“Freelance gives you freedom. I won’t ever be employed again.” – Stuart Walton

Haris Halkic: Hi Stuart, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting? Please, tell us more about your story.

Stuart Walton: I was an English teacher from 1987 onwards, the days of the dying mullet and I’d always wanted to be a writer from the age of four when I corrected Mrs Holiday’s spelling on my first day at school. That set me up nicely for a lifetime of being a grammar and spelling policeman. After graduating in English, I took a job in teaching until I escaped five years ago to become a writer and, more recently, expanded into web design at Get Pro Copy. Seemed a natural step for me.

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“Freelance Copywriting Needs To Be Part Of Your Lifestyle, Not Just A Job.” – Grant Wood

Freelance WritingHaris Halkic: Hi Grant, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Grant Wood: Hi Haris, it’s a pleasure and a privilege for me to share my story with you.

Copywriting actually found me! I obtained a B.A. degree, in 2008, from the University of Cape Town with majors in English literature and social anthropology. I then went on to get a diploma in journalism at Varsity College in 2010 (also in Cape Town.)

I was lucky enough to land an internship at Sports Illustrated magazine during my studies. The watershed moment came when I saw my first piece of work published in the issue of April 2009.

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How To Make Money Writing With The Right Mindset – Interview With Rose Womelsdorf

Haris Halkic: Hi Rose and thank you so much for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Rose Womelsdorf: Hey, Haris!

Likewise, thanks for reaching out to me and having me on for an interview. Chatting about writing is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m happy to oblige.

The first time I realized that “copywriting was a thing,” I was a sad, discouraged senior at Johns Hopkins University, wondering what on earth I was going to do with my degree in creative writing & theatre when I graduated.

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How To Build Your Career As A Freelance Technical Copywriter – John Espirian

John Espirian FreelancerHaris Halkic: Hi John, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

John Espirian: I started out as a software and hardware tester at a UK internet service provider. As well as doing a lot of ‘smash this and see what happens’, I had to explain how products, services and processes worked to colleagues. I also had to review and simplify stacks of dry, boring technical documentation.

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How Mike Searles Escaped Unemployment And Found The Freedom Of Copywriting

Mike SearlesHaris Halkic: Hi Mike, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Mike Searles: Thanks for the question Haris. I fell into copywriting by default. After a long and successful career in sales and marketing my entire world unraveled at age 51 due to alcoholism. So, in March 2009 I embarked on what would turn out to be a life-saving, and life-changing recovery program. It meant opting out of the work-force entirely.

Well, ‘opting out’ isn’t the right term. I was without choice. Think of it as a forced sabbatical from life. It turned out to be the best thing because I’ve remained 100% sober since. It was during those earlier years of required mental, physical, and spiritual renewal that I began looking at internet marketing and copywriting in particular.

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How To Move To A New Country With Freelance Copywriting – Rob Hooks

Freelance Copywriter Rob HooksHaris Halkic: Hi Rob, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Rob Hooks: Hi Haris, it’s a pleasure and an honor, thanks for having me! My background is in filmmaking. I grew up in a film industry family in Hollywood, and I’ve been writing/directing since high school. After completing the Cinema and TV Arts film school at California State University Northridge, I became a production assistant in commercials and music videos. Simultaneously, I was writing movie scripts and building a director’s demo reel.

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From Full-Time Job To Freelance Copywriting: How To Make The Leap – Interview With Anna Lewin

Anna LewinHaris Halkic: Hi Anna, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting? Please, tell us more about your story.

Anna Lewin: Hi Haris.

I come from a marketing background and in my previous roles I wrote a fair bit of content – newsletters, blogs and website copy, etc. I realised it was the writing ‘bit’ of marketing I particularly enjoyed. I didn’t know copywriting existed as a job at the time…until I did some online browsing and found a course called The Copywriting Apprentice. This opened up the world of copywriting as a career and I completed the course in late 2016.

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Growing Businesses And Improving Lives With Copywriting – Interview With Judy Olbrych

Haris Halkic: Hi Judy, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Judy Olbrych:  Hi, Haris. Thank you for having me here. It’s a pleasure to be part of your interview series with copywriters!

My copywriting story starts growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, when I was watching Ginsu knife and Disco Duck ads on TV … and reading classic sales letters from Rodale and Bottom Line.

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How A Weird Gym Injury Made Grant Lannin Become A Freelance Copywriter

Freelance Copywriting Grant LanninHaris Halkic: Hi Grant, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Grant Lannin: Thanks for having me, Haris 🙂

My copywriting journey began my senior year of college. I was majoring in business administration and was in the process of applying for a bunch of different corporate jobs. At the time, copywriting wasn’t even on my radar. I worked at a grocery store and all I cared about was dollar beers and writing songs. Two things I still love very much.

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Kate Greenwood On Successfully Combining Inhouse Copywriting With Freelancing

Haris Halkic: Hi Kate, thanks a lot for agreeing to share your best tips on copywriting and your background. Let’s start with how you got started in copywriting. Please, tell us more about your story.

Kate Greenwood: It’s a pleasure, thanks for inviting me to share my story.

Like a lot of copywriters, I fell into copywriting by chance. I’ve always had an eye for detail and did a degree in English and History. After finishing uni, I often found myself proofreading things for my family and friends. This led on to paid writing and editing work for business people they knew. When I first started out, I didn’t know what a copywriter was, but as soon as I realised I enjoyed writing for businesses, I decided to give it a proper go, set up my website and started promoting my services.

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