your energy quickly. In copywriting, there are certain kinds of clients that commonly create negative partnering experiences, but thankfully, there are ways to avoid them! In this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast Nicki and Kate are noting all of the common red flags that clients might show if they are the type of business you should refrain from partnering with. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/27/202240 minutes, 43 seconds
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How to Be a Part-Time Copywriter with a Full-Time Job: Alicia Castro

Welcome back to the Build Your Copywriting Business Podcast! Today we are excited to be checking in with a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student and former guest, Alicia Castro. Alicia has found success and continues to thrive as a part-time copywriter while having a full-time job. Enjoy listening as Alicia takes us through her journey and gives valuable advice for those trying to balance their copywriting career with life outside of it. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/20/202245 minutes, 38 seconds
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Copywriting Checklist: 5 Things to Check Before Submitting Copy

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet having a process for reviewing your copywriting work is essential to reaching your potential as a successful copywriter. This ensures that you are delivering your best work to your clients and it helps you grow through evaluating your own skills. Today's episode is all about using a copywriting checklist to make sure that you are touching on each key aspect of your copy and optimizing your writing. Enjoy listening as Nicki and Kate guide you through the five fundamental steps in writing and reviewing your final product. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/13/202229 minutes, 59 seconds
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Bridging the Gap from Quitting a Job to Full Time Freelance

If you've ever thought about leaving your current job to become a full-time freelance copywriter this is the episode for you! Nicki and Kate walk you through the process start to finish and include important steps to make the switch as seamless as possible. Enjoy listening to this episode as our hosts cover how to build your client base before you leave your job, how to overcome anxiety surrounding the change, and how to tell when you are ready to take the step towards full-time freelance. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/6/202237 minutes, 32 seconds
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3 Tips for Combatting Imposter Syndrome

You might hear the term Imposter Syndrome a lot but how do you recognize and stop those thoughts from interfering with your work? Nicki and Kate provide 3 tips on combatting imposter syndrome and how to fuel confidence rather than doubt. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/30/202230 minutes, 36 seconds
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A Decade of Copywriting: Jay's Story

In honor of Filthy Rich Writer's 10-year anniversary, we're celebrating throughout 2022 and wanted to touch base with some of the earliest copywriting students Nicki worked with and trained. On today's episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business Podcast, Nicki and Kate are catching up with Jason Schneider, a copywriter with a decade of experience writing for a variety of brands, including Jetsetter, Thrillist, Getty Images, and more. Jay talks about using both sides of the brain, balancing both creativity and strategy, as well as why he prefers working as an on-staff copywriter as opposed to going full-time freelance (though he also does take on freelance projects!). If you're curious to hear what a copywriting career can look like 10 years in, you'll want to hear Jay's story! Mentioned on this Episode: Jay’s PortfolioJay’s InstagramRemote Job Postings Tripled During the Pandemic4 Perks of Working in an Office Before Starting Your Own Copywriting Business --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/23/202258 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tips for Tackling Blank Page Syndrome

As copywriters, there's nothing worse than sitting down to write, facing the page, and slowly filling with mild panic. But here's the good news: copywriters should never face a blank page. That's because if you're just starting or you've been doing it for 20 years like Nicki, you always have a creative brief. On this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate are digging into tactics they use to combat blank page syndrome, avoid perfectionist pitfalls, and get writing. Related Links Conquer Blank Page Panic For GoodWhat’s a Creative Brief?Why You Need to Push for a Creative BriefThe One Thing Every Successful Copywriting Project Starts WithHow to Rock the Brainstorming Process --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/16/202234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Preventing Burnout as a Copywriter

There's a big difference between "I don't want to do this because it's hard" (or scary, or uncomfortable...) and "I don't want to do this because I physically don't have the energy today." The first is resistance. The second? You may be getting real close (or perhaps even experiencing) burnout. Nicki and Kate are digging into some ways you can start to recognize the difference between resistance and burnout and tactics for preventing your train from ever getting close to pulling into Burnout Central Station (like having a couple of days each week that you do not schedule work!). --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/9/202242 minutes, 12 seconds
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Learning to Embrace the Flexibility of Copywriting

"Hold on Loosely" was a hit in the early 80s, but it's also the theme song of this podcast episode. As copywriters, we have so much flexibility, but often we don't take full advantage of that flexible because we let our own self-imposed roadblocks get in the way. Nicki and Kate are discussing the importance of exploring opportunities as they come and "loosely" planning versus trying to wrangle too much control over scenarios that we have zero control over—or may never happen in the first place! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/2/202229 minutes, 17 seconds
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Copywriting as a Creative Outlet for an Actor: James's Story

Meet James, a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, who comes from an acting and filmmaking background. He has found early success in his copywriting career by pairing his CCA training with the creative talent he developed through his personal journey. In this episode, James talks to Nicki and Kate about how copywriting has been a perfect match for him and how he is able to earn a living doing something he loves. He also shares why copywriting appealed to him in the first place and why it is so fulfilling. Mentioned on this Episode James’s Website --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/23/202230 minutes, 24 seconds
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Feedback: Why Copywriters Must Embrace It

Getting feedback on your copywriting is inevitable. The sooner you can begin to embrace it, the better. Nicki and Kate are digging into why feedback is incredibly valuable for copywriters, both feedback from other copywriting students as you're learning and feedback from your clients. If the thought of getting feedback makes you nervous, this is for you. Learn how you can take control of the feedback round from your clients and ensure you get the information you need to keep moving forward. Related Links How to Deal with Feedback and Criticism from Copywriting ClientsCopywriting Q&A: How to Fix Bad Feedback --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/16/202235 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why We Love Copywriting

'Tis the season for love, and in this bonus episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate are sharing all the reasons why they love copywriting. From the flexibility to work when and where you want to the variety of potential clients and mediums that keep work interesting, there are so many reasons to love copywriting. What do you love most about copywriting? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/11/202221 minutes, 42 seconds
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Combatting Work/Life Balance Guilt as a Copywriter

When you work from home, it can be very hard to have work-life balance. And, if you're like Nicki and Kate, you may even feel guilt when you're not spending time on your business! On this episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast, Nicki and Kate are digging into ways that they have tried to find separation between work and life. Inevitably, your life may sneak into your work (for example, if you have a child, perhaps you're taking a client call with your child on your lap). But having set time for "life" and not letting work sneak into it, is crucial. Here's how they're taking steps to work on it! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/9/202232 minutes, 48 seconds
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Effective Evening Routines for Copywriters

There's a lot of talk about morning routines (including our own episode on it - check it out!). But equally as important are evening routines. If you don't have a solid system for prepping for the day ahead, your morning routine may not even matter! Nicki and Kate talk about how you can use the end of your day to set yourself up for success for the following day. They share their best practices and tips for being intentional with how you spend your time, as well as elements of their evening routines that they need to work on, like have a true shut-down time and ensuring the workday doesn't creep into home time. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/2/202227 minutes, 48 seconds
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Get a Free Bonus Recording with a Podcast Review

This recording (really 5 recordings!) includes interviews with five top entrepreneurs who are sharing what they look for when they hire a copywriter, copywriter red flags, and more. Whether you're just starting out or have been doing this for awhile, you want to make sure you're not raising any red flags for the clients you're pitching! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/28/20227 minutes, 28 seconds
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Part-Time Copywriting as Part of a Full-Time Career: Nicole's Story

