You don’t need permission

Joanna Wiebe had a knack for words. She noticed many engineers struggled with translating their brilliant inventions into language that a layperson could understand. One day she saw a website posted on Hacker News and knew she could improve the copy.

She sent the developer some revisions. Totally free. She just thought it might help.

The engineer appreciated the feedback and posted online about how much he loves the Hacker News community. Suddenly Joanna was inundated with requests to help other people with their web copy.

Said yes a lot and generated a lot of great publicity. That one kind act helped her sell $30,000 worth of ebooks and gain many clients for her copywriting business.

All because she just helped someone. She didn’t wait to get certified as a copywriter. She didn’t wait for permission to help. She just did it.