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7 Top Home-Based Business Opportunities that Will Allow You to Work from Anywhere in the World, and Make a Good Living, Writing

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You can make money writing. Good money in fact. Good enough to allow you to live what we at AWAI call the writer’s life … living wherever you want, working as much as you want, and making as much money as you want. Now, the writer’s life can mean different things to different people. It could mean … Having more control over your financial future … Spending more time with your family … Having more time to travel … Having a flexible schedule … Working at home, or from anywhere in the world … Living where you want … Working when you want … Sometimes all of the above! Whatever YOUR idea of the writer’s life is, there’s never been a better time to make it a reality. In the following pages, I’ll be presenting you with 7 home-based business opportunities you can start immediately. They don’t require a lot of time to get started, yet each one has the potential in time to bring you a full-time income. And, you’ll be able to work from anywhere in the world, while you make a good living writing. Best of all, they don’t require a big investment or a fancy education. In fact, it’s so simple: you choose the writing opportunity that interests you most — and we’ll do everything we can to help you launch an exciting home-based business that will be loads of fun for you ... AND will give you the ability to generate an ongoing revenue stream, month after month, for the rest of your life. So, let’s start with your first opportunity to make money writing …

To your success,

Rebecca Matter Co-Managing Partner, AWAI

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Opportunity #1: Become a Copywriter.

If you can write a simple email or letter to a friend, and you like to share ideas with other people … you have all the qualifications you need …
When you check your mail today keep an eye out. Did you get a renewal letter for any magazines you subscribe to, perhaps offering a discount or free gift for signing up? How about an offer from a bank to sign up for a new credit card – you’re pre-qualified and eligible for super-low interest rates? Maybe your local car dealer is having a sale this weekend and invited you to come by. All of these words were written by copywriters. Same goes for the ads in your favorite magazine or newspaper. The words on radio ads or TV commercials. The emails you receive from your favorite retailer. And the text on websites that sell products and services. Unlike news or editorial writing, copywriting is all about getting the reader to take action. That’s the job of a copywriter. To use words to get a reader to take a specific action. And that action can be anything. It might be to click a link in an email, fill out a form, sign up for a magazine, buy a set of pasta bowls, donate to a local charity, get your city planner to approve a proposal — any action at all.

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Copy is everywhere — it’s part of $2.3 trillion industry worldwide. And that means learning how to write effective copy gives you two financially valuable opportunities: You can work as a freelance copywriter in your spare time or as a full-time career. You can use the skill to increase the money you’re making from your spare-time business. Either opportunity puts more coin in your pocket at the end of the day. To start off, I’m going to tackle the first opportunity, and show you what you can expect if you decide to pursue freelance copywriting as a full- or spare-time career. And then, I’m going to outline six additional opportunities for you to make money writing.

How much can a freelance copywriter earn by working from home?
That depends a lot on your own plans and ambitions. But here are some examples that you can use to get an idea of the kind of money you could make, depending how much time you want to put in: Kathleen C. works full-time, but wants to earn some extra money for vacations and for the family’s savings plan. She puts in some time during the evenings and on weekends and makes $25,000 a year. (Although she’s hoping to make $50K this year!) Eileen C. is a stay-at-home single mom. She has two young children to care for, but still manages to find four hours a day for her freelance copywriting business. She makes $75,000 a year. Pam F. is ambitious and works decent hours, not only on copywriting, but also on the growth and development of her freelance business. She makes over $120,000 a year. Joshua B. is a real go-getter. He not only found he has a real talent for

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copywriting, but also that he’s a terrific networker and business developer. He has negotiated some lucrative contracts with a number of big companies and will be making more than $300,000 this year. You get the idea? The great thing about being a freelance copywriter is that you can adjust how much you work and earn to suit your own personal circumstances and ambitions. You don’t HAVE to aim to make $100,000 a year or more. But nor do you HAVE to limit yourself to $100,000, if you have ambitions to make a lot more. The decision is all your own.

What kind of qualifications do you need to be a copywriter?
None! And this is why I love my job at AWAI so much. I’ve met successful copywriters from all different backgrounds. There is no “mold” when it comes to copywriting. You can be 18 or 80. You can have a Ph.D. or not even have finished high school. You can have a job as a plumber right now, or as a lawyer, or have no job at all. You can live in a big city, or in a cabin up in the mountains, and you don’t have to live in the U.S. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. And if you have a laptop, you can travel to visit family or friends during the week, and your clients don’t even have to know you’re not in your “office.”

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Are copywriters still in demand, even when the economy is in the tank?
Great question. And the quick answer is a resounding YES! And here’s why … When times are tough economically, companies will do all kinds of things to reduce costs. They’ll close stores and plants, and let as many employees go as they can. Even senior-level employees. But, one thing they HAVE to keep doing, if they want to survive, is sell their products or services as effectively as they can. This means they always need top copywriting talent. They need good copywriters to help them move their products … urgently. That said, they might let some of their in-house copywriters go, if they have any. They might do the math and realize that it costs less to hire a good freelancer than it does to pay the salary and benefits of a full-time employee. But one way or another, companies absolutely HAVE to keep selling. Even during an economic downturn or recession, good copywriters are still in strong demand.

Can you really learn to be a copywriter simply by taking a course?
It depends on which course you take. And that really is the truth of it. The craft of copywriting CAN be learned from a course. That same course CAN also show you how to get started. It can even help you get your first paying clients. But, you have to choose the right course.

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You probably already know AWAI has a program called the Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. Of course, I’m partial to it because I know it inside and out, and have personally met and worked with hundreds of people who started successful freelance copywriting careers by taking it. No matter what course you take, though, the fact remains: you don’t need to get a degree or pay a lot of money for expensive training to become a successful freelance copywriter.

If you can write a simple email or letter to a friend, and you like to share ideas with other people … you have all the qualifications you need to become a copywriter.
It doesn’t matter what job you have right now. It doesn’t matter if you have no job at all. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or where you live. It doesn’t even matter where your clients are located! With the Internet, you can do work for companies on other continents, if you wish. You can even conduct your entire business by phone and email. So, what would living the writer’s life mean to you? Having more control over your financial future … Spending more time with your family … Having more time to travel … Having a flexible schedule … Working at home … Living where you want … Working when you want … Maybe all of the above? Whatever the answer is, if you’d like to make money writing … take a step toward learning how to write copy. You have all the qualifications you need

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to become a successful freelance copywriter. So if it’s something you want to try, there’s never been a better time. Learn more about AWAI’s popular Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting.