When Nicole first joined the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy in late 2019, she was house sitting and planned to build her freelance copywriting business. Then 2020 happened. Nicole took a full-time job teaching at a college and didn't know if she would ever go back to copywriting. Of course in another 2020 twist, her course load was reduced. Copywriting became her security net. Talking with Nicki and Kate at the end of 2021, Nicole shares how she's incorporated copywriting into a mix of work she does. Her part-time copywriting work is one piece of what she calls her "patchwork" career, which also including teaching a course and running her Etsy shop. She shares how she got to this balance, why it works for her, and her advice for others looking to pursue copywriting. Note: Nicole mentions Pitch-a-palooza in the interview. This is a free month-long annual event for CCA students that gets everyone focused on sending their first pitches or refining their pitching process with weekly challenges and giveaways. Related Links: Your Goal Should Be to Love Your Career. Period.Define Your Own Copywriting SuccessCopywriter Job Satisfaction --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/26/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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Defining Copywriting Success for Yourself

Sometimes, others' successes inspire us. But other times? Other times, others' successes makes us feel like we can't possibly achieve the same level of success. Here's the thing: success looks different for everyone, but it can be real hard to shift our mindsets to remember that. Nicki and Kate are discussing why it's so tricky to avoid comparison, but how we can't possibly know what's going on inside anyone else's business. If you need to move away from comparison and move toward your own individual definition of success, this episode is for you! Mentioned on this Episode Instagram Live: Day Rates Related Links Define Your Own Copywriting SuccessBeware the Copywriting Influencer Trap (a.k.a. Why You Don’t Need the World’s Most Beautiful Website as a Copywriter) --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/19/202232 minutes, 38 seconds
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Juggling Multiple Copywriting Clients

At some point in you career you will have multiple projects at the same time and, for most of us who want to work full-time as copywriters, having multiple clients is the goal! Many of you may be experiencing this already and, if you've had to juggle multiple deadlines, you know it isn't always easy. Nicki and Kate are sharing their top tips for managing several projects and clients at the same time. The good news is there is basically zero chance that every client you pitch is going to get back to you at the exact same time and want the work right away. You will, however, likely have projects in various phases of the project process. Here's what that looks like and how to best manage your schedule.  --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/12/202230 minutes, 45 seconds
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Copywriting Strategies Book (Plus, Special Bonus Trainings)

We’re thrilled to announce that now copywriters and business owners alike have a new resource for learning the foundational elements of copywriting. Copywriting Strategies: A No-Nonsense Guide to Writing Persuasive Copy for Your Business, written by the founder of Filthy Rich Writer, Nicki Krawczyk, is a clear and easy-to-understand introduction to fundamental copywriting principles. Listen in as Nicki gives an inside look at what's inside the book, plus shares how writing a book was different than copywriting! Get more details about the book (and order your copy!) at CopywritingStategiesBook.com. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/7/202227 minutes, 40 seconds
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Set Your Copywriting Business Up for Success in 2022

Ready to set your copywriting business up for success in 2022? Nicki and Kate are sharing ways they set their copywriting businesses up to thrive each New Year. From scheduling regular check-ins with yourself on your goals to exploring what those goals are in the first place, they are digging into ways you can make 2022 the best year yet. You'll want to have your calendar pulled up during this episode so you can schedule regular meetings with yourself, including bigger quarterly check-ins and quick weekly check-ins. These planning sessions don't have to be long, but are necessary to keep yourself on track (or get back on track before you really get off the rails). --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/5/202244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Buying a New Home with Copywriting Income: Shannon's Story

Eight years ago Shannon, a Comprehensive Copywriting Academy student, had to leave the workforce to try and manage her fibromyalgia. She continued looking for a job that would not only bring in income, but, as she says, "fuel her soul" and allow her to set her schedule. Shannon went from relying on the food bank to, within one year of joining the CCA, being able to buy a new house. On this episode, Shannon talks to Nicki and Kate about how she's been able to find the right balance of working for clients and taking care of her health. They also discuss the benefits of not choosing a niche and why the variety of potential copywriting clients is part of what makes the career so fulfilling. Mentioned on This Episode Shannon's Website Related Links How to Avoid the Copywriting Niche Trap --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/29/202135 minutes, 13 seconds
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Gifts to Give Your Copywriting Business

It's time to treat yourself—and your business. Nicki and Kate are digging into gifts you can give your business, but these aren't your typical gifts. These are gifts that can help move your business forward, whether by giving you more time to focus on your business, boosting your skills, or taking care of your business's greatest asset: you. Listen in for ideas on what to gift your business (or if your family and friends are looking for ideas, share this episode with them for inspiration!).  Mentioned on this Episode CalmHeadspaceAudibleMasterclass --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/22/202136 minutes, 50 seconds
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4 Ways Copywriters Can Accept Payments

As a copywriter, your goal is to ultimately get paid, right? But as a freelance copywriter, how do you ensure clients can pay you as easily as possible? Nicki and Kate break down four of the most common ways that copywriters can accept payments. As you know, our team is very much against paying for anything that isn't going to pay for itself or help move your business forward in some way. So, while we dig into software options, they're also not a must. Mentioned on This Episode Tax and Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Copywriters Related Links The Best (and Cheapest) Way to Track Freelance Income --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/15/202121 minutes, 23 seconds
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Welcome to the Build Your Copywriting Business Podcast

Ready to turn your love of writing into a successful copywriting career? Join professional copywriters Nicki Krawczyk and Kate Sitarz to get the tips, tools, and training to help you become a copywriter and build a thriving business of your own. Whether you want to land an on-staff job, freelance full-time and work from wherever you want, or make extra money with a side hustle, the best place to start learning is right here. Nicki and Kate have 15+ and 10+ years of experience, respectively, writing copy for multi-billion-dollar companies, solopreneurs, and every size business in between. Subscribe now and be the first to hear new episodes every Wednesday.
12/11/20213 minutes, 7 seconds
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What is a Copywriting Test and Should You Do Them?

At some point in your copywriting career, you'll likely have a client that asks you to do a copy test. A copy test is a way for them to gauge whether or not you're a good fit for the job, particularly if they're hiring for a full-time job and want to find the best candidate for their role.  That said, clients have many ways of conducting copy tests, whether it's a timed copy test, small project, or several projects. Some are paid and some are unpaid. So, how do you navigate copy tests while protecting and valuing your time? Nicki and Kate dig into all the options you have when faced with a copy test.  Related Links What's a Copy Test? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/8/202122 minutes, 55 seconds
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Building a Copywriting Side Hustle With a Full-Time Job - Claire's Story

Claire always dreamed of going into marketing and fell into a job in a completely different industry. While she loves her full-time job, she still held onto her dream of breaking into marketing. She decided to join the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy (CCA) in February of 2021, landed her first client three weeks after pitching, and now has a consistent workload from several clients. On this episode, Claire shares why building her copywriting business as a side hustle was the best path for her and how it puts her in a stronger position if she ever does want to leave her full-time job. She also shares crucial tips for time management that you'll want to hear, especially if you're also building your copywriting business alongside your 9 to 5! Related Links Building a Copywriting Business While Working at 9 to 5Can Copywriting Be a Side Hustle? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/1/202132 minutes, 25 seconds
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Post-Interview Must Dos (Part 3 of 3)

The last episode on our three-part series on how to nail your copywriting interview is perhaps the most overlooked. A lot of copywriters hang up the phone after an interview or discovery call and then sit around waiting to hear back. That's not you. You go the extra step. In the final episode of the series, Nicki and Kate talk about what you can do after the interview that will set you apart from the competition. Related Links What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview (Part 1 of 3)Ace Your Copywriting Interview (Part 2 of 3)The Secret to Wowing Interviewers --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/24/202117 minutes, 20 seconds
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Is Copywriting Right for Me?

