What course of action do I take to become a copywriter?
So you wanna learn how to become a copywriter my junior friend? Well it’s very possible. In fact, there’s really no formal education you need. Some of the top-paid copywriters in the world never went to college or took a writing class!No education!No formal training!!Make lots of money!!!…..now before you start getting crazy, let me step you back into the reality of becoming a copywriter:1.) What Is Copywriting?Copywriting is essentially moving words around to sell better.Let’s say I work for a company that has a webpage which gets 1 out of 500 visitors to buy something.If I was a copywriter, I would figure out how to make 1 out of 100 of those people buy. This means 5x more sales from the SAME webpage!A good copywriter will understand how to do this with their words, and also how to re-arrange pictures and buttons to get more sales.A good copywriter is not just a writer. They are a keen studier of the human psychology behind purchase decisions!2.) Understand why people hire copywriters:Think of the huge amount of content a lot of companies have to put out.A single insurance company will have to put out all this stuff:Ads on TVAds on the internetAds on radioBrochures for B2C salesBrochures for B2B salesBrochures for every different productForms to fill outForms to fill out for various different product linesGoogle adsFacebook adsUpdate their TwitterUpdate their Facebook pageMake content for their websiteMake the content for their website about each different productMake sure their content is convertingMake sure customers understand how to signupSend customers packets explaining their policyHave scripts for their sales people to followHave scripts for their customer support people to followWrite press releasesThe list goes on and on and on and on…Allllll of these things need to get written by or looked over by a copywriter. And that’s just a single example! Some companies will rely heavily on copywriters. Some companies (like 37Signals) require ALL members of the team to be great writers before they ever start.So people will pay a copywriter good money to handle these things for them. But YOU my young friend, need to understand that to get that money, you need to keep relationships within those companies that need those services.How to Get Clients As a Freelance Copywriter:This is by far the biggest question I get. And people seem to forget one thing:Establishing yourself as a freelance copywriter is the same as building a business from the ground up.You’ve got to put in LOTS of effort in the beginning, show talent, and not expect immediate riches. There’s no free lunches here boys and girls.A lot of people get entranced by the prospect of working from their laptop from anywhere in the world as copywriter. In fact people go nuts when I post pictures like this from various locations!Since all my copywriting business is conducted from a laptop, I can take off and go work from the beach.Or if I wanted to drum up an extra $10,000 really quick …..I can just devote some of my hours to copywriting gigs.But these luxuries are the result of hard work, actual results, and existing exposure.This won’t happen overnight for most copywriters. And probably NEVER will for a lot of them. However I’ll share some of the ways I’ve personally seen people get amazing (and high paid) copywriting gigs:METHOD #1.) Becoming popular on the web as a copywriter.If you become known as a famous copywriting figure, you will build instant credibility.And if you have high credibility, you can ask for more money.So how did I build credibility for my copywriting career?Building Copywriting Credibility Step 1.) Practicing what you preach:I originally ran a couple of businesses starting from high school, and I first applied some copywriting techniques to the email list I had.METHOD #2.) Becoming popular in a specific nicheSo a lot of lower-end copywriters will insist “I can write everything!” But in reality they should niche down when they start. For example, if you worked for a big health company and did a lot of writing for them, you should call yourself a copywriter that specializes in the health space.This will make it easier to gain credibility in a specific area.You probably wouldn’t super-trust the guy who mows your lawn for financial advice…..however you REALLY might take his advice on how to hedge bushes and get a clean line on the edge of a lawn.He has very specific advice, and lots of experience practicing what he’s talking about.Instead of being “just a copywriter” ….it would be better if you were “A female copywriter who specializes in talking to 1st time expecting mothers.”It would be best to hang out and network in places where people are selling stuff to 1st time expectant mothers. If someone need a copywriter, and you have experience in EXACTLY their niche…..guess who has a high chance of getting the gig??My personal niche started out with smaller companies and daily deals. Then moved into medium sized businesses.However if someone approached me to write for 1st time expectant mothers, I could DO It……but I don’t have experience and can’t exactly relate to the struggles of that demographic. So I try to stick to my area of expertise so I can deliver the maximum results.METHOD #3.) Becoming popular for big companiesTHIS method can apply to certain people, and be quite lucrative.Let’s say you worked for a big company in the marketing department and you were exposed to how a big marketing department tests & releases products.If you were to build a nice little network in the same industry, and then become a consultant with a VERY SPECIFIC expertise, then you get some other big companies to fork over A LOT of money.Smaller freelance gigs can pay a few hundred dollars. But a huge corporation who is a doing an 8+ month rollout of $100,000,000+ product will pay you some phat-ass cash to ensure they do it right.Now I personally probably couldn’t get one of these gigs because I’ve