Starting out? Louise Harnby’s ebook will help you on your way0
Are you considering starting your own business as a proofreader or copy-editor? If so, there’s a lot to think about. Being an editorial freelancer means building a business, and that means thinking about training, marketing, networking, the kit you’ll need, and the financial viability of the enterprise.
If you’ve got a spare fiver, invest it in this new ebook, Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters. Author (and friend of Find a Proofreader) Louise Harnby has been in the publishing business for over twenty years and has been operating as a freelancer for seven. She receives dozens of enquiries a year from ‘newbies’ looking for advice on setting up their editorial businesses and felt it was time to put her method for starting up into an accessible ebook that would provide a one-stop shop for beginners. By taking readers through the various elements of small-business development, the guide helps to ensure new starters make the right decisions at the outset, preparing them for a freelancing journey and the success of their future business.
Chapters focus on why a business plan is necessary; the different aspects of editorial freelancing; training; client focus; getting experience; financial assessment; promotion; networking; and tools for the job. The material is supplemented with Practitioner Focus sections that illustrate the learning goals discussed, case studies from recent new starters that give an honest appraisal of the challenges ahead, and a rich list of linked resources including editorial societies, reference material, blogs, knowledge centres and UK training providers.
The eguide is available at a 20% discount if you order through Smashwords (though it’s available at full price on Amazon, too, if that’s your preference). Simply enter coupon code CS66F at the Smashwords checkout before 1 May 2013. It’s also available in a variety of formats to suit your needs. There’s even a PDF version for those who don’t have ereaders.
You can read some great reviews from publishers and freelance professionals here. We highly recommend Louise Harnby’s ebook to any new starter who’s thinking about embarking on an editorial freelance journey. Five pounds is a small price to pay for the sake of making good business decisions.