If you're exploring copywriting and wondering "is copywriting right for me?" this episode is for you. Nicki and Kate dig into how this question stems from our desire to find the perfect career, when really we should be asking, "am I committed to getting something out of learning copywriting?" Learning a new skill has plenty of benefits (only one of which is finding a career you love). There are many paths you can take with copywriting, and none of them has to be final! Listen to hear the opportunities to learning a new skill, as well as common traits that copywriters share that may help you consider whether it's a path you want to explore. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/19/202121 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ace Your Copywriting Interview (Part 2 of 3)

No matter if you're going for a full-time or contract role or you're hopping on a discovery call with a potential freelance client, a copywriting interview is your time to show a prospective employer why they should hire you. In the second episode of this three-part series, Nicki and Kate cover common copywriter interview questions and how you can prepare for them. Plus, they share the types of questions you should ask during the interview. Related Links: What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview (Part 1 of 3)Tough Interview Questions Copywriters Get --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/17/202139 minutes, 31 seconds
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What to Do Before Your Copywriting Interview (Part 1 of 3)

A well researched job application and interview preparation is just as important as how you answer questions during an interview. Whether you're applying for on staff jobs or prepping for a call with a potential freelance or contracting client, you'll want to listen int to make sure you're doing the right prep work. Join us for part one of this three-part series! Related Links: Questions to Prepare For in a Copywriting Job InterviewCopywriting Q&A: Super-Charged Job-Hunting Tactics --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/10/202113 minutes, 48 seconds
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Working at an Agency & Collaborating with Other Copywriters: Jen's and Julie's Story

If you think other copywriters are your competition, think again! Working with other copywriters is not only a great way to bounce ideas off another creative, it’s also bound to happen, especially if you work at an agency like Comprehensive Copywriting Academy students Jen and Julie. In today’s episode of the Build Your Copywriting Broadcast, Nicki and Kate sit down with these CCA classmates turned colleagues: Jen and Julie are both working as successful freelance copywriters—including working together at an ad agency. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like working at an ad agency or with another copywriter, you’ll want to listen in! Related Links What's It Like to Work in an Ad Agency?Interview Tactics to Get an Ad Agency JobThe First Step in Changing Your Career --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
11/3/202146 minutes, 40 seconds
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Should I Put Copywriting Rates on My Website?

Some copywriters will tell you putting prices on your website makes you more transparent. When phrased like that, it sounds like a no-brainer, right? However, as Nicki and Kate dig into in this episode, no two homepages or emails or any other project are 100% alike, so how can you put a price on your website if you don't even know what the project entails? Listing prices can prevent you from landing some really fantastic projects with great clients. If you've been tempted to list your prices because you feel like you have to, you'll want to listen to this episode to find out why that is, why listing prices isn't a must, and what to do instead. Related Links: What Copywriters Charge for Content WritingHow to Price Copywriting Project Rates: By the Minute? The Hour? The Word? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/27/202126 minutes
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How to Build Your Own Benefits as a Freelancer

American workers leave an unprecedented number of vacation days on the table (54% at the end of 2019). So, as a freelancer, will you be able to take vacation? And what about healthcare?  In this episode, Nicki and Kate talk through benefits you may typically get at a full-time job, including healthcare, vacation time, and even perks like a snack wall, and how you can build those benefits into your freelancing business. It all comes down to doing the math!  Related Links Freelance Copywriter Business FAQsThe Number 1 Secret to Sustaining Freelance Copywriting Success --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/20/202137 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Freelance Clients

Have you been pitching freelance clients but never getting a response? You'll want to listen as Nicki and Kate break down how not to pitch. On this episode, they dive into the biggest mistakes to avoid when pitching freelance clients and why those mistakes are hurting your business. Nicki and Kate provide insight from a client's perspective on how to make your pitch stand out and be well-received by companies. If you're ready to reframe your pitch and learn how to write a value-focused pitch, this episode is for you. Mentioned on this episode:  Facebook Ads Library Related Links: How NOT to Pitch Potential Copywriting Clients5 Ways to Vastly Improve Your Pitches to Would-Be Copywriting ClientsWhy Business Owners WANT You to Pitch Them Your Copywriting Services --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/13/202131 minutes, 16 seconds
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Raising a Family and Building a Business: Peta's Story

For all the moms and dads out there building a copywriting business alongside raising a family, this episode is for you. Peta, who was originally in charge of administering exams, joined the CCA in the midst of 2020 when schools in the United Kingdom stopped exams. She shares how she got into copywriting, as well as how she balances being a mom and building her copywriting business. From mom guilt and being intentional about where you spend your time to communicating and compromising with a partner, Peta shares lots of practical tips for balancing work and life. Whether you’re a parent or not, you’ll walk away from this interview with tons of tips you can implement right now. Mentioned on this episode: Peta's Portfolio www.secondtimearound.blog  Instagram: @allwordsbypeta Facebook page: @WordsByPeta Related Links: Define Your Own Copywriting Success 6 Work From Home Sanity Killers (and How to Combat Them) --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
10/6/202143 minutes, 28 seconds
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Are the Best Copywriters Introverts or Extroverts?

Often introverts and extroverts are cautious about jumping into copywriting as a career. For introverts, it’s because talking and dealing with people on a regular basis can be draining. For extroverts, it can be daunting to be alone in their office and not getting the socialization they need. But neither of those is necessarily how your copy career needs to play out. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or even an ambivert, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Nicki and Kate dive into practicing for client calls, gaining confidence, and doing what’s best for you and your personality type. Related Links Freelance Copywriting for IntrovertsCopywriting Success Secrets for Introverts --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/29/202127 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to Calm Your Nerves for Meetings with Copywriting Clients

When a client responds to a pitch or a discovery call goes well and a client wants to work with you, there’s a feeling of excitement … followed quickly by “oh no…now I have to talk to this person!!” If you’ve ever had that feeling of excitement followed quickly by mild panic, this episode is for you. Nicki and Kate walk through tips to help you reframe the situation and calm your nerves for discovery calls with prospective clients, as well as reduce any anxiety that may come before kicking off a project with a client who wants to work with you. Related Links 8 Questions You Need to Ask Your Copywriting ClientsGo Where the Clients AreTips for Copywriters Working With Remote Clients --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/22/202134 minutes, 6 seconds
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Building a Copywriting Business as a Military Spouse

