Have you taken any copywriting courses? That's what I would first
recommend. In more cases than not, a freelance copywriter's value isn't so
much the writing as the marketing knowledge and ideas they bring to the table.
Here's a small list of books you should pick up and read:
- John Caples "Tested Advertising Methods"
- Claude Hopkins "Scientific Advertising"
- Robert Collier "The Letter Book"
- Vic Schwab "How To Write A Good Advertisment"
Now, in regards to money... there is a way to make money while learning.
There are start-up info-businesses out there that are selling $17 - $29
eBooks but don't have $4,000 to $25,000 to pay a professional copywriter
for a sales letter.
What you do is look for these types of people and offer to be a "partner".
So instead of getting paid upfront, you get a cut of the profits, say 5% gross
or 15% net.
This is how I gained experienced when I first started out.
Of course... it sounds like you're more interested in "short copy" over
"long copy"... so here's what I would recommend...
Go through the local yellow pages, copy out all the businesses with 1/4 sized
ads or larger... then send a direct mail piece to them offering to do a "test
That should get you some biters.
Hope that helps.