Do you want to make side income from home in your spare time? Do you have a good eye for detail in English writing? Become an editor and proofreader on the #1 freelance site in the world, Upwork.
In this course, I use my own experience on Upwork to show you how to get up to speed quickly as an editing & proofreading category freelancer. The course discusses how to create an effective bid cover letter, what bidding principles work well, and how much to bid to win as many job contracts as possible.
I present insights from my writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015) to help you satisfy clients and thus earn high ratings. Earning high ratings leads to a domino effect of more and more jobs. These insights also include my philosophy of editing that preserves clients' ideas and meanings while removing troubling "weeds" from their writing.
The course additionally provides more approaches, philosophies, and tips for editing and proofreading that have led me to a 97% client satisfaction rating on Upwork.
Build your online freelance editing and proofreading career today and develop a stable of repeat clients.
An overview of the course and the instructor, with details of how this course will help you.
See what earnings are possible if you follow the tips in this course.
Learn what Upwork is and the key points of the course.
Understand that freelancing is difficult at the beginning, but the course presents tips to help get up to speed.
Understand the two different types of Upwork accounts and the benefits of each.
Upwork doesn't make it easy to remove money from your Upwork account. This lecture shows where the payment button is hidden.
Certain types of jobs are paid faster than others.
Recognize the key parts of the freelancer's Profile Page.
Examine the Find Work page and the indicators of good clients and good jobs.
This video shows what jobs look like from the client interface.
Understand the best practices for bid proposals and cover letters in application to contracts.
General strategies to bidding for winning.
Recognize the importance of clients' ratings of freelancers to getting more jobs and charging higher rates.
Shows the importance of repeat clients to earnings.
General approaches and philosophies to satisfy clients.
Additional approaches and philosophies for editing and proofreading success.
Apply these 6 tips during the editing process.
Outlines the nature of substantive or structural editing, the most difficult and costly editing.
Some issues that may come up in fitting editing and proofreading into your busy lifestyle.
Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.
Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.
Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.
Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork.
Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).
His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.