never worked inside a huge company. That means I lose major credibility because I’ve never walked the walk.But if you do have some very niche experience within a big corporation and had a few big wins, you might be able to become a very highly-sought-after consultant.The cool part is you only need a few good contacts for this.I know someone who wrote an oil-management program in the 70’s that’s still used today. Till this day he gets sweet-ass gigs from multiple companies JUST to be around if anyone needs help implementing it.Since the projects he consults for are $2billion+ …..the companies don’t mind shelling out major cash just to keep him around.Boring? Yes.Sweet cash flow? Yes.This is one of the benefits of working with a big company:You know how to implement projects within a large company. That is actually a rare skill.METHOD #4.) Get small-time gigs.Now there are some other ways to get copywriting gigs, but I’ve never seen anyone who consistently made big money doing these things alone, so I’ll just list them quickly:Posting on Fiverr for copywriting gigs.You’ll definitely get some leads this way, but your clients will usually be bargain-hunters and not HUGE jobs.Posting on Craigslist as a copywriter for hire. This will generally result in corporate copywriter jobs that are relatively low-paying ($35,000 – $45,000).Posting on UpWork as a copywriter for hire. This will get you small to medium gigs. It’s not my favorite wayMETHOD #5.) Post in Facebook Groups where people can use copywriting services.I think this one is the easiest. Just go to groups like The Cult of Copy Job Board that you are offering your services for a one-time low price of $xxxxx and that you’re for hire.A lot of times people will bite.People also constantly post gigs there such as:Not all the gigs will be good, but some will.In the beginning you will have to scrape together gigs, but if you start putting all your work inside a simple portfolio, you can gain some steam. Which brings me to :Make a Simple Copywriting Portfolio!Ok, listen to me carefully young buck:You DO NOT NEED a fancy website. In fact, I’ve never never ever seen someone get a copywriting gig directly from their portfolio. EVER!!The reason is: people are looking to hire you based on your skills at copywriting. Not “how fancy your website looks.” This is a common mistake. Look how crappy my copywriting consults page is. That page generates huge returns even though it sucks super bad. The desire to buy is created from previous exposure to me, NOT the way the page looks.People will spend months and lots of money and time on a fancy website, only to realize NO ONE IS COMING TO IT. The only people going there are the people they meet directly and tell to go there.The best type of copywriting portfolio is a simple page with the following elements:Your name.Your expertise (Social Media? Landing Pages? A/B Testing?).A few examples of your work.How they can book a session with you.I know it sounds counterintuitive, but some of the best copywriting pages I’ve EVER SEEN are super simple one’s like this:See how simple that is?It also only leaves them ONE option of what to do next, and that’s to book a session with you.These sessions should generally be a minimum of $100.If a client is not willing to pay at least $100 for a consultation session where you point out everything wrong with their page, they are NOT going to buy anyways.My minimum consultation session is $597 now. And I’ve learned the hard way that if people are not willing to pay it, they are not going to be willing to pay you more (or they just simply can’t afford it).Oddly enough, the more I charge for each hour session, the more respect and compliance I get from the client! They want to make SURE they get their money out of that session , so they ensure they show up on time and show up prepared.I would personally avoid doing free sessions. Because what generally happens is:1.) Everyone gets excited about working together.2.) You setup a meeting with this “prospective client”.3.) You prepare for the meeting and draw up a proposal.4.) You talk with the client and tell them what you’re going to do for them.5.) They tell you “let’s talk again soon after I run this by my boss.”6.) You never talk again…..and all that time was wasted.7.) You become sad and poor :-(To get people taking you seriously, you need to charge them for your time. If they decide to go for a full contract with you, then you can comp them the hour long session. However if they don’t go with you, at least you still get paid.Charging people for your time is a sure-fire way to get them to value your services.Every single successful freelance copywriter I know ALWAYS charges for their time.Some Copywriting Books for you to read:I’ve read a helluva lot of copywriting books, and these are the one’s I recommend you read to get off to a great start:BOOK 1.) Read The Gary Halbert Letters (Free) Start by reading “The Boron Letters”. Make sure you print each chapter out for maximum effect!Ch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25You can also buy The Boron Letters directly from Amazon.BOOK 2.) If you want a book that sits on your desk and can re-cap this kourse quickly, then grab my book called “This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better” from Amazon.BOOK 3.) Read Advertising Secrets of the Written Word by Joseph Sugarman. This book usually costs in the $30 range, but is one of my go-to books for ideas on how to position copy. Almost every successful kopywriter will know this book.BOOK 4.) Also, check out Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy (great for traditional advertising advice as well)Your Next Steps To Becoming A Copywriter:I showed above in this post some good things to do first:Read the copywriting books I recommended above.Making a simple copywriting portfolio.Put yourself out there.Well my young friend, I hope this answers your question!-N
How do millionaires make money in real estate so quickly?
