A few years ago I taught my brother how to be an online freelancer.
He did well. In less than a year he went from having never heard of freelancing to being a freelance copywriter who charges $130 an hour.
“OK,” you might say, “Anyone can say they charge some high amount.”
Great point. I hate people who say they charge $100 an hour, but when you look at their Upwork profile they never actually get paid that much.
Josh actually gets it. You can check his Upwork profile if you want to. Or here’s a screenshot of a few of his current jobs below:
In this podcast episode, Josh and I dive deep into the strategies and tactics that have made him so successful. You’ll learn:
- Why Josh doesn’t worry about being my “competition”
- How dating helped prepare him for freelancing
- Some of the mistakes he made when he first started freelancing
- Why he chose to become a copywriter even though he barely knew what that meant
- Why he shuns “traditional” marketing methods in favor of finding clients on Upwork
- The biggest mistake most writers make when trying to find clients
- Why freelancing is safer than most people think (and safer than a traditional job)
- How he found an Upwork client that led him to write for a household name company
- How he’s quadrupled his rate since he first started freelancing
- Why it’s totally OK to fail as a freelancer — and what you should do when it happens
- Why new clients don’t question Josh’s high hourly rate or try to negotiate with him
- How to learn more about freelancing in 2 months than in 4 years of college
Listen to the episode here:
Episode 002: “How to make $130/hr on Upwork” with Josh Margulies
Some great articles by James Altucher about why college is a scam:
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By Step Guide To Writing Copy That Sells by Bob Bly (This book wasnt mentioned in the show, but it’s one of my favorite books about Copywriting. You can also learn more from Bob Bly at bly.com)
A few other blogs and influencers Josh follows to improve his copywriting/marketing:
- Joanna Wiebe (Copy Hackers)
- Oli Gardner (Unbounce)
- Neil Patel (Quick Sprout and NeilPatel.com)
- Sujan Patel (SujanPatel.com)
- The Instapage Blog (Instapage.com)
You can also check out Josh’s blog, Get Rich Freelancing.
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