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“The ability to pay my bills no longer worries me, even in these rough times. I know I can always market my skills to an endless list of potential clients and keep enough copywriting projects rolling in.” Cheryl Malcham, Mercer Island, WA

“AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting was everything I hoped it would be! It was easy for me to walk away from an 18-year engineering career shortly after I finished the program. I had all the work I could handle. I feel like I’m finally leading the life I was meant to live. I can’t thank you enough!” Krista Jones, Roswell, GA

“When I got that first letter telling me I could make $100,000 a year as a professional copywriter, I was skeptical. If I hadn’t been so desperate … and so broke … I might have thrown it away. That was three years ago. This year I claimed $134,408 on my income tax return — all from copywriting!” Monica Day, Philadelphia, PA

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Opportunity #2: Create Your Own Money-Making Websites

It’s time to turn something YOU love to do in your spare time into $750 … $1,500 … $3,500 and upward per month. Money that comes in whether you’re working, sleeping, playing golf, or relaxing on the beach.
Your second spare-time opportunity to make money writing happens to be one of my favorites. Writing a Money-Making Website. A Money-Making Website is simply an information website on a topic you’re interested in, that’s designed to attract web visitors who are searching the Internet for information on the same topic. Once those visitors arrive at your site, through various methods, they are turned into a passive revenue stream that comes in whether you’re working or lying on the beach. I’ll talk more about how you make money (and how much you can make) in a minute, but I want to start by answering the number one question I get asked:

“Sounds good, but what do I write about?”
The good news is there are literally thousands upon thousands of topics to choose from. You could write about one of the skills you’ve picked up from working over the years, a hobby you enjoy, or a favorite place you visit.

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You could write about yoga ... skin care ... solar energy ... Alaskan cruise travel … maybe you love horses and could write a site about all the different aspects of horse care ... You’re only limited by your imagination! Karen Patry of Port Angeles, Washington, has raised rabbits for over thirty years. Last year, she started a website about raising rabbits. Karen’s goal for her website is to replace her income and support her husband and herself through their retirement. Garland, Texas resident Kerren Kuntzmen recently launched a site that provides business and marketing guidance to chiropractors. Kerren says she also has plans to start a site offering tips and advice on organic lawn care. Glenda de Vries from Stouville, Ontario, Canada started a site to help provide women the inspiration they need to have a fabulous menopause. New Bern, North Carolina resident Susan Feiertag provides information for people to help them recover after they’ve had a stroke. Two years ago, Don Kowalski’s doctor warned him that if continued down the path he was on, he could develop diabetes, heart disease, and problems with his lungs. On his journey to get healthy (he lost 50 lbs. and quit smoking and drinking beer), he discovered the benefits of drinking smoothies. Soon after, he started his “Smoothie Insider” website.

You can do it for more than just the money ...
Now, before I talk about how much money you can make, I’d like to talk about the five non-money-related reasons why this opportunity makes the top of the list, and why you should consider doing it to make money writing: 1. You’ll learn a lot about a topic you love — When you start out, you don’t have to be an expert in your particular topic (you just have to enjoy writing about it). What you’ll soon find though is that you’ll quickly know more about your topic than 99.9% of the people on the planet. And not only that, you’ll rapidly be viewed by people as being an expert on your topic.

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2. You’ll expand your online business skills substantially — If you’ve been kicking yourself about learning more about the Internet and how to build a website, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge base. You’ll learn how to do keyword research, link strategies, how to write content that ranks high with the search engines, how to write content that “pre-sells,” and on and on. It’s easier than you may think! If you make your living writing for the Web (or one day hope to), this is great way to acquire a better understanding of how to improve your client’s site. 3. You’ll be helping people out — Your website will provide people with the solutions and information they are searching for. And you’ll be appreciated for it. Karen Patry has already started receiving complimentary emails about her site about raising rabbits. She’s had people tell her how impressed they are with her site and that it’s “the most informative rabbit site on the Internet.” She really feels she has found her calling. 4. It will make you a better writer — Writing is like everything else, the more you do it, the better you become at it. Plus, many people find that the more they write, the faster they’re able to write. 5. You can work on it at your own pace — You are in complete control of when you work and how hard you work. If one week you can’t find time to work on your site, it’s no big deal. It’s always there waiting for you. I have to warn you though, as the months go by and the money you make starts to snowball, you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more and more time on your site.

Although doing it for the money is definitely a worthy reason, too ...
Now let’s get to the #1 reason for creating a Money-Making Website ... The money you can make!

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First off, let’s look at how you generate revenue from your site. There are many ways. Here are the top four: 1. Google AdSense — This is one of the most popular ways to make money from a content-rich website. Google Ads are “contextual.” Contextual means the ad that Google displays on your page is determined by the content of your page. Which is great, because it encourages people to click on an ad on your website. And once they do, you make money! 2. Other advertisements — Google AdSense, of course, is not the only game in town. There are dozens of other companies, such as Chitika and, who will pay you when people click on the ads you display on your site. 3. Affiliate products — The beauty of a Money-Making Website is that you don’t have to create any products. You can sell other people’s products on your site. There’s no inventory to count, product to ship, or customer support required. You just sit back and collect the commissions. For instance, if your website is about water purification, you’d want to become an affiliate of a company that sells water purifiers. 4. Selling your own products — Of course, if you want to sell your own stuff and keep 100% of the profits, that’s great, too! A popular and profitable way to make money is by writing and selling e-books on your website’s topic. Birgit Bradtke, who runs a site for people looking for information about Kimberley, Australia, sells her “Destination Kimberley” guide for $27 on her website. It’s a big money-maker for her.

How much money can you make?
We’ve talked about the “how.” Now let’s talk about “how much.” Allow me to paint a scenario for you ... Imagine how nice it would be to have an extra million dollars in the bank.

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Let’s say it pays you 5% interest each year, which translates into an extra $50,000 a year. That’s over $4,000 coming in like clockwork every month without you lifting a finger. Writing a Money-Making Website is a way to make that scenario come true for yourself — only without you having to have the million dollars! It’s a way to generate the type of income we all love and strive for — residual income. Residual income is money that comes in whether we’re playing golf, throwing horseshoes, enjoying a cocktail, or having an afternoon siesta. Before I give you examples of the type of money some you can make from your site, I want to make one thing perfectly clear ...

This is not a get rich quick thing.
It’s a building process. The more content you add to your site, the more your traffic will grow. And the more traffic you have, the more money you’ll make. Brigit, who I just mentioned, brings in over $10,000 a month from her Kimberley, Australia travel site during the peak travel season (during the quietest time of the year it drops to about $7,000 a month). Richard Bergman, from Ontario Canada, created a website about decks and fences that features some of the products that he’s designed. It brings in $2,000 (sometimes more) per month. (Richard says he’s only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to monetizing his site). Aside from the money, good things have happened to Richard as a result of his site. He picked up a big U.S. distributor for one of the products he designed. One page on Tomaz Mencinger’s vacuum site brings him in affiliate income on sales of 3-5 vacuums a day. All told, it translates to about $400 a day (or over $12,000 per month). Tomaz says, “The freedom is unbelievable. I was working for tennis clubs and academies for maybe 10 years. Sometimes I had to go to work and work with people I didn’t like to work with. Now I choose who I want to work with, when I want to work, and how much I want to work.”

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And of course, there’s web expert Nick Usborne who, depending upon the time of year, brings in anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000 a month from his coffee website. His website has grown to the point where he only spends a couple of hours a week maintaining it.

