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A comprehensive guide to building and maintaining a sustainable, profitable, and enjoyable business as a freelance editor.
According to LinkedIn, more than twenty thousand people in the United States list themselves as freelance editors. But many who have the requisite skills to be excellent editors lack the entrepreneurial skills needed to run a thriving, fulfilling business. The few resources available to freelance editors, new and established, are typically limited in scope and lack the strategic thinking needed to make a business flourish.
The Freelance Editor’s Handbook provides a complete guide to setting up and running a prosperous freelancing business, from finding clients to increasing productivity, from deciding how to price services to achieving work/life balance, and from paying taxes to saving for retirement. Unlike most other books on freelance editing, this book is founded on a business-success mindset: The goal isn’t simply to eke out a living through freelancing. Rather, the goal is to establish a thriving, rewarding business that allows editors to achieve their career goals, earn a comfortable living, and still have time for family, friends, and personal pursuits. Author Suzy Bills identifies multiple strategies and methods that freelancers can apply, drawing on current research in entrepreneurship, psychology, and well-being. This book is the ultimate resource for editors at all levels: students just starting out, in-house staff looking to transition, and experienced freelancers who want to make their businesses more profitable and enjoyable.
About the Author
Suzy Bills has owned an editing and writing business since 2006 and is also Assistant Teaching Professor of Editing and Publishing at Brigham Young University. In and out of the classroom, she enjoys teaching editors how to be successful freelancers.
"I would feel confident recommending it to someone considering starting their own freelance editing business in the United States."
— Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
"This book offers the fullest treatment that I’ve seen of the business side of freelance editing."
— Technical Communication