Don’t you just wish it was all a bit…easier?
I bet when you envisaged life as a freelancer you pictured yourself merrily tapping away on your laptop and fielding calls from enthusiastic clients-to-be while you said things like,
“Hmmm. I might be able to fit that [insert amazing project] in sometime next February…”
But it’s not always like that. In fact, sometimes it can feel pretty hard. You kinda know that it might be because your content is a little….lacklustre, but it’s hard to fix it.
You feel stuck.
It might be that your About Me page is a bit too about you and not enough about your potential customers. Or that your pitches to prospective clients are met with deafening silence….[insert Jaws music]. Everyone has their thing. Often, we forget who we’re writing for (clue: not ourselves). Sometimes, we inadvertently break some rules (like accidentally yelling at your customers WHEN YOU TYPE IN CAPS). And other times, we don’t break enough of the rules. (Like starting sentences with “and” or “because”….or using too many brackets.)
I work with lots of companies (small and large) on their content and copy – writing it, editing it and polishing it until it speaks to their customers as it should. But sometimes it’s a pretty big leap to hand over your writing work to somebody else. You’d rather do it yourself; it feels more authentic and controllable and dammit, you enjoy it, so why shouldn’t you write it? After all, nobody knows your ideal customer or client better than you. And that’s who you’re writing for, isn’t it?
I know. You’re wracking your brains trying to think if your last client pitch did anything other than list your qualifications and
bore enlighten your hoped-for client on the subject of your dissertation. (I’m looking at you, academics.) Maybe you didn’t do that, maybe you just forgot to tell them how your service solves their problems. Do you pepper your emails with make-you-small words like “just” and “only” and “if it’s not too much trouble….“? It’s hard not to include those words and phrases when you email clients. You want the work, but you don’t want to sound aggressive, so by adding these words we mistakenly think we’re making ourselves seem harmless and non-threatening.
But do you want them to hire you or give you a hug?
Whatever the reason you’re not getting the response you want, I can help. My course walks you through the basics of attracting the types of clients you actually want to work with.
Jo, I write for my job – I don’t need a course
I get it. Translators already do a lot of writing, and whether you’ve got CAT tool qualifications coming out of your eyeballs or you’re old skool through and through, you’ll know that getting writing right is of utmost importance. Often, as translators, we forget to sell ourselves through our own writing. In fact, we associate content and copywriting with “icky” sales-speak. At best, it’s something we translate for other people – it’s not for us.
Whether you’re marketing yourself to agencies or direct clients, selling yourself is something that has to be done, if you want to win business and work. From drafting CVs and cover letters (yes, they’re forms of content too), right through to writing web copy on your site and producing newsletters, brochures and sale pages. You might shrug at these ideas, but one thing is clear – the most successful translators market and sell themselves just as much as “regular” business owners.
Hmmm. Okay, tell me more
Copy & Content – Translated is a detailed guide to getting your writing right, whether you’re a native speaker or not.
Being a geek myself, I focus some time on understanding the theory behind content and copy (only a bit, I promise), so you get to grips with writing for someone else, i.e. that special someone who needs your services. Then we get right down to the practical nitty gritty – feedback from agencies and direct clients on why they hire one translator over another, insights from specific industries on writing “killer” content, including email marketing experts and content specialists. We also look at how to write an amazing “About You” page….second clue: it shouldn’t be about you. There’ll be Q&As, “Do’s & Don’ts”, rules you can’t break and rules you definitely should, as well as weekly exercises.
I am IN! What do I get? Are there snacks?
If you want to, the course can last for 4 weeks, with weekly webinars, transcripts, written exercises and information in downloadable PDF format. BUT, and this is a big BUT, you don’t have to complete the course in that time, because, you know, life happens. On the other hand, if you’d rather just get it all done in a week, that’s cool too. It’s 100% self-paced. So who should sign up?
This course is ideal if you’re a freelance translator who would like to….
- Get more agencies or direct clients on your books
- Polish your resumé
- Actually like your Linkedin profile
- Craft a cover letter that gets replies
- Establish an online presence with great content (or improve what you do already)
- Get a better understanding of the theory behind content and copy
- Learn to write for your customer (not yourself, your uni professor or your translator buddies)
- Get some templates for your marketing materials in your source and target languages
- Write content and copy that converts into customers
Okay, but what’s so special about you, Jo?