How do you get started?
Like anything, the fastest and easiest way to get started is to tap into the experience of someone who’s been successful at what you want to do. Fortunately, Nick Usborne has done the leg work for you so you can make money writing. He’s tested, tweaked, and refined his Money-Making Website system and put it altogether in his How to Write Your Own MoneyMaking Websites program — a step-by-step guide on how to write a successful, content-rich, income-generating website. In fact, to help you make money writing, Nick even created a special 90-Day Success Plan so you’ll know exactly what you should be doing every step of the way. Follow along with Nick’s straightforward guidance and you’ll be well on your way to writing a successful Money-Making Website. And, we know it also helps to have the support of others. So, if you decide to begin a Money-Making Website now, you’ll be part of Nick’s MoneyMaking Website online community dedicated to helping each other become successful. It’s one of the friendliest and most helpful forums on the Internet. If you have a question or need an opinion on something, simply post it and Nick or one of the other members will supply you with the advice you need. Plus, here’s something else that will help you be more successful, faster. Nick just completed a seven-part webinar series going through each step of the Money-Making Website process. During the series he … Broke down in detail how to choose the best topic for your site and how to pick the ideal domain name … Showed the best ways to get your site online ...

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Explained how to structure your site ... how to decide what content to write for your site ... how to attract even more visitors to your site … And even covered the various ways to make money from your site.

With this training series, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll progress. And, you’ll get complete access to the entire thing if you decide there’s no better time than right now to get started. If you’re ever going to put a stake in the ground and start making some meaningful progress on creating a secondary income stream, there’s no better time to take action and make money writing. Learn more about writing your own Money-Making Website now.

“So far, this has been a great decision, I believe, and I am truly excited to begin building a website and seeing this project through. I turn 40 soon, and I’m hoping to be able to find the correct way to develop some freedom for myself, which means I can do more, of course, for myself and also friends and family.” Glenn Hyska, Southfield, MI

“I have wanted to have my own website for years now, just never 1) had the time, 2) had the knowledge, or 3) had the roadmap. Nick’s program has helped me with all of these.” Brenda Barker, Cabot, AR

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Opportunity #3: Start a Resume Writing Business

In only 6 hours and 35 minutes, you can be in business — well on your way to making upwards of $150 per hour. (Plus, you’ll be providing a good, honest service that over 60 million people need and want right now!)
Think about this for a second … If you were to ask the next 10 people you spoke to if they were satisfied with their job, what do you think they’d answer? My guess would be “no.” In fact, a recent survey by the Conference Board Research Group found that 65% of the roughly 80-million-strong American workforce are looking to change their career, go for a raise, or take on a better job. And another 7.5 million people are either unemployed and looking for work, or they are looking to break into the workforce for the first time. And what do these almost 60 million people have in common? They need a persuasive, effective, professional resume. And their need provides a really beneficial opportunity for you. In fact, that huge demand is one of the reasons this is an ideal opportunity to make money writing. It’s also a business that can easily be done in your spare time. In fact, at AWAI, we actually call this one the ideal spare-time business.

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But what’s more, I love businesses that enable you to help others while making a good living at the same time. As a resume writer, you get to help all those who are unemployed find a job … and help those who are dissatisfied find a better job, or finally make the money they deserve. So, let’s dive into this home-based business opportunity … To make sure I shared the most accurate information, I called on a very successful Resume Writer, Julien Sharp. With more than two decades of experience, she knows this business inside and out, and has helped numerous AWAI members get their own resume business off the ground ― some of which have turned into six-figure businesses! First up, the obvious question …

Why is now a good time to become a resume writer?
Aside from the statistics I gave you earlier, with layoffs, downsizing, outsourcing, business closings, and similar situations, there has never been a greater need for folks to have a resume that sets them apart from the hundreds of thousands of other job seekers. A professionally-written resume from a person skilled in this area is vital to standing out in today’s market. What about when the economy recovers? Even in a good economy, people are moving around job-wise. And, once a resume writer builds a solid book of business, the referrals start coming in. Julien is always getting referrals from people who she’s written for. For example, one person ended up referring Julien to her sister, and that sister referred Julien to her two grown-up children, who referred her to their friends and spouses, making about 12 resumes over five years from that single first resume written.

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These opportunities keep coming, in both good times and bad.
How does someone starting out find clients? Since it all boils down to getting clients, instead of just talking about it, here’s a proven plan that you can follow … 1. Start with family and close friends. Offer to revamp their resumes for free or nominal cost. Then, in exchange for that favor, ask for testimonials, referrals in return, or ask to use their resumes (excluding their personal information) on your website. Visual “before and after” examples can be very powerful. 2. Post your profile on LinkedIn and get those same family and friends to post testimonials and recommendations on there. 3. Put up a website for your resume writing business, and link it to LinkedIn. 4. Visit temp and search firms and offer resume-writing services at a special price for their candidates. 5. Speak at Rotary and Chamber of Commerce events about resumes. 6. Tell every single person you talk to about your resume-writing services.

Julien assures me, if you follow these six steps, the clients will come.
How do I compete with the cheap resume-creation software available? You know as well as I do that you get what you pay for. And, it all boils down to the person keying in the information. Without the right words, the resume is truly worthless.

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However, it’s inevitable ― some people will choose the most inexpensive route possible. But, just like with copywriting and other freelance opportunities, those are the people you want to avoid working for anyways. The ones who don’t value your skills. At the end of the day, there will be plenty of clients who will see the value of hiring a professional. Focus on attracting those clients.

And, that advice goes for any freelance business you start!
Julien herself focuses on people in the higher-end job market, as they tend to understand the value of this service. That’s where the real money is, and they’re grateful for your expertise. How much can a resume writer make? In any industry, the less experience you have, the less you can charge, but there is no way to get experience unless you start writing resumes. Once you get some experience and start to be seen as a “go-to” expert — with people who can testify that your resume got them in the door ahead of the hundreds of others who also sent in resumes — it becomes easy to justify the fees because you’re getting these people in the door for new jobs and a whole new income.

And, once you get some practice, and can bang out a resume quickly, on average you can expect to make about $100 per hour, and upwards of $150 per hour.
How much you make weekly, monthly, or annually will, of course, depend on how much you want to work. Allowing time for interviews with the clients, and assuming you’re able to work efficiently following a proven system like the one provided by Julien in AWAI’s Pro Resume Writer Program, you should be able to complete a resume job in an hour. Which means eight resumes will probably take no more than eight hours for you to prepare — or the equivalent of one working day.

