How I Landed My First 2K Client with ZERO Experience

I never studied journalism. I never took a copywriting or content writing course. Heck, I didn’t even know what copywriting was!

But on April 1, 2022, I sent a $2000 invoice for my copywriting services to a client.

If you’d like to learn how I did it, please continue reading. 😉

Step 1: I created an Upwork account.

I created my account on July 31, 2018. But my profile kept getting rejected, so it was never open to the public. It wasn’t until December 12, 2020, that my profile got approved and went live!

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

Check out this article if you’d like to read more about creating an Upwork account.

Step 2: I bought a domain.

I wanted to build a personal brand website, so I knew I needed a domain. I bought it on namecheap.com for $7.98 on November 7, 2020.

After buying the domain, I had to wait 60 days* before I could link it to my Wix account. Wix is the website building platform that I decided to use, but more on that later.

*You don’t have to wait for 60 days to move your domain anymore.

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

You can buy your domain on namecheap.com as I did.

Or check out this article for the top 10 best web hosting providers of 2022.

Step 3: I started writing articles.

I began writing short-form articles to build a portfolio.

But I didn’t publish them anywhere because I hadn’t finished creating my website. At the time, it never even occurred to me to post on Medium. Not until many months later…😐

Please don’t make the same mistake as I did! Start publishing on Medium right away!

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

Start brainstorming content ideas.

Think about your experiences, thoughts, or what you’re currently learning.

And once you’ve chosen a topic, you can outline, write and edit your articles on Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Personally, I like to use Microsoft Word.

I recommend running it through Grammarly and Hemingway App when you’re done writing and editing.

Grammarly, to check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Hemingway App, to make your writing bold and clear because most people read at a 7th-grade level!

Step 4: I built my website.

In March 2021, I built my website using Wix. It’s a free, user-friendly website-building platform. I simply chose a template, edited it, and posted two of my articles on it. Then launched it!

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

You can build your website using wix.com.

Or check out this article for the 11 best website builders of 2022.

Step 5: I published my articles on Medium and Thought Catalog.

Shortly after launching my website, I started posting my articles on Medium.

I also submitted three pieces to Thought Catalog. And they were all accepted!

Seeing the “Your article just went live!” subject line from their email was one of the happiest moments of my life. Because I had submitted an article to Thought Catalog back in 2018. But it got rejected. And that rejection discouraged me from writing for a while.

Luckily, I started writing again. And I haven’t given up since. But sometimes, I still struggle with imposter syndrome. More on that in subsequent articles. 😊

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

Don’t make the mistake of only posting your articles on your website!

Publish your work on other platforms like Medium and LinkedIn to increase your audience reach.

Doing so will help you attract more writing opportunities.

Now, you might be wondering if it’s okay to post the same content on multiple platforms… and the answer is a resounding YES.

Step 6: I applied to jobs on Upwork.

Once I had a website and samples of my work, I updated my Upwork profile and applied for jobs.

One of the jobs that I applied to was looking for beginner copywriters. It was for a start-up social media and email marketing agency. A few days later, I received an interview invitation on Skype.

And that’s how I landed my first writing gig…

For $8/hour, 10 hours a week on May 28, 2021.

I didn’t even know what copywriting was when I first got hired. But I dedicated time and effort to learn it while teaching English full-time.

I’d work at the preschool from 8:10 AM to 4:30 PM. Then, I’d go to the gym from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Get home at 6:00 PM. And write until 11:00 PM.

Eventually, my efforts got rewarded with higher pay. This was my timeline:

May 28, 2021: $8/hour, 10 hours/week

November 2021: $1000 monthly

January 2022: $1200 monthly

February 2022: $1400 monthly

March 2022: $2000 monthly

I’m still working with this client. I write social media copy, emails, newsletters, and lead magnets for his agency’s online health and fitness coaches.

HOW YOU CAN DO IT:

When your Upwork profile is live, you can search for jobs using keywords like “copywriting” or “editing.”

You can also filter jobs by:

· Experience level

· Job type

· Number of proposals

· Client information

· Client history

· Client location

· Project length

· Hours per week

Once you’ve found a job you’re interested in, submit a proposal by filling out the requirements and using “connects.” Connects are Upwork’s virtual currency.

And there you go. That’s how I managed to land my first 2K client.

But if I had to do it all over again, I would change the steps to this order:

1. Buy a domain.

2. Build a website.

3. Write articles.

4. Publish articles on a website, Medium and LinkedIn.

5. Create an Upwork profile.

6. Apply for jobs.

Hope this is helpful.

Stay strong,

Irene

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Irene Chu

Irene Chu

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