You Know You’re a Freelance Copywriter If…

Freelance copywriters are a strange breed, aren’t they? Especially, the direct response kind.

With that in mind, I offer the following “Top 10” list.

You know you’re a freelance copywriter if

  • You write copy in your head while you’re driving, showering, and running errands.
  • You feel a strange sense of exhilaration when a deadline approaches.
  • You go shopping and find yourself analyzing how the store could increase its sales.
  • You study great copy… only to wind up buying the product being advertised.
  • You save junk mail — and then proceed to critique it.
  • You flip through local ad magazines and mutter things like, “I can’t believe this. These guys are so stupid.”
  • You start experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you don’t write for a few days.
  • You could never hold a 9-5 job again because you’ve been spoiled by working from home.
  • You know “swiping” and “bullets” have nothing to do with crime.

And last but not least…

  • You think writing copy when other people are sleeping is normal behavior.

So… which one of these can you most relate to? Leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and

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