became a copywriter

How I Quit My Job and Became a Copywriter

Have you ever dreamed of writing at home for a living?

I know I did before I became a copywriter.

After many (horrible) years of dealing with rude customers and lazy managers at restaurants, convenience stores, and a bank, that dream felt too good to be true.

But I actually made it happen!

If you are where I was, I want you to know your dream isn’t as unreachable as it seems.

So if you want to know how I said bye to my stable bank job and became a copywriter full-time, keep on reading!

became a copywriter

How I Quit My Job and Became a Copywriter

When you first decide you want to work from home as a writer, you’re going to hear a lot of mixed advice…

Some people will tell you, “Do NOT use Upwork! It’s a shit show and the fees will drain you!”

And then others will say, “I found my best clients on Upwork! It just takes time. Don’t give up.”

Everyone’s experience is different.

You might want to be employed by a company, or you might want to start your own business. That choice is totally up to you.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Keep an open mind. You’re going to learn everything as you go. But guess what? We all do!

I started a blog

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There are a lot of benefits to starting a blog, including the fact that you can write about whatever you want!

It also shows that you have experience writing online, you establish yourself as a pro, and you have writing samples to give when you’re trying to score a writing gig.

Once you start a blog, you can promote it through your social media accounts. I turned my Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest into business accounts and grew a following and personal brand from there.

If you have a product or service to sell (like writing for businesses and brands), then you can create a services page on your website and lead your audience there.

But my favorite thing about starting a blog is that it helps improve your writing.

I spent years hating my jobs and wishing that I was writing for a living, yet I never made time to write. When I started my blog, I was in for a rude awakening because my writing muscle hadn’t been used in years!

My first blog post sucked. But you know what happened?

I kept writing, and as time went on, I got better!

So keep in mind, your first blog post might not be good. But that’s okay. It’s just important for you to start and get your writing muscle going again. The more you make time to write, the stronger your writing muscle will become.

I followed my heart

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Six months into my blog, I had discovered a whole new world.

I became inspired by all the badass bloggers and business owners who were doing what they loved for a living. In other words, I caught the entrepreneurial bug.

I was miserable at my bank job. Don’t get me wrong, it was the best job I ever had. But it wasn’t for me. Ya know?

It took me reaching my breaking point for me to realize that my dream wasn’t impossible. The only thing that had been stopping me from trying was not believing in myself.

I was done feeling sad and envious of the people who were living my dream. Why couldn’t I have that too?

So I finally made the decision to go for it.

I told my boyfriend about my decision and he supported me 100%. His support made me giddy and I proceeded to tell everyone close in my life. Their reaction wasn’t the same…

My family was concerned, which was understandable. My decision was risky, and in their eyes, I probably seemed like I had lost my mind.

One of my best friends also wasn’t on board. That’s what really hurt.

My reason for including this part of the post is because dealing with unsupportive family and friends was a real struggle, and I know I’m not alone.

When you follow your heart, it’s not something that anyone else can understand but you. Especially when we live in a world where going to college and/or getting a secure job is the norm.

You’re the only one who truly knows what’s best for you. If you have a dream that’s out of the ordinary, the people in your life might worry about you.

That’s normal. Remind yourself that it’s only because they care.

There are people who fear the unknown and settle, and then there are people who know what they want and go for it–even if no one else agrees with them.

I chose to be the second one, and that’s how I became a copywriter.

Research

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I wish I could tell you that I had a plan, but the truth is I didn’t!

I did as much research as I could before I quit my job, but I was burned out. My last days at the bank consisted of me walking around like a zombie, dreaming of the days where I’d get to work in my pajamas on the couch.

(Not having a plan isn’t something I’d recommend. I was privileged enough that my boyfriend could support us while I figured things out.

However, if your job is hurting your mental health to the point where you don’t enjoy living anymore, I do recommend leaving. Your life is more important than any job.)

Copywriting Research

My journey truly began on my first day of self-employment.

I searched every question I had about copywriting through Google and Pinterest.

If you want to become a copywriter too, try searching these topics:

  • How to become a copywriter
  • How I became a copywriter
  • Copywriting formulas
  • Copywriting tips for beginners
  • How to write better copy
  • What is copywriting?
  • Copywriting basics
  • Why is copywriting important?
  • How to write captivating copy
  • How to get hired as a copywriter

You’ll find that most of the people who write these articles are copywriters themselves. That’s how I found a lot of the copywriters that I love today!

I subscribed to their email list, read all their blog posts, followed them on social media, and learned from them as much as I could.

Anytime I read something valuable, I’d write it down in my notes exactly how it was written. This helped me fully grasp what I was learning while also writing the way the pros were writing. I began to pick up their writing voice, which would soon help me find mine. (Please note that copying other’s work is wrong. You can practice this to get better, but don’t pretend someone else’s work is yours.)

