After responding to [this post](https://www.reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur/comments/lralpt/whats_a_side_hustle_i_can_do_as_a_teen_17_to_make/) a few days ago, I got a lot of DMs from people wanting to learn how to get started making money online. I did just that when I was 16, and supported myself through writing on both a freelance and contractual basis for over 4 years.
Because of so many people wanting me to share my tried and tested process for making money as a copywriter online, I have decided to [start a bootcamp run on Slack](https://join.slack.com/t/cainescopywri-8987795/shared_invite/zt-mxv85wxe-klcD6zGrbXJTHuNiu2WkQA) where I actively help people achieve the steps that in my initial responses to some of the DMs (much better than simply receiving a barrage of messages if you ask me).
Anyway, back to the point. For those who are not ready to commit to a full bootcamp, I though I would share a little bit about the very first steps you can take, and elaborate on them a little.
So, how do you get started with writing online? Obviously, the exact answer to that question will depend on your personal situation. Are you a native English speaker or second language? Have you written previously, for work or pleasure and how regularly do you read?
Here, I will not give tips on how to improve the quality of your writing. That’s a topic for another day. Also, it’s not strictly important when you get started. Sounds strange to say but the fact of the matter is that there is a lot of really poor content online that people have been paid to write. The takeaway here is that you don’t need to be H.P Lovecraft to get started with writing. It’s the starting that’s important. You can hone your skills down the road.
It is extremely important that you build a body of work to show off. This will be the start of your portfolio. It is useful to pick niches now if possible, preferably ones that are both in-demand and that you have some knowledge of. My rule of thumb is write at least 5 articles of 500 words or more. This is a start, but really if you want to be serious then bump that number up to as much as 30. You will receive much better responses if you have a larger body of work, even if none of it is work that you have been paid for yet.
That’s about as far as I will go for now, just a small nugget, but an actionable step in the right direction, and a damn important one at that. If you would like to learn about this step and the steps to follow in more detail, join my bootcamp on slack. It’s free.
Otherwise, let me know what you think. Have you started a portfolio? Which topics do you like to write about the most?
Edit: Due to the large number of participants who joined the bootcamp in the first two days, I have disabled the link to join the bootcamp running on the 13th of March, 2021.
However, if you would like to join one of the future bootcamps, please dm me with your email address and I will add you to the mailing list.