Author Topic: Freelancing qualifications- Copyediting  (Read 1833 times)


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Freelancing qualifications- Copyediting
« on: January 08, 2015, 12:55:49 PM »
I've found that I really enjoy copy editing. I've edited multiple magazine articles and a novel, but these were for family/friends and thus not "official". I would like to make this into a side gig for some supplemental income, but I have no formal training in it. I have a B.S. in Marine Biology and am currently working full-time in accounting/admin. Could anyone out there in Mustache-land point me in the right direction on how to get started on this path (qualifications, experience)? Thanks!!


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Re: Freelancing qualifications- Copyediting
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2015, 01:31:31 PM »
I do freelance editing, and I would suggest that you find a company that hires freelancers like Cactus Communications or one of the other editing firms. The pay is sometimes not that great, but it would help you hone your skills. You could also bid on projects at Elance or elsewhere.

The only way to make good money in copyediting is to find your own repeat clients. Businesses are better than individuals, since they tend to pay better and have more consistent projects.

Could you possibly harness local contacts? Ask around and see if certain businesses are in need of your services. For instance, if you notice that a local newsletter was poorly edited or in general subpar, you could call them and explain how you could improve their copy.

You could also post an ad on your local Craigslist and see if you get any bites, although working through that medium is not for the faint of heart.