Your 3-Step Plan to Barefoot Writing Success


I hope you’re having a great New Year so far! Did you make any resolutions?

I used to make them every year. But, like most people, I made them unrealistic and immeasurable, and often tried to achieve too much, too fast. Then, a few months into the New Year, I’d realize I’d already missed at least one of my resolutions, and shortly thereafter, would simply forget the rest.

But, about twelve years ago, when I first started working with AWAI, I spent time studying how the most successful Barefoot Writers became so successful, and learned a lesson that changed everything.

Today, I’m no longer an “oh well, maybe next year” kind of gal. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions … I now set goals.

Rather than making empty general resolutions like I’m going to watch less TV, make more money, and exercise more; I’ve learned to dig deeper and develop goals and plans that are designed to ensure I succeed.

Now, when it comes to setting goals, most people use a two-step plan:

How to set goals that ensure successStep One: Set goals. 

Step Two: Create a plan for achieving them. 

But, there’s actually one more step that comes before these two steps. And, it’s actually a lot of fun … especially if your goal is to become a Barefoot Writer this year.

Step One Revised: Spend some time thinking about what your life will be like as a Barefoot Writer.

Because it’s one thing to set goals and make a plan …

But, it’s a far better thing to set goals that are in line with the life you actually want to live, and create a success plan that is on track to one day living that life.


Grab a piece of paper and pen and go somewhere quiet … Now, picture yourself in three years. What does your life look like? 

I’m not talking about the basics here … I want you to dig deeper. Much, much deeper.

For starters, how many hours each week do you want to work?

Are you hoping to replace one 40-hour work week, with another 40-hour work week? Would you like to cut back to 20 hours … or even 10 hours a week? Or, are you a real workaholic with great ambition who would like nothing better than to spend 60 or even 80 hours a week focused on your work — as long as it’s work you love and find rewarding?

There are no wrong answers to any of these questions.

Their purpose is to give you some boundaries and guidelines when exploring your options.

For example, if you only want to work from 6 to 10 each morning, you won’t want to run a business that requires customer service unless you plan to outsource.

Have your answer? Then, write it down and move on …

What kind of money will you need/want to make?

It’s not enough to say you want to make a lot of money. Even saying you want to make enough money to cover your bills won’t do.

You first need to actually take a look at your monthly expenses, and see where you stand on a monthly basis. How much do you need to cover your monthly bills?

How much more money would you like to make over that amount?

How will you spend your money?

What expenses do you see in your future? New car, new house, new boat? Will you be starting a family? Paying college tuition? Saving for retirement?

Maybe all of the above!

I personally would like to buy a summer vacation home that my family can visit year after year.

What would you like?

What will you be doing?

Do you enjoy writing? Or, do you like the creative outlet graphic design or photography gives you?

Or, maybe you prefer the game of trying to climb the search-engine ranks by optimizing web pages.

Or, you have a hobby that you’d like to continue to learn more about.

Do you love dealing with clients and working with new people? Or, would you prefer to be on your own?

Where do you want to live?

Do you see yourself staying in your current home?

Or, maybe upgrading to something bigger?

Will you stay in your same location? Or, maybe move to a new city … state … or even country.

Remember, you really want to drill down here and be very specific about where you’d like to be in three years …

How will your lifestyle change?

Are you looking to enjoy life more and work less enough to scale back your lifestyle? Or, do you want to grow your lifestyle and start enjoying the finer things in life?

Again, there are no wrong answers here. Be honest with yourself so you can plan accordingly to reach those goals.

So, now tell me … where do you see yourself in three years?

Now that you know exactly where you want to be, you can look for writing opportunities that fit your preferred lifestyle. And, start acquiring the skills you need to learn to earn the amount of money you want.

Now, you can move on to the next two steps by setting some goals that will take you to your dream life, and successfully developing a plan for achieving those goals.



