– Five ways to start copywritingand make a portfolio with zero experience. When you are just getting started,when you are a beginner copywriter,you’re going out there to the marketplaceand you’re trying to get gigs,you’re trying to get clients,one of the most commonquestions you will get is”Do you have samples of your work”that you can share with me?””Do you have a portfolio?”Now, if you’re brandnew, you may be sayingthat, “Well, I don’t have a portfolio,”I’m brand new, and I’mjust getting started. “And what you’ll hear from your prospectsare, “Well, then wecan’t really trust you,”we can’t really hire you. “Well how the hell am Igoing to do a portfoliowhen I’m brand new?So I cannot get any gigs becauseI don’t have a portfolio,but I cannot build a portfoliobecause I’m not getting any gigs. I understand your frustrations. The question is, are you goingto let not having materials,not having a portfoliostop you from pursuinga professional, lucrativecareer in copywriting?Comment below. Today, I’m going to share with youfive ways you could getstarted in copywriting. Get your foot in the door. For some, you may have toaccept one, or two, or threeno-pay or low-pay gigsjust to get started. I’m not asking you to do that forever,what I’m asking you to do isto get two or three samples. That’s all you need. You need to get your feet wet,you need to get your foot in the door,get in the game so you canstart getting paid right now,and that’s how you do it. Way number one, volunteer to writefor non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations, they’realways looking for writersto write their newsletters,their press releases,their fundraising campaigns and emails. I’m talking about your localParent Teacher Association,I’m talking about animal shelters,I’m talking about environmental groups. All you need to do is send them an email,and say, “Hey, you know what?”I am a copywriter, I’m lookingto gain some experience. “You could connect with them on LinkedIn. Yes, on LinkedIn. You just need to approach them. Now, one of these three things will happenafter you write for them. Number one, it shows your future clientsthat you are a nice personbecause within the samples of your work,they can see you write for a non-profit. Chances are, you’re a nice person. I hope that you are, right?You’re a good person. Number two, that if you actuallydo very, very good work,they might actually turn intoa client, a paying client. They like your work so much,they will hire you for other projects. Number three, there’s a possibilitythat they might give you a recommendation,a referral or an endorsement. However, don’t expect anendorsement or a referral. It’s nice if you get it, butthat’s not why you’re doing it. You’re doing it to build your portfolio. Does that make sense?Way number two, if you belong to a churchor any religions, anyreligious organizations,you could also approach thembecause they’re always looking for writersto share the message. Especially when you approachthem as one of the believers,it’s very easy for them to sayyes and give you some gigs,give you some opportunities to practice. Way number three,approach business owners. Now, that’s what I did inthe beginning of my career. I would approach local business owners,chamber of commerce, just talking to themand say, “Hey, do you needany kind of brochures?”Maybe your direct mails, maybe your ads?”Anything that I could write?”Now, of course now social media. “Your landing page, your email, right?”Anything that they might need help with. All I’m asking the business owner isif they like my work, theywould give me an endorsementand the right to showcase this workto other future prospects. That’s it, and most ofthe time they will say yesbecause first of all,they would save money,and second of all, they’realways looking for marketing,materials, and literaturesfor their businesses anyway. It’s very easy, and onceI’ve done a few of those,boom, I’ve got a portfolio. Way number four, take an online course. I teach a seven week certification programthat helps people to becomea high-income copywriter. How to develop a high-incomeskill that allows themto earn thousands, if nottens of thousands of dollars,with nothing more thanthe power of the keyboardor pen, and combine thatwith their skillsets. If you want a provenpath to six figure incomeas a copywriter, I will put alink in the description below. Every single week during that seven weeks,they will join us virtuallyfrom the comfort of their own home. And every single week, we willgive them assignments to do. So by the end of seven weeks,you will have a portfolioof different examples ofthe work that you’ve done. Emails, landing pages, andads that you can presentto your potential clients. And that’s why my studentsare able to get clientsin as little as sevenweeks based on the strengthof the portfolio that theybuilt during that seven weeks,just doing the assignments. – Yeah, it’s happened!Finally I got my first boom. Not even finished the program,we just finished class sixtwo days ago and I had my first boom. Wow, that’s just an amazing feeling. To generate $1,000 with a cash netand I feel like, wow, that’s amazing. Just spend 20 minutes of my timeto make $1,000, and as aresult, she paid me $100,10% in commission, thatmakes me feel so happy. Now I feel that I believe in myself. – Finally and officially,I got my first boom!And it’s $100, I am sohappy and I finally got it,and I earned it with my soul,I was working hard for it. But I wouldn’t do it withoutthe help of the team,Desmond and Tina and everyone,and my friends in HIC,and the whole HIC family causeyour posts inspire me daily. – Way number five, you actually rewriteother people’s copy. So you go through different landing pages,you go through differentfunnels and different emails,and you would take their copyand you actually rewrite it,and that becomes your portfolio. Now, don’t lie, you’re notsaying that these peopleare your clients, you’renot saying these businessesare your clients, you’resimply saying to themthese are samples of yourwork, what you could do. Now they could see, theycould get a glimpse of,okay, this is what you could do. These are your skillsets, thisis how good your writing is. It’s a very simple thing to do. Now, you don’t need 20, 30 samplesof your work in your portfolio. All you need is two or three. A confused mind, a confusedprospect, always says no. As time goes on and nowyou have more samplesin your portfolio, what you want to dois you want to send them exactlywhat they are looking for. Here’s what I mean. Let’s say they want to hireyou to write emails for them. What do you do?You send them two or three email examplesthat you’ve done in the past. They’re looking to hire youto write some landing pages. You show them two or threelanding pages examples. You don’t want to show them emailswhen they’re asking for landing pages. So as you get gigs, youmight have a lot more samplesin your portfolio that you could show,but you don’t show them all, you got it?Let me give you one more bonus tip. Do you want an extra bonus tip?When you are talking to a prospect,don’t focus on your background,don’t focus on yourexperience or lack thereof. At the end of the day, theprospect is not interestedin your writing per se. What they’re interested inis what needs to be done,and what can your writingdo for their businesses. That’s it, so focus on them. So when you are talkingto them on the phone,and I recommend you talkto them on the phone,after the initial conversation,after initial emailor social media exchange,you get them on the phone,you ask them good questions. You discover their needs. You discover exactly and preciselywhat kind of outcome they’re looking for. And then you positionyour top-rating serviceas the solution to get them there. And I’ve made so many videos on YouTubeon sales and closing, you could easily goto my playlist and watch those. So make sure you sharpen yourclosing skills on the phonebefore you talk to the prospects. If you want to stop writing the hard way,head over to InstantScripts. comor click on the linkbelow in the description. In as little as three minutes,you can fill in theblanks of these simple,yet extremely powerful salesletter and email templatesinstead of staring ata blank piece of paperevery single time that you write. You’d be amazed how simple,easy, and effortlessthis process is. Click on the link belowand see for yourself.