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How To Become A Freelance Editor: Useful Tips For Beginners


An editor is responsible for determining the end content of a document and provides valuable input on formatting, content and most of all grammar and punctuation. These valuable resources are the gatekeepers for many published works and prevent authors from publishing mistakes in the documents that they publish. If you have a talent for the written word and enjoy the idea of reading a multitude of different works then consider these steps to becoming a freelance editor.

  • Start small and work your way up
  • One of the first steps to beginning any work as a freelancer is to start small and work your way up to the larger jobs. You do not build any successful career without doing the ground work in the early phases so a strong foundation is necessary to get established. In the beginning, you will need to take on smaller jobs, often at less than your desired rate in order to get established. As your reputation grows and you have more experience in the field your fees will increase.

  • Build a network of contracts
  • Starting at the bottom and working your way up will be just the beginning of establishing a network of work. As you show your competence for small jobs you will begin to obtain repeat customers. As they continue to come back you will earn a higher fee and increase your work. Repeat customers will be a way to have a more established workload to allow you to plan you day better and know when you need to work and when you can relax.

  • Referrals and new projects
  • When you have an established network of contracts they are a valuable resource for referrals and new projects. Do not be afraid of asking them for referrals they will often know of other jobs and will be happy to provide the referrals. Even if they do not know of other jobs they will know you are available for additional work and will keep you in mind for future projects.

The world of freelance work can be a great and rewarding career allowing you to read and edit numerous different works while establishing a network of potential clients. By following these tips you will be on the way to establishing a solid group of contracts and networking for more work as you become established in the rewarding world of freelance writing and editing.

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