This course is designed to provide you with the practical nuts and bolts of what is required to set up as freelancer in the publishing industry, and to equip you with the confidence and business sense to create a successful and sustainable freelance income.
On completing the course, you will:
- have the motivation and confidence to start your own business
- be equipped to manage yourself through the difficult first six months of freelance life
- gain a good understanding of what publishers are looking for in freelance editors and proofreaders
- recognise what is required to gain new customers and keep the ones you like to work with
At the end of the course you will generate your own personal business plan, with a particular emphasis on researching your market, understanding what would make you particularly attractive to your publisher clients, and why they would want to employ your freelance services. The business plan will be assessed by your tutor and individual comments and suggestions will be sent to you.
Note: The financial, tax and company advice sections are specific to the UK market.
The emailed version of the course costs £95. The printed and posted version costs £145.
What is Included?
You will receive all course materials when you enrol so that you can work through the programme at your own pace. When you are ready you can tackle the assignment, which will be marked by your tutor. You will be given feedback on the business plan you have created and can clarify any issues raised with the tutor.
Your own tutor:
Mary James, the author of this course, will be your tutor.
Who is it for?
The course will benefit:
- delegates who have already completed one of our distance learning proofreading or copy-editing courses
- editors and proofreaders currently employed in companies who want to make the transition to freelance status
- freelancers who would like to grow their current business
There’s not much that beats the excitement of starting a new direction in your career by turning freelance. Sadly, for many of us, the fear of crossing the wobbly bridge to the land of independence somehow curbs that excitement and often makes us think again. Often, we decide not to do it.
Even if you are an established freelancer, it is worth taking some time to take a step back, review your current activities, and invest in yourself to see if you could make even more of a success of it.
Whichever of these situations chimes with you, you are already displaying something of what it takes to be an effective and successful freelancer: you are willing to question yourself, to look sideways at yourself, realise you can learn from experts in your field and chip away at what you don’t know in order to be more successful.
The course requires 6--8 hours of learning time as well as completion of an assignment. The assignment is in the form of a business plan and you will receive individual feedback on this from your tutor.