How do millionaires make money in real estate so quickly? Is it luck, their parents’ wealth, or is there some sort of science to it?First, you need to understand that there are dozens of ways to “make money in real estate.” Some take a long, long time. Others don’t.However, you also need to know that some of the “under 30” kids claiming to be millionaires aren’t. (Oh, sure, some are. You can be.) There are some people who make money selling courses—expensive courses—and they like to promote themselves with pictures of themselves standing in front of mansions, in front of very expensive cars, on fast boats surrounded by nearly-nude bikini-clad women, and so on. So, don’t pay attention to those claims. There’s usually no way to verify them. However, that really seems to be the way some of those folks have made most of their money. They do a few successful deals. Then they become “gurus.” They have a $1,995 course. A $2,995 “boot camp.” A $500-a-month “Inner Circle.”Here’s one list of “The Top 100 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate.” The list is worthless from a “how to” perspective (though the site itself is very good, with lots of information), but it demonstrates the range of real estate strategies. Also, keep in mind that many people will start off with one strategy, then use another . . . either when the market changes or when their circumstances change. It’s also important to choose a strategy that you’re comfortable with. For example, some investors pursue short sales and pre-foreclosures. Others really don’t like doing that.And before we finally get to “the answer” (or at least some of them), understand that one way to make a lot of money quickly is to use leverage. And, often, the more leverage involved, the riskier the investment can be, or can get. Still, here are a few techniques that some people have used:WholesalingBecome a real estate wholesaler. That’s a quick technique to make money, starting with little money. Note: Some real estate investors don’t consider this “investing.” And it isn’t. You’re not actually purchasing, renting out, or selling real estate. Still, this is a way to make money—sometimes a lot—quickly.A real estate wholesaler puts a property under contract—generally at a price substantially below what would be considered market value. The contract is assignable and that’s what you do: You assign the contract to a rehabber or another investor and charge an assignment fee.Example: You find a property that in fixed-up condition (ARV, or after-repair value) would sell for $550,000. It requires about $90,000 worth of work. You can put it under contract for $305,000. You do so, you now have a contract with the owner(s) to buy the property for $305,000. The contract is assignable (most contracts, including real estate contracts, are assignable unless they specifically say that they’re not). You find a rehabber willing to pay a total of $330,000 for the property: $305,000 to the owner and $25,000 to you as your assignment fee: For the rehabber’s right to take over your role as purchaser in the contract. You make $25,000. I know people who average $23,000-$26,000 per deal. I know others who average $5,000-$7,000 per deal, but they may do 20–30 a year.Your investment: Probably $100 or less. Remember: You’re not actually buying the property, so there’s no 20% down or 10% down or whatever. Instead, there’s an earnest money deposit. Many wholesalers use $100. Some use less. But if your assignment contract (the one between you and the rehabber) is written properly, you can even get your $100 back.RehabbingRehab houses. This generally isn’t for raw beginners. Learn wholesaling first. Or work with some rehabbers. Also, understand that the reality TV shows that show rehabbers (all the “flipping” programs on the air) you see are highly fictionalized. Still, there’s good, relatively fast money that can be made. Using the wholesaling example above, suppose you’re a rehabber. You pick up the property for $330,000. You put $90,000 into it, and you sell it for $550,000. The rehab process, if done properly, might take 10–15 weeks. Allow another 60–90 days to sell it and close. And you’re going to have a bunch of expenses. The main ones will be financing from either a hard money lender or a private lender. You’ll also want to maximize the sales price, so you’ll use a real estate agent. Still, you might make $75,000, plus or minus, on the rehab. Where I am, rehabbers typically do one at a time. But in other areas, where prices are lower and the profit might be around $25,000, rehabbers might do 2 or 3 at a time.Mobile HomesBuy and sell mobile/manufactured homes. This is like rehabbing, but with a few different profit centers. First, you buy with cash, getting a substantial discount off the asking price. (The secret is that most mobile home buyers want to finance the purchase, but can’t. This reduces the number of actual, available