23 Copywriter Success Stories: How These Entrepreneurs Make A Living Writing
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 over 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 almost 8 years ago.
Over the last two years, I doubled my income from these site hustles with last year earning over $30,000.
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4. Like A Mind Reader ($240K/year)
Jonathan Pritchard (from Chicago, Illinois, USA) started Like A Mind Reader about 40 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!
5. Grow Your Agency ($1.44M/year)
Iman Gadzhi (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Grow Your Agency almost 6 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.
6. Kenji ROI ($1.26M/year)
Danny Carlson (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started Kenji ROI over 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.
7. Quantum Digital Assets ($1.92M/year)
Peter Kozodoy (from Road Town, British Virgin Islands) started Quantum Digital Assets about 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.
8. 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.
9. Tyla's Writing Services ($8.4K/year)
Deja Tyla Hansen (from Oceanside) started Tyla's Writing Services over 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.
10. Amazon SEO Consultant ($240K/year)
Tom Buckland (from Cardiff, UK) started Amazon SEO Consultant about 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).
11. Apna Writer ($360K/year)
Sravani Sundeep (from Trivandrum, Kerala, India) started Apna Writer over 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.
12. Write Right ($300K/year)
Bhavik Sarkhedi (from Ahmedabad) started Write Right almost 7 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
13. Article-Writing Co ($1.5M/year)
David Tile (from Toronto, Ontario, Canada) started Article-Writing Co almost 12 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.
14. Writing Revolt ($300K/year)
Jorden Makelle (from Dallas, TX, USA) started Writing Revolt almost 8 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!
15. Ethos Copywriting ($144K/year)
Matthew Flowers (from Erie, PA, USA) started Ethos Copywriting over 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.
16. Recruiter Written ($24K/year)
Alex Benjamin (from United States) started Recruiter Written almost 5 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.
17. Mommy Enlightened ($36K/year)
Audrey Marshall (from Utah, USA) started Mommy Enlightened almost 5 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.
18. How to Start a Successful Creative Agency ($6K/year)
Andy Strote (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started How to Start a Successful Creative Agency over 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.
19. Stefan Georgi ($638K/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, Arizona, United States) started Stefan Georgi about 12 years ago.
Stefan Georgi is largely viewed as one of the world's best direct-response copywriters. Stefan's words have generated almost millions in sales since he began copywriting in 2011.
He wrote 50+ direct-response marketing items grossing approximately $700 million.
With Justin Goff, he co-founded Copy Accelerator. The program now includes approximately 150 Direct Response and eCommerce members. Copy Accelerator members collectively earn over $1 billion in annual sales.
He is the creator of the RMBC Method - RMBC is an acronym that stands for Research, Mechanism, Brief, and Copy. In its first year, he built a firm that earned more than $120 million in revenue for a single client.
Stefan also built a health and wellness firm that earned more than $23 million in a single year.
Numerous entrepreneurs and freelancers have hired him as a private coach, trainer, and mentor. Mindset, product introduction, and implementation are all areas of attention.
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20. Fiverr - david_ff ($100K/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 Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States) started Fiverr - david_ff over 8 years ago.
- David Feldman aspired to work in a desk job and work his way up the corporate ladder.
- After working as a financial analyst for 12 or 13 years at a stretch, he decided he wanted to become a copywriter.
- He soon left his well-paying job in the finance sector to work as a freelance copywriter on Fiverr.
- He initially signed up on Fiver to earn some extra money while he was abroad traveling
- What started as a side hustle, soon started skyrocketing and became a full-time career.
- Feldman, 38, hasn't had to give up his elevated status despite the significant professional change.
- He now earns well over $100,000 per year, enough to maintain his family of four in Boise, Idaho.
Read the full story on cnbc.com ➜
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.
- Francis Nayan, a writer/marketer, created the Nomad Newsletter.
- He created The Nomad Newsletter to assist aspiring and current digital nomads in building their dream lives.
- From dealing with drug abuse issues to teaching English to non-native speakers in Europe to building his own writing/marketing business from scratch, his life has been quite an experience.
- He has traveled to over 30 countries while managing and growing his freelance writing profession to a 6-figure business, only working a few hours each day.
- Francis is passionate about freelancing, building businesses, remote work, and traveling.
- He has earned between $9,600 to $17,800 each month, composing email copy for just a few hours a day.
Read the full story on entrepreneurshandbook.co ➜
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 about 10 years ago.
- Jenny Lee founded Hello Brio in 2013 to help people find the link between simplicity, creativity, and abundance.
- She is a writer and artist who lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and children. She enjoys assisting and guiding people in their pursuit of abundance in creativity, financial freedom, energy, and thought via the use of simple concepts.
- Jenny encourages people to live life in a minimalistic way while also enjoying life to the fullest.
- She offers a copy of The Minimalism Map, a 20-page workbook to help find potential, on Hello Brio.
Read the full story on becomingminimalist.com ➜
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