15 Freelance Writing Business Success Stories [2022]

15 Freelance Writing Business Success Stories [2022]
Start A Freelance Writing Business

Freelance writing can be a good career choice for professional writers for offering writing services to different clients via online platforms. Working as a freelancer gives you the flexibility to define your work schedule. You can work from home and at any time. Freelance writers work across various niches, writing about various topics assigned by the client,

To earn good money as a freelance writer, you need the following personal qualities:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Stay on the cutting edge
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be up-to-date with the current writing tools & writing trends
  • Proper communication skills

Here are some real life success stories of starting a freelance writing business:

1. Article-Writing Co ($1.5M/year)

David Tile (from Toronto, Ontario, Canada) started Article-Writing Co over 11 years ago.

Revenue
$125K / month
Team
1 founders / 25 employees
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Case Study

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.

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2. Writing Revolt ($300K/year)

Jorden Makelle (from Dallas, TX, USA) started Writing Revolt over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$25K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

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!

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3. Writing Income Accelerator ($120K/year)

Arlie Peyton (from Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA) started Writing Income Accelerator about 4 years ago.

Revenue
$10K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA

Case Study

Hi, I’m Peyton! My full name is Arlie Peyton, but I go by the last name. I am the creator of a freelance writing program that teaches intermediate-level writers how to command $1,000 - $3,000 per article. I just have a coaching program so far, but I’m working on an online course as we speak. I love what I do because I get to teach and talk about business all the time.

I realize that many writers make well over six figures a year. However, what might be interesting is that I wrote for two years to practice my craft and made nothing. It’s not because it wasn’t good, it’s just that I never charged anyone. The first time I did charge a client, I invoiced them for $1,000 and I’ve never looked back.

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4. Tyla's Writing Services ($8.4K/year)

Deja Tyla Hansen (from Oceanside) started Tyla's Writing Services about 2 years ago.

Revenue
$700 / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

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.

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5. Thornton & Lowe ($1.8M/year)

Dave Thornton (from Bolton, UK) started Thornton & Lowe over 12 years ago.

Revenue
$150K / month
Team
1 founders / 24 employees

Case Study

I’m Dave Thornton and I am the Founder of Thornton & Lowe. I started the company 10 years ago, at the age of 23.

  • Sales over $130,000 per month
  • Complete over 400 tenders each year with a win rate over 75%
  • Train over 500 delegates
  • One of the largest UK databases of Bid Professionals
  • Highest customer satisfaction in the industry

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6. Angelella Editorial ($54K/year)

Kate Angelella (from Baltimore, Maryland, USA) started Angelella Editorial over 8 years ago.

Revenue
$4.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Case Study

Hi! I’m Kate Angelella and I’m the owner of Angelella Editorial, a freelance editorial business that helps authors take their writing to the next level.

I started the business about five years ago as a sole proprietorship, but have since grown into a very different company with a brand new co-founder and a stable of eight amazing editors working as independent contractors for the company. Together, we provide author coaching, full and partial manuscript critiques, authenticity reading, ghostwriting, and book doctoring. Basically, we help authors who have taken their novels as far as they can take them on their own by giving them feedback on their stories and helping them navigate the next steps in their literary journeys.

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7. The Language Delegate ($36K/year)

Pat Stainke (from Donna, Texas, USA) started The Language Delegate almost 9 years ago.

Revenue
$3K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Donna, Texas, USA

Case Study

Hi. My name is Pat, and I serve my clients as The Language Delegate. In the course of any given day, I coach others in the fine points of writing, edit their works before they publish, enhance a descriptive scene in a novel, translate a chapter, proofread magazine copy, or give a second language learner's paper a more natural flow. My clients come from all walks of life: entrepreneurs who need support in the written aspects of business, doctoral candidates, first-time authors, small publishing houses, pastors transforming a sermon series into a book, magazine editors, travel groups, office clerks responsible for special reports, French authors seeking a translation to English, and students writing personal statements in their second language. And that’s just for starters!

