Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: These days, content is produced at staggering speed and in enormous quantities. If you’ve got an eagle-eye for details, you can turn it into money, often on your own time.

Amava Take: There are different kinds of editing and endless things to edit! Copyediting for typos and grammar errors, substantive and structural editing for flow and meaning and tonal editing for consistency are just a few lenses through which to analyze content and make it more effective. From books to websites to employee manuals to emails to apps, text is everywhere and it all needs vetting. Get out that blue pencil (not really?) and get cracking!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Detail junkies and grammarians. You know who you are.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Make sure you know what the expectations are. If we ask for a copyedit we probably aren’t hoping for a structural reorganization.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Just get us the documents when we ask for them!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

It is quite satisfying to make a “good catch.”

How would you describe the hard parts?

Eyestrain can happen, but I always hydrate and take breaks.

What do you like most about editing?

I love to read anything from the side of cereal box to an encyclopedia, so this is a dream job for me.

Special Requirements: For copyediting and proofreading, you may need to take a test to show basic competency. For more complex jobs, more experience may be required.

Related Classes: The Keys to Effective EditingResearch Methods for Writers, Fundamentals of Technical Writing, Effective Business Writing, Business and MarketingWriting, Beginning Writer’s Workshop

Finding a Position: Editing jobs are listed on flex job sites, often coupled with proofreading job listings.You can also search home-based job sites or look for specific companies who hire freelance editors.