Clare H Writes Turns One!

Can you believe it? Clare H Writes is officially one year old today!

It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure, filled with many ups and downs. But I wouldn’t change a thing! I’ve learned so much in these 12 months, from the challenges of building my own business to the joy of seeing my hard work pay off. Sometimes, I still have to pinch myself – I’m actually a writer now!

A massive shoutout to my fantastic clients, who have been the heart and soul of this journey. Your trust and collaboration have made this year unforgettable. And, of course, my loved ones whose support and encouragement have propelled me forward.

Here’s to many more years of doing what I absolutely love! Cheers to the endless possibilities and storytelling adventures 🥂

What Exactly is Copywriting? Your Top Three Questions Answered

Since I launched my copywriting business, people have been asking, “What exactly is it that you do?” And it’s not just clients – my friends and family are curious, too! So, I thought I would answer the three most popular questions I get here.

What is copywriting?

Copywriting is all about using words to engage and persuade the reader into making a purchase or signing up for a newsletter.

We don’t just cobble sentences together; we use words to capture readers’ attention and imagination. Think of it as a gentle nudge to encourage someone to buy that fantastic product or sign up for a newsletter packed with exciting updates. It’s like having a friendly chat with the brand rather than just reading words on a page.

Whether it’s a catchy slogan, an irresistible offer, or a story that tugs at your emotions, copywriting helps businesses connect with their customers and motivate them to take action.

What do copywriters actually write?

Copywriters are like content chameleons. We can tackle a wide range of projects. Here are just a few examples of the content we can create.

  • Marketing materials – Ads, flyers and anything to promote you, your product or your brand
  • Websites – Create or improve your web pages, write product descriptions and create landing pages (those pages that welcome you in and make you stay)
  • Social Media – Writing catchy posts, fun captions and eye-catching ads.
  • E-mails – Marketing emails, friendly newsletters and templates for your email conversations.
  • Blog posts and articles – Informative blog posts for websites or educational articles for magazines.
  • Press releases – Announcing your latest news or event.
  • Product packaging – Labels, packaging blurb and handy instructions.
  • Video and Podcast Scripts – Writing scripts for promotional videos, podcast ads or even captions for video content.
  • Direct mail – Letters, postcards and those catalogues you get through the post.
  • E-Commerce – Product Listings, Reviews and detailed descriptions
  • Public Relations – Messaging and content for media pitches and PR campaigns

If you’ve got something that needs writing, there’s a copywriter ready to help you out.

How do copywriters decide what to charge their clients?

Just like the projects we take on, copywriting fees can vary. You see, we don’t just sit down and write words. That’s only part of the adventure.

Depending on the project, we might need to dig deep into a subject, interview experts or gather data from here and there. Not only that, we aren’t just writers. We are editors, too. Self-editing is essential to making sure our content is spot on.

So, when it comes to pricing, it’s as varied as the projects themselves. Some of us charge per word, others prefer to charge per hour, and then there are those, like me, who take a more holistic approach and consider all of those factors, along with our client’s budget, to create a fair and balanced pricing structure.

I hope this blog post has shed some light on the world of copywriting. If you ever have questions about copywriting or need support with your writing projects, feel free to reach out via email or by completing my Discovery Questionnaire.

Unlocking the Freelancer’s Motivation: 5 Tips for Success

Time management and organisation have always been my super skills. As a former 9-to-5 **employee, it came very easily to me. After all, in the corporate world, everything was neatly laid out for me – working hours, processes, procedures, you name it. But freelancing? That’s a whole different ball game.

I quickly realised I was in uncharted territory when I switched to freelancing. Suddenly, I was the Captain of my own ship, choosing when to work, which projects to take on, and who my clients would be. Whilst it was liberating, it was also slightly disorienting. What I initially expected to be a continuation of my routine turned out to be a brand-new adventure.

I had to start from scratch. Setting up a proper website? Never done it before. Figuring out the right systems and processes? It was like learning a new language. And oh, the joys of dealing with taxes – this was a path I had never trodden before.

While plenty of people were eager to share their insights, I quickly realised that much of this freelancing journey was about personal preferences. It was about finding my own path amidst the sea of advice.

After months of trial and error, I finally found my groove. And today, I’m excited to share my top five tips to help you stay motivated as a freelancer.

  1. Create a Dedicated Workspace: Transform a spare room, a cosy nook, or even a corner of your living space into your own workspace. In my case, I affectionately call it “The Sanctuary.” It’s equipped with a desk, my trusty laptop, an extra screen, and a bounty of stationery (yes, I’m a stationery geek). The nature of my work demands minimal distractions, so having a dedicated space where I can close the door, activate the “do not disturb” mode on my phone, and dive deep into my tasks is a game-changer.
  2. Set Goals: To stay on track, I use a weekly planner bursting with personal and business goals. At the start of each year, month, and week, I set objectives. This approach helps me break down the bigger goals into bite-sized, manageable chunks, making them far less intimidating. To keep my motivation high, I’ve got a vision board right above my desk, adorned with images and quotes that align with my goals.
  3. Practice Self-Care: When you’re your own boss, it’s easy to lose track of time. But taking breaks is vital for your well-being and productivity. I kick off my “commute” to work with a morning walk, avoid eating at my desk, and savour lunch in the garden on sunny days. When the workday ends, I indulge in some quality reading from my bookshelf filled with inspirational books. Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.
  4. Set a Schedule: Freelancing means freedom, but it also means self-discipline. Deadlines, whether external or self-imposed and a well-structured schedule are your best allies. At the end of each week, I review my calendar to assess my capacity for new projects or for working on my website and social media. After trying various project management apps, I found that a straightforward time-blocking approach using Google Calendar works best for me. And don’t forget to schedule those breaks – they’re essential for recharging.
  5. Celebrate the Wins: Freelancing can be lonely at times, with no colleagues or bosses to give you a pat on the back. That’s why it’s crucial to be your own cheerleader. As part of my goal-setting ritual, I treat myself when I achieve milestones. A weekly goal might earn me a new book or a glass of wine, while a monthly achievement calls for something bigger, like a massage or a shopping spree. And don’t underestimate the power of a supportive circle of friends and family – they’ll remind you that you’ve worked hard and should be proud, helping you keep imposter syndrome at bay.

I hope you find these tips as helpful as I have. Feel free to share your own motivation-boosting strategies in the comments below. Freelancing may have its challenges, but with the right mindset and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can conquer it like a pro!