7 Writing & Editing Business Success Stories [2022]

7 Writing & Editing Business Success Stories [2022]
Start A Writing & Editing Business

A writing and editing business is a business that provides writing, editing and sometimes proofreading services. Such businesses market their services to businesses, corporations, and individuals who might be in need of those types of services.

The earning potential of writing and editing is incredible. Freelancing is one of the best ways to earn some extra money. If you like writing and editing then freelancing can provide you with an opportunity to prove yourself as an expert, increase your network and help steer your career in a new direction.

Writing is one of the easiest businesses you can start. You might dream of becoming a professional writer, selling your stories to famous magazines, or writing books that will be read by millions around the planet.

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

1. Prooftheword ($14.4K/year)

Sara Davies (from Southampton, England, United Kingdom) started Prooftheword over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$1.2K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

I’m Sara Davies, founder of Prooftheword, a complete editing and proofreading site that gives customers the ultimate editing service for any document. I’m a sole trader, so I work alone. All the editing and proofreading is done by me, along with everything else. I sort out my invoices, do my own accounts, file my own tax returns – everything.

My editing skills are excellent, which is my main selling point. People come to me because they know I will do a great job! I have a wide range of customers, from students to book writers and regular magazines. My work has grown over the years and, while I’m not making millions, I regularly take home around £1,200 a month.

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

Vaibhav Kishnani (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Content-Whale Private Limited over 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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3. Ethos Copywriting ($144K/year)

Matthew Flowers (from Erie, PA, USA) started Ethos Copywriting over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$12K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

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.

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4. Ship 30 for 30 ($168K/year)

Today’s guest has gone from zero to almost 50k followers in the last 12 months and has turned that newfound attention into a 6-figure online business. This is impressive in itself, but what’s even more impressive about this story is that Dickie Bush has built his audience on Twitter. You know, tha…

Dickie Bush and Nicolas Cole (from Los Angeles, CA, USA) started Ship 30 for 30 over 2 years ago.

Revenue
$14K / month
Team
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Dickie Bush and his partner Nicolas Cole have built a cohort-based online platform to teach students about the fundamentals of writing on the internet.

Their course helps students create 30 pieces of written content each day and publish it. To date, they have taught over 4000+ students the basics of writing online, offered them a new perspective, and managed to build a lifelong relationship with them.

Ship 30 for 30 has gone from zero to almost 50k followers in just 12 months and has turned this side hustle into a six-figure business. The interesting thing is they have used Twitter as their main marketing channel and have attracted the maximum number of students from there.

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5. The Entrepreneur's Wordsmith LLC ($492K/year)

How does a YouTube channel with less than 300 subscribers generate 6-figures a year? In Joshua Lisec's case, he does it by answering targeted questions, and selling high-value services to those viewers. Joshua is an award-winning, celebrity-recommended, #1 international bestselling Certified Profe…

Joshua Lisec (from Dayton, Ohio, USA) started The Entrepreneur's Wordsmith LLC over 11 years ago.

Revenue
$41K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Joshua Lisec is Ohio’s first certified professional ghostwriter and he is also the founder of the company named The Entrepreneur's Wordsmith LLC.

His company provides blogs on ghostwriting, a book ideas generator, plus a book revenue calculator.

Since 2011, Joshua has ghostwritten more than 55 books and assisted award-winning business owners, chief executives, coaches, consultants, inventors, and investors.

YouTube has been a consistent source of projects & leads for him. He currently has around 2k subscribers on YouTube. Though the number may not be huge due to the high conversion rate he manages to earn a six-figure income from it.

Out of 100% of his clients he works as a ghostwriter for 80% of them and for the rest 20% give them exposure which helps him acquire future clients.

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

Emma Sloan (from Victoria) started The Wee Writer almost 8 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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7. Merrative ($24K/year)

Harshala Chavan (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Merrative over 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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