Start a copywriter business and join a fast growing industry as the internet explodes and quality information is sought.
. . . Do you love to write?
Then provide business writing online with your personal expertise in the field or fields of your choosing.
You’ll be sharing your first-hand knowledge with many websites, blogs, social networking sites or other outlets.
Start a copywriter business if you want the convenience to travel or live abroad and make a living while in transit.
Or it can work well for Work At Home Moms (WAHMs) or primary caregivers who want to make an income from their home, but have a variety of responsibilities requiring a great deal of flexibility.
Start a copywriter business, make your own schedule and work when and where is most convenient for you.
Start your business by searching a variety of internet or Facebook websites for topics you’re most interested in and have knowledge about.
It’s important to establish the company is reputable. Identify sites who are looking for quality online copywriters.
Once you’ve identified several where you have interest and knowledge, begin contacting them to see if there’s a “fit” between you and the company for the type of copy they’re requesting and your interests and requirements.
When you identified a few solid companies,
you can begin sharing your business writing online.
Resources: You’ll want to have a good quality computer, internet connection, and knowledge of the internet and searching for jobs/topics to write about. It would also be helpful to adopt a quality time management system to keep you on-track for the various jobs and deadlines for which you commit.
Time Required: 5-20 hrs/week; can work full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: If you like to write, but need to brush up your skills; consider a writing course at a local community college or university. Our recreation center offers a class on travel writing so you can check with your local recreation center to see if they have classes which would be helpful to you. You could also consider taking a photography class for capturing photos to go along with the copy you submit. You’ll also need to be able to work within a quality word processing program – specific programs may be required by your clients.
Market: Websites, business owners, blogs, social media business owners, etc.
Home Based: Yes
Location: Local, Regional, National, Global
Start-Up Costs: $50 - $1,500
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: To start your business, use your current computer or purchase a new computer for <$600. You’ll also need to consider how you plan to access the internet. If you have minimal resources, you can access the internet from WiFi hotspots at libraries, restaurants, hotels, and airports. If you have more resources, you can get an internet connection in your home using cable or telephone services.
Attend local networking events to get the word out about your business to small business entrepreneurs who may be able to use your services on their websites, social media, and other marketing efforts. Ask for referrals from current clients or local business people. Look for free apps for keeping your calendar of appointments and accept payments from your clients. If possible, use word processing software you already own or look for shareware.
For More on How to Start a Copywriter Business, take a look at this article by Andy McDonald.