In a recent video we addressed whether or not you can write your own copy, and the answer is yes, but we also looked at some things that you need to consider if you’re going to be doing that.
In this video, I have two more things to share about what to look out for if you’re going to write your own copy. Check them out below...
So, those things you need to look out for. After you’ve written your copy, you need to make sure that its spick and span, totally error free, no funny grammar mistakes, no silly spelling, no weird sentence structure stuff because when your client looks at that and they see mistakes, they look at it and think one of two things. They think “ooh, I’m not sure that this person is legit. They can’t afford the experts that they need. They can’t afford to have someone copy edit it or afford a copywriter.” So make sure it looks clean.
The other thing about clean writing is that it says that your message is worthy of attention. You and I both know that it is, but let’s make sure that your clients do as well.
I am recording this video from Bolivia. A beautiful salty lake…somewhere. :)
If you’re thinking you’re not keen at making a go at it alone, why not consider hiring a copywriter? Take a look at what I’m all about. Here's a link to a free connection call if you’d like to talk to me and see what I’m all about and tell me what projects you’re working on.
Otherwise, we’ll talk to you next week. I hope everything is great with you!
Let's connect! Leave a comment below and tell me about things you're working on or share a "clean" copywriting tip of yours.
Ready to write your own copy but tortured by that damn blinking cursor? In this video I'd like to talk about getting past writer's block. Listen or read on below...
A quick three tips for you.
Start by writing as though you plan to throw it out. Don't put so much pressure on yourself. Just imagine that whatever you're writing is actually going straight in the trash bin. That way the pressure comes off.
Next, if you've been doing nothing for too long, get out there for a change of scenery. Whether that means having a shower, going for a walk, calling a friend, just do something different. I'm not advocating for procrastination, but sometimes you just need to change speed to see things flow. I’m working with the assumption here that you watched some of my other videos and you really have a sense of the person that you’re writing for and speaking to that person.
Once you've done that, just start writing. Get something on the page. The first thing you write down doesn’t have to be part of it. Editing is an entirely separate beast. Just get some words on the page and you can fix it later.
That's it for today. Today I'm filming from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As you can see downtown behind me there.
If you're interested in talking to me about working with you as a copywriter, I would love to have that conversation. I do free connection calls so please do reach out.
That's it for this week and we will talk to you later.
Writer's block can be so hard...but commenting below isn't! :) Maybe it's the change of speed that you need to get going on your work... I'd love to hear from you!
What to do with your "stuff", part 1
So you're about to take your life permanently on the road as a digital nomad. What the heck do you do with all your stuff? In this video, I'd like to tell you about what I did…read on or watch below.
So when I decided to become a digital nomad, it wasn't my first experience moving abroad. Some years before, I had left Canada to move to Australia. I owned my own home, and I chose to rent it and put most of my possessions in a friend's basement. When I returned two or three years later, basically, I didn't know what was in the boxes anymore. I knew a few things but for the most part, it wasn't really needed. Honestly, you think your things are more important than they actually are.
I had this experience with England as a kid as well. We put all of our stuff in storage and when we came back three years later, I was like, “why did I think this was so important?” And honestly, you'll just have to deal with it on the other end.
Storage is expensive, and makes your life harder. So my tip for you is, be as ruthless as you can. If you're on the fence about whether to keep it, err on the side of getting rid of it.
That's it for today. If you're interested in me as a copywriter, I would love to tell you more about my process. Below is a link to my free connection calls. I love to learn about what you're working on and see if we're a good fit, so please don't hesitate to reach out.
Today I am filming this video from a beautiful lake in Bolivia and behind me are some wild flamingos which is pretty neat. So until next week, we'll talk to you then!
Considering life as a digital nomad? Have any experiences with getting rid of your "stuff"? Share in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!
There’s one thing you can do to protect your brand as a digital nomad who’s working on the road and in this video I’m going to share what that is. Keep reading or watch my video to find out...
So there’s one thing that you can do as a digital nomad who is on the road. As you can see I’m filming this video from the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. I get to do cool stuff like this often, but this is not my whole life.
As a digital nomad, when you’re posting stuff on social media, remember to show people that you’re doing more than this cool stuff because I promise you, this is not all of my life. There’s a lot of working on buses, working in cafes and working in dark hostel rooms. It’s a really cool balance and finding that is key. It’s totally worth it, but don’t forget to show the world that there’s more to your life than travel.
