Don’t waste money on insignificant diversions and save money for the future. Also, spend more time learning a wide range of marketable skills.

 

Jonathan is a writer, serial entrepreneur and tech enthusiast from Panama City, Panama. His latest project, DotComWriters, is a side copywriting & SEO business, offer services in both English and Spanish. He is also occupied as the editor of one of the largest Spanish cryptocurrency websites, BitcoinMXN.com.

Prior to online freelancing and entrepreneurship, Jonathan had been a TEFL English teacher in rural Panama. Although he had never considered writing, his teaching and travel experience gave him a sudden urge to start blogging.

Most of Jonathan’s personal blogs consisted of political banter, tech news and travel articles. It wasn’t until he received an unsolicited offer to ghostwrite for a travel blog that he realized how profitable writing for a living can be

Jonathan hit up every freelance website to get his copywriting portfolio out there in hopes of scoring high-paying contracts. With some moderate success, he realized that his earning potential was greatly undervalued since most freelance platforms took a significant percentage of the final product.

This is where Jonathan realized that going independent with his own business was better in the long run, thus leading to the formation of DotComWriters.com. His teaching job being put on hold, his focus is now on his online ventures.

Where did the idea for DotComWriters.com come from?

I had the idea to start a small copywriting business but a name for the website was still not appearing in my mind. When shopping for domains, Dotcomwriters.com was suggested to me and I knew that was the right one.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I start the day with brief exercise to prevent health issues arising from spending 12 hours a day on the computer. Since most of my day consists of responding to emails via multiple domains and email accounts, I have pipe-lined everything to Mozilla Thunderbird so I don’t miss anything.

When it comes to writing, combining the usage of Grammarly Pro and Hemmingway App makes the proofreading process nearly automated.

How do you bring ideas to life?

When I have an idea, no matter how insignificant, I will write it down on a piece of paper. When I have time to go back to it, I will draft a plan on how this plan may work out and steps to make it work. Of course, many plans are unrealistic and need to be scrapped but this helps the visualization process.

What’s one trend that excites you?

The current cryptocurrency market is very exciting. I love the idea of making online transactions without the need for a middleman (at least in theory).

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I take a short, forced break from the computer every hour to allow myself to collect my thoughts. This helps me from getting burnt out from long work hours.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t waste money on insignificant diversions and save money for the future. Also, spend more time learning a wide range of marketable skills.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I believe that the United States is in a constant state of decline while the Third World is gradually thriving. Taking a look at World Bank statistics, my opinion seems justified.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I recommend that people constantly engage in blogging and social media to promote their brand, products or portfolios. The business world is becoming increasingly internet-dependent so now is a good time to build your online presence.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

In order to obtain my first few high-quality clients, I had to put myself out there in classifieds, AdWords campaigns, forums, social media pages, and blogs. As my list of contacts had gotten bigger, the growth of my business accelerated tremendously.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

I have written content for clients up-front and expected trusted them to pay after they were satisfied. Big mistake!

As an independent copywriter, I am responsible for collecting payments and doing the work, and some clients will try to skip out on the bill.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

There is a high demand for graphical design by tech startups. If I were a better artist, I would also be doing this in my free time.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

My business expenses are not entirely high, but I recently acquired additional domains to point to my business. I am in the process of rebranding in multiple names these domains will accommodate the transition.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?

Grammarly is the best proofreading software for anyone that has to write for a living, even if it is just short Twitter posts. I copy my article drafts into the app and it allows me to visualize my writing weaknesses

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

So You Think You Can Write?” By Julia McCoy

This book both challenged my writing skills and the methods in the book are up to modern SEO standards.

What is your favorite quote?

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
— Herman Melville

Key learnings:

– Most freelance platforms charge high fees to the extent that it may be better to be independent.
– Utilize Grammarly and other modern writing tools to be a better copywriter.
– Never work for online clients without collecting payments up-front.

Connect:

http://dotcomwriters.com

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