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How to start a copywriting business on a budget

11 April 2018
Ever fancied a career as a writer? Do you have a love for language and are looking to launch your own business? Then freelance copywriting could be the career for you.

There are a number of options when it comes to copywriting; you could choose to work from home, rent an office or sign up to an agency. Either way, good copywriters are in high demand and this guide could provide you with some valuable tips to help you achieve your dream.

Starting your own business can seem like a daunting prospect. That’s why we’ve created this downloadable guide to give you a helping hand in becoming self-employed.

So if you’re a budding copywriter looking to launch your own business, then download our guide to get valuable information about start-up costs and help you get your business plan started.

Premierline help many copywriters arrange their insurance and can make recommendations on your individual insurance needs so you can get your business off to a great start.

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Business status

Something you’ll need to decide relatively early on is your legal trading status.

  • Deciding how to trade

Qualifications and Accreditations

Although there’s no ‘official’ qualification you need to acquire before starting a copywriting business, there are courses you can take to improve your chances of being hired.

  • Boost your copywriting skills

Equipment and Tools

One of the best things about starting a copywriting business is that, if you already have a computer, you are well on your way to becoming a fully-fledged writer but what else should you consider?

  • Budget Office Software
  • More useful tools

Getting a website

Most small businesses require a professional-looking website, as this is a shop window into what you can offer your clients.

  • Things to include on your website
  • Building your own website
  • Additional resources


When you’re first starting out, you will need to bolster your marketing efforts to catch the eye of potential clients.

  • Catching the eye of potential clients
  • Social media
  • Build a portfolio
  • Pay-Per-Click marketing
  • Agencies
  • Job posts
  • Networking

Getting Paid

Doing your accounts is a distraction from your core business so you should make it as easy and time-efficient as possible.

  • Staying in control of you finances


Taking out the right insurance for your copywriting business is crucial.

It is important to make sure that you have the right insurance in place to protect the business that you have built. Every business is different and has its own business insurance needs, which is why we work with some of the UK’s most well-known insurers to ensure that you are getting the right insurance cover for your business.
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