Editing for fun and maybe profit?
February 6, 2014 9:33 AM Subscribe
I am an English PhD who now works as a researcher in the private sector. For some time now I have been editing things (for free) for friends and family members. What do I need to know and do if I want to make a few bucks here and there doing this for others?
posted by synecdoche to Work & Money (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Let me say at the outset that I don't see this as becoming a substantial source of income for me. I still have my day job.
I'm just interested in using a skill I have to make a few dollars of extra spending money. The other reason is I miss some elements of academia and I am hoping that by focusing my efforts on attract clients from the university, as a fringe benefit I'll be able to read about cool research that's happening.
This is largely in the realm of I don't know what I don't know what I don't know. So what do I need to know? I can put together a web site easily enough but obviously there's more to it. How do I know what's a fair rate for my services? How do I initially attract some initial clients and build up some legitimate references?