Do you have an eye for grammar and detail? Do you demand perfection? Do you have experience writing or editing? Then starting your own editing company may just be perfect for you. Here are some basic tips on how to start an online editing business and work from the comfort of your own home.
It’s become much easier to start an online editing business. That’s because there are people all over the Internet looking for well-written original content, and that content needs to be edited. Getting an online editing business off the ground is generally just a matter of finding yourself a loyal customer base.
Having an editing business is a great for people who need to make money while still having a flexible schedule. You will have deadlines, but when and where you work is almost entirely up to you. You can work editing around a full-time job, do it while the kids are off at school, or after they’ve gone to bed. It’s a business you can tailor to fit you, instead of the other way around.
One of the best parts of starting your own online editing business is that you need very little start-up capital. You can do it from home, and most people already have the tools, including a computer with a word processing program. You may require a small amount of capital to market your business. Otherwise, the rest of the requirements are your own qualities and abilities.
While you don’t need a lot of money to get started, you will need quite a bit of time in the beginning. That’s because you’ll need to find yourself customers. Once you have loyal customers, you will spend most of your time editing. Or, you will be able to find more customers and do even more work.
Here are a few ways to find editing work:
- Business services. There are a whole host of websites where you can market yourself such as Freelancer.com, Upwork, and Fiverr, just to name a few.
- Message boards. Many people would rather hire from message boards and similar outlets because they don’t have to deal with sifting through bids that aren’t worth their time, writing numerous job proposals, or dealing with higher prices because a portion of the fees go to the site. Two sites I like are WAHM.com and WorkPlaceLikeHome.com. Both have very active forums for writing and editing.
- Social networking sites. Sites like Facebook and Twitter aren’t just for keeping up with friends and tracking famous celebrities. You can use them to market your business as well. You can find customers and keep them up to date on what’s going on with your business. LinkedIn is also a great way to promote your work and find potential customers.
- Your own web page. Not only can you advertise yourself and give your background in a way that you control, you can also put writing samples right there for potential customers to read.
Once you start getting work on a regular basis, continuing to get work will not be a problem. In the end, editing is a great at home business for the busy perfectionist looking to work at home.