The other side of my life? I’m also a copywriter! Please consider reaching out for a free connection call. Let me tell you about my process, tell me about what you’re working on and we’ll see if we’re a good fit.
That’s it for this week and I look forward to talking to you again soon.
Tell me about some of the cool places you’ve been! Leave your comments below and let’s chat about it.
So you need a website and you’re wondering if you can do your own copywriting. I’m a professional copywriter and I’d love to give you my opinion on whether you can and why I feel that way. Let’s find out…keep reading or watch below.
So, can you write your own web copy? Short answer, yes you can! You bet your butt you can. You want to know why? Because no one can understand or knows your business like you do. No one knows and understands your brand like you do. You are your business. You are your brand, and therefore you have all of the information that you need to make this happen.
Of course, there’s some provisos…
First thing that you really need to be aware of, good writing requires practice so don’t be horrified if it takes you a couple of shots or if you need someone to help you edit and if you need to rewrite it a couple of times. That’s part of the game.
Clarity. Confuse people and you lose people. Being cute and clever is fun, but if people don’t know what you mean you’re not going to get yourself any clients. So err on the side of “just make sense”. Help people understand what it is you do.
And third, there are a lot of different elements that go into copywriting that actually win clients. I have something called the BRIDGE Approach™, which is my trademarked process for writing phenomenal copy. If you take a look at my website you’ll see what the different elements are and I’ll record videos about these in the future, but consider taking a look to find out now.
So there you go, that’s the short answer. I believe you can write your own copy, but, if you do want help, if you want a pro who’s gonna give you some more confidence that you’re actually going to attract your dream clients and connect with people that you really want to serve, then reach out to me. I do free connection calls. Let’s talk about my process, let’s see if we’re a good fit and let’s take it from there.
Today I’m recording this video from Ollagüe, an active volcano in Bolivia. And by active, it has been several thousand years, but that's still pretty cool. Ahhh...This is the life of a digital nomad!
Until next week, we’ll talk to you then.
Have a question about writing your own website copy or have any tips to share? Leave me a comment and let’s talk about it!
This is the last video in the series that I’ve been recording on the challenges of being a digital nomad and today we’re looking at the solutions to balancing work and life when you’re living on the road. Check out my tips by watching this video or reading below.
I’m filming this video from the unbelievably neat
Lake Titicaca on a floating island.
Today I’ve got 5 tips I’d like to share about finding a work-life balance:
#1 - The first is a mindset shift. Because when you are a digital nomad and you’re working, it’s not a vacation. Even though it feels like it is. Once upon a time being on the road like this meant it was a vacation but you now have to balance seeing all the cool stuff with doing your work and living your life. So how do you do that? I would say that planning is going to be your friend.
#2 - Decide what your work hours are and try to stick to them.
#3 - Decide how many hours you need to work to get done what you need to get done.
#4 - Plan out what you’d like to see in the places you’re visiting so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
#5 - One of the most important things though is a mindset shift. It’s ok to not see everything. When you’re living in your home base for example, you’re not upset by not getting to every restaurant in the city or seeing every attraction that exists. You are used to the idea that you’re going to miss something and you need to be okay with that as well when you’re on the road.
That’s it for this week!
If you’re interested in hiring me as a copywriter, I do free connection calls. I’d love to talk to you about my process and see if we’d be a good fit, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Until next week. I’ll talk to you then!
This is the last video in the series of nomadic travel challenges, but the fun doesn't have to stop here... Leave me a comment below and let's chat some more!
Preparing for travel hijinks
In this series of videos we’ve been talking about being location independent or a digital nomad and some of the challenges that can bring. Today we’re going to talk about travel hijinks and some of that stuff that you just can’t predict and some solutions for those. Check them out below!
So travel hijinks. Honestly, stuff that you can’t predict, you can't prepare for. My best tip for that would be to do what you can and to learn to roll with the punches.
However, the best thing that you can do to prepare is do a lot of research. So when you’re traveling abroad, that means getting on the internet and learning about visas, what are the entry and exit requirements from the countries that you’re visiting? What’s important to you in a place that you stay? I’ve been staying in Airbnb’s lately and I check out the reviews before I book them and look out for what’s important to me as someone who works on the road. I’m looking for strong Wi-Fi, looking out for bedbugs, somewhere that’s comfortable and these sorts of things.
