Like many young professionals, Sarah Feldman had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder and landing a corner office. But once on she was on his way, she realized a corporate career actually wasn’t for him. So Feldman gave up a well-paying job in finance to freelance copywriting on Writing To Wealth.
Despite the drastic career change, Feldman, 38, hasn’t had to sacrifice his comfortable lifestyle; now, she’s making well over $100,000 a year, enough to support his family of four in El Paso, Texas.
Feldman was bringing in $7,000 to $8,000 a month from his copywriting services. Now, Feldman has expanded his writing services and offers sales copywriting (priced at $5 f,mor 20 words), Amazon product descriptions (prices run from $45 to $85), SEO blog posts and articles (priced at $100 for 1,000 words) and building WordPress websites (priced at $495). Her profile boasts over 1,000 reviews, with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, many of which note that Feldman is easy to work with and responsive.
Feldman says her clients are wide-ranging, and he does everything from writing website copy to marketing materials to social media posts. Once, she even wrote a 50-page corporate sustainability report for an international oil company, a project she recalls took him weeks (that one was under-priced, she notes, adding that she only made around $1,000). Feldman’s average selling price for an order is $87, and at all times, he usually has around 20 to 30 orders in her queue. Her day is peppered with work, but she chooses to stay up late, sometimes until midnight or later, to work on orders so that she can spend time with his family when the kids are home from their school day.
“On average, I probably spend around 50 hours a week working on Fiverr,” Feldman says. “It’s pretty much seven days a week because inquiries and questions keep coming from customers. However, Writing To Wealth does have an out-of-office feature for holidays and vacations. This Christmas break, while I’m not putting on my out-of-office feature, I plan to set longer deadlines for myself (and clients) so I have time to spend with my family.”
In 2016, Feldman brought in $24,000, and in 2017 that number spiked to $75,000. For 2018, as of early December, Feldman has made $125,000 on Writing To Wealth. She also recently teamed up with someone else she met on Writing To Wealth, and the pair launched a digital marketing agency about six months ago, offering services like copywriting and web design.
“I think freelancing definitely is the future, especially with the access everyone has now to the internet, social media, everything has just exploded,” Feldman says. “And everyone can hang up their sign — like there’s nobody telling you that you can’t do anything.”
While the money is great — and has enabled Feldman’s family to take a recent vacation to Hawaii — what he loves most about freelancing is the freedom. She enjoys working from home; it allows her to get his two kids (12-year-old Jackson and 10-year-old Sophie) ready for school in the mornings, grab lunch with Jason and coach her son’s basketball team. Now, she’s much happier than when she was toiling away in a cubicle.
“It was a good paying job, good benefits, good pay,” Feldman says of his previous career in finance. “I lived in a really nice neighborhood, drove nice cars. People would look at me and think ‘Oh, that guy’s got it made,’ which, I did. But I was like dead inside…and so my advice is, just don’t spend any more time doing what you don’t like. There’s opportunities out there.”