  1. At this point, I am just getting started with Barefoot Writer, so I will make a short term goal that will take me to my long-term goal which is to be earning at least $4,000 a month by this time next year. My short term goal is to complete AWAI ‘s Smart Start Copywriting Program in two weeks and to start writing practice copy for my portfolio by the end of the month.

  2. Hyacinth chong on

    Hello my name is Hyacinth Chong I recently sign up with you guys and payed 49.95 to become a member, I haven’t recieve anything
    Since then. Thanks I await your response s

    • Li Vasquez-Noone on

      Hello Hyacinth, welcome! You should have received an email right away when you signed up. Check your “spam” or “junk” folders, in case it ended up in there. If it’s not, you can contact Member Services to have them send another. Their email is, or you can call them at 866-879-2924. They’re super nice, and will be happy to help you get into your account and get going. Once you log in, be sure to look around at the bonus materials and all the back issues. And if you have any questions, please let me know, I’m happy to answer them. Looking forward to connecting with you as a writer!

  3. Thank you for your encouragement and help.I am little confused and maybe lost. I have paid my membership and other two orders but still I don’t have anything in my account.It’s challenging for me to set the goals but I’m writing down some things I have in my mind.
    Gathering and reading more books about my subject and idea.
    Starting to write 1-2 pages every day.
    Working 20 hours on week through my topic.
    Taking courses I needed to achieve my goal.
    I hope after 3 years I’m going to buy a house.

    • Li Vasquez-Noone on

      Hi Fatmir, welcome! Your membership materials are in your account at After you joined, you should have received an email with instructions to log in to your account. Have you logged in there? If so, and if your account is still empty, please contact Member Services so they can sort it out for you. You can email them at, or call them (US toll free) at 866-879-2924.

      It sounds like you have a good writing plan, keep it up!

  4. Kathy Henrikson on

    Kathy Henrikson on March 9, 2016
    I just signed up late last week for the barefootwriter’s club. I got a password and signed in ok, but did not receive the 8 free reports that were supposed to be included when I paid the $100.00 membership fee. (Are they to be downloaded, or sent by direct mail?)

    I was also unaware that I would need to spend further money to enroll in the Accellerated Program For Six-Figure Copywriting in order to start working as a freelance Copywriter. Are you just using the 4 P’s and the 3 Fundamental Laws of Selling to persuade me or sell me the benefits that such a course could provide? Truthfully I would love to take the course, but can simply not afford to put out any more money at this time.

    P.S. I would expect no less than great selling from a company that is so well known for grooming great writer’s of all kinds. I look forward to talking to someone from AWAI or Barefoot writers soon.

    • Li Vasquez-Noone on

      Hi Kathy, welcome!

      Your free reports are on your member page when you log in to your account at You can find them near the bottom of the page, under Writing Opportunity Reports and Additional Bonuses.

      The Accelerated Program for Six Figure Copywriting is a separate program and is an additional cost if you decide to take buy it. However, with your membership, you get AWAI’s Smart Start Copywriting Program for free. This will give you the basics of persuasive writing, and many people find out it’s all they need to launch their career. It’s also on your member page, under Step 1: Download AWAI’s Smart Start Copywriting Program. I encourage you to download and study it when you get a chance.

      If you decide you want to take the full Accelerated Copywriting Program at a later date, to get a more in-depth instruction in persuasive writing, you can certainly do so. You’ll get a discount as a Barefoot Writer member, so please be sure to call Member Services directly instead of ordering out of the product catalog. That way, you’ll get the lowest price possible.

      Personally, I recommend the Smart Start program for now, and holding off on the Accelerated Program. It’s definitely worth it, and it’s how I started. But it’s a lot to cover, and I think you’re better off starting with what you have now.

      Hope that helps! Again, welcome, I’m looking forward to getting to know you and learning more about your writing goals. If you have any other questions, let me know.

      ~Li 🙂

  5. Kathy,

    I’m in process now of revising my future. I have an idea of where I want to go, how to reach those goals and how to spend my money. At the moment, I’m completely revamping everything. Within the next three years I want to begin freelance writing through specific niche writing, earning enough to pay off my bills, move, get a new vehicle and keep on writing. You post is spot on for what I need to do.

