A Day in the Life of a Freelance Copywriter

I started my freelance copywriting business in August 2002, which means I’ve officially entered my 22nd year.

How the heck did that happen?

At the time I embarked on this journey, I was approaching 30—and “pivoting” before “pivoting” was such a common thing. I’d been working in Radio Land since 1994. And even though it was a fun gig, the itch to write never went away.

For me, writing meant writing FICTION. But I quickly learned that I needed something to pay the bills. And so I started looking into this copywriting thing.

Man, I was GREEN.

I made mistakes. ALL THE MISTAKES.

But s l o w l y, I began to figure things out.

It took several years (six to be exact) to build a sustainable copywriting business, one that paid the rent and kept me in wine and Doritos.

Recently, someone asked me about a day in the life of a copywriter. What’s a typical workday like for me? What time do I get up? How many hours do I devote to work-work? What other stuff do I work on? When do I take breaks? Etc.

While this has changed dramatically over the years—and is likely different for every copywriter—I thought it would be fun to record one of my days.

So here it is: A Day in the Life of a Freelance Copywriter (along with her sidekick, a plush sloth named Stewie).

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