John is an experienced freelance content writer with an eclectic employment history.
The Internet has brought about many society-changing advances in its relatively short life so far, but perhaps one of the most significant ones is the explosion of opportunities to free ourselves from the traditional nine-to-five employment paradigm and start setting our own rules on things like how long we spend earning money to pay the bills, feed the pets, or fund a burgeoning Pop Vinyl addiction (I'm not judging!).
Of course, the road to financial independence is paved with false promises and scams, and a warped kind of arms race between those making the scams and those spotting the scams has ensured that plenty of people still get caught out. Of course, being a scam isn't the only reason to avoid something. A service or course maybe just downright ineffective or not worth the time it takes.
One area that is largely immune from this problem is the humble online copyrighting course. Copyrighting is a well-established work-from-home trade, not a get-rich-quick scheme. But that doesn't mean that the courses are good.
That's where this post comes in.
Filthy Rich Writer's Comprehensive Copywriting Academy is the focus of this post, and it is an online copywriting course by Nicki Krawczyk that promises to train and guide you into a lucrative career as a work-from-home copywriter. But is it all it cracked up to be? Keep reading, and I'll give you a detailed breakdown of what I think, whether it's one of the best copywriting courses online, something to give a miss, or anything in between.
What or Who is Filthy Rich Writer?
The person behind Filthy Rich Writer is Nicki Krawczyk, an experienced copywriter with an impressive list of former clients, including companies like TripAdvisor and Adidas. After over a decade of honing her craft, Nicki decided to share her wisdom with the world—possibly out of the goodness of her heart, but the potential money she earns from each enrollee probably helps as well. Still, the fact that she makes money doesn't mean the course is not worth it.
What Filthy Rich Writer's Course Offers
You may have noticed that the word "course" does not actually appear in the title of this product, but "academy" does. This is not a grandiose gesture on the part of Filthy Rich Writer; there is far more to this product than a single online copywriting course. Here's what you get;
- Full access to the Comprehensive Copywriting Foundations Course
- Live monthly coaching calls with Nicki herself
- Access to social media groups exclusive to enrollees
- Lifetime access to the academy
- A thirty-day guarantee
- Several "surprise" bonuses
Comprehensive Copywriting Foundations Course
The full course access is, of course, the meat of this deal. It provides you with a comprehensive (as the name states) suite of resources to get you on the path to copywriting greatness. You can tackle things at your own pace, making it ideal for both full-time copywriters and people who are making moves outside of a regular job. The course is broken up into a series of modules that go as follows;
- Copywriting Fundamentals
- Copywriting Tactics
- Project Lifecycle
- Interactive/Digital Copywriting
- Print Copywriting
- Building your Business
Live Monthly Calls
As part of the deal, you will have the benefit of live monthly calls with Nicki herself, where she will coach you on your copywriting career. She will be able to give you feedback on things like your website, your copy, and generally answer specific questions and provide you with advice.
It is also worth noting that Nicki's involvement in this way is a good sign in terms of the future of the course. Now, I'm not saying that a course that is put online and left to collect dust (and enrollment fees) has no value, but it is essentially no different from books on copywriting at that point. The fact that Nicki is actively involved in the course on a daily basis means that you can reasonably expect value for your money far beyond the basic course itself.
As part of your enrollment in the course, you will gain access to a students-only Facebook group where you can discuss copywriting with people who are on the same path as you. Remember, everyone you encounter in this group is either a paying member of the program or a coach, which means they all have a vested interest in being part of the community because the better the community, the more they will benefit. As such, you can expect plenty of discussion and opportunities to ask for (and provide) advice.
Is Filthy Rich Writer a Scam?
It is important to distinguish products like this from get-rich-quick schemes. This course does not promise you a substantial return on your investment "in no time" while you "sit back and relax". This is an educational course; the onus is still on you to take that education and go out there and make a success story. To that end, the worst you could say about something like this is that the education is bad, but there are several testimonials to the contrary. Not to mention Nicki's pedigree.
So, no, Filthy Rich Writer is not a scam, and the information provided seems to be solid. The worst I can say about it is that their marketing is very confident about your chances of success, even though the bulk of the work in achieving that success is out of their hands. In other words, Filthy Rich Writer can promise you all the riches in the world, but it is still on you to go out there and get those riches.
Is Filthy Rich Writer Worth It?
The worth of the course to any individual will largely depend on their own work ethic. This is not an investment program; it is an educational program in how to earn your living as a copywriter. If you are not willing to put the work in and use the information this course gives you, it will essentially be worthless to you. Though it should be stated that this wouldn't be Filthy Rich Writer's fault.
The thing that drew our eye in this regard is that thirty-day money-back guarantee. Offering a money-back guarantee on an educational course is a bold statement that speaks volumes on Filthy Rich Writer's confidence in their product. At the very least, it is a strong incentive for anyone who is on the fence about whether or not to sign up; you can always give it a go, and if it's not working for you, take advantage of the money-back guarantee.
As I've said already, the worth of this course to you personally will be determined by your willingness to take the information and skills you learn and go out and start landing clients and earning money. But in terms of raw product, I feel that Filthy Rich Writer's course is indeed worth the price of admission.
Do You Need Experience to Benefit From This Course?
The course covers some relatively basic premises, so it should be useful for beginners and veterans alike. Of course, if you do have experience with copywriting, it should take you less time to get to grips with the ideas being discussed. On the other hand, people who have experience with a craft tend to have a more challenging time taking on new techniques and methods when those methods go against what they are used to.
Ultimately, your willingness to take on board the things you learn and put in the work in the copywriting market will be far more of a success determiner than whether you had any experience going into the course.
Will Filthy Rich Writer Make Me Rich?
All nods to the importance of your work-ethic aside, there is a degree of realism that should be employed when venturing into the world of copywriting. It is correct to say that it is not a get-rich-quick kind of scene, but, for the vast majority of copywriters, it would also be accurate to say it is not a get-rich-at-all kind of scene.
Copywriting is a trade, and, like any other trade, you exchange something you have (your ability to write compelling copy) for money. There is an upper limit on the value of your talent, and there are only so many hours in the day in which you can extract that the value of that talent.
You can certainly make a living from copywriting, and a comfortable living on your own terms at that. You may even be able to make a very comfortable living from copywriting, but it is extremely unlikely to make you rich.
Of course, the skills you learn from courses like Filthy Rich Writer can be translated into other areas that could make you rich. For example, you could start a blog writing about your experiences as a copywriter!
If you are looking to venture into the world of copywriting, or you are already part of that world, and you want to up your game, Filthy Rich Writer's course is a great way to level up. And, with the thirty-day money-back guarantee, there's not a whole lot to lose by giving it a try.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 John Bullock