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Kickstart Your Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork

via Skillshare


Do you want to start a work-from-home career as a freelance editor and proofreader? Do you have a good eye for detail in English writing? Become an editor and proofreader on the #1 freelance site in the world, 

In this course, I use my own experience on Upwork to show you how to get up to speed quickly as an editing & proofreading category freelancer. The course discusses how to create an effective bid cover letter, what bidding principles work well, and how much to bid to win contracts. 

I also present insights from my writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015) to help you satisfy clients and thus earn high ratings. Earning high ratings leads to a domino effect of more and more work. These insights also include my philosophy of editing that preserves clients' ideas and meanings while removing troubling "weeds" from their writing. 

The course additionally provides more approaches, philosophies, and tips for editing and proofreading that have led me to a 97% client satisfaction rating on Upwork. 

The objectives of this course are to help students understand the key principles of success on Upwork, learn the techniques used to get good contracts, and apply the principles to make clients happy. No prerequisite knowledge or materials are required. 


  • Overview
  • Welcome from the Instructor
  • Introduction to Freelancing on Upwork
  • The Challenge of Beginning
  • My Earnings Report
  • Freelancer and Agency Account Types
  • Getting Paid
  • How to Avoid Long Payment Delays
  • The Key Elements of the Freelancer Profile Page
  • How to Find Work
  • Writing Effective Bid Proposals and Cover Letters
  • Bidding Principles to Win
  • How Much Should I Bid?
  • The Power of Good Ratings
  • Develop a Stable of Repeat Clients
  • Start Strong with These Approaches and Philosophies
  • More Approaches and Philosophies
  • An Editing Philosophy that Keeps Clients Happy
  • Use these 6 Practical Tips to Ensure Success
  • Should you use Grammarly?
  • What to Do if the Client Wants Substantive Editing
  • The Online Editor/Proofreader Lifestyle

Taught by

Duncan Koerber


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