Obviously, I don’t do business with every potential client who contacts me.

Sometimes my fee is too high. Sometimes I don’t have time in my schedule. And… sometimes… I simply don’t want to do business with the person who contacted me.

Such is the case here.

I’ve reproduced our correspondence (with name removed) so you can see how the conversation developed. I’ve also listed six “red flags” that caused me to turn down this project.

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How to Get Your First Real Copywriting Client in 14 Days or Less
I launched my freelance copywriting career on June 13, 2005. Much to my surprise, I landed three clients in the first two weeks. If you'd like to discover how I did it,  then click here now »

Direct marketing is a business of little details.

The other day, I came across a great story of the importance of little details in copywriting and marketing… and how paying attention to the little details will have a huge positive impact.

In René Gnam’s Direct Mail Workshop, he talks about direct mail pieces he wrote for a steel storage container company.

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How to Charge 12x What Your Competitors Charge... and Get Away with It!
Ever wondered how some companies dominate a market and get away with charging way more than their competitors? This report reveals how one company did it and how you could, too.  Special Report - Just $10 »

During the Civil War, Theodore Roosevelt Sr. (father of the future U.S. president) spent two years traveling in Washington D.C. and through the fields visiting the troops.

Why?

He was a wealthy member of the upperclass in New York. He’d paid someone else to take his place in the draft. He could have stayed home and played with his kids. Taken carriage rides with his wife. And whatever else fancy people did back then.

The answer is, he did this because he cared about the soldiers and their families.

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The Program that Helped Me Become a Six-Figure Copywriter
I bought AWAI's Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting back when I still had a job. It remains one of the best purchases I've ever made. I became a freelance copywriter in 2005 and never looked back.  Discover How to Make Money Writing Copy! »

How to Double Your Daily Productivity (Really!)

by Ryan M. Healy on May 2, 2014

The #1 obstacle to being productive is distraction. So any method that helps you eliminate or ignore distractions can greatly improve your productivity.

I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique religiously this month and it’s made a noticeable difference in my daily output.

The Pomodoro technique involves working for 25 minutes straight without distractions, then taking a 5-minute break.

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The Best Link Cloaker?
I've tried a number of link cloaking solutions through the years. None of them provided me with what I wanted. But thanks to Michel Fortin, I discovered a new link cloaking and link tracking service that I’ve fallen in love with!  Read My Review Here »

Bad Month? How to Survive Lean Times in Copywriting

by Ryan M. Healy on April 28, 2014

Today I want to answer a customer’s question. So let’s open up the mailbag and see what we find.

Ah, here’s a good question from A.B. He’s been going through a rough patch in his copywriting business and needs some advice…

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Is It Really Possible to Send a Greeting Card for Less than $1?
Since 2008 I've been using Send Out Cards to stay in touch with my clients. For less than $1, I can send a custom greeting card to anybody. I can even mail all my clients at one time. If you're in a service business and want an easy way to stay in touch with clients, you're going to love Send Out Cards.  Click here to see how easy and affordable it is to use Send Out Cards »