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So, if you’re just looking for a little side cash, you’d be making $800 a week, only working one single day. But, let’s assume you really want to make money writing and you want to work full-time, five days a week. A reasonable goal would be to spend six hours a day writing resumes and an hour doing any administrative work related to your business. Such a schedule would allow you to complete at least 30 resumes a week. At $100 per resume, this works out to a weekly income of $3,000, or $150,000 per year, allowing two weeks vacation. If you eventually expand your business by hiring or contracting other writers to work for you … well, the sky’s the limit. As you can see, resume writing offers you the chance to earn a salary equal to that of some of the highest paid professionals in the world but without having to spend many years at college and without having to invest a fortune. AWAI’s Pro Resume Writer, written by Julien Sharp, is hands down the best program on the market for showing you step-by-step how to launch and run a successful resume writing business. Julien has put everything she knows about how to be a successful resume writer in it. And, since it’s important to learn how to write resumes in the most current industry standards, she updates the program very regularly. In fact, she just did an update in 2009 specifically to address the new economic and job climate, and how resume writers can best set their clients apart whether in print or in digitally-formatted resumes. The program quickly takes you from dreaming about starting your own business to doing it, with four easily downloadable PDF files including: How to Write a Resume That Gets Results (including your exclusive client questionnaire)

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Complete Guide to Marketing Your New Business (including sample ads you can use to get clients immediately) Step-by-Step: Starting and Running Your Own Business BONUS Section: Successful Techniques to Expand Your Business Nothing is left in doubt. The program only takes a day to get through. And, you’ll only have to write a single resume to get your money back. It’s obvious why this opportunity is one of the 7 top home-based business opportunities. Says AWAI Member Lesia G. from Front Royal, VA … “AWAI’s Resume Writing Program is great. The templates take away so much of the guesswork when it comes to formatting. I have more than enough work, because everyone needs a job. And they need a resume to get that job.” Whether you’re just looking for some extra spare-time cash, or are looking for a new career, you should consider it. “My husband was out of a job. My freelance work as a brand-new medical transcriptionist had slowed to a trickle due to an economic downslide so severe it had affected even the health industry. Our finances were in the tank. Like many people, I suspect, we were watching our Incredible Shrinking Savings Account dip from hard-earned thousands … to hundreds … on greased skids toward zero. “I needed income now, an interim career that could support my family immediately and act as a stepping-stone to my eventual copywriting career. Something that could be put into motion and start earning cash almost right away.

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“When I saw the ad for AWAI’s Pro Resume Program — with the promise that I could finish the program in 6 hours and 35 minutes, and then would easily be able to create outstanding resumes for a handsome profit — it hit me that this was exactly the ‘quick fix’ our family needed. My hunch was right. My new resume business brought in significant amounts of cash quickly and easily — cash our family really needed. Better yet, my resume business took just a few hours per week, allowing me to continue working toward my goal of becoming a highly-paid copywriter.” ― Lynn Wiley, AWAI Member Learn more about how you can make money writing resumes while helping others at the same time. “My resume-writing business is “exploding” with over $750 in sales for one week and it’s not even Wednesday yet (not to mention $500 for last week)! I now have eight testimonials in my file already! This is in an economy where jobs here “are TIGHT!” I’m looking outside my window from home … watching the snow fall on the lawns and I’m working from home!!!!!! Thanks AWAI … You folks helped make it happen. I don’t miss my old job at ALL!” John K., Lexington Park, MD

“AWAI’s Pro Resume Writer Program delivered everything promised. I completed the course, at my leisure, in less then a month, and I had a viable, profitable, resume business within 6 weeks! I love what I do and am extremely grateful to AWAI for everything gained through taking their course. My return on investment is immeasurable.” Christopher Zourides

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Opportunity #4: Become an Autoresponder Copywriter

Write short emails that help tens of thousands of online businesses build strong relationships with their customers and prospects … and get paid VERY well for it.
“A website without autoresponder copy is like a head without a body.” ― Perry Marshall, Famed Internet Marketer and Google AdWords Expert The reason? If a company is doing business online, they need autoresponders to monetize the email addresses they’re collecting. That’s why autoresponder copywriters are in such high demand. They help a website ― a business ― stay in constant contact with their customers, and get them to take the next action. Yet, that’s not the only reason this opportunity is one of the 7 top homebased business opportunities. It’s because it’s the easiest way to get your foot in the door with ANY potential client. Why? Because other than your fee, it doesn’t cost them anything to test out an autoresponder series ― so if you’re able to show them you can write, it’s in a client’s best interest to give you a shot. Even if you’ve never had a paying client in your life!

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Here’s an example … Let’s say I hire you to write an autoresponder series for The Golden Thread, selling AWAI’s new and improved Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting. That program normally costs $457 if someone pays in full. So, even if you charge me $400 for an email, I only have to sell one copy of the program to breakeven. See? The marketer really has no risk! Now along with being your “in” to any client, the autoresponder opportunity gets even better … But before we go there, let’s make sure we’re on the same page ...

What exactly is an autoresponder!?
An autoresponder series is a series of short emails that are automatically sent to a new prospect who has just opted into your client’s email list. Normally, a series can consist of 3, 5, 7 or even more of these short emails. You’ve probably actually gotten emails like these yourself. Let’s say you’re surfing the Web and come across a landing page for something you’re interested in ... The page offers a free report that catches your eye. But there’s a catch. In exchange for the report, you’ve got to submit your email address. So, you submit your email address and over the coming weeks receive brief emails from someone associated with the website or report. Each email you receive tries to establish a relationship, and ultimately get you back to the website or to another offer, only this time the offer requires a purchase instead of just submitting your email address.

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As an autoresponder copywriter, it’s your job to write these emails.

How is this different from writing sales letters?
It’s really not! And yet it is. :) Let me explain … You still use the fundamentals of writing persuasive copy. You still need to get the reader’s attention with a strong subject line. You still work to engage the reader from the minute they open the email. And, you’ll need to write a strong lead, and a strong call-to-action. But there are a few key differences, too … With autoresponders, you’re not trying to convince the reader to buy anything. You simply want to develop a relationship with them, and ultimately get them to click a link that takes them to the actual sales letter (or sometimes even just back to the client’s website). So the email is actually more similar to lift letters in direct-mail, rather than sales letters. And, because you’re not selling, the copy is a LOT shorter … often just a page. Is it hard to learn this type of copy? Not at all.

This is one form of copywriting that virtually everyone can do, AND actually master with some experience!
Let me explain ... Ever since you were a kid, chances are you’ve loved hearing a great story.

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And chances are, you’ve told a story or two in your life. That’s exactly what writing good autoresponder copy is ― telling a story that your prospect can relate to and using it to develop a relationship. Stories help people bond ... they help the prospect see that the person writing to them is a real person. And that goes a long way to establishing a solid relationship between the prospect and your client. Do that, and you’re golden. So, if you can tell a story (and I’m sure you can), you can do incredibly well in this web copy niche. In fact, as you’ll find out in a moment, this kind of writing is very formulaic. Stick with what works ― and chances are you’ll craft amazingly good autoresponder copy every time.

Does this pay well?
Does it ever! Check this out … You can write each email in under an hour. You can make $100 to $250 per email as a novice, and $500 and up as a professional. And, there are typically anywhere from 3 to 7 emails in each series. Sometimes more! Expert Autoresponder Copywriter Jay White earns a solid six-figure income ― from just two clients! Granted, he’s been in the business a while now, but there’s no reason why anyone can’t do what he’s done. In fact, AWAI member Rachel Karl is on her way, too … Rachel bought Jay’s Autoresponder Apprentice program in February of 2010.

