Writing Coaching

Writing Coach: 3 Ways You Benefit

I’m well aware that writing comes naturally to me, while for many others, it’s more of a struggle. That’s why I became a writing coach, in all fairness. I wanted to make writing more comfortable for people who find it more of a challenge than I do. It wasn’t until my friends started university that I realized how much I took my writing abilities for granted. In this post, I want to share with you three ways in which you can benefit from a writing coach like me!

1. A Writing Coach Gives You Confidence

When you find writing – whether for academic or business purposes – challenging, it’s hard to have confidence in what you’re writing. My clients report that they often worry about whether what they’re writing is good enough. It’s a common problem – and it affects copywriters, too, though perhaps not as much – but just because it’s common, it doesn’t mean you have to continue to feel that way.

Confidence in your writing ability grows the more you understand what the ingredients of high-quality writing are. You’re less likely to spend your time feeling inadequate if you can review your copy and see evidence of those ingredients in the content or essays that you’ve written. Working with a writing coach can help you to understand what’s right and what’s not, and give you clarity when you’re evaluating your work.

2. Writing Coaching Develops Varied Skills

Different types of writing need different types of skills. People who have gone through the education system, for example, often find that the rules that they learned at school aren’t all that useful. This is especially true when it comes to writing articles and blog posts and web content that’s aimed at increasing conversions. That’s because writing for the web or writing marketing content requires you to break the rules that you’ve learned at school.

A lot of my clients struggle with this, in particular. It’s hard to break the habits that you’ve learned at school and university. The transition from formal writing to less formal writing can be a struggle. The difficulty is that if you don’t manage to transition to the less formal style of writing, you’re going to alienate your readers. Working with a writing coach helps you to manage the transition more efficiently, and gives you the confidence to write in a more conversational voice. This, in turn, helps you to maximize the effectiveness of your content.

3. Writing Coaching Helps You Succeed

Success in your business, charity or academic work isn’t just down to being able to write well. Writing confidently, however, plays a quite significant part. Regarding digital marketing, applying for grants, and so on, writing has a significant impact on your success. So, it makes sense that working with a writing coach helps you in your journey towards success. Effective copywriting and academic writing are easily taught, even if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a writer.

Techniques that you learn when you’re being coached by a copywriter develop further the more that you practice them. Therefore, the more time you invest in working with your writing coach, the better your level of success. Sure, there’s a cost to coaching. However, my clients see the benefits of working with me regarding ROI and increased grades. Both of these things can measure your success, letting you see how writing coaching really benefits you.

Final Thoughts

If you lack confidence in your writing ability but would like to see how that can change, contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation. I’m more than happy to discuss your coaching options. I can also go into more detail about how you can benefit from writing coaching today.

Mental Health and Self-Employment

Mental Health and Self-Employment

Google mental health and self-employment, and you’ll see a discouraging list of reasons why starting your own business isn’t good for people with mental health challenges. That’s not necessarily the whole story, however. That’s why I want to look at why I think starting your own online business can be beneficial for your mental health.

Sites often quote statistics that show people in business suffer more with mental health problems. However, is that true? One in four people experiences mental illness. That’s 25% of people. 25% of people in employment, and 25% of people in self-employment. Viewing it that way, it’s not so clear-cut.

People who have started their own business after experiencing a mental health crisis would argue differently. For people with mental health difficulties, keeping a job is often more challenging than being self-employed. I know many people who battle with bipolar, for example, lose their jobs because of their illness. Running your own online business when you have bipolar, therefore, makes sense, at least in my book!

Mental Health and Self-Employment: Benefits

Keeping your job when you have mental health difficulties can be a considerable challenge. While attitudes are slowly changing, many people receive their P45s because of their illnesses. If your self-esteem is already low, getting the news that you’re no longer an asset to your employer is devastating. Therefore, a lot of people find that setting up their own online business is a boost for their mental health. There are several benefits to this.

  1. You Don’t Have to Make Excuses to Your Boss

When you are the boss, one major benefit is not having to discuss your mental health with people who don’t get it. What’s more, there’s no feeling like you have to keep your illness a secret.

There’s still a lot (too much!) of stigma around mental health, despite efforts to change this. People with mental illnesses are more often victims of misunderstanding in comparison to people with physical ailments. It shouldn’t be that way, but unfortunately, mental illness is feared as well as being looked down on.

Self-employment takes away the unbearable pressure of employers and colleagues who don’t understand what life with a mental health condition entails. It also gets rid of those awful feelings of shame and inadequacy.

  1. Control Over Your Hours and Workload

I’m not suggesting that self-employment with a mental health difficulty is not without challenges. You still have to earn a living, but you have much more flexibility and control. You call the shots. Understanding your limitations makes it easier to take control of your workload, reducing the chances of it becoming overwhelming.

The rigidity of the workplace can be difficult for people with mental health problems. Therefore, being in control of working hours is a huge benefit. You know your capabilities and restrictions, and you can build your business around them. While traditional employment often seems to set people with mental illness up for failure, self-employment does the opposite.

  1. You Feel Like A Valuable Part of Society Again

This is possibly the most significant benefit for people with mental illness who have experienced unemployment. It’s easy to feel as if mental health challenges have stolen your career. You might also think that they’ve left you without anything to contribute to the world. Starting a business gives you the opportunity to change that. You can build a business doing something that you’re passionate about and feel valued as a result.

There are plenty of people out there who are self-employed because of their mental health issues, and their work brings joy to others. If you’re debating about whether self-employment with mental illness is right for you,  my advice is to give it a try! What’s the worst that can happen?

