Throughout the beginning of my career as a freelancer, I’ve been gathering bits and pieces of encouragement to help me along. Nothing is sadder than when you hit a bottom somewhere along the way and feel like there’s no way up.
If you’re having issues, I encourage you to take a minute and read through at least one… if not two or more… of the following tidbits. They’re very helpful.
We all hit that bottom at some point or another. We all need something, someone, somewhere, somehow, or another to get back up. And get back on track. So here we go, a slow climb back up from the bottom and getting back on track.
Thank you to each and every writer below!
Tiara Cole – Barefoot Writer – June 2018
What’s your advice to someone just starting out?
You’re going to get overwhelmed. You’re going to think you can’t do it. You’re going to get in your own way and not let yourself take the leap. But at some point, you’re also going to have a moment where it’s just like “Okay, let’s do this!” And when that moment happens — if it hasn’t happened already — that’s when you just go for the gold!
Be unstoppable: Attack those writing projects with everything you have, and then sweat bullets waiting to hear back from your client. Every time I’ve had a moment like that, it’s turned out better than I could have imagined.
Nicolas Staab – Barefoot Writer – June 2018
Any top tips you can share for new Barefoot Writers?
- Be smart. Don’t leave your full-time job without a plan of action. Know your finances.Cover your bases. Remember: You’re starting a business. Take it seriously and set yourself up for success.
- Build slowly. Take on one client and do everything you can to exceed their expectations. Retention and quality referrals are powerful factors for any growing business.
- Invest in yourself continually. That doesn’t mean purchase a $2,000 course or seminar you can barely afford. If you have a library card, you have access to almost everything you need to get started.
Ryan Levesque – Barefoot Writer – June 2018
You don’t have to get it perfect; you just have to get it going.
There are only two things in this life that you need to be successful. The first is courage, which is doing the thing that scares the life out of you, in spite of that fear. The second is grit, which is picking yourself up when you fall or when you fail, doing the thing that scares you — because you are going to fail at it. That’s just life.
You need to have three life events that you can come back to in your mind whenever you’re feeling afraid.
If you’re feeling stuck right now after reading this interview, my challenge — my advice — to you is simple. Whatever it is you want to do, whatever that next step you want to take is, think about what is the absolute smallest thing you can do in that direction? The step that is literally so small, it’ll be impossible for you to fail? Do that right now. Once you’ve done that next impossible-to-fail step, do the one after that. That’s it. That’s the secret.
Steve Coombes – The LIE I Told Myself that Launched My Copywriting Career… (By Jon Stoltzfus)
“Don’t procrastinate. Whatever you’re pursuing – do it now! Start working right away to change your life… because it’s real. Copywriting is real, and it works!”
And what’s the number one thing I need to know in order to succeed?
I’ll let these Bootcamp attendees share what they discovered:
- “Take action… do!” said Tom Hewlett.
- “Just do it — NO FEAR!” wrote Rick Hartman.
- And Jerry L. Nelson said, “All I have to do is get off my butt and DO IT — because I can DO it!”
- “Get over my fear and just do it! Meeting REAL copywriters with REAL incomes was the best motivation,” said Erin Kienzle.
- Jason Channell agreed: “Action! Take action! One other thing — I can do this and be successful as a copywriter!”
There’s so much good out there in the world and so much good to be had by everyone! Being realistic, as human beings,we’re not always in tune with the ‘good’ and how to reach it. We have our days of down and out psyches which can control us or teach us.
Don’t let that depressing psyche control you! YOU control it.
Pity will try to take root in your heart and soul. Pity is just the way we try to convince ourselves that we’re not worthy, when in fact – we are MORE than worthy of the good things in life.
If you feel like having a one-person pity party – go ahead! Just make it a quick one. Then get on with the joy that is your life!
Be encouraged by a positive, productive atmosphere!
- If you need to leave the house – LEAVE THE HOUSE!
- If you need to tune out the neighbors – by all means, TUNE THEM OUT!
- If the tv is depressing you – TURN IT OFF!
- If that “best-seller” book is giving you a warped sense of self – STOP READING IT!
- If your partner/spouse/significant other/whatever they are, is giving you negative crap, don’t pick it up and throw it back at them – WALK THE OTHER WAY.
Be in control.