Military spouses face a 22% unemployment rate and a 26% wage gap compared to non-military spouses—prior to the pandemic. Organizations predict rates have increased due to COVID-19. In this episode, Kate shares her experience building her copywriting business as a military spouse. She describes the unique challenges military spouses face when seeking employment and how freelancing created the flexibility she needed to overcome many of those obstacles. Mentioned on this episode: Transitioning out of the Military and Building a Copy Career - Tyler's StoryMeet Our Head Copy Coach, Kate Related Links: What is Copywriting?How to Know if You Have What it Takes to be a CopywriterBuilding Your Career for Maximum FlexibilityThe Secret Trait for Building a Successful Business --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/17/202131 minutes, 44 seconds
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Transitioning out of the Military and Building a Copy Career - Tyler's Story

While in the military, Tyler knew he had a knack for writing and decided to take the first step into a new career. He joined the CCA while still working his full-time job and, through some ups and downs, landed his first clients before leaving the military and landing a full-time job as a communications director. In this episode, Nicki and Kate talk to Tyler on how he came to build his copy business. Along with all the challenges that came with transitioning from not only the military, but to an entirely different career. Mentioned on this episode: Tyler's portfolioConnect with Tyler on LinkedIn Related Links: Building a Copywriting Business as a Military SpouseThe Big Secret About Changing Careers --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/15/202134 minutes, 2 seconds
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4 Biggest Copywriter Portfolio Mistakes

Your copywriting portfolio is crucial to landing work, so you need to treat it like the important project that it is! Whether you’ve already created yours or are just starting, you’ll want to listen as Nicki and Kate break down some of the most common mistakes copywriters make on their websites. On this episode, they’ll dig into four key mistakes they see on the homepage, about page, portfolio pieces, and contact page. Create a checklist as you go, and you’ll have your action items for making sure your portfolio is as strong as possible. Related Links 4 Things Most Copywriters Get Wrong on Their Portfolio Websites3 Knock-Out Copywriter Portfolios and Why We Love ThemHow Do You Build Your Portfolio?Do You Need to List Your Copywriting Services on Your Portfolio Site?Why Every Copywriter MUST Have an Online PortfolioWhere Content Belongs on Your Copywriting Portfolio Site --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/8/202140 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Copywriters Can Negotiate with Confidence with Susie Tomenchok

If the idea of negotiation freaks you out, you'll want to listen to Susie Tomenchok's tips for getting more comfortable and effective at negotiation.  Susie is a negotiation guru and breaks down the stigma associated with negotiation, offers tips for asking more (if you're not hearing "no" enough, you're not asking enough), and explains how we can use "no" as a start of a conversation versus an end to a conversation. After listening to Susie, you'll have the tools to objectively look at your pricing when quoting clients and feel confident about your numbers. Mentioned on this episode: Get Your Free Negotiation Tip Sheet: NegotiationLove.comLearn more about Susie at SusieTomenchok.com Related Links Should I List Prices on My Copywriting Website?The (Surprisingly Easy) Art of Negotiation for CopywritersHow to Negotiate Your Salary --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
9/1/202147 minutes, 8 seconds
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Actual Freelance Copywriting Salary: Digging Into One Copywriter's Numbers

While every copywriter's journey is different, it always helps to know what's possible, right? On this episode, Kate is digging into her own numbers. From what she made her first year of freelance copywriting, to what she made as a full-time freelance copywriter in 2020.  But it's not just about the salary. Kate shares the average number of clients she had each month, the average project price, and what her "secret" has been to consistently hitting six figures year after year. Plus, Nicki and Kate dig into Kate's money mindset and why hitting an inspirational number in 2020 made Kate feel guilty.  If you're someone who thinks you need $10K copywriting projects or to charge $200/hr to hit your income goals, you're going to want to watch this one. Related Links: How Much Do Copywriters Actually Make?How Soon Can You Make Money as a Copywriter?Should a Money Mindset Matter to Copywriters? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/25/202156 minutes, 33 seconds
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Empowering BIPOC Businesses as a Black, Hispanic Copywriter: Ashley's Story

When Ashley joined the CCA in May 2019, she struggled to take the steps she knew she needed to take to get her business off the ground. But come 2020, she came back at it determined to use her skills to make a difference for BIPOC businesses. In this episode, Ashley reflects on how copywriting changed her life, the hurdles she faced as a Black and Hispanic business owner, and inspiring insights she gained as she and her partner navigated her new-found career and ambition. Mentioned in This Episode Ashley’s PortfolioConnect with Ashley on LinkedIn Related Links How to Set Up Your Schedule When Working from HomeImposter Syndrome: What It Is and How to Keep it From Derailing Your Copywriting CareerOne Question That Can Literally Change Your LifeWhy Setbacks and “Failures” Don’t Mean What You Think They DoYour Goal Should Be to Love Your Career. Period. --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/18/202137 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Creative Project Process

You sent a pitch to a client and the client is interested. Now what?! Nicki and Kate walk through a typical project process, from the first call with your client all the way through sending your invoice, and every step in between. Even if if you're a copywriter who has been working for awhile, you'll want to listen to this episode to get tips for how you may be able to improve your project process. And, if you're newer to copywriting, this may help ease an anxiety you may have about working with your first clients. Mentioned on this episode What is Concepting? (Instagram Live) Related Links What Kind of People Do Copywriters Work With --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/11/202151 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Much Does It Cost to Start a Copywriting Career?

If you're interested in copywriting or you've begun your business, you may be curious about how much you'll need to invest to get your business off the ground. Good news: you do not need to shell out a lot of money to start a copywriting career. In fact, there's only 1 thing you need as a copywriter: your website. On this episode, Nicki and Kate dig into all kinds of free tools available to copywriters and break down common software and services that copywriters think they need why you don't actually need to spend money on them. Remember: anything you invest in should pay for itself. Be careful of confusing making progress with making a purchase. Mentioned on This Episode: 5 Sites to Help You Build Your Online PortfolioNumber One Spec Ad MistakeMoo.com and Vistaprint.com Related Links: How Much Does it Cost to Set Up a Copywriting Business?3 Knock-Out Copywriter Portfolios and Why We Love Them4 Things Most Copywriters Get Wrong on Their Portfolio WebsitesWhy Every Copywriter Needs a Standalone Portfolio SiteHow Do You Build Your Portfolio? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
8/4/202123 minutes, 8 seconds
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Improve Your Copywriting Productivity and Professionalism

Working with clients, we're in charge of managing tons of little requests coming in on calls, via email, on Slack, and any number of other platforms your clients may use for communication. It's crucial to your long-term success (and landing repeat work with clients!) that you have an effective system for managing all these requests. Nicki and Kate dig into tips and tricks they use to ensure nothing gets lost so you can provide the best service possible—and never make your clients question whether or not you're the right copywriter to work with.  Note: On this episode Nicki mentions the book "Get Stuff Done." The book she is referring to is "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. Mentioned on this episode Todoist.comGetting Things Done Related Links The Surefire Way to Get Repeat Copywriting WorkThe System Copywriters Need to Efficiently Get Work DoneWhy You Should Consider Ultra-Scheduling for Productivity6 Habits of Successful Copywriters --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/28/202139 minutes, 41 seconds
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From Full-Time, Faith-Based Nonprofit Work to Part-Time Copywriting: Kate's Story