Final Thoughts

For people with mental illnesses, becoming self-employed is often the route to better mental health. For me, it indeed was. My mental health has significantly improved since I launched copywriting and coaching business, and I can honestly say I wish I’d done it sooner!

Essay mills vs Academic Coaching

Essay Mills vs Academic Coaching?

The Dangers of Essay Mills vs Academic Coaching Benefits

Google “essay help,” and you’ll find dozens of links to so-called “academic writing services.” What they are, though, are companies who will charge you extortionate fees and write your essays, assignments, and dissertations for you. If that seems too good to be true, that’s because it is! Essay mills are not what they claim to be, and you should avoid them. Our blog explores why academic coaching is a much better option.

While these sites are quick to assure students that their business is entirely legal, an article in The Telegraph (2017) has a different view entirely. They call essay-writing services “contract cheating.” The sites get away with offering to write essays on the basis that students should not submit the essays they buy as their own work – but if you’ve spent £175 on an essay, are you going to spend time putting it in your own words?

So Are the Essay Mills Legal?

Technically, because of their disclaimers, then yes, they are. Certainly, if you read their websites, they claim to be legal, What’s more, they don’t accept responsibility for the consequences if students submit work as if it’s their own. However, contract cheating is still cheating, when push comes to shove. While it can be tempting to get someone else to do the hard work so that you can graduate with first class honors, the problem is that you won’t have the skills that match your degree certificate. In life beyond university, you’ll quickly regret not learning the skills you need for success.

Recently, there’s been talk of making legislation that will make essay mills illegal, but it will take time to get those kinds of laws passed. Until then, there seem to be more and more of these writing sites popping up.

My Experience With an Essay Writing Service

I applied to one of these essay writing sites as a writer – not because I have any intention of writing for them, but because I wanted an inside view. What I’ve discovered has shocked me, if I’m honest. I kind of expected that undergraduates would be paying for essays, but in many of the briefs that I’m offered (but never bid for), the students are post-graduates. Yes, post-graduates are using essay mills to earn their qualifications!

Recently I opened an email with a brief from a Ph.D. student. They were wanting a chapter of their dissertation writing – and were enquiring about the writing of further chapters. Shocked doesn’t come close to describing my reaction. I mean, if you get to the doctoral stage, surely you should be writing your own work! (Obviously, you should write your own essays at all stages, but undergraduates have more of a reason for cheating, Ph.D. students most certainly don’t!).

Something needs to be done to stop this happening – and quickly! How many PhD-holders out there have doctoral degrees that they haven’t earned?

How is Academic Coaching Different?

It’s quite normal to find university workloads overwhelming. That’s a big reason why students turn to essay writing services to help them cope. But there are other options. Academic success coaching will support you to build the skills and resources you need to write your essays. Additionally, you’ll be able to handle your workload and confidently graduate with all the skills you need.

Academic success coaching is like private tuition, but rather than focusing on a specific subject; I teach you tricks and techniques that will make essay writing seem less like a nightmare. You’ll learn time management and critical reading and writing skills. I’ll also show you how to structure your essay for the best grades, and much more. Plus, I can give you help with proofreading and editing, your dissertation, and help you cope with stress at uni.

If you want to discuss how academic coaching can benefit you, get in touch!

 

Why content matters

Why Content Matters

When it comes to your website or print materials that you use with your business, content matters. There’s no getting away from the fact that potential customers will be put off by poorly written content, whilst poorly optimised content means you’re not going to rank for your keywords. Bill Gates said in 1996 that content was going to be the biggest income generator online, and he was right. But it takes quality content to generate sales and income.

Content Matters

I often come across websites featuring content that has obviously gone through an article spinner – recently on the site of a web design agency, no less! – and it makes me want to weep. That’s not me being dramatic – it’s how strongly I feel about terrible content. Now, I don’t blame the owners of the websites entirely. There are a lot of people out there, on sites like Fivver, for example, who offer content at ridiculously low prices. It’s tempting to go for those kinds of offers, but that old adage, you get what you pay for, is too true!

Not only does article spinning hurt your website content, but it hurts copywriters like me, too. Copywriters who charge value-based prices that, in comparison to the guy from India on Fivver, seem extortionate. The prices I charge are, actually, quite low compared to many other copywriters out there, because I believe that budget shouldn’t stop you from having quality content. Note that I said quality content. Sure, you can go for the guy on Fivver, because it’s cheap, but when you’re serious about your business, you need to get serious about your content, too.

How Does Article Spinning Harm Your Site?

Article spinning is common practice, and there are lots of tools that will do it for you online. However, the trouble with article spinners is that they spit out articles and blog posts that actually don’t make much sense when you take the time to read them. That’s because they’re computer programs that don’t understand the complexities of the English language. Here’s an example of what the first couple of paragraphs of this post look like when you run them through an article spinner.

Article Spinning Example

It doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? Yet people pay for this kind of rubbish, and post it on their sites because they haven’t got time to write their own content.

Please, I’m begging you, don’t use article spinners and dodgy guys on Fivver offering you a blog post for $5. It hurts your site. Google can spot spun content a mile away, and you’ll find your ranking dropping as a result. Your potential customers will think you’re an idiot or a scam artist, and won’t be back, either.

What’s the Alternative?

Well, obviously, the best alternative is to hire a copywriter. It doesn’t have to break the bank, and many of my clients have found that the increase in sales and revenue as a result of having high quality content on their website has more than paid for the price of hiring a copywriter. My prices are very reasonable, and if you’re looking for regular content, then you can get an even better deal since I offer packages that are discounted. If you want to discuss your options with me, or to find out more about why content matters, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.