Courtney Allen is a freelance copywriter and presentation designer based in Seoul, South Korea. She previously worked at Cisco Systems as a presentation designer for senior executives and started freelancing in 2016 after a failed business attempt left her with $25,000 in credit-card debt. Allen leveraged her PowerPoint and graphic-design skills to establish her own agency called 16X9. She has earned more than $1.3 million in total payments on Upwork, which Insider verified with documentation.Read her story here.Evan Fisher is a freelancer based in Atlanta. He was an investment banker for six years, lost his job in 2017, and then created a profile on Upwork to continue providing for his family. Now he specializes in creating pitch decks for startups and has worked with companies backed by SoftBank and Andreessen Horowitz. Fisher has earned more than $1.6 million since joining the work platform, which Insider verified with documentation. Read his story here. Jaime Hollander is a copywriter and entrepreneur based in Glen Head, New York. In 2020, after 17 years of working for media companies such as Condé Nast, Meredith Corporation, and Time Out, Hollander quit her job and made her freelance side hustle her full-time career. Since 2012, she's earned more than $1.5 million through freelancing on Upwork. Today, she runs her own marketing agency and booked six figures in revenue last year, which Insider verified with documentation. Read her story here. After his employer laid him off from his sales-engineer job in 2017, Ryan Clark started freelancing on Upwork. He launched a business — Mr. SharePoint — to help firms with digital-process and workflow automation.While he's based in Chicago, he has the freedom to travel, set his own hours, and work from anywhere in the world. Clark earned more than $1 million in payments in the past five years on Upwork, which Insider verified with documentation. Read his story here.