purchasers.) Drive through a mobile home park. You’ll see signs in the windows offering to sell for $25,000, $30,000, or whatever. (Can be a bit lower, might be substantially higher. New, really nice manufactured homes sell for $100,000-$125,000.) Do a bit of research on values, though it doesn’t take too much. Offer about 35% of the asking price, all cash. Yes, it’ll take you maybe $6,000-$10,000. You’ll get people to say “yes.”Have someone inspect the home. It’s likely to need a few thousand dollars of repairs. There’s likely to be wood rot around the bathrooms. It might need a new roof. You may need to put in a few working newer (used is fine) appliances. Just make sure there’s nothing major, nothing that’ll take more than a few days to a week to fix.Fix it up and pretty it up. Then put it back on the market at close to “retail” price. Let’s say $20,000. But you put it up for sale with “seller financing.” Say, “Only $5,000 down and $x per month.” (I don’t have my calculator with me, but something in the range of $299-$399 a month will work.) So now you get a buyer with $5,000 down. Your total investment in the home is perhaps $8,000. You’ve just received $5,000 from the new buyer. So your net investment really is $3,000. And you’re selling it for $20,000. Your return on your $3,000 investment should approach (and often will exceed) 100% per year. That’s going to give you a nice, solid cash flow. If you want your money even quicker, you’ve got the note from the buyer for (in this case) $15,000. The note has a stated return (the amount you’re charging the buyer) of perhaps 12%-15%. Wait 6 months for the note to season, then sell the note at a slight discount. There are plenty of people out there who’d love to buy a seasoned note yielding 18%-20%.OK. So rehabbing and financing the sale of used mobile homes isn’t glamorous. You didn’t ask for glamour. You asked for a way to make a lot of money quickly.Other TechniquesI could keep writing all night, but I’ve got other things to do, and so do you. But a few other ways to earn money quickly in real estate without needing a lot of money up front or waiting forever include:Dealing in Notes (performing or non-performing)Options (for houses, apartment buildings, or land)Mobile Home Parks (Buy with seller financing, fix it up, fill the vacancies, then either sell for a profit or collect a lot of cash every month.)Tax LiensJoint Venture (You find and structure the deals. Your partner puts up the money.)
How do I find out if a piece of land is potentially for sale?
Quite the simple answersCheck with a competent RealtorGo to the township / City assessors office to check who the current owner is.Just remember the seller may or may not be interested in selling.I would hire that competent Realtor to find out. It may cost you to win or lose (up front) but well worth it. Remember should the seller be asking way too much for it, pretty hard for you to convince them otherwise. If there is interest in selling, with the Realtor's guidance, a fair amount could follow.
How should I fill this contract form "Signed this... day of..., 2016"?
I agree that you need to have the document translated to your native language or read to you by an interpreter.
How can I make $100 on the internet right now?
There are 3 possible ways i know that you can easily make some money online. You can either write an article and get paid for it. You could sign up o sites like fiverr, iwriter and more and get paid for your services.You can also make money quickly by taking paid surveys. There are a couple free surveys out there you could make some quick BUCKS from.Here are some survey networks that you pay you $5-$100 bucks per survey.USA: Vindale Research, iSurveyWorld, Express Yourself! 25+, EarningStation UK: InboxPound, Toluna, IpsosCA: Toluna, Daily RewardsAnother way to make money online is through CPA Marketing.Cost per action (CPA), also known as Pay per action (PPA) and cost per conversion, is an online advertising pricing model where the advertiser pays for each specified action – for example, an impression, click, form submit (e.g., contact request, newsletter sign up, registration etc.), double opt-in or sale.CPA is really popular nowadays and there are a lot of people wanting and making money with CPA. If you discover a CPAoffer that is really converting then you can make more than $300 a day, some people make over $1000 a day with CPA.Even though CPA Marketing is popular these and people are making a SHITLOAD of money with it, a lot of people still waste their time and money because of lack of Knowledge and training, and that is where $300 CPA Every Day comes in$300 CPA Every Day - CPA Marketing RevealedUPDATESThere is this popular and FREE program called ShoeMoney Network where you get paid for Learning How to Make Money Online. You get paid for each level of training you complete. It is Amazing and the trainings are easy to follow.Goodluck