Well, I’ve survived five years as a freelance copywriter

So here we are: Wheatley Copywriting’s first meaningful-sounding anniversary.

Five years ago today I became a full-time freelance copywriter. I’d also been doing it in my spare time for a year prior to that. Now I can finally call myself ‘experienced’ without feeling a little bit dishonest!

It was a bit of a scary start. I only really had one good client lined up, but I knew I couldn’t work for them and keep my old job. So I worked my notice. I went on holiday to Portugal for a week, which was a pretty brave way to spend part of the money I’d saved. And then on the morning of Monday 7th July 2008, probably around this time of the morning (10 am), I sat down at a blank computer screen and wondered how in hell I was going to pay the bills.

Cold calling

I did a lot of cold calling back then. Sent a lot of letters and emails. Had a few slightly embarrassing meetings, where potential customers balked at my lack of experience (and my decision not to tell them about it beforehand – oops).

Slowly, things started to happen. I took on all kinds of jobs – anything I could get, really. For at least the first year, every new job felt like a completely different challenge. I was literally building the skills I needed along the way. It was a tough but exciting time.

Brilliant clients

Over the past five years I’ve written for some brilliant companies and people. Some I want to mention are The WM Group, S1, Burfield Creative, Quarriers, Nikolay Shelushenkov and Evoluted, although there are others too. Sincere thanks to everyone who’s hired me.

I hope over the next five years I can become an even better copywriter and provide my clients with a better service than ever before.

If you’d like to know more about how I became a freelance copywriter, read my post “How to become a freelance copywriter” at Evoluted’s Think Tank.

Last modified on September 15th, 2015 by Neil Wheatley
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The undisputed world's tallest freelance copywriter, since 2008. Please don't write in if you're taller. Technology, software, games and property are some of my favourite markets to write for. My time is split between Manchester and Sheffield, UK and I work with clients all over the world.