What You Should Know About Online Freelance Editing Jobs


Have you ever wanted to work in another industry? If you are proficient in the English language you might be able to find a job as a freelance editor. You may even have been toying with the idea for a while. If so, read on to discover some of the basics that you should know about the industry.

  • The competition is fierce
  • You may be a decent editor but someone out there is just as good and may even be willing to do all the jobs you are applying for at half the price you would accept or even less. There are freelancers all across the planet with different costs of living so this phenomena will not disappear any time soon.

  • Your reputation can be your undoing
  • It is not as easy as it once was to get away with doing bad work. You should not be attempting to do this in the first place but there may be times when due to circumstances beyond your control you find yourself missing a deadline or accidentally leaving errors within your submitted work. This can be devastating if the client in question is very demanding. They may downgrade your ranking on the site you work from.

  • There are companies that advertise in unconventional places
  • Freelancing sites are a great way to get your first few jobs but you can also get jobs directly from some companies. You may even be able to go to companies that have not yet advertised and express your interest in working with them. This is obviously not guaranteed to work every time but you can try it at no cost to yourself.

  • You can offer other services in-between editing jobs
  • All freelancers have wondered at some point or another if they would go broke. There are peaks and lulls to the industry and while specializing in editing may be helpful at one point, it can also leave you without income for weeks at a time. Consider offering other writing services. Can you write articles, songs or ebooks? Most likely you can and different clients have different requirements of their writers as well. Try not to sell yourself short.

There is money to be made in writing in general. Good writers can focus on editing or any other aspect of the process. You have the power to decide the direction you want your career to take.