Copywriting is a high-demand, high-reward job. This kind of work can be done from anywhere - all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
With services like Upwork and Fiverr, it's easier than ever to find work, build up your clientele, and make a substantial living copywriting.
Once you've gained experience and connections in this field, you may consider venturing out on your own and starting your own copywriting business.
Here are some real life success stories of becoming a copywriter:
1. Scribly.io ($444K/year)
Dani Mancini (from Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark) started Scribly.io about 4 years ago.
Hi! My name's Dani, founder of Scribly.io - you can’t see me but I’m waving at you 👋
Last month Scribly.io topped $14K monthly revenue. That was a really big moment for me, and a bit of a turning point. What started out as a 'let's try and see' project has now become my full-time job with ambitious growth plans 🙌.
2. Critical Path Action ($36K/year)
Mike McRitchie (from El Dorado, California, USA) started Critical Path Action over 7 years ago.
Over the last two years, I doubled my income from these site hustles with last year earning over $30,000.
3. Like A Mind Reader ($240K/year)
Jonathan Pritchard (from Chicago, Illinois, USA) started Like A Mind Reader over 39 years ago.
Hi there, my name is Jonathan Pritchard, and I describe myself as a multi-preneur as I’ve built several businesses that all weave together. My main source of income is as a business consultant for companies in the $500M revenue range. It’s a business I call Like A Mind Reader where I teach teams how to do what they think is impossible.
Then I wrote a book about it all called “[think] Like A Mind Reader” which has a 4.9/5 star rating on Amazon, which I’m proud of. All this adds up to about $20,000 per month, and I’m looking forward to more growth!
4. Grow Your Agency ($1.44M/year)
Iman Gadzhi (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Grow Your Agency over 5 years ago.
Hey everyone, my name is Iman Gadzhi! I am the founder of two core businesses: IAG Media and Grow Your Agency. The former is my B2B social media marketing agency (SMMA) where I deploy strategic marketing campaigns for global clients. The latter is my education company where I teach entrepreneurs how to start and scale a profitable SMMA with the course Agency Incubator.
My primary product is my online course. It’s an industry-leading and comprehensive course on how to create an SMMA business from scratch. So far, it has been my life’s work because so much has gone into it. I have a team that helps me do this, and I really enjoy helping my students become financially independent. My typical customers are self-starters fed up with the college route. They want to experiment with a proven online business model. In only two years, I’ve made over $1.2M in profit. Over 45 of my students make over six figures with their SMMA, and over 300 students have quit their regular jobs.
5. Kenji ROI ($1.26M/year)
Danny Carlson (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started Kenji ROI almost 6 years ago.
My name is Danny Carlson, an Amazon FBA entrepreneur specializing in PPC Management & Listing Optimization. I founded the Amazon Seller Agency Kenji ROI in 2016 and have grown it to more than 10 team members including 5 full-time.
Residing in Bali, my off time is spent training hand to hand acrobatics, ripping sport motorcycles, & speaking at business events.
6. Quantum Digital Assets ($1.92M/year)
Peter Kozodoy (from Road Town, British Virgin Islands) started Quantum Digital Assets almost 2 years ago.
Hey there, I’m Peter Kozodoy - the co-Founder and CEO of Stradeso. Stradeso is a subscription service that produces your creative content - in 3 days or less, for unbeatably low prices - by connecting your projects directly to creatives with excess capacity, without the hassle of finding, hiring and managing them.
Stradeso is a brand new launch and in beta for anyone who wants to give it a try. And although we’re starting from scratch now, it was born out of our first company - a multimillion-dollar, multinational, Inc.5000 marketing agency.
7. ConvertWell ($14.4K/year)
Danny Postma (from Roden, Bavaria, Germany) started ConvertWell over 2 years ago.
Hey there, I am Danny Postma. A Full Stack Maker from the Netherlands and founder of Landingfolio, Inspireframe and Headlime.
All products together currently earn $1K recurring revenue each month, but my last product launch, Headlime, pulled in $16.000 dollars in 48 hours. I will focus this interview on Headlime launch, as this has been the most successful one where I put all tricks to work.