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In March, she wrote in to tell us that she’d landed a big-name client who immediately placed her on retainer. Shortly thereafter, Rachel went on to land three other retainer clients ― and several others on a project basis ― all from writing autoresponders. She’s now on track to hit the six-figure mark by November. That’s from start to six-figures, in only nine months!!

The revenue really adds up quickly from writing autoresponders …
Jay charges $500 per email (and last time I spoke with him, he told me he was planning on upping that to $1,000 per email). He recommends that his clients have at least 7 emails in an autoresponder series. Which means he earns on average $3,500 per project ($500 x 7 emails). Now, if you’re just starting out, you can charge a minimum of $100 - $250 per email and work your way up. But at 7 emails per autoresponder series, that’s still $700 - $1,750 per project! And when you consider that each email takes 30 – 60 minutes to write, you can complete an entire project in just a few hours. In fact, this is exactly what Jay does. He works a few hours in the morning and then takes the rest of the day off to golf or spend time with his family.

Follow in Jay’s footsteps like Rachel did …
Jay’s been called “the world’s best autoresponder copywriter” by Alex Mandossian ― one of the most successful Internet marketers out there. And, for good reason ― his autoresponder copy builds lasting relationships

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with his prospects, and helps convert them into buyers. But as good as Jay is at writing autoresponders, he’s incredible at teaching others how to write them just as well. In fact, he’s developed a “paint-by-numbers” autoresponder copywriting system anyone can follow to make money writing. It’s called Autoresponder Apprentice: How to Become a Successful Copywriter Without Writing Sales Letters. In it, Jay shares his step-by-step system to crafting autoresponder emails and also includes hands-on exercises, access to him for questions, and six live paying spec assignments so that you’ll have everything you need to succeed. He even devotes an entire module to getting clients, and teaches you how to land the loyal, high-paying clients in this niche. In short, it’s a complete soup-to-nuts guide to making it as an autoresponder copywriter. You don’t need that many clients to make a great full-time living as an autoresponder copywriter. And if you’re looking for a way to create a side income, this is perfect for that, too. Learn more about how you can make money writing Autoresponders. There’s actually a very special deal if you order now: Jay’s 90-day Success Plan to help you get your business up-and-running. And, access to his exclusive “Over My Shoulder” autoresponder copy training videos. You’ll learn as Jay critiques and creates email copy ... as he thinks out loud about word selection and selling approach to use ... and his most closely-held secrets to writing email copy that drives sales.

Autoresponder Apprentice
How to Become a Successful Copywriter Without Writing Sales Letters

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Opportunity #5: Start a Self-Publishing Business

Make Money Writing ... Without Any Clients
Can you really make money without clients? Absolutely! In fact, I’m going to introduce you to two self-labeled recluses who make millions ― with no clients at all … Meet Gary and Merri Scott … Every year, they make well over six-figures … some years, they break the million-dollar mark. And, they’ve been doing this consistently for the past 20 years! But here’s the thing … Gary and Merri’s success comes from one major client ― they hire themselves by creating and selling their own products. In other words … they’re Self-Publishers. You may already know how much money you can make writing copy to sell information products for publishers. But take a minute and think how much more you could make publishing that information yourself! As a publisher, you can write, compile, or record the information yourself, you can hire writers, or you can reprint information. It’s totally up to you! Self-Publishing shares many of the same benefits as writing information websites ... 30

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You generate a passive income stream on the products you’ve already published, you get to write about something you’re passionate about, and you work entirely for yourself instead of working for clients. The biggest difference ― and this is the reason this is such a great opportunity to make money writing ― is with the revenue potential. With self-publishing, the sky’s the limit, and you can make as much as you want. And if you stick with digital information products, the profit margins are huge. So, first, I’m going to walk you through the heart of the opportunity ― and then answer the main questions you’ll most likely have about it.

First, let’s first get on the same page about self-publishing …
We’re not talking about self-publishing your novel here. It’s much more than book publishing, although that can be part of it. We’re talking about selling information in any format. You can publish DVDs, training programs, newsletters, pamphlets, cookbooks, calendars, reports, how-to programs … whatever suits you. As a publisher, you can write, compile, or record the information yourself … you can hire writers … or you can reprint information. It’s totally up to you.

How much can you make as a self-publisher?
As I told you, the sky’s the limit. In their worst years, Gary and Merri made $300,000 to $400,000. In their best years, they make millions of dollars. The amount you make really depends on three factors: 1. How much you want to work. 2. How quickly you can up with ideas of what to publish. 3. How fast you can execute those ideas, and turn them into products. 31

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Something to note about Gary and Merri ― they’ve never had a large audience to promote to. Their biggest reader list at any one time has been only about 22,000. And, if you can write copy to sell your own products, it can be incredibly profitable because you get to keep most of the revenue that comes in.

Are there any start-up costs?
Yes, but they’re small. And it’s completely up to you how much you invest. You’ll need a small investment to build websites, drive traffic, and promote your products. And, if you decide to go beyond digital, another investment will be necessary to produce the printed product. The good news is that you can make it up quickly if you work fast. When Gary started his publishing business, he made a 380% return on his initial investment within a month. And it just got better from there.

What kind of qualifications do you need to be a self-publisher?
There are no life experiences and no type of education that you have to have to be a writer. However, according to Gary, there are two traits that can help make you successful: empathy and a keen sense of observation. If you can figure out what people need or are concerned about, you’ll be able to publish products that help them, and know that the demand is already there. One way Gary does this is to read the bestseller lists in USA Today and The New York Times. He says it helps him become aware of what people are thinking, since most books on the bestseller list get there because of word-of-mouth, i.e., one reader telling another reader to buy it because he enjoyed it.

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How are self-publishers doing in this economy?
No matter what the economy does, this is one of the biggest growth industries in the world. We live in an information era, and every day there are vast amounts of new information out there ― so much information that it’s hard for people to keep up. Especially in a turbulent economy! The result is an ever-increasing need for writers to take in all that data and refine it into material that’s simple, easy-to-comprehend, interesting, and useful. That’s where you ― the self-publisher ― come in. Gary’s self-publishing sales in 2008 were up 39.88% over 2007 sales. His 2009 sales were up 82.7% over 2008 sales. Those are numbers I like to see!

What do you need to do to get started?
I asked Gary for the best piece of advice he could give you, if you decide to become a self-publisher. He told me there are two things you need to do … Number one, write. And don’t worry about what you write or how it comes out. Write it as if you were going to say it. There are no rules, so just write. Number two is to write as much as you can about things that you love. Try to write from the heart. If you write about things that you’re enthused about, it will come out well.

Can you become a self-publisher simply by taking a course?
I asked Gary this question and thought he put it perfectly.