When Kate Kosydar first discovered copywriting, she had been working full time in the faith-based nonprofit world for more than a decade and was ready for a change. She talks about why she continued to pursue copywriting, even after taking another copywriting course she didn't find valuable, and how she realized her original definition of copywriting (being "salesy" or selling out her values) was not at all what it actually ended up being for her copywriting career.  You can make a difference as a copywriter working with businesses you believe in and honoring your values. Spoiler: she has nearly doubled her former full-time salary—working part time, and she and her husband have managed to pay off their student loans. Kate also touches on living in a more rural area and the benefits of being able to work remote with her clients. Note: We mention "Pitchapalooza" on this episode, which is an annual four-week event for Comprehensive Copywriting Academy students that gets everyone writing and sending their first pitches.  Mentioned on this episode: Kate's PortfolioGlennon Doyle Wants you to Abandon Identity Related Links: How Do I Know If I’m Ready to Pitch Copywriting Clients?Copywriting Q&A: The Three Steps to Career Change --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/21/202147 minutes, 9 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Breaking the Feast or Famine Cycle, Nailing a Discovery Call, and Getting Replies on Pitches

In this episode, three CCA students each sit down with Nicki and Kate to ask their most pressing questions. These 10-minute laser coaching sessions are designed to help students overcome their biggest roadblock so they can continue making progress on their goals. First, Nicki and Kate talk with Abigail about pricing and the feast or famine cycle. Then, Lindsey asks about the best way to approach a Discovery Call. Finally, Debbie wants to figure out how she can get more bites on her pitches, so Nicki and Kate talk about effective subject lines and making sure you find the right email for the pitch. Even though it’s not you in the hot seat, there’s plenty you can takeaway and apply to your own copywriting business!  Related Links: 5 Ways to Vastly Improve Your Pitches to Would-Be Copywriting ClientsHow to Mess Up a Call with a Prospective ClientThe System Copywriters Need to Efficiently Get Work Done --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
7/16/202144 minutes, 42 seconds
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Why Some Copywriters Fail

The reason why some copywriters fail isn't because of any inherent characteristic. Usually copywriters who "fail" fall into one of two camps: they don't have training or a system for landing clients, or they have training, but are afraid of failure. If you fall into the first camp, you'll want to first get training. If you fall into the second camp, you'll want to listen to today's episode. Nicki and Kate walk through what you can do to move past "fear of failure" as a roadblock. First step? Knowing "failure" is a bit of a misnomer. There is quitting, but as long as you're continuing to take action, then there's no such thing as "failure." --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here.
7/14/202124 minutes, 12 seconds
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How Copywriters Can Successfully Add Content as a Service

Whereas copy is designed to get your audience to take action, content is designed to entertain, inspire, or educate. Of course, many copywriters also write content for their clients.  If you're a copywriter looking to add content, or a content writer who is learning to write copy, this episode is for you. Find out why copywriting makes you a far more effective content writer, why you can charge your copywriting rates for content, and where to include content within your portfolio (especially if you don't want to be marked as a novice).  --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here.
7/7/202117 minutes, 59 seconds
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Build a Copywriting Business While Working 9 to 5

Grace Nelson, and her business partner Charlotte, have spent the last 4 years working with women globally in corporate to start and grow businesses. Their unique model, Think.Create.Initiate, provides an accelerated pathway by taking away the overwhelm of what appears with a simple Google search: "how to start an online business." This method helps business owners hit their first 1K month before going on to 10X their income using a personalized rinse and repeat system. On this episode, Grace joins the Build Your Copywriting Business podcast to talk about this method, as well as tips and tricks for building and scaling your business while working a 9-to-5 job. (Don't miss the 23 Ways to Get Clients cheat sheet!) --------------- 23 Ways to Get Clients Cheat Sheet: https://bit.ly/23WaysToGetMoreClients Get Free Copywriting Training here.
6/30/202141 minutes, 25 seconds
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Starting a Copywriting Business with a Chronic Illness: Dorothy's Story

When Dorothy became disable by a chronic illness, she not only had to learn to manage her symptoms, but she had to leave her job. That upheaval lead her to copywriting and creating the job she needed for herself.  When Nicki first talked with Dorothy, it was early 2020 when she was just starting to pitch. You'll hear that conversation first where she shares what led her to copywriting, how she takes action even when she doesn't feel ready, and the importance of making small, reachable goals.  Then, you'll hear Nicki, Dorothy, and Kate in spring of 2021. Dorothy catches us up on where she is now and why all copywriters, healthy or not, really need to pay attention to their emotional, physical, and mental energy. Listen in for Dorothy's tips on how to be intentional when structuring your copywriting businesses for long-term success. Find Dorothy on Instagram @dorothycopy and check out her portfolio at www.DorothyCopy.com --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here: https://filthyrichwriter.com/free-video-training
6/23/202149 minutes, 41 seconds
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What Types of People Do Copywriters Work With?

As a copywriter, you may interact with several types of roles within organizations. Collaboration is everything when working in a creative team environment, so knowing who to ask what question is important! Nicki and Kate break down these roles and the types of questions you may ask each role during the course of a copywriting project. Whether you are working full-time, part-time, or freelance, you’ll want to listen in so you know how to best work with everyone on your team! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/16/202142 minutes, 42 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Getting Information From Clients, When to Price Your Services, and Boosting Confidence

In this episode, three CCA students each sit down with Nicki and Kate to ask their most pressing questions. These 10-minute laser coaching sessions are designed to help students overcome their biggest roadblock so they can continue making progress on their goals.  Jack asks for tips on working through mental roadblocks, Blessilda talks about some of her first pitches and discovery calls, and Chris asks for help in approaching clients to gather more information. Even though it’s not you in the hot seat, there’s plenty you can take away and apply to your own copywriting business. Related Links: How NOT to Pitch Potential Copywriting ClientsCopywriting Q&A: What to Charge for Content WorkFight These 10 Fears with a Systematic Process --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/11/202136 minutes, 59 seconds
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Do Copywriters Need Business Insurance?

"Do I need business insurance?" is a question that plagues many entrepreneurs, including copywriters. Nicki and Kate are here to dig into common insurance types and why, as a copywriter, you most likely do not need it. Listen now to put to rest any worries you may have about needing business insurance for your copywriting business. Note: We are not legal advisors and this does not substitute for such. If you have concerns, consult a professional. Related Links: Do Copywriters Need Insurance?Freelance Copywriter Business FAQsChoosing a Business Structure as a Copywriter --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/9/202113 minutes, 38 seconds
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Morning Rituals to Drive Your Copywriting Success

What can you do to start your day as healthy, productive, and positive as possible? Nicki and Kate take time to discuss the importance of a strong morning routine, including creating good habits, and breaking bad ones. Drawing from personal experience, they take us through productive ways to kickstart your day and set yourself up for success, both personally and professionally. Plus, get an inside look at what their morning routines look like! Mentioned on this episode: The CEO of Spanx wakes up an hour early to drive around ‘aimlessly’ on a ‘fake commute’ because she does her best thinking in the carFind Your Calm (App) Related Links: Freelancer Self-Care: 5 Tips for Avoiding Burnout --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
6/2/202125 minutes, 30 seconds
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Journalist Turned Copywriter: Dori's Story