8. Tyla's Writing Services ($8.4K/year)
Deja Tyla Hansen (from Oceanside) started Tyla's Writing Services about 2 years ago.
My name is Tyla and I am the proud owner of Tyla’s Writing Services. My business is a professional writing service that provides writing needs for businesses and professionals. Our professional services include resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation, and LinkedIn profiles. Some of our business services include business reports, transcription, website content, copywriting, and so much more. With a wide array of customers, I have the luxury of constantly working on something new in many different fields and subjects. As such, I am constantly learning something new which I truly enjoy.
Currently, my business is just getting started and we are averaging only an income of $1k a month. My goal is to build my customer base by connecting with professionals and small businesses that need help! Also, by providing each customer with customized and unique content, I feel most customers will come back if they’ve enjoyed their first experience.
9. Amazon SEO Consultant ($240K/year)
Tom Buckland (from Cardiff, UK) started Amazon SEO Consultant almost 6 years ago.
Hey, I’m Tom Buckland and I run an organic Amazon marketing agency amongst other businesses and projects that are far more fun and interesting.
The ASC division was started in late 2017 and at its peak generates 10,000/month in organic search traffic as well as 80+ leads a month (since dropped down to around 50 post CV).
10. Apna Writer ($360K/year)
Sravani Sundeep (from Trivandrum, Kerala, India) started Apna Writer about 2 years ago.
Hi, my name is Sravani and I am the chief executive officer of Apna Writer. At Apna Writer, we offer various forms of content writing services to our clients with the utmost professionalism.
I always measure my success through the number of repeat clients I have, and I am happy to announce that I have been successful in retaining over 95% of the clients. All thanks to the wonderful team behind Apna Writer, who leave no stone unturned to deliver more than the client’s expectations every time we onboard someone.
11. Write Right ($300K/year)
Bhavik Sarkhedi (from Ahmedabad) started Write Right over 6 years ago.
I am Bhavik Sarkhedi, philosophical by nature and storyteller by heart. And, well, I am one of the privileged content writers with Google Knowledge Panel.
Since its inception in May 2016, Write Right has completed 1200+ projects on creative content, copywriting, blog writing, website content, PR content, and social media writing to clients and businesses across the globe. After 3 successful years, Write Right introduced 2 subsidiaries, Taletel and Estorytellers, in the core content and blog writing niche
12. Article-Writing Co ($1.5M/year)
David Tile (from Toronto, Ontario, Canada) started Article-Writing Co over 11 years ago.
My name is David Tile. I own and operate a Content Writing Service, under the banner Article-Writing.co.
We don’t consider ourselves a content marketing firm. But a firm dedicated to the business of writing. Project management offers most often attached to marketing agencies. We work against marketing briefs delivering content on time and under budget.
13. Writing Revolt ($300K/year)
Jorden Makelle (from Dallas, TX, USA) started Writing Revolt over 7 years ago.
Hi! I’m Jorden Makelle. I started online as a freelance writer, and now, I run Writing Revolt, which is a blog and YouTube channel that helps freelance writers learn how to make money online, even with no experience and no college degree.
My online business now brings in multiple six figures, and just as importantly, I’ve been able to build an incredible online community and help thousands of writers succeed and live their dream life!
14. Ethos Copywriting ($144K/year)
Matthew Flowers (from Erie, PA, USA) started Ethos Copywriting about 6 years ago.
My name is Matt Flowers. I'm the Founder of Ethos Copywriting, a content marketing agency specializing in premium writing services, SEO, and marketing consulting.
Today, because of the power of the written word, Ethos pulls in about $130,000 annually. Not bad for starting a business from a laptop I bought with birthday gift cards.
15. Recruiter Written ($24K/year)
Alex Benjamin (from United States) started Recruiter Written over 4 years ago.
Hi everyone! My name is Alex Benjamin, founder of Recruiter Written. We are a resume and LinkedIn profile writing service that provides our clients with an extraordinary advantage in the job market.
