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

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Ryan Healy

Ryan Healy is a freelance copywriter, list manager, 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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