I’ve been a freelance translator, content writer and copywriter for 14 years. I love helping people with their writing, whether it’s crafting copy, translating into another tongue, or guiding business owners on improving what they already do. Basically, I am all about the words. You can see some of the things I’ve written, for the likes of the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Evan Carmichael and The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, by clicking on the links on their names. Some of my recent students have been kind enough to say why they think I’m qualified to help you:
“I really enjoyed all aspects of the course and it was great value for money. Jo’s handcrafted content was dynamic and fun yet also relevant, educational and packed full of great advice and tips for improving copy, content and business in general. Jo’s resources and material showed a great understanding of the issues in copy and content and how to overcome them.
The course has led to a huge improvement in my writing skills and confidence. An excellent course for both experienced and budding translators and copywriters. I can’t recommend this course and Jo’s skills highly enough! “
Christina Allen, Translator, Bella Translations
“What I liked: the concept of a whole course with specific modules, the interactions, the templates. I found the resources for client profiles, CVs and cover letters that convert, calls to action and how to incorporate them and Analytics and measurement most useful; I now have processes that I have integrated into my workflow.
And on a personal note, I really liked the course notes!”
Caroline Sanders, Translator, Sanders Translations
“I am just finishing Jo’s Copy & Content – Translated course. She is very knowledgeable about translation and content writing and is more than willing to share this knowledge. I highly recommend taking one of Jo’s courses.”
Louise Souter, Translator, Louise Souter Translations
“Thank you for a great course! It’s been quite a journey! I have completely rewritten and reformatted my CV (it’s now one page only!) and have drafted a couple of different cover letters. I think they are much better than my original ones and I couldn’t have managed this without your priceless advice and step-by-step guidelines.
I have really enjoyed the course, it is very well-structured, nicely paced and I loved the clean and stylish design for all the downloadable materials. It’s brilliant to have the transcripts as well, as I can highlight things for my own reference (I am a bit nerdy like that). My favourite of all is the editing checklist in Week 4. This is a huge help, particularly for non-native English speakers who have to write their content in their source language. I am going to print that checklist and glue it to the wall above my desk! “
Clara Llamas-Gómez, Translator & Editor, www.clarallamas.ie
So how does the course work?
The course is entirely self-paced, 100% self study. It includes the course material in downloadable PDF format, weekly webinars, transcripts of the webinars, exercises and several templates that you can use and customise to your own needs. The aim of the course is to empower you to make your writing work for you, so the emphasis is definitely on practical application.
The course consists of 4 weeks of work. Each week there are 4 modules. Here’s the course schedule, so you can see what you’re getting:
Any questions from the class?
What’s the course called again?
The course is called Copy & Content – Translated.
Do I have to follow the course in 4 weeks?
Nope. You will receive the material all in one go. It’s up to you how quickly you go through it. It is entirely self paced and self study.
How much does it cost?
When does it start?
Anytime you want. It’s evergreen.
How do I access the materials?
There’s a Members’ Area which holds all the materials centrally, so you don’t have to hunt through your inbox each week for materials. It’s password protected and you’ll receive your password as soon as you sign up.
What about a money back guarantee if I’m not happy?
I am happy to provide a full refund if you’re not happy with the course. However, all I ask is that you complete the exercises and send them to me (obviously this is if you’ve started the course already!) I’m confident that completing all of the exercises will bring a real change to you, so I always ask that you participate to get the most out of it. If you’re still not happy, your refund will be processed within 7 working days.
This sounds amazing! Where do I sign up?
You can sign up right here! Just click on any of the not-tacky-at-all Paypal links throughout this page. After you register on Copy & Content – Translated you’ll get a welcome email from me with your log in details. Easy!
Um, can I have a freebie and think about it?
One of the key elements from Week 1 of the course is analysing your current client base. We’ve all heard about the importance of “social proof”, i.e. recommendations and testimonials from happy clients. But it can be a little cringe-inducing to ask for these types of references. With that in mind, I’ve created a testimonial request template (it’s actually 3 templates in 1) which takes the pain out of approaching your clients. It’s one of the resources from the course, so it’ll give you a sneak peek.
Click here to get your freebie: Testimonial Request Formula.
How To Get In Touch
If you have any questions on the course, I’d be delighted to help. You can email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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