16. Mommy Enlightened ($36K/year)
Audrey Marshall (from Utah, USA) started Mommy Enlightened over 4 years ago.
My name is Audrey and I am a blogger at Mommy Enlightened. This site is focused on giving new mothers advice on pregnancy, babies, toddlerhood, and motherhood in general. I started Mommy Enlightened with the intention of making money, but I genuinely wanted to give moms like me a place to find good information. A year after I started it, I realized the mother’s I wanted to reach were the ones who were struggling with their self-confidence, so this is who I write to now (when I write - I have a writer who I pay to write most of the content).
Since then, I’ve dropped back down to about 6k a month, but I have also minimized my virtual assistant work so I’m only working around 20 hours a week. Keep in mind, this amount is before taxes and expenses. Take home is probably closer to sixty percent of that. I only started my blog a year and a half ago, so I am a strong believer that you can succeed in an online business venture despite a lack of experience.
17. How to Start a Successful Creative Agency ($6K/year)
Andy Strote (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started How to Start a Successful Creative Agency about 3 years ago.
Hi, my name is Andy Strote and I have recently published How to Start a Successful Creative Agency. This 325-page book is the essential business guide for creators who want to provide creative services for corporate clients.
I just launched the book in mid-April and have so far made about $500. Sales and promotions are ongoing.
18. Stefan Georgi ($432K/year)
Stefan Georgi tried various career paths before landing on freelance copywriting. He now makes $50,000 per project. Here are his tips for writers.
Stefan Georgi (from Paradise Valley, AZ, USA) started Stefan Georgi ago.
In 2011, he discovered the freedom that could come with a career as a copywriter and quit his job at a Fortune 500 company to try his hand at it.
Today, he’s landed on writing infomercial scripts, specifically, and brings in $50,000 per script. So far this year, he says, he’s brought in more than $432,000 from such writing projects.
19. Fiverr - david_ff ($125K/year)
"If I die tomorrow, I would not be happy if I just worked for 10 years in a gray cubicle," says David Feldman. That is not what I would want on my tombstone."
David Feldman (from ) started Fiverr - david_ff ago.
Like many young professionals, David Feldman had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder and landing a corner office. But once on he was on his way, he realized a corporate career actually wasn’t for him.
So Feldman gave up a well-paying job in finance to freelance copywriting on Fiverr.
20. Jamie Johnson Writes ($144K/year)
In 2016, I created an Upwork profile just hoping I could figure out a way to earn $1,000 per month. Here are five things I learned after earning over $100,000 from Upwork jobs.
Jamie Johnson (from Kansas City, MO, USA) started Jamie Johnson Writes ago.
I had no professional writing experience and honestly didn’t see why anyone would want to hire me to write for them. So naturally, I turned to Google to help me figure it out.
Upwork regularly updates your profile and shows how much you’ve made on the platform. And just recently, I noticed that I’ve earned over $100,000 just from my Upwork jobs.
21. The Nomad Newsletter ($120K/year)
A big reason why is because we all think it’s just so wildly impossible that people would pay THAT MUCH just to write. Growing up, I only heard about writers struggling with their careers. Living as…
Francis Nayan (from ) started The Nomad Newsletter ago.
Choosing to be a copywriter, especially an email copywriter, helped with my positioning. I proudly hailed myself as an email copywriter on social media, which resonated with prospective clients. I became the expert in their eyes.
And since I ONLY focused on emails, I grew a portfolio of email samples that attracted even more and better-paying clients.
22. Hello Brio ($60K/year)
I joined the Filthy Rich Writer’s Comprehensive Copywriting Academy course in April 2020, when I was making about $500 per month in my side job. By May, I made $3,500. In June, July, and August, I made over $5,000 with my newfound copywriting skills. Here’s how I’m making $5,000 a month consistently.
Jenny Lee (from Philadelphia, PA, USA) started Hello Brio ago.
What’s your goal with freelance copywriting? Whether your goal is to get your marketing materials in place, land your first client, increase your prices, build a sustainable side-hustle, leave your full-time job, or some/all of the above, I hope this post helps you.
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