A Collection of Resources Related to Starting an Editing Business
This post contains an abundance of resources for starting your own editing business. Before you get to the resource section, here are a few considerations.
If you are interested in starting a business that provides editing services, then you’ll want to have a look at this post, which contains a collection of unique resources that will give an overview of what’s involved in starting and running this type of business.
At a glance, I saw an article stating that in March 2019, there were, on average more than four million new blog posts every day, which signifies there are opportunities for editing and proofreading services. Whether you’re planning on opening an office and employing staff or you’re going to start a freelance editing business, there is a demand for this type of work.
You can charge by the hour or by the word. Typically, from my experience editing can cost from one to four cents per word and hourly rates can be anywhere from ten to thirty-five dollars an hour. Naturally, many variables come into play, for example, the quality of the editing, the editor’s understanding of the topic, and when charging by the hour, the time needed to complete the work.
As an editor, you’ll have a variety of writing styles that you’ll be editing. There will be those that may need a fair amount of rewrites and those that need a quick check, depending on the skills of the author.
To be successful, you need to do your best to make sure every book, article, and piece of content you edit, makes perfect sense to the reader. It’s not just spelling and grammar; it’s how the content flows and makes sense to the reader.
Services and areas, you can specialize in:
- Correcting spelling and grammar — Sure, there are programs like Grammarly, but it’s not the same as someone reading through your content.
- Readability enhancements — Rewriting the content to enhance content flow and readability.
- Verifying facts & research paper editing.
- Dissertation editing
- Resume editing services
- Manuscript editing
- Thesis editing services
- Scientific editing
- Academic editing
- Editing other media, such as illustrations or video content
- Providing consulting for better writing
There are many options for starting this type of business.
If you’re planning to start small and do everything yourself, you could start as a freelancer and set up an account on Upwork, allowing you to get a feel for the market and gain experience with people.
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Once you are comfortable with the process, you can devote more time to making this a permanent, full-time career and business, or you can expand and hire editors and build your agency.
Considerations for this business:
Your work must be perfect. If you have a client who is publishing and depends on you, and a mistake shows up, then your reputation is tarnished.
You need to understand what the client wants, which can be challenging.
You need to adapt to the writer’s style. In other words, you must keep the voice of the writer intact while ensuring and improving readability.
At times, it may be challenging because you have multiple projects simultaneously.
You need to have some background for the content you’re editing — especially when it comes to editing technical content.
With any business you’re considering, make sure you have a passion for what you’re doing because when you’re passionate about your business, you’ll have a much better chance of success, and when problems occur, you’ll work hard toward a solution. When you have no interest and issues show up, you’ll work hard on an exit.
For tips, and insights to starting your own editing business, have a look at the resources I have selected for this post that will help you get on the right track.
How to Start an Editing Business
Trends and Statistics
Profitability and Revenue
Startup and Operating Costs
How to Finance Your Business
Established Editing Business
Content Editing Tips
Resources for Running a Business
The Latest about Content Editing
This section provides resources that will help you stay on top of the latest news, web content, videos, and tweets, related to this industry.