One of the best perks of freelancing is that you can set up your work milieu the way that you want to. Within limits, of course: if you’re working from home, you may not be able to have a beautiful book-lined study in which to edit—you may be using a corner of the kitchen or living-room, a room in the half-finished basement—or some drafty part of the attic to which you must drag heaters during the winter to keep you going. So, no, there are certainly limits to the control you have over your environment.
But let’s talk about the control that you do have.
Jeannette de Beauvoir has been a full-time freelancer for about 20 years. She edits for publishers, individual authors, and organizations. She is also a novelist, playwright, poet, and the author of Freelancer’s Corner, where freelance editors can find advice and inspiration every Wednesday here on the Copyediting blog.
Betterment is seeking an offsite freelance financial editor to review and fact-check financial and investment articles for Betterment.com. Betterment is an investment service based in New York. It uses technology and automation to help people better manage and grow their investments, and was recently named among the top 25 “Best Places to Work 2014” by Crain’s New York.
If you’ve ever tried to work at a computer with a curious pet or determined toddler around, you know that errant keystrokes or worse are bound to happen. In part one, my furry office assistants and I offered several solutions for keeping your work safe from pets and toddlers. Physical barriers, shortcut keys, and utility programs can protect your system and decrease the risk of accidental reconfiguration or an odd email sent to Reykjavik.
Some of the clients that you’ll take on will be recurring ones: publishers, for example, who will come to appreciate your work and work ethic, and will continually send you editing projects. And some of your clients will be one-offs: the individual author who has never before written a book and has the one idea inside: you’ll edit the book and never hear from the client again.
Which of those scenarios is more attractive to you?
Samantha Enslen has been working in the publishing and editing world for nearly 20 years. She currently runs Dragonfly Editorial, an agency that provides copywriting and editing for scientific, medical, technical, and corporate materials.