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“No more than going to Harvard can make someone a successful attorney. “The course … the education … gives you the how-to, your first ideas, and the contacts to get started. “But then, the business evolutionary cycle takes over. “An idea leads to enthusiasm. Enthusiasm leads to education. Education leads to action. Action leads to profit or loss … which leads to … more ideas.” Ultimately, your success will come from dedication and effort. Of course, no business is without its pitfalls. In fact, Gary has identified 17 of them in publishing. It took him more than a decade of struggle to learn how to avoid them all, but he did it. And if self-publishing sounds like something you’d be interested in doing, you can take advantage of his 37 years of experience with Self Publishing: Your Complete Business Plan for Creating a Life Without Borders. Unlike programs that are put together by “experts” who have never actually done what their program promotes, this program is not theoretical. It describes step-by-step how Gary and Merri built a million-dollar, international, self-publishing business in just seven years. Another interesting thing is that Gary and Merri decided to do the whole business by themselves. Though they have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, they still work at home and do not employ a single person. You’ll be able to do the same ― if you wish to make money writing and self publishing ― because they’ve included everything they did … explained in vivid detail … Learn more about Self Publishing: Your Complete Business Plan for Creating a Life Without Borders.

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Opportunity #6: Become a Grant Writer

Hundreds of billions of dollars are up for grabs every year ... and you can build a rewarding career helping companies who need it to survive, get their share.
This is hands-down the most rewarding opportunity … And what’s interesting to me is that this isn’t the kind of opportunity you typically find out about, unless you know someone who’s already doing it. Before I met AWAI Member Toni Rockis, I personally had no idea this homebased business even existed. Yet she’s been doing it in her spare time for the past 30 years and earning a full-time income. One of my marketers said, “It’s almost like getting paid to be Santa Claus.” Only instead of delivering toys once a year ― you’re helping needy kids and families get the food and clothes they wouldn’t otherwise have ... You’re helping preserve the wildlife and the environment ... You’re helping the unemployed factory worker whose job has been shipped overseas learn new skills he can use here at home to support his family ... You’re helping schools and hospitals get the upgraded tools and equipment they need to do their important work even more effectively. You’re helping single mothers have day care so they can get off welfare and go out and work to make a better life for themselves and their children. Oh, and the money isn’t bad either. :) (It’s actually great, but we’ll get to that in a minute!)

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With this opportunity, I almost feel like I’ve uncovered a secret way to make money writing AND live a rewarding life at the same time. And that’s why grant writing is my sixth pick for the 7 top home-based business opportunities.

So, what is grant writing?
Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier then it sounds … As a grant writer, you help craft a grant proposal for an organization or group of people that need money. For instance, let’s say your local school board needs money for new computers. You’d write a proposal and send it in to the appropriate government organization or foundation that’s offering grants for schools that want to upgrade their technology. And, here’s the thing ... Doing this is as easy as filling in some paper work, making sure your “i’s are dotted” and your “t’s are crossed” ― then sitting back and waiting. The real “trick” if you will, is in knowing whom to send the proposal to. That is, matching up the right organizations that need money to the corresponding government agencies and foundations that are looking to grant money for that organization’s specific need. And, it’s not like copywriting where you have to come up with a new Big Idea, letter after letter. Your job is simply to craft a well-written proposal (there’s a method to it!) and send it off to the right people.

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Literally hundreds of billions are up for grabs every year ...
In fact, according to the U.S. Government and The Foundation Center, there are over $544 billion up for grabs each and every year from thousands of sources (to put that number into perspective, it’s about what the U.S. Government spends on Social Security in a year ― and about $40 billion more than what’s spent on Medicare and Medicaid!) Plus, there are more than 75,000 foundations that give away billions more every year ― large organizations you may have heard of, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (with over $35 billion earmarked for giving ― and upwards of $2 billion handed out each and every year). All the way down to lesser-known family foundations and smaller community funds set up to help places like local food banks and animal shelters with a few thousand dollars at a time. It’s money that’s available for such diverse things as cancer research to putting computers in schools ... from fighting childhood obesity ... to more obscure things like funding public skateboard parks in lowincome communities (It’s true ― and you have skateboarder Tony Hawk’s Foundation to thank!). In other words, if a worthwhile organization needs money for a mission ― there’s very likely an agency or foundation ready to give it. And all they’re looking for are structured proposals from serious and skilled grant writers who know how to follow the procedures necessary to get the money. Which leads me to another reason this opportunity is so hot …

There is a huge shortage of skilled grant writers!
It’s really unfortunate if you think about it … All that grant money up for grabs, and yet there aren’t enough skilled grant writers to help organizations go after it. 37

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But that’s what makes grant writing a perfect business to start right now if you want to make money writing. You have a large pool of potential clients who NEED your services in order to stay in business. And because of the nature of service you’re providing, there’s no reason in the world why any client would ever turn down the opportunity to work with you. Which makes getting clients a “non-issue” with this business opportunity. Huge Demand + Small Supply = Easy Money (for you AND your client!)

How do you get paid as a grant writer?
Grant writing is very much a choose-your-own-income opportunity. How much you make is really a matter of how much you need to make to have the lifestyle you want. That said, there are three ways to get paid as a grant writer: 1. Go freelance and work with as many organizations as you want, and take on new grant-writing projects whenever you want. For example, you partner with an organization that needs money for a specific project. You determine they need a state government grant of say $350,000. A fair market freelance fee for an experienced grant writer would be in the $10,000 range for a grant of that size. 2. Offer your services on an hourly basis. Typical hourly rates for a professional grant writer? As a complete “newbie” you can charge between $25 and $50 an hour, and between $75 and $100 an hour after you get a few winning grant proposals “under your belt.” 3. Go on retainer. This is where an organization pays you to be “on the lookout” for funding opportunities. And when you do find ones that fit, you also get paid for writing the proposals for them. Depending on the size of the grant you request, you can earn anywhere from $2,000 and $20,000.

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How easy is it to get started?
Actually, very easy. As a grant writer, the real secret is to be on top of what government organizations and foundations have money to give away in the form of grants — and create a good match between those and the groups and organizations who need that money. Combine this with the knowledge of how to write a winning grant proposal and you could be in business by next week. At that point, it’s just a matter of choosing the organizations who share causes you believe in. Whether it’s helping protect endangered species ... encourage science and innovation among young people ... construct a new playground at the grade school … it’s up to you. And if grant writing sounds like a good fit for you and your goals, there is no better resource out there than AWAI’s Grant Writing Success: Opening the Door to Financial Opportunity. It’s written by the person I mentioned earlier, Toni Rockis. What’s truly extraordinary about Toni is that in all her 30 years of writing literally hundreds of grant proposals, she has only been turned down six times. In an industry where there are certain to be disappointments, and where a successful grant writer can proudly boast about a 70% success rate, Toni’s record is extraordinary ... a better than 93% history of success. It’s no wonder she’s helped her clients win over $65 million in funding! Grant Writing Success is designed to take you from where you are now ― someone who may have never known about grant writing as a potential career before today ― to having everything you need to open up your own

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business ― and be ready to submit a successful grant proposal on behalf of any organization you choose. Toni is also including winning proposal samples and templates you can use freely as your own ― proposals that have won millions upon millions in grants from government agencies and foundations year after year! No doubt, grant writing is the most rewarding path to a six-figure income. As a grant writer, you’ll have the skill and knowledge to submit a wonderfully-crafted grant proposal that brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars ― money that can help a child get a better education, put an unemployed man back to work, help a single mother and her child have a better life. Talk about a rewarding career! Learn more about how you can help organizations and worthy causes while you make money writing grants.