Another thing is to make sure that your passport is up to date. Make sure that its valid for long enough for you to get in and out of these countries that you’re visiting. Get a travel consultation before you leave the country. Make sure that you got your vaccines and maybe most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help! You know, people are awesome and they’re willing to help you if you’re kind. :)
I’m filming this video from unbelievably beautiful rainbow mountain in Peru. I'm also a copywriter for female entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in learning what its like to work with me, I do free connection calls. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Until next week, I hope you’re amazing and we’ll talk to you then!
Have any fun travel hijinks stories? Share them below in the comments. I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Making friends on the road
In this series of videos that I’ve filmed, we’ve been talking about the challenges about being a digital nomad. In this one I’d like to address the challenges of making friends while living abroad. Read on or watch the video below to see how...
So, making friends while living abroad and traveling. It’s not always super easy but I do have a couple of tips for you.
Your first few days somewhere, consider staying in a hostel instead of an Airbnb or a hotel. It’s a lot easier to talk to people there. Everyone’s there to meet people, a lot of people are traveling alone, there’s often a bar there and its really easy to strike up a conversation. There are often events planned and it makes it a lot easier to approach people. They’re very open to chatting.
Another thing you can do is choose to stay longer in one spot. When you’re on vacation its feasible to hop around a great deal. But, when this is your lifestyle, if you stay in one spot for a bit longer it makes it easier to meet other people.
And then of course there’s stuff like joining meetups, joining Facebook groups for expats, trying to do this sort of things you’d like to do at home. Dance classes, yoga, any of these can make a difference. Walking tours. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and talk to people. Have fun with it!
Today I’m filming this video from magical Machu Picchu in Peru. I’m a digital nomad myself so I do know a thing or two about the challenges and about rolling with the punches since you can see that Machu Picchu is currently covered.
By the way, I am a professional copywriter for female entrepreneurs! Visit my website and reach out for a free connection call to see what I'm all about :) I’d love to tell you what my process is, see if we’re a good fit and see how I can help you.
Until next week, we’ll talk to you then!
Let's be friends! Leave your comments below and see how easy it can be.
Staying in touch with crappy wifi
In a recent video, I talked about the challenges of being a digital nomad. The first was about spotty wifi and staying in touch with your family. In this video, I’d like to offer some solutions. Read on or listen below...
So getting around crappy Wi-Fi when you’re traveling around the world. I have a few suggestions for this. I have a resource that I like and use that compares prepaid data SIM cards that you can use from your phone or pair with your computer. This resource compares different service providers on characteristics like coverage or amount of data.
Another thing that you can do is remember that if you visit restaurants or Starbucks, they often have Wi-Fi if you buy a cup of coffee, so that’s a way you can get around that too.
Another thing you can do before you even leave home is check out service providers that have good plans for traveling. Canada’s not so great for this to be honest, but I know that England has some good “roam away from home” type plans.
And finally when it comes to staying in touch with your friends and family, why not lean into being a bit old school and send a postcard? Finding a mailbox isn’t always super easy, but your Airbnb host or someone at the hotel or hostel will probably know where you could do that.
So that’s it for today. Challenge #1 complete!
If you’re interested in connecting with me as a copywriter, I offer free connection calls. Let me tell you about my process, we’ll see what you need and if we’re a good fit.
This video was filmed in beautiful Ollantaytambo, Peru.
What are some of the ways you stay in touch while traveling abroad? I'd love to hear your tricks! Comment below and let's chat.
Ever wonder about a copywriter's motivation for starting their business? I have several, but the main one is... you. Let me tell you more about why Megan Words got started in the video or transcript below :)
Megan Words is a boutique copywriting and editing consultation business. I love what I do because it gives me the opportunity to help other people birth their visions. Yeah, that’s kind of cheesy… but the truth is that while most business owners and entrepreneurs have mastery of their core offering, talking about it is a completely different beast. It comes to me naturally and I love to help other people share their value with the world. The other thing that being a copywriter allows me to do is be a digital nomad, which means that every week I’m sharing my vlogs from somewhere new and interesting. This week, it’s from Big White in British Colombia, Canada. I love how it allows me to connect with other people; being a copywriter I get to talk to big-hearted, service-providing female entrepreneurs on the daily. Yahoo!
If you think we might be a good fit, please reach out. I would love to do a free connection call. We can talk about my process, see if we’re a good it, talk about what you need. Contact me here!
Don't let me talk to myself... let's make this two-way. Why did you start your business? Tell me in the comments and I promise to reply.
Megan is the owner of Megan Words, a boutique copywriting and editing consulting business devoted to helping female entrepreneurs with worthy causes develop high-quality web copy and content. She sometimes wears pants. Learn more about her here.