    I’ve been a writer for a long while. Unfortunately the pathway I chose is a dead end that doesn’t earn enough. Now I’m focused on changing that.

    Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging post. Now…. to get off my butt and TAKE ACTION!

    Blessings to you and yours.

  6. My apologies Rebecca. I guess I need to improve my attention to detail. I thought the post to Kathy was to you. My huge goof. But this shows I have more to improve than just refocused writing and that includes making sure I’m addressing the right person.

    Thanks again Rebecca, for posting this. I appreciate your insight. Now, to do better on mine!

  7. Cindy Howitt on

    I have a big goal with a huge motivation:

    To be with the love of my life in England. He is battling cancer at the moment, and the fact that I don’t have the financial or practical freedom to see him often is torture. I have made a promise to myself and to him.

    1. Become a member of The Barefoot Writer
    2. Download all materials and study them.
    3. Act on what I learn week by week.
    4. Believe in myself.
    5. Commit to writing 500 words a day.

    I can do this. I must do this.

  8. Theodosia Almpanti on

    My dear copywriters,
    I have been enthused by the idea of copywriting for a long time, since last April actually, when I started searching for information on how to write a book I have in my mind. But real life itself is hard and the obligations far too many. After losing my husband, I had to cope with the new reality, and that caused an upheaval of things to do, more issues to deal with and more financial details to take care of.
    At the moment, I need to cover bills and debts that have not been paid, so I really wish this copywriting experience will be a way to get out of my problems, leading to the life I want to have. I want to start right now and produce the best I can, combining my teaching and my creativity.

  9. I’ve scoped out my plan and have thought about the processes and ways to attain those goals. I’ll start with small ones and progress forward. I’m confident I can achieve my goals and am excited to envision myself reaching them one by one. Thanks for this think opportunity

  10. Jeff Mitchell on

    My goal is to earn $93,600.00 annually, to start. That would be an average of $1800.00 per week and every week. I’m going to break that down to $7,200.00 per month and my first month begins August 1st, 2016.
    I plan to start with 10 hours per week on July 18th, 2016 and ramp up.
    I’m going to consider each month a new project and work from there and evaluate each current month on the 25th of the month, and adjust accordingly while transitioning from my full-time job. This income and all additional will allow me to retire and travel. I’ll be organizing using binders of my work will allow me to build on my successes. I’ll read the material, read business articles, research per topic, and use my previous writing experience.

  11. Deborah Wilson on

    Dear Kathy: I find these ideas and goals to be a useful tool to add to my writing skills. Within three years with the barefoot writing in my portfolio as well as my old goals stretching into new ones. I will have more than 5 clients and I have gained valuable insights into building my first paid writing for my first published work. My money goals will be to invest my time to others showing them they too can reach their goals for themselves and to afford the extras we all passed up as we were learning. One thing I will pass on is to Always be prepared to write. An idea children playing laughing enjoying each other’s company. Thank you for motivating me to think outside the box.

  12. Deborah Wilson on

    Dear Kathy: I find these ideas and goals to be a useful tool to add to my writing skills. Within three years with the barefoot writing in my portfolio as well as my old goals stretching into new ones. I will have more than 5 clients and I have gained valuable insights into building my first paid writing for my first published work. My money goals will be to invest my time to others showing them they too can reach their goals for themselves and to afford the extras we all passed up as we were learning. One thing I will pass on is to Always be prepared to write. An idea motivating me to think outside the box.

  13. My basic issue with all of this is that there are not actual jobs assigned to you. You basically have to be your own marketer, which I could just do that without this program. I could take out ads on C.List or some other place, knock on doors, whatever. But, BW and AWAI appear to just provide suggestions, but not tangible job contact information. All of the information I’ve seen is just typical success story fluff and/or upselling of “tips” but when it comes right down to it, you’re on your own. Am I missing something?

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