Sometimes I wonder how we ever got along without computers. There is literally no end to the things that can be found on the internet. I was temporarily without an internet connection today, and I didn’t even want to sit down at my computer. I am so used to sitting down and opening up the web browser that it felt like the computer was useless without that ability. That’s why I used my computer to help me find a job doing online copywriting.
I’ve always liked to write. Ever since I was in high school, I have been praised for my writing ability. It comes easily, but I was never very sure how to make a career out of it. Even after taking writing classes in college, I didn’t know how to get started in a career as a writer. Then I took one more writing class, and in it we talked about different kinds of writing. I had never thought of it before, that there are different styles of writing for different situations. I had been focusing all my energy into one area – trying to write stories – without even realizing that there were other kinds of writing that I might be good at. Copywriting is defined as writing text that sells a reader on a point or a product, also known as copy. Online copywriting is writing the text for the millions of things that can be found on the internet. Once I started to think about all the different kinds of writing that are out there, I realized that I had found the job I had been looking for. Now, the next problem was how to go about getting it.
Since I knew that I wanted to work mostly from home, I decided that an online copywriting job would be best. By commuting with the computer instead of my car, I don’t have to worry about gas prices, the weather, or traffic conditions. I just turn on my computer, make a cup of my favorite coffee, and go to work in my comfy sweater and slippers. It’s my words that people see, not my face, so I don’t even have to spend time putting on my make-up if I don’t want to.
But before I was able to enjoy this working freedom, first I had to find a job with a good company. There are many online writing services that employ online copywriters, but not all of them offer the same advantages. Before starting your job search, decide how much you want to work. Is this going to be a once-in-a-while supplement to your regular income, or is this going to be a full-time job? As hard as it might be, decide what your time is worth. Is the pay you will receive per piece going to be worth the time you will spend writing it? Finally, is the company legitimate, or is it out to make its money off of you?
These are hard questions, but your success in an online copywriting job is dependent on your doing your research. I decided that I wanted to be a full-time, work-from-home writer. I also own a small business providing a service for customers, so I have had experience putting a monetary value on my time. I also know my typing speed. I know how much work I can reasonably turn out in a given amount of time. I was ready to start my search.
I started by simply entering in the term “online copywriting jobs” into my favorite search engine. It turned up a bewildering amount of hits! I selected a few to start, and began by looking at their web pages. I took note of the amount of support that they offered their writers in terms of company policies, writing tips, and explanations. I also took some time to locate and read their online blogs and forums. By reading comments left by other writers and browsing conversation threads in the forums I was able to get an idea of the ‘feel’ of the company. Did the other writers seem satisfied with their work? Was the company helpful? Were other writers willing to offer support and advice to the newcomers, or was there a spirit of suspicion or negativity for other writers and for the company.
If a company looked good on their web site, I moved onto the rest of the net. By searching for the company by name, I was able to find unsolicited feedback, both good and bad, about the company. After filling out a resume and submitting a writing sample, I started on my new career doing online copywriting.