It took me a little more than three years to build my business up to full time. I now make about $4,000/month, working an average of 25 billable hours a week. It was a great day when I no longer had to work a second job to pay the bills while building the business!

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8. Freshly Squeezed ($33.6K/year)

Adam Crookes (from Bristol, England, United Kingdom) started Freshly Squeezed almost 3 years ago.

Revenue
$2.8K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

My name is Adam Crookes and I am the Founder and Lead Content Writer at Freshly Squeezed. We deliver on-demand content writing for SEO growth to small businesses and startups.

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9. Platypus Publishing ($287K/year)

Matt Rudntsky (from Austin) started Platypus Publishing over 8 years ago.

Revenue
$23.9K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Austin

Case Study

I’m Matt Rudnitsky, and I’ve been helping people write books for over five years. My company is called Platypus Publishing, and we have two flagship products.

For those who have no budget or prefer to do it all themselves, I offer a 220-page, DIY guide for free. It’s called, You Are an Author: So Write Your F*cking Book. For select clients, I also offer coaching, consulting and editing services.

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10. Daniel Waldman Writing ($42K/year)

Daniel Waldman (from Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France) started Daniel Waldman Writing about 6 years ago.

Revenue
$3.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

Case Study

I’m Daniel Waldman and I’m a freelance writer. My business is called Daniel Waldman Writing and I’ve been in business for about 3 years. That said, I’ve worked in marketing and public relations for nearly my entire career (over 15 years), and writing has always been a central element of my professional activities.

I offer a wide variety of writing and editing services, but mainly clients come to me for help with blogging, article writing, their website copy, and video script writing. I’ve also helped one writer with editing a business book and continue to expand my editorial services. On average, I earn about $3500/month (before taxes).

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11. wordartistry.com.au ($19.2K/year)

Revenue
$1.6K / month

Case Study

12. Personal Profitability / Narrow Bridge Media ($204K/year)

Eric Rosenberg (from Ventura, CA, USA) started Personal Profitability / Narrow Bridge Media over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$17K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hi everyone, I’m a finance expert who built a business around creating fun and educational financial content, notably blog posts and articles. My business, Narrow Bridge Media, is the parent company for my blog, podcast, and video channels at Personal Profitability and my content creation work for clients around the world.

I started writing about money when I launched my blog way back in 2008. That led to my freelance writing business, which made about $40,000 in 2015. Inspired by my success, I quit my job in 2016 and saw my income grow past $10,000 per month later that year. I’ve only seen my income dip below that point a couple of times since and continually operate as a six-figure business with very high margins.

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13. Content-Whale Private Limited ($514K/year)

Vaibhav Kishnani (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Content-Whale Private Limited about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$42.9K / month
Team
4 founders / 30 employees

Case Study

I'm Vaibhav Kishnani, an engineer but a passionate writer by profession. I established Content-Whale in 2017 when I was in my third year of engineering. Going by the maxim that quality writing is everything, Content-Whale caters to 42 different content types that form the backstory of every company’s digital presence and marketing efforts.

I started this content agency with a mere sum of Rs. 2,500. Today, we have drawn a revenue turnover of Rs. 4 Crores! In my opinion, it is not individual progress. Instead, a start-up is about connecting with the right individuals at the right time, who keep the show running ahead with their strife for perfection.

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14. The Wee Writer ($72K/year)

Emma Sloan (from Victoria) started The Wee Writer over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$6K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Emma Sloan, and I am the founder of The Wee Writer. We’re a content writing business that orbits around one key offer: writing well so you don’t have to!

To date, we’ve served 100+ happy customers by proving that, when it comes to the ever-changing world of digital marketing, words are the bread and butter– and that hiring a professional can make all the difference when it comes to their impact on your biz!

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15. Merrative ($24K/year)

Harshala Chavan (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Merrative about 2 years ago.

Revenue
$2K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

I am Harshala Chavan from Mumbai India - a maker, community-builder, and writer in the publishing and content industry.

Today, Merrative can provide on average USD 200 worth of projects to our talent. We generate on an average USD 1500 per month in marketplace transactions and are hungry to scale up!

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