Using a skill you already have.
And a bit of sweat equity.
If you love to write (like you do it for fun anyway), there’s a business to be had writing for the web.
"Hindsight being 20/20, I’d start an online business over ANY other kind."
In early 2014, I (Gina Horkey) didn’t even know that getting paid to write online was a thing. In fact, when I pictured professional writers, novelists and technical writers were the only types that came to mind.
I didn’t understand that people just like you and me were getting paid hundreds of dollars to write blog posts or sales copy for websites. Suffice it to say, at that time content marketing was NOT a word in my vocabulary...
(Don’t know what content marketing means? It’s basically using written content, like blog posts, case studies, white papers, email newsletter, ebooks, and sales copy to connect with a target market to offer solutions to their problems in the form of products and services. )
You mean I could get paid to write blog posts?
Without having to go back to school to get a journalism degree? Heck yeah, sign me up!
I LOVED writing and was desperate for a career change, but as the breadwinner of our young family of four I was a bit leery. Could this new-fangled online business schtick really work for me?
Could it really replace my cushy and dependable salary in personal finance?
"Hi Gina! I just wanted to say thank you for… being you! I started my freelance writing business this past summer and you were my first inspiration. I am now working on leveling up and am taking my business full-time as of January. I'm leaving my teaching job and will be working from home. (Sweatpants forever!!) I am now a mompreneur copywriter and couldn't be happier - thank you!" ~Tara Bosler, 30DOL Alumn
The only way I could find out was to give it a shot.
So I did.
Was it scary? Heck yes!
But that’s why I started my business as a side hustle first to validate the concept. And that’s what I’d recommend that you do as well.
Or maybe you’re just looking to pull in a little extra income into your household. That’s cool, this course will work for you too!
"I just finished 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success and loved every minute of it! Thanks for taking the time to put this course together - it truly is a Godsend for "newbies" like myself!" ~Sharon Rainford, 30DOL Alumni
Writers ARE in demand.
The opportunity for you to make a living as a freelance writer has never been better.
This high demand for writers means that you have the ability to earn significantly more as a freelancer.
In fact, YOU get to:
"I wanted to let you know that since I took your course and made some changes in how I do business that I have increased my monthly income and received a HUGE project from one of my clients. I have to actually stop looking for more work right now, because I have so much for this month that I can't take on anymore until these projects are complete. I didn't think I would make this much money in a month for a year, but I'm already there! Thanks for all you do - I couldn't have done it without you Gina." ~Tyler Philbrook, 30DOL Alumni
Businesses need YOUR help!
Content marketing is HOW most businesses are marketing.
Sure, you’ll still see billboards on the freeway, hear ads and endorsements on the radio, but this little platform we call the internet has opened up a whole new world when it comes to businesses connecting with their ideal customers.
And it works.
But not all business owners like to write...
They need YOU!
These businesses need help from writers just like you, who can help them:
Whatever their reason, they need help.
And in the next 30 days, I can teach you step-by-step how to use those sweet writing skills of yours (that will get even better with practice) to help these businesses achieve their goals.
In the process, you can achieve your own.
This course will help you:
Lay the foundation for your new freelance writing biz — including defining your why, setting realistic expectations, goals and starting to build your support network.
Establish your new business — including deciding whether or not you’ll use a pen name, what type of business entity you want to pursue, starting to track your financials, setting your writing rates, learning how to invoice clients, use contracts, draft your bio and writing resume.
Decide what types of writing to focus on — including honing in on your most lucrative niches, learning what types of online writing options exist, what type of writing pays the best and how to acquire samples for your portfolio.
Find paying work — including approaching your natural market, online writing sites, job boards, Contently and learning a ton about cold pitching.
Send your first (and next several) pitch(es) — including drafting your own epic templates and automating your pitching habits to make them as turnkey as possible.
Build out your writer’s website — including learning where to display your portfolio, perfecting your five “must-have” pages, growing your blog and collecting your first few testimonials.
Figure out your writing process — including how to systematically come up with new ideas, construct excellent blog posts, learn a few formatting hacks, how to source sources and everything you need to know about photos.
Start promoting your new business — including setting up and using social media, branding out your new business and protecting yourself online.
Plus, a few helpful tools to grow your business — including ones to help you write better, run your business more efficiently and pitch as much as possible!
What if it doesn't work?
If you enroll in 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, implement the actions steps and don't see results, you can email us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.
You must provide evidence that you did the work in the course (i.e. a completed Pitch Tracker and other action steps) and show that you're not getting results.
You cannot get a refund simply because you changed your mind, made it through the course and feel like you "already knew everything" or because of other unrelated or extraneous circumstances. Doing so would require us to use judgement and determine what is fair (and what's not!), which isn't well, fair to other paying customers – no exceptions!
We reserve the right to evaluate your request and make a decision accordingly.
All refund refunds must be sent to email@example.com with proof or purchase and proof of implementation/lack of results.
*Note: Digital downloads (i.e. client contracts) are non-refundable.
Have more questons? We have answers!
Will this course work for me if I don't live in the United States?
Sure! There are tons of students living outside the U.S. who have built successful careers after taking 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. That's the beauty of virtual work!
"30 Days or Less gave me the skills I needed to pursue my writing career in both the Canadian and U.S. market while traveling the world. I highly recommend this course to entrepreneurs around the globe." ~Nikita Ross, 30DOL Alumni
One thing to keep in mind though, is that if you want to work with English-speaking clients, you should have a sufficient handle on writing, reading and speaking English too.
How long does it take to finish the course?
It really depends on you, your schedule and your work ethic.
Some students have made their way through the course in a weekend, while for others it takes a few months. The course is self-paced, with all of the material being available to you immediately upon enrollment, so it’s really up to you!
Can I really find success within 30 days?
You sure can!
I get emails each week from new students sharing their success and how they just landed their first paying gig. It makes me smile every time!
But success doesn’t come without effort...
In addition to reading the material, you’ll need to complete the action steps (each lesson includes at least one).
And while it may seem scary at first, putting yourself out there and asking to be hired via pitching (the freelance writing term for prospecting) is what’s going to get you there! You got this!
Still on the fence?
Checkout our growing list of student success stories here.