Kickstart a Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork
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Kickstart a Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork

The Complete Guide to Satisfying Clients and Growing Your Freelancing Business
4.7 (60 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
269 students enrolled
Created by Duncan Koerber
Last updated 7/2017
Current price: $10 Original price: $195 Discount: 95% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create an effective bid proposal cover letter to attract clients.
  • Win contracts with sound bidding principles.
  • Gain good ratings quickly to improve bidding chances.
  • Impress clients through simple editing philosophies and approaches.
  • Cultivate repeat clients for further business.
  • Fast-track your online editing and proofreading career.
  • Avoid the typical mistakes that cost new freelancers money.
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  • Microsoft Word software will be required to complete clients' jobs.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is also useful for freelancers who have tried Upwork but haven't had any success yet.
  • This course is meant for people who have no knowledge of Upwork
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Welcome from the Instructor
1 Lecture 02:15

A welcome from the instructor. 

Preview 02:15
Introductory Information
4 Lectures 16:17

An overview of the course and the instructor, with details of how this course will help you. 

Preview 01:31

See what earnings are possible if you follow the tips in this course. 

My Earnings Report

Learn what Upwork is and the key points of the course.

Preview 06:03

Understand that freelancing is difficult at the beginning, but the course presents tips to help get up to speed. 

The Challenge of Beginning
The Basics to Get Started on Upwork
6 Lectures 26:17

Understand the two different types of Upwork accounts and the benefits of each. 

Freelancer and Agency Account Types

Upwork doesn't make it easy to remove money from your Upwork account. This lecture shows where the payment button is hidden. 

Getting Paid

Certain types of jobs are paid faster than others. 

How to Avoid Long Payment Delays

Recognize the key parts of the freelancer's Profile Page.

Preview 04:54

Examine the Find Work page and the indicators of good clients and good jobs. 

How to Find Work

This video shows what jobs look like from the client interface. 

What the Client Sees When You Submit a Proposal
3 Lectures 21:10

Understand the best practices for bid proposals and cover letters in application to contracts.

Writing Effective Bid Proposals and Cover Letters

General strategies to bidding for winning.

Bidding Principles to Win

Specific details on the amounts to bid to beat other freelancers. 

Preview 05:52
Ratings and Repeat Clients
2 Lectures 06:48

Recognize the importance of clients' ratings of freelancers to getting more jobs and charging higher rates. 

The Power of Good Ratings

Shows the importance of repeat clients to earnings. 

Develop a Stable of Repeat Clients
Macro-Level Tips for Doing a Great Job
3 Lectures 08:57

General approaches and philosophies to satisfy clients. 

Start Strong with these Approaches and Philosophies

Additional approaches and philosophies for editing and proofreading success. 

More Approaches and Philosophies

Recognize that over-editing can harm the freelancer-client relationship. Instead, focus on the "weeds" in the client's writing. 

Preview 02:14
Practical Concerns
4 Lectures 15:25

Apply these 6 tips during the editing process. 

Use these 6 Practical Tips to Ensure Success

Should You Use Grammarly?

Outlines the nature of substantive or structural editing, the most difficult and costly editing.

What to do if a Client Wants Substantive Editing

Some issues that may come up in fitting editing and proofreading into your busy lifestyle. 

Lifestyle Issues of the Online Editor and Proofreader
About the Instructor
Duncan Koerber
4.6 Average rating
227 Reviews
4,427 Students
10 Courses
University Professor

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.