Search around freelance haunts for copy editing gigs and sooner or later you are going to find a few requests for editing marketing material. These work requests are typically a mega-boring standard advert with an overly ridiculous parenthesis at the end saying, (URGENT MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 24 HOURS!). Don’t stress! These are (typically) short order jobs, living in 2,000 word land. They are also relatively low paying, but hey, snap enough of these guys up and you can make some quick buckaroos.
- Quick turnaround! Is your bookie looking to break your legs? Grab a few of these and pay those debts.
- No story to deal with. Unlike novels, you are typically dealing with straight up business hoopla. You won’t be looking for plot holes, because they don’t exist.
- Do a good job and you might be able to net some continuous work from the company.
- A potential entry point for new freelancers to snag good reviews and bolster their online portfolios.
- Some of the companies (or at least the poor soul tasked with hiring a freelancer) have no idea what they really want other than proofreading and formatting. Here is a good article, 6 Tips for Copyediting E-Books, written by Joe Gillespie on the Business 2 Community website that gives you an idea of what they are looking for on their end.
- Some freelance websites only allow you to do so many jobs per month *cough* Upwork *cough*. Lots of little jobs for little money can exhaust your monthly jobs and leave you with empty wallets and empty bellies.
- Can cause you to weep tears of boredom.
I’m sure more experienced hands than I could write volumes, but this is a taste. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!