Before Dori joined the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy, she had a thriving career as a travel journalist. When the coronavirus hit, she decided to pursue copywriting. On this week’s episode, we’re getting a little before/after glimpse at Dori’s career. What you'll hear first is Nicki talking with Dori in Fall 2020 when she was just starting her copywriting career. Then, you'll hear Nicki, Kate, and Dori chatting about six months later in Spring of 2021. Find out where Dori is now, find out about some of her most interesting projects, and get tips on where to find clients. Mentioned on this episode: Dori's Portfolio Related Links: Content vs. CopyWhat Copywriters Charge for Content Writing --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/26/202147 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Most Important Piece of Email Copy

In this episode, Nicki and Kate talk about the most important part of writing email copy: the subject line. The rest of the email does not matter if the email recipient doesn't even open it. They discuss what to include (and what not to include) in the subject line to get potential customers to interact. Along with some actionable advice about how to use your own inbox to learn, Nicki and Kate outline the most important things to know about writing a good subject line. Whether it piques curiosity, explains potential benefits, creates a sense of urgency, or uses another tactic, a good subject line has the potential to boost a client's business exponentially. Mentioned on this episode Facebook Ads Library  Related links: Writing Subject Lines for SolopreneursEmail Snippet TacticsHow to Maximize Email SubscriptionsTop 3 Biggest Email Mistakes—Part 3 --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/19/202134 minutes, 46 seconds
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Why You Don't Need Copywriting Certification

Society right now is very pro-college education. There is nothing wrong with college and there are plenty of wonderful benefits it can provide for many careers. But this emphasis on higher education raises the question of “do I need a relevant degree to get started in copywriting? Do I need copywriting certification?”  “Bachelor’s Degrees are good for Jeopardy,” but not necessary for copywriting. Copywriting does not require an advanced degree, but it does require work! Listen in to hear Nicki and Kate explain why copywriting certificates are B-S and what you do need instead of a copywriting certificate. Related links: Listen: Why Every Copywriter MUST Have an Online PortfolioHow to Know if You Have What it TakesBest Backgrounds for Getting Into CopywritingThe REAL Reasons Grads Can’t Find Jobs --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/12/202116 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Much Can a Copywriter Earn?

How much can a copywriter really earn? Nicki and Kate are asked this question all. the. time. "Writing jobs don't pay well" is something probably everyone has heard whether they have been interested in the field or not. Nicki and Kate break down the myths about writing careers when it comes to freelance copywriting and with a little quick math show that it is far from impossible, if you are willing to put in the work. In this episode, Nicki and Kate explain the ins and outs of copywriting income both freelance and on-staff and they go into detail about defining your goals to really command control of your income. Related links: How Soon Will I Make Money as a Copywriter?Should a Money Mindset Matter to Copywriters?For Love or MoneyThe Subtle Shift That Will Double Your Copywriting Business Income --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
5/5/202125 minutes, 4 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Value-Based Pitches, English-Language Nuances, and About Pages

In this episode, three CCA students each sit down with Nicki and Kate to ask their most pressing questions. These 10-minute laser coaching sessions are designed to help students overcome their biggest roadblock so they can continue making progress on their goals. Cleo asks for feedback on some of her pitch emails. Angela asks for some feedback on product descriptions for a super cool client that wants to broaden his audience internationally. Jennifer asks for help battling some resistance in writing her about me page, and everybody needs a hype-woman now and then! Even though it’s not you in the hot seat, there’s plenty you can take away and apply to your own copywriting business! Related links: How NOT to Pitch Potential Copywriting ClientsA Powerful Self-Inventory for Freelance Business SuccessHow Do You Build Your Portfolio?The Key to Writing Irresistible Product Descriptions --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/30/202141 minutes, 57 seconds
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Freelancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Stuart's Story

What happens when a pandemic hits and you're furloughed from your job? For Stuart Tarn it meant taking advantage of some additional time and learning an entirely new skill. Stuart has been in his current job in the airline industry for nearly 17 years. He shares why he pursued copywriting, the ways his past experiences help his copywriting, and some of the mindset shifts he's had to make from full-time employee to freelancer. Stuart, Nicki, and Kate also dig into why people think freelancing is risky, why transferable skills are so important for any career, and the importance of sending follow up emails to clients you pitch. Mentioned in this Episode: Stuart's Portfolio Related links: Career Security Comes When You Take ControlThe New Truth of Today's Working WorldListen: The Illusion of Safety: Freelance vs. Full-Time Copywriting --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/28/202154 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Illusion of Safety: Freelance vs. Full-Time Copywriting

Deciding to go freelance instead of working a traditional 9–5 can be incredibly anxiety inducing. In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss how job safety is an illusion and the only way to truly be “safe” is to be in control of your career yourself. Freelancing allows for control over practically every aspect of your livelihood.  Listen to this episode to hear some hard truths about job safety and learn how being a freelancer can give you the freedom to live your life the way you want to. Related Links: Listen: Why Freelancing in a Recession is Wildly EffectiveThe New Truth of Today's Working WorldHow to Avoid a Work Dry SpellIs It Better to Be an On-Staff Copywriter or a Freelance Copywriter? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/21/202124 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why Every Copywriter MUST Have an Online Portfolio

Sitting down and knocking out a portfolio site can be a daunting task, but completing it will inevitably move your business forward. In this episode Nicki and Kate discuss why it is imperative for every copywriter to have their own online portfolio. From what most copywriting portfolios are missing to what copywriters should keep off their portfolios, they provide actionable tips on how to make your portfolio stand out. Related Links: 4 Things Most Copywriters Get Wrong on Their Portfolio WebsitesHow to Put Together a Copywriting Portfolio7 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Portfolio SiteHow to Instantly Improve Your Portfolio Site --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/14/202131 minutes, 44 seconds
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Laser Copy Coaching: Refining Pitches, Finding Focus, and Adding Companies to Your Pitch List

In this episode, three CCA students each sit down with Nicki and Kate to ask their most pressing questions. These 10-minute laser coaching sessions are designed to help students overcome their biggest roadblock so they can continue making progress on their goals.  Terry asks for feedback on one of his pitch emails and his follow-up email. Jessica, who just moved, asks about finding focus and pitching companies in her area even though she is brand-new to town. Amy asks about finding fresh ideas to pitch clients and what advice Nicki and Kate would have given to themselves as brand-new copywriters, among other questions. Even though it’s not you in the hot seat, there’s plenty you can takeaway and apply to your own copywriting business! Related links:  Listen: Your Ideal Clients Want You to Pitch ThemDefine Your Own Copywriting SuccessWhen You Need to Get Down to Work: The 5 Second RuleFreelancer Self-Care: 5 Tips for Avoiding Burnout --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/9/202144 minutes, 34 seconds
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How Copywriters and Designers Work Together with Yoav Broum

We talk so much in the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy, and as copywriters in general, about what it's like to collaborate with a designer, when to collaborate with a designer, and how to collaborate with a designer. But while we can answer these questions all day long, it's even more helpful to hear it from a designer. Nicki and Kate sat down with Yoav Broum to talk about what it's like to collaborate with a copywriter from the designer's perspective. He shares how he got into design, as well as tips for how copywriters and designers can work together to achieve the best possible solution. Mentioned on This Episode Yoav's portfolio Related Links How to Work with a DesignerBig Problems with Design Partners5 Things Designers Wish You Knew --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
4/7/202137 minutes, 9 seconds
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Changing Careers to Become a Copywriter: Adele's Story

