My name is Raymond Duke. You’re probably reading this page because you’re interested in what I do — write the words used in advertising.
It’s called copywriting and once I discovered it, I was hooked.
This website — raymondduke.com — is where I share my thoughts and advice as I travel the world while working online.
That’s the short version of who I am and what I do.
The full story is below…
Where I came from
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California.
My family wasn’t poor, but we weren’t rich either. My father worked construction, while my mother took care of us.
Around the time I was 14, my parents got divorced. Their separation, in addition to not having any sort of structure to my life, led me to get in a lot of trouble.
After attending 5 different high schools, I dropped out. Looking back, I was damn lucky I didn’t end up in juvenile hall. I did things that… could’ve gotten me locked up for a long time.
But all that’s in the past.
At 18, I decided to turn my life around and live on my own. It wasn’t easy at first, but over time it got better.
But it didn’t happen overnight. It took me 10 years before figuring out what to do with my life.
How I got started
One day, a reader of my blog offered me $50 to write an article. Because I think writing is fun, I said yes.
That one project led me to more writing jobs. At first, they didn’t pay much. But over time (about 1-2 years), I started earning enough to write copy full time.
Today, I work with just a few clients and make a steady income every month. Because I can work from anywhere, I travel as I make money writing.
So far, I’ve been to 27+ countries… enjoying foreign food, meeting interesting people, and learning as much as possible about the world.
To be honest, I’m not 100% sure where I’ll be in 10 years.
And I’m okay with that.
For now, I’ll continue catching one-way flights, enjoying whatever comes next.
The fact that I can choose what I want to do is extremely satisfying.
Perhaps I’ll end up living next to a lake or river in a small rural city. Maybe I’ll buy a building in a busy city. I could possibly do both.
One thing is definitely for sure — no matter what happens, I’ll always be a copywriter.
After most people learn about my lifestyle, they want to know how they can achieve the same. If you are one of these people — and you want to make money from your writing — then I’d like to invite you to my next copywriting training webinar.
Everything I’ve learned from getting started to where I am today will be revealed during the webinar.