The more I researched, the more I realized how much I loved copywriting. It sounded intimidating at first, but for me, learning was a breeze! Copywriting was my thing. It made me happy, I had fun doing it, and I was pretty good at it!

Business Research

Unfortunately, copywriting wasn’t the only thing I needed to learn when I became a copywriter. I also had to research how to start a business.

Please keep in mind that I’m not a tax professional, and all of this is what I personally researched. I’m providing this information to help you with the best of my ability. So don’t sue me, please!

If you’re starting a business, here are some things you’ll need to find out:

  • Taxes: If you have a business, you’re self-employed. That means you have to handle taxes yourself or hire a tax professional to handle it for you. You’ll also need to pay quarterly taxes along with yearly taxes. You’ll need to pay estimated taxes, self-employment taxes, and depending on what state you live in, state taxes. This is something major to keep in mind when deciding if starting a business is right for you or not.
  • Type of business: You’re going to need to decide your type of business. You’ll most likely choose sole proprietor or an LLC., but there are other options as well.
  • Business name: You’ll need to choose the name of your business depending on the type of business you choose and find out whether or not the name is available.
  • EIN: I recommend getting an EIN for your protection. As a business owner, you’ll be giving your information to your clients. An EIN is your employer identification number and is given instead of your social security number. But no worries, it’s super easy to get!

For any and all information, I recommend going to irs.gov. Everything you need will be there.

Other than that, I always recommend having a website, a professional business email, business social media accounts with correct information, and if you want, business cards!

You also might find that your clients will use certain websites for their business. I recommend creating accounts with websites like these so that you can be prepared. Plus, it’ll make you look good! Here are some of the websites/apps that my clients use:

  • Slack
  • Asana
  • Trello
  • PayPal
  • Zoom
  • Skype

Practice

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The key to getting better at anything is practice.

I spent hours writing every day.

As time went on, I discovered my writing voice. One day I was cringing at my Instagram posts, and then the next I was like, “Damn! I wrote that?!”

Write in journals, write on social media, write blog posts, write emails. Just keep working out that muscle, and it’ll surprise you one day.

Job Hunting

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Here are some great places to search for writing jobs:

I want to remind you again that everyone’s experience is different.

I responded to what felt like MILLIONS of writing gigs and… nothing. For months, crickets.

But don’t let that discourage you. I’ve heard writers say that they found their first writing job a month into searching.

It wasn’t until three months into searching that I got my first response on Upwork, and they paid me $5 to write an Instagram post. They left me a five-star review.

Not too long after, someone else responded to me and agreed to pay me $20 per Instagram post. I worked with them for a month. They also left me a five-star review.

The pay was shit, but I realized that getting those five-star reviews was the key to getting hired by other people.

I soon got another client, but the pay still wasn’t good enough and I had to start considering getting a part-time job. It made me feel embarrassed and I wondered if I had failed.

I eventually came to the decision that I had one week left to find a good writing gig, or else it was time to start job-hunting.

That week, I responded to every writing gig that I saw. It was a long week, but that Friday, I had three people respond to me.

Two of them asked to talk on a Skype call that weekend, and the other one immediately sent me an article to write.

Both Skype calls went really well and before I knew it, I had two long-term clients!

I still write for them today and I’m getting paid enough to pay all my bills and more.

The journey that I went through when I became a copywriter was long and stressful. But I know one thing for sure now: When you decide to believe in yourself and your dream, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks. Believing in yourself and following your heart is one of the most powerful things you can do for your journey.

My heart told me to go for it, and most of the people in my life disagreed. If I had listened to them, I would still be unfulfilled at the bank right now.

I’m currently writing this blog post in my bedroom and in my pajamas. It’s a Friday afternoon and I’ve had an easy week. Now I’m about to log out for the day, make some dinner, watch Naruto Shippuden, and enjoy my weekend! I’d say my heart led me down the right path.

Now you.

Do you have something your heart is telling you that’s risky? Tell me all about it below in the comments so I can cheer you on!

4 comments

  • I have been writing for clients for a long time but reading this blog makes me want to push some more and take risks in more ventures other than writing. This one’s really inspiring read!

  • Great post! Thank you 🙂 I’ve recently handed in my resignation at work and are finishing next week… to start my copywriting journey! I have been working on a course so I’m ready to put a website together and start pitching. I have a lot of self doubt at tha moment and are wondering if I did the right thing!

    • Thank you, Rachel!

      I wondered the same thing when I put in my two weeks. Once I started making money from my copywriting business, it was SO empowering. Never doubt yourself or what you feel called to do! That desire is in your heart for a reason. You got this. 🙂

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