Adele joined the CCA in July 2020 when she decided to make a career change after burning out in the public sector. Nicki originally talked with Adele in the Fall of 2020 to hear about her journey to copywriting. But, like many CCA students, work started to snowball fast. Adele landed a full-time contract covering a maternity leave in addition to taking on freelance work on the side. So, Nicki and Kate caught up with Adele again in early 2021 to talk about how things are going. You'll also hear from Adele's partner, Jake, who shared what it's like being on the other side of the copywriting journey, supporting someone you love during a major career change. Mentioned on this Episode: Adele's Portfolio Related Links: The First Step in Changing Your Career3 Steps to a Career ChangeThe Big Secret About Changing Careers --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/31/202142 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Number One Copywriting Spec Ad Mistake

Spec ads are one of the most important tools copywriters have to show their abilities to potential clients. Not only do spec ads show that you can write great copy and how you strategize your work, but it also shows you are connected and can collaborate with talented designers who make your copy pop. You read that right, the number one mistake copywriters make is not working with a designer for the spec ads. In this episode, Nicki and Kate explain the ins and outs of working with a designer for spec ads. If you've been wondering how to find a designer or figuring out the best way to make it a mutually beneficial relationship, you'll want to listen to this. Related Links The Number One Spec Ad MistakeImportance of Spec Ads in Your PortfolioWhat to Look for in a Spec Ad DesignerWhy Copywriters Absolutely Must Have a Network of Designers --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/24/202121 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to Land Your First Copywriting Clients--Without Experience

You might be thinking, “Land clients without experience? You are crazy!” But there is a valuable tool to show your potential clients what you can do, even if you have never had a paying client before: spec ads. In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss the in’s and out’s of spec ads, including their many benefits and some common misconceptions. Landing clients without experience is not an impossible task, especially when you are using spec ads to your advantage! Related Links How Do You Land Your First Copywriting Clients Without Experience or Samples?How Do You Get Your First Clients?The Simplest Way to Start Finding Clients --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/17/202117 minutes, 16 seconds
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How to Set Your Copywriting Rates

Everybody hates pricing their services. That's because there is no exact science for pricing your services. There's no perfect formula that is going to work every time and be exactly right. It's as much art as science. Nicki and Kate dig into why online calculators are wildly inaccurate (one told Kate, based on her experience, to charge $13,800 for a homepage). Instead of relying on faulty math, they share the types of questions you need to ask clients before pricing your services, plus other factors you need to consider, such as experience, location, rush time, meetings, and more. Related Links Why Most Advice About How to Price Your Services is Dead Wrong for YouCopywriting Is Only 1/3 Writing—Here’s Why That Affects How You ChargeWhat Copywriters Charge for Content WritingWhen and How to Raise Your Copywriting Rates --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/10/202136 minutes, 54 seconds
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Build Confidence & Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Copywriter

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but if confidence is not an issue for you now, it will at some point in your life. We all face situations that challenge or even shake our confidence, whether it’s in the form of self-doubt or fear. Now here’s the good news: there are ways to overcome it. On this episode, Nicki and Kate sat down with Sheri' DuMond, who has mentored business and sales leaders for more than 20 years. She is the creator of Confident Warriors and the Confidence Success Circle. Inspired by their conversation with Sheri, Nicki and Kate share additional tips for taking action in the moments you feel frozen and stuck. Mentioned on this Episode Confident WarriorsQuantum Leap Discovery Sessions Related Links Imposter Syndrome: What It Is and How to Keep it From Derailing Your Copywriting CareerHow Do You Find the Confidence to Get Started?What to Do When Your Confidence FlagsOne Question That Can Literally Change Your Life --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/5/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 37 seconds
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Freelance to Full-Time Remote Copywriter: Karisa's Story

Karisa started her copywriting career the way many of our students do: while working another full-time job. She started pitching just a few months after joining the CCA during Pitch-a-Palooza, an annual student-only event designed to get everyone writing and sending their first pitches. Karisa received a response to one of those first pitches, officially launching her freelancing career. But it wasn't long before she found, applied for, and landed a full-time copywriting job. This episode was recorded in two parts, the first back in early 2020, and the second in early 2021 so we could catch up with Karisa and see how her career evolved from freelance copywriter to full-time remote copywriter working with an organization she loves. Mentioned on this Episode Karisa’s Portfolio Related Links Which Work From Home Writing Jobs Are Real?How Do I Know If I’m Ready to Pitch Copywriting Clients? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
3/3/202150 minutes, 56 seconds
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11 Traits of the Most Successful Copywriters

Before you make a decision about choosing or changing a career, you want to have some indication that you’ll actually be successful at it, right? While great copywriters can come from any gender, race, age, and more, there are a number of traits that the most successful copywriters share. In this episode, Nicki and Kate go through their list of top traits that have helped them, and thousands of other copywriters, build successful copywriting careers. Related Links The Top Trait for Building a Successful Business6 Habits of Highly Successful CopywritersDo You Have What It Takes to Become a Copywriter? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/24/202147 minutes, 49 seconds
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How Soon Will I Make Money as a Copywriter?

As a brand new copywriter venturing out into a new career, it's understandable that you might be curious as to when you might be able to make money. While you might not love our answer, we are excited to share it with you because it's a simple one: how soon you make money is up to you. Nick and Kate discuss where you can start, what factors contribute to how fast someone can start earning money, and what you should do to ensure you can meet your goals. Related Links How Soon Can You Make Money?How Much Do Copywriters Make? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/17/202130 minutes, 24 seconds
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Are There Too Many Copywriters?

You’ve probably heard us say before that there is so much more work that requires good, skilled copywriters than there are good, skilled copywriters to take on all that work. It's never been more true. And no matter how long we have this company, and no matter how many copywriters we train, that will remain true. Why? Because there are SO MANY companies and organizations out there. And copy is essential to ALL companies and organizations. Nicki and Kate break down the numbers on today's episode to demonstrate the simple fact that it is basically near impossible for there to ever be too many copywriters. Related Links The Very Common Assumptions That Will Cut Your Copywriting Business in HalfWill the Market Be Flooded with Copywriters?Our 2020 Roundup of Books Copywriters Will Enjoy --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/10/202124 minutes, 34 seconds
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Copywriting as a Side Hustle: Alicia's Story

Alicia Castro is a full-time SEO analyst by day and a self-describe word-wielding warrior by night. She got into the marketing world by accident when she took her SEO role and decided to pursue copywriting as a side business. Through her company, Glorious Copy Co, she writes compelling copy for purpose-driven and time-strapped female entrepreneurs who want to skyrocket their sales, engage communities, and take back their time. On this episode, Alicia shares her creative process, what motivates her, and her advice for others getting started in copywriting. You can check out her work at gloriouscopy.co/ Related Links How to Be a Part-Time CopywriterCan Copywriting Be a Side Hustle? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
2/3/202147 minutes, 15 seconds
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Tax and Bookkeeping Tips for Freelance Copywriters

As a freelancer, once you have money coming in from several clients, things can get a little chaotic, to say the least. With multiple clients, multiple projects, and multiple invoices in various states of payment, how do you track your freelance income and keep it all straight? Nicki and Kate sat down with Rachel LaMantia, owner of Masterpiece Bookkeeping to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to freelance bookkeeping and taxes. Rachel is a pro at taking the stress, hassle, and guesswork out of bookkeeping for her clients. And on this episode, she shares her surprisingly simple tips for keeping your business finances organized, as well as when you may want to consider hiring a bookkeeper. Mentioned on the Episode Tax Preparation Myths Related Links How to Avoid a Major Tax SlapTax Tips for FreelancersThe Best (and Cheapest) Way to Track Freelance IncomeTax Deductions for Copywriters --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/27/202134 minutes, 50 seconds
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Why Do I Teach Copywriting?

