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why sucking is a necessary part of success

By Angie Colee

Before you think I’m being pervy… I’m not talking about a potential sexual harassment case. I’m talking about being horrible at what you do. There’s actually a BENEFIT to allowing yourself to suck. Case in point, I just came across an interesting post from a frustrated copywriter: My trouble is getting started. I can’t seem…

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how to get hired (especially if you’re just starting out)

By Angie Colee

Last week, I got a bit ranty about why you shouldn’t offer to work for free. (refresher: There should always be an exchange of value, whether you’re paying a mentor to educate you/shorten the learning curve, or you’re being paid/trained as a copywriter. Both you and your client/mentor will value your work more.) At the…

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what clients really think of your offer to “work for free”

By Angie Colee

Recently I came across a question in a copywriter group that I see pretty consistently:   I have no degree and very little experience so I’m willing to work for free, which I’ve already proposed to two smaller businesses but unfortunately, I’ve received no response. How would you guys go about this? Any tips/strategies?  …

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I came to fight

By Angie Colee

I don’t know if anyone else thinks of starting a business as “revolutionary”. But I happen to think it is. Maybe mine is the hundred millionth freelance writing business to ever be started in the world, but it’s my small act of rebellion against the norm. It’s me daring to take back my freedom in…

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don’t go begging for burnout

By Angie Colee

This is the time of year that typically celebrates the over-achiever. New year, new you! Time to refocus, buckle down, and work EVEN HARDER than last year! I don’t really buy into that anymore, and here’s why… This whole idea of doing better this time around implies that you didn’t do well last time. So…

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Happy New Year – here’s your fireworks

By Angie Colee

You know what drives me nuts? Freelancer groups on Facebook. They make me crazy sometimes… because they could be such a place of hope and inspiration. And what I see, more often than not, is an angry pitchfork mob. One could argue that it’s just kinda the norm on social media. But look… I don’t…

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just get in the f*$#*& pool

By Angie Colee

I remember when I first made the decision to leave my day job and go freelance. For years, I’d been working as a corporate copywriter. I made a decent salary. Had health insurance. Loved my team. Commuted 2+ hours a day. Worked 10-12 hour days, often taking work home and continuing to work on the…

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some things don't belong in your bedroom

By Angie Colee

So here it is… two weeks since I last wrote.   Ordinarily that wouldn’t be much of a problem, right? Write when you can, the world keeps spinnin’…   Except I promised to write weekly. And then a biiiiiiiiig project with lots of insane deadlines came up and I pushed everything to the wayside.  …

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dancing with demons

By Angie Colee

I’m about to get really real here. I had a bit of a moment last week, involving this very blog. I send these posts out to my email list, and occasionally people unsubscribe. This is Basic Email 101 – some people are going to stay and some are going to go. But my cardinal sin…

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the root of crushing disappointment

By Angie Colee

You’ve experienced it. I’ve experienced it. We’ve all gone through it… That moment where something we wanted, wished for, hoped for with every ounce of soul we possess fails to happen. Maybe it’s being passed over for a job you really wanted. Maybe it’s hearing your manuscript was rejected. Maybe it’s being turned down for…

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