“I’m dying to plunge into your new grant writing program,” writes Cathy Swormstedt, “I’ve written one successful grant (brought in $500,000 for a local museum), but that was a few years ago. This program sounds terrific.”

AWAI member Suzanne Mulligan knows about the power of grant writing first hand. “The opportunity for grant writers is enormous. The money is out there. You just need the right tools to connect your favorite charity to the grants,” Suzanne says. And that’s exactly what Grant Writing Success will help you do.

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Opportunity #7: Become a Publicist

Start living an exciting life packed with fun, fame, and fortune.
I’m always amazed at how few writers know about this opportunity ― or how many people have misconceptions about it. Yet, it’s probably one of the easiest ways to make money writing on the side with minimal effort. You simply follow a few guidelines and voila! You’re done with the assignment. And the best part? Two to four hours translates into an extra $1,000 - $2,000 every month. Not bad, right? I’m talking about public relations (PR). Every business can use a little PR. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop goodwill in the public eye, along with third-party credibility you simply can’t buy. And thanks to the Web, demand has increased exponentially thanks to the valuable web traffic PR can provide. Plus, you don’t have to do this full-time if you don’t want (although it can pay very well if you do!). You can do it on the side, or just use it to fill any time that pops up between other writing projects.

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The choice is yours. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to PR. So today, I’d like to clear the air ... and show you what a real and amazing opportunity this is ... and not just for copywriters, but for anyone wanting to create some extra cash every month writing, or who wants to step into a whole new career. For starters, let’s address the biggest concern I hear ...

I’m a little shy and definitely not the kind of person who likes to schmooze and mingle all the time ... is doing PR still for me?
Absolutely! Being a publicist isn’t just about going to events, parties, talking with the media, etc. Sure, some celebrities, musicians, artists, and big companies need outgoing people to handle their publicity activities. But, there are many clients who need simple PR work done behind the scenes … Things like writing, emailing, and submitting content to various websites online. That said, if you are the extroverted type and like being in the limelight ― attending parties, events, and networking with the people there, that’s great. That option is available to you. Luckily for the rest of us, you can make a comfortable full-time living focusing only on behind-the-scenes PR work and still not have to do any of that.

What does a publicist do exactly?
When people think about PR, most think it involves a big firm of executives sitting around spinning the truth, trying to get publicity for their clients. Some even think it involves lavish parties, schmoozing, or blowing up balloons at conferences.

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Nothing could be further from the truth. Doing PR for a client as their publicist is all about creating a good relationship between them and the public. You’ll be creating goodwill. And, the more positive awareness you create, the happier your client will be, and the more money you’ll make.

What kinds of projects are involved with PR?
There are three main projects you’ll be working on when just starting out, or if you’re doing this as a side business. The first is a press release. A press release is a short document (usually just a single page) sent out to members of the media that announces news about an organization. This news can include a charity foundation, an online seminar, a new product, a new hire, a recent company award, a company merger, and so on. Press releases are popular because they are a great way to build brand awareness in the public’s mind. The second main project is distributing a press release. Simply put, this is the act of taking the press release you’ve just written and submitting it to targeted media venues and pertinent Internet sites. It’s a simple job that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete. The third main project you’ll work on is assembling a media kit. A media kit is usually 7 – 10 pages and contains information about a company’s background, the products and services it offers, company news, recent accomplishments, etc.

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The purpose of the media kit is that it contains all the important information a reporter or media outlet may need when researching a story. These are the three main activities you’ll be doing as a publicist. There are more, including drafting PR plans, writing event press releases, and pitching media-members. But, like I mentioned earlier, the beauty of being in PR is that you can choose what projects you’ll work on. You can tailor your work to fit your personality.

Is there really a demand for this?
Short answer: Yes! In fact, the demand is quite large. That’s because most small-business owners can’t afford to hire a PR agency, but they know they still need to get the word out to build buzz for their business ... making them more apt to hire a freelancer. Even big companies are cancelling their PR contracts with large agencies and hiring freelancers instead. Bruce Freeman of ProLine Communications agrees, “A lot of clients are looking for smaller firms, boutique agencies, and single practitioners, because they don’t want to pay the overhead of the big firms.” And demand is only going to increase. Projections in the V.S.S. Communication’s 2008-2012 Forecast predict the public relations industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 10% through 2012. Translation: The opportunity for you to do part-time PR work for clients has never been better.

How much money can I make as a publicist?
This is where it gets good. Real good.

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And, it’s because the pay is so good that I’m surprised more copywriters aren’t taking advantage of this easy opportunity. Let’s start with the most common main project, a press release. Normally it takes less than an hour to write one. The pay? $250 – $500. From there, the press release needs to be distributed to the right outlets. That’s something you can charge another $250 for. Your time spent? 30 minutes – 2 hours. A media kit can fetch you anywhere from $1,000 – $5,000 depending on your experience and perceived expertise. The best part of writing a media kit is that it’s practically a copy-and-paste job, since your client is providing you with all the information you’ll need. It’s your job to make it look professional, easy-to-understand, and accessible. Bottom line ― you could easily earn an extra $500 – $2,000 a month working just a few hours by adding PR to your tool belt. And, you can earn a solid six-figure income if you decide to do this full-time.

Are there any start-up costs?
Not really. Steve Caulk, founder of ProConnect PR puts it best, “PR is a good business to start, because there’s no overhead. You can use your laptop and your Internet hook-up at home, and you’re ready to start doing business.” And chances are, if you’re reading this, you already have those two things! Getting started with PR couldn’t be simpler.

But, how hard is it to find clients?
I figured that question was coming! Fortunately, it’s really not hard at all.

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For two reasons. 1. It’s a service that’s in big demand. That means most clients are actively thinking about hiring someone to do their PR. 2. Because it’s in huge demand, ANY business qualifies as a client ― from your local dry cleaners to multi-million dollar companies around the globe. What’s more, 20-year PR veteran Melanie Rembrandt has put together a strategic step-by-step guide to getting clients that covers who to contact ... what to say ... and how to close the deal. It’s all in the program she authored with AWAI, called Secrets of Becoming a Publicist. And if you’re at all interested in pursuing this opportunity to make some extra cash every month, it’s THE resource for learning these lucrative PR skills. In it, Melanie gives you everything you need ― from detailed examples followed by exercises that allow you to master each part of a press release, media kit, and PR plan ... to the formulas, templates, and contracts you’ll need to succeed. Nothing is left to guesswork. Plus, you’ll also get an easy-to-follow 90-day Success Plan created by Melanie herself. Although I must admit, she can actually have you making money in your first week as a publicist! Remember, you don’t need to have any direct experience at all (or a big, fancy college degree in public relations). All you need is to follow a few simple guidelines and, in less than a week, you can start making money as a publicist.

