Originally Posted by copywriter
Anna is absolutely right. You may have to work for free for awhile until you build a portfolio.
You say you want to break into this. Are you a copywriter now or are you someone who wants to learn to be a copywriter.
As for your question, I wouldn't pay a newbie with no proof of performance $500 for a small print ad.
Working for free is good enough for me as ultimately I would be receiving experience in return. However, I wouldn't mind making a small profit (Say $100) or something in that range. I say that I want to break into this because I haven't yet. If I had broken into this already I wouldn't have previously stated that I wanted to.
I'm currently focused on learning how to market my services and how to deal with clients and so on. My assumption is that most copywriters are contacted via E-mail or by phone. After that, they decide if whether or not they want to take up the project being offered to them. If so, they get in contact with the client and arrange a date where they can briefly discuss the project and then reach an agreement (by signing the copywriters contract). The more aggressive marketing strategy might be contacting your own clients. Due to the fact that I have no experience in this field, I would market my service price as "Negotiable" and I would list myself as a versatile writer who will create powerful and persuasive copywrite that sells.
So you wouldn't pay the beginning copywriter $500, well that's fair enough.
I hear that in copywriting (especially freelancing) one needs to keep a strong belief in they're ability and I'm remaining confident that my drive and ability will impress. If it means that I'll have to do a few projects for free, I can live that down. I'm mainly interested in print ads, slogans, radio ads and even billboard ads. I'm interested in it because advertising is everywhere, it speaks to people. It brings out the very best in ordinary things.
I thank both of you for the advice,