From Copywriting Side Hustle To $10K/Month [6-Step Guide]

Looking for a copywriting side hustle that can turn into a $10,000/ month business?

Use this 6-step guide to hit that goal faster than 97% of people.

​​Is Copywriting A Good Side Hustle?

According to Glassdoor, your average copywriter makes $63,724 per year full time.

Most freelance copywriters are lucky if they net $500 per month.

Now, I’m not saying this to discourage you.

Copywriting is a great side hustle but only if you understand this:

Get your client results and you’ll make money.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from or what you used to do.

Take me for example:My parents struggled with crack addiction.

I used to live in a motorhome as a kid.

I was a college dropout turned domino's pizza employee.I started Ghostwriting on Twitter as a side hustle.Now Ghostwriting clients pay me up to $12,000/ month because I developed the skills to get results and grow their accounts.

copywriting side hustle

What started as me making money on the side turned into a full blown business that let me quit my 9-5 and travel the world.If I had to start all over again with no copywriting experience, this is exactly what I’d do.

How To Start Copywriting As A Side Hustle (From $0 - $10K/Month)

You can make $10,000 per month copywriting by following these steps:

  1. Pick A Niche
  2. Get On Twitter
  3. Practice Copywriting
  4. Get Your First Client
  5. Get Results

Step 1) Pick A Niche

When you first start, niche down.Here are some different niches you can break into:

  • Ghostwriting
  • Email marketing
  • SEO content
  • Ad copy

I chose Ghostwriting on Twitter.

This is when you take over someone's account, write for them, and schedule their content.

People with money don't have time or know how to grow their own account, so they'll pay a ghostwriter $2,000-$10,000/month to do it for them (the more experienced you become, the more you can charge).

My peak month as a ghostwriter was $50,000.I’ve also taught it to others like my friend Taylin Simmonds (who had no freelance experience).He was making $40,000 a year as a school teacher, now he makes that in 1 month.Taylin is an anomaly but I’ve helped complete beginners get to $2,000-$5,000/ month.

Intermediates I’ve coached on average make between $5,000-$20,000 a month.{results-gallery}If you’re interested, check out this free webinar.

Step 2) Get On Twitter

Out of all the social media platforms, why Twitter?

  1. You want to be a copywriter and Twitter is a writing platform
  2. CEOs, founders and clients with money hang out there
  3. You can build your personal brand

Want to know a cheeky secret?

I’ve never sent a single cold DM or cold email.

Clients come to me in the DMs.

All this is possible because I built a personal brand on Twitter using the GAP framework which I teach in my mentorship program.

GAP stands for Growth, Authority and Personal content.

Growth content builds familiarity which gets you followers.

Authority content builds trust which gets you sales.

Personal content builds relatability which gets engagement.

These act as your digital resume.

When you combine all three, you stand out in a sea of copywriters.

It makes it 1000x easier to sell a service because your social media profile does most of the selling for you.

Step 3) Practice Copywriting

Average writers focus on grammar.

Skilled writers focus on psychology.Copywriting isn’t about putting words to a page.Anyone can do that.What gets you paid is your ability to persuade people to take action and get results.No degree necessary.

How do you get better at copywriting? You learn and then you write.Read copywriting books like these:

  • Storytelling by Matthew Dicks
  • Cashvertising by Drew Whitman
  • Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

Then apply what you’ve learned through practice.

If you want to be in the email marketing niche, study newsletters, reverse engineer email funnels and practice by rewriting them.If you want to get into Ghostwriting, study other writing accounts, write 3 tweets per day and 2 threads per week. Practice by growing your own account so that you can do it for others.

Above all else, invest in a mentor.

The right one can change your life.Step 4) Get Your First ClientYou need to prove your competency by building a portfolio.

Start with a small project or offer to work for free.In the beginning, you don’t have much experience and you may have to settle for low paying clients.

But once you get more experience, you can stop working with the low paying ones and command higher rates.

You can use these job sites to make a quick buck:

  • ProBlogger
  • Flexjobs
  • Freelance Writing
  • All Freelance Writers
  • Contena

But to be honest, these gigs are a race to the bottom.

There are better ways to find copywriting clients and you’d be doing yourself and your career a huge disservice by staying on these platforms.


  • These platforms take fat commissions
  • Competition is just as fierce
  • You’re not building a brand
  • Low quality clients

Step 5) Get Results

Don’t get obsessed with writing on freelance websites.

Get obsessed with getting results.Even if that means taking less money, putting in more hours, or taking less clients, do it.Why?It makes your life easier.It’s harder to get a new client than it is to retain an existing one.Once you get results for your client, they’ll stay longer.Then you can use them for referrals or a case study to get more clients.Shift your mindset from how do I get more clients to how do I get more kickass results for my clients.Once you know you can deliver, getting more clients becomes 1000x easier.

Start A Copywriting Side Hustle

A side hustle doesn’t have to be just a side hustle.

If you want to:

  • Quit your job
  • Enjoy creative work
  • Live where you want
  • Get to $10,000 per month

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