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If you’re a freelance copywriter, knowing how to do some PR is a great way to increase your chances of getting new business from every potential client you talk to. And if you’re looking to escape the 9-to-5 grind, or simply pad your bank account with a little extra cash every month, it’s a great way to do that, too. As part of this special opportunity, you’ll also receive access to a live teleseminar Melanie did titled “Getting Started in PR.” This is where she answered every question AWAI members had about becoming a publicist. With Melanie’s step-by-step help, you’ll be able to make money your first week. Learn more about how you can make money writing press releases.

“What does the writer’s life mean to me? Freedom,” says soon-to-be-sixfigure-copywriter Mindy Tyson McHorse. “I LOVE that nothing in my life is pre-determined by someone else or by a given set of work rules. Also, being in command of my income, my free time, and the type of work I do is extremely empowering. I’m more confident in myself and my abilities than I ever have been in my life. To make money writing, you can make lists and plan and prepare till you’re blue in the face, but that won’t get you any writing work. You’ve just got to go for it. Just remember AWAI can give you all the directions you need to get to where you want to be.”

“From the moment I began AWAI’s program, I knew I was learning things that would change my life and I was right. All my life I struggled to find a way that I could make a lot of money and be happy doing it. AWAI’s program did that and more.” Paul Lawrence, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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It’s Time for You to Make Money Writing.

The 7 Top Home-Based Business Opportunities that Will Allow You to Work from Anywhere in the World, and Make a Good Living, Writing. And, just in case you haven’t made up your mind which opportunity suits you best, here’s a quick recap for you:

Opportunity #1: Copywriting


Accelerated Program for Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting Six-Figure Copywriting

If you can write a simple letter to a friend, you can make a living working for yourself as a copywriter. With the proven copywriting secrets you learn in AWAI’s Accelerated Program for Six-Figure Copywriting, you can join the ranks of copywriters earning $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, $200,000 or more a year.

Discover a fun, satisfying career writing promotional letters for the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry. These are the same letters you see in your mailbox and get via email every day. These letters earn millions of dollars for the companies that send them — and those companies pay handsomely for a skilled copywriter to write them … why not you?

Opportunity #2: Create Your Own Money-Making Websites
In How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites, Nick Usborne gives you his proven, step-by-step process for creating websites around your current passions, so they generate a passive income for you ― money that comes in whether you’re working or on the beach relaxing. It’s easy to learn and only takes a few hours a week to make an extra $750, $2,500, $5,000, or more a month. No techie skills required! Click here to view an inspirational catalog of Money-Making Websites real-life success stories and learn how you, too, can turn your passion into money. 48

Make Money Writing: 7 Top Home-Based Business Opportunities

Opportunity #3: Start a Resume Writing Business
Writing resumes is fun, quick, and easy. And, The Pro Resume Writer Program is hands down the best program on the market for showing you step-by-step how to launch and run a successful spare-time or full-time resume writing business. And with 60 million people who need a persuasive, effective, professional resume, there’s never been a better time to start.

Opportunity #4: Become an Autoresponder Copywriter
Autoresponder Apprentice
How to Become a Successful Copywriter Without Writing Sales Letters

In Autoresponder Apprentice: How to Become a Successful Copywriter Without Writing Sales Letters, the “King of Autoresponders,” Jay White, shares his step-by-step system for crafting autoresponder emails and also includes hands-on exercises, access to him for questions, and six live paying spec assignments so you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

Even as a beginner, you can make $700 on a project that takes only half a day to write. And in a short amount of time, with just a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to charge $3,500 for that very same project.

Opportunity #5: Start a Self-Publishing Business
With Self Publishing: Your Complete Business Plan for Creating a Life Without Borders, you’ll find fulfillment, fun, and freedom as a six-figure information publisher. You’ll get AWAI’s own proprietary plan for getting your publishing business going right away, whether it’s full- or part-time. Plus, you’ll learn all the steps … from creating the perfect product to effectively marketing it online.

Make Money Writing: 7 Top Home-Based Business Opportunities


Opportunity #6: Become a Grant Writer
Grant Writing Success: Opening the Door to Financial Opportunity is designed to take you from where you are now ― someone who may have never known about grant writing as a potential career before now ― to having everything you need to open up your own full- or part-time business ― to ready to submit a successful grant proposal on behalf of any organization you choose. And, with over $544 billion available in grants, a vast quantity of organizations who need that money to survive, and a low supply of skilled grant writers who can help them get it … it’s a niche with an endless number of clients for you to help, and the most rewarding path to a six-figure income.

Opportunity #7: Become a Publicist
In Secrets of Becoming a Publicist, you’ll join AWAI success story and PR expert, Melanie Rembrandt, as she reveals the secrets behind succeeding in this in-demand career. This program is packed with templates you can use to build your business, and suggestions for getting clients right away. You’ll even learn how to make money your very first week!

So, there you have it. SEVEN ways to make money writing … SEVENS new opportunities for you … All designed to get you up and running fast. Now is the time for you to make money writing from anywhere in the world … launch an exciting home-based business that will be loads of fun for you ... AND put money in your pocket, month after month, for the rest of your life. So which path will you take? 50

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Rebecca Matter: Connecting People With Profitable Work-at-Home Careers

“I consider myself lucky … I’m inspired every day by the AWAI members who are reinventing their lives, and achieving their dreams of financial security, independence, and the freedom to live and work where they choose. It’s exhilarating to know that even in today’s economic climate, we provide a solution for people who want to escape the 9to5 cubicle lifestyle, and become in-demand professionals, running their own business – and their own life – on their own terms. My vision for AWAI was recently brought to life with the addition of AWAI’s web division, providing the programs and tools needed to train our members how to write for the ever-changing web, identify new revenue streams for their businesses, find and work with new clients, and make money online.“ REBECCA MATTER is a Co-Managing Partner and Director of Online Marketing for American Writers & Artists Inc (AWAI), the world’s leading trainer of direct-response copywriters and graphic designers. A marketer with over a decade of experience in publishing and direct-marketing, Rebecca has spearheaded successful million-dollar campaigns for countless products, both online and off, and has spoken and written on topics ranging from getting and working with clients to successful web marketing strategies. Rebecca recognizes the tremendous opportunities available to people who know how to write and market effectively on the Web. She’s dedicated herself to keeping AWAI members ahead of the curve … and in demand … by creating cutting-edge programs on the most marketable web skills today. Her latest venture, Wealthy Web Writer, gives readers the tools, tips, and techniques they need to write effective web copy, identify new revenue streams, find and work with new clients, and make money online. To connect and learn more: Follow me on Twitter:
Make Money Writing: 7 Top Home-Based Business Opportunities