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Copywriter

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Startup Costs: $2,000 - $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

THE BRIEF

Copywriters write copy or text for blogs, web sites, advertisements, packaging, marketing brochures, product descriptions, press releases and more. Success in this business depends on having a talent for writing, an ability to get the client’s message across, a knack for building excitement and interest in your reader, and motivating people to take action. The demand for copywriter services is excellent, because most business owners do not possess the skills, time or interest in preparing highly effective copy. Gigs can most readily be found at sites like Upwork and Fiverr, though successful copywriters often build long-term relationships with a handful of large clients. Copywriting fees greatly vary depending on the type and scope of the project.

ASK THE PROS

How much money can you make?

“There is a huge range. If people are willing to put in 10 to 12 hours per day starting out, with no days off, then in just three to five weeks, they can start crossing the $100-per-day mark. But it’s going to take time. It took me three years of hard work on Fiverr for me to earn the PRO label. Now I earn about $300,000 per year on Fiverr—and I still can’t believe it.”—Alexandra Fasulo, copywriter

What kind of experience do you need to have?

“I launched on Fiverr as Carrieblogger in 2013. I was a college student at the time. I started selling services with the hope of earning a little extra spending money. I never thought that it would pay for my degree and turn into a full-time career.” —Carrie French, copywriter

What’s the most important thing to know about this business?

“Like any job, the only challenges stem from working with people. You’ll always run into people with bad intentions; the person who underpays and over demands, or the customer who completely refuses to respond to questions, even though it shows that they’re online. Unfortunately, that’s life. I’ve just gotten really good at spotting the warning signs early and standing up for myself when someone tries to be a bully.” —Carrie French, copywriter

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