But, do you guys think it's reasonable for me to expect to make 25k during my first year of freelance copywriting?
That's actually more than I made last year. I have a pretty cheap apartment and no kids, so a salary like that would go a long way for me.
Keep in mind, I have never held a job as a copywriter. I have taught myself through several books and examples but don't actually have any work under my belt as of yet. I realize I'd probably have to start out doing "pro-bono" work and I'm fine with that. But, seriously, 25k. That's not much. I can make that in my first year if I work hard enough, right?