At Filthy Rich Writer, we get this question a lot: if Nicki is making six figures as a copywriter, why is she teaching it instead? And since it comes up often enough—maybe you’ve even wondered it yourself—Nicki is tackling it head on in this week's episode. Related Link If I Make So Much Money Writing Copy, Why Am I Teaching Copywriting? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/22/202111 minutes, 43 seconds
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Your Ideal Clients Want You to Pitch Them

When we tell our copywriting students that they need to pitch their copywriting services to potential clients, there’s often a lot of push back. They’re afraid of reaching out to strangers. Of bothering them. Of asking for their business. Of potentially not getting that business—and the anticipation of what will feel like rejection. Some try to find an “easier” way to do it—like using freelance job sites like Upwork or Freelancer (surprise: they're not easier and can hurt your career). If that sounds like you, hit play now! In this episode, we're getting you out of your head and looking at pitching from the perspective of the business owner. Get ready to completely reframe how you're thinking about pitching and see why your ideal clients want your pitches. Related Link Why Business Owners WANT You to Pitch Them Your Copywriting Services --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/20/202135 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Freelancing in a Recession is Wildly Effective

The first time Nicki made six figures as a copywriter was in 2008…right in the middle of the Great Recession…right after she left her full-time job to go freelance. Why was she able to do so well then, and why are copywriters doing alright now, even though many companies are being forced to lay off staff left and right? Here’s the key: companies still need copywriters because copy drives business. Nicki and Kate break down why copywriters are well positioned to weather a recession and how the actions that you take as a freelancer can benefit you when the economy inevitably takes another downturn. Related Links Should Copywriters Be Concerned About a Recession?Recessions Are Huge Opportunities for Copywriters. Here’s Why: --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/13/202126 minutes, 11 seconds
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Meet Nicki Krawczyk, Founder of Filthy Rich Writer

Today we are turning the tables as Kate interviews Nicki for a special episode of the Build Your Copywriting Business Podcast. Nicki has over 15 years of experience working for and with clients including TripAdvisor, Marshalls, Hasbro, Keurig, adidas, and, yes, even Harlequin Romance novels. She's worked for agencies, in-house and as a freelancer, plus she knows first-hand how to build a copywriting business and make six-figures as a copywriter. In this episode, Nicki dives right in to how she got her start in copywriting, the major piece of advice she would have given her younger self, and why she started Filthy Rich Writer and the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy. Related Links About Filthy Rich WriterAbout Nicki Krawczyk --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
1/6/202151 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why Copywriters Should Avoid Freelance Job Websites at All Costs

Freelance job bidding sites like Upwork and Fiverr may seem like a great, easy way to get into copywriting. But, as you’ll hear in this episode, they’re actually a surefire way to undersell your services (not to mention waste your valuable time that you could be using to pitch clients directly)! Nicki and Kate tackle the pitfalls of freelance work sites, why they’re not the best way to find clients, and what you can do to find clients who will pay your full rates and see you as a strategic partner versus someone who fills work orders. Related Links The Real Math on Job-Bidding Site “Success”Why Work Bidding Sites Are Bad NewsCopywriting Job Sites Will Cost You BIG Time4 Pieces of Terrible Advice New Copywriters Get All the Time --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/30/202026 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is Copywriting Hard to Break Into?

“Ooo, copywriting is really hard to get into.” That’s one of the most popular things for people to say when they hear you’re interested in becoming a copywriter. But why? And what is that based on? It's not hard to get into copywriting if you have the proper training and have a proven process for finding clients. Today, we are taking on the naysayers and teaching you how to stay focused and achieve your goal of becoming a copywriter. Related Links Why People Tell You “Copywriting is Hard to Get Into”Break Into Copywriting! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/23/202025 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why Choosing a Copywriting Niche is Terrible Advice

"The riches are in the niches." Many so-called copywriting gurus will tell you that the path to success is to proclaim a niche right away. But just because something rhymes doesn't make it great advice. In fact, choosing a niche when you’re just getting started is not a magic bullet for success at all. And it could be deeply, deeply detrimental to your career. In this episode, Nicki and Kate unpack why you may want to think twice about jumping too quickly into a niche. Related Links The Niche TrapWhen to Break the Copywriting Niche Rule --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/16/202031 minutes, 44 seconds
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Meet Our Head Copy Coach, Kate

Kate Sitarz is a copywriter with 10+ years of experience delivering high-performing copy for clients including Microsoft, Zipcar, TripAdvisor, Babson College, Continental Airlines, and many more. She's also the head coach for Filthy Rich Writer's signature course, the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy. On this episode, Nicki interviews Kate so you can get to know our co-host a bit more! --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/8/202041 minutes, 46 seconds
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What is the Difference Between Copywriting and Content Writing?

Many people outside of the writing industry don’t understand the difference between content writing and copywriting. But if you're a copywriter, it's crucial to know what writing falls into one category or the other so you can show the right samples to your prospective employer. In this episode, Nicki and Kate discuss copy versus content, why it's important to distinguish the two, and exactly why copywriting pays more. Related Links What’s the Difference Between Content and Copy?Why You Need to Separate Copy and Content on Your SiteWhat Copywriters Charge for Content Writing --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/8/202021 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why I named my Company Filthy Rich Writer

As a company that teaches people how to write copy and how to build their copywriting careers and businesses, Filthy Rich Writer could have been called something more straightforward like "New Copywriters Training." But Nicki decided not to play it safe. Today's episode is a short one where Nicki will tell you what being "filthy rich" means to her and why she doesn't care that some people hate (truly hate) the name. Related Links Why I Called My Company Filthy Rich Writer --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/8/20209 minutes, 47 seconds
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What is Copywriting?

Copywriting is marketing or advertising writing. It's writing that is designed to sell or to persuade. But make no mistake: copywriting is not about being tricky, pushy, or underhanded. In fact, copy (the words that make up copywriting) that is super sales-y and disingenuous often backfires! (It's also not copyrighting, which is a legal term for protecting intellectual property.) In this episode, Nicki and Kate dive into copywriting basics: what it is, where you can find copy, who can write copy, and the career possibilities you have as a copywriter. Related Links What is Copywriting?Why Should I Become a Copywriter?What Does a Copywriter Actually Do? --------------- Get Free Copywriting Training here
12/4/202033 minutes, 40 seconds