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#EditorsChat 6: Ask a Freelancer

 

Ask a Freelancer / Conseils de pigiste (#EditorsChat / #ReviseursCauserie 6)

 

 
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    Many editors work freelance because they enjoy the freedom to choose the projects they want to work on, set their own hours and rates, and work from home. Are you considering taking the plunge?

    Plusieurs réviseurs sont pigistes parce qu'ils peuvent ainsi profiter de la liberté de choisir les projets qui leur seront confiés, fixer leurs propres heures et tarifs et travailler à partir de la maison. Envisagez-vous de devenir pigiste?
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    On your marks / À vos marques…

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    Join us July 12 @ 2 pm, EDT, for #EditorsChat. We’ll share experiences and tips about starting a freelance career.  http://www.editors.ca/node/3440 
     
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    Conseils de pigiste : Participez à notre prochaine #ReviseursCauserie, le mardi 12 juillet à 14 h, HAE.  http://www.reviseurs.ca/node/3444 
     
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    Join @editorscanada Tues at 2pm for a chat on freelancing. Follow #EditorsChat.
     
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    Join @editorscanada at 2pm ET for an #EditorsChat about #freelance work. All the cool kids will be there.
     
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    Get set / prêts…

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    Ask a Freelancer: What does it take to be your own boss? How do you find jobs? #EditorsChat starts at 2 pm, EDT.  http://www.editors.ca/node/3440 
     
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    Quelles sont les qualités requises pour devenir son propre patron? #ReviseursCauserie, le 12 juillet, à 14 h, HAE.  http://www.reviseurs.ca/node/3444 
     
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    #EditorsChat starts at 2 p.m., EDT today. Will you be joining us for the first time? Here's how to participate:  http://www.editors.ca/editorschat 
     
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    #ReviseursCauserie, aujourd'hui, à 14 h, HAE. Si vous nous rejoignez pour la première fois, consultez :  http://www.reviseurs.ca/reviseurscauserie 
     
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    #EditorsChat starts in 1 hour. Looking for tips about starting a freelance career? Join us!  http://www.editors.ca/node/3440 
     
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    Je suis prête! À 14 h, je répondrai à vos questions au sujet du travail à la pige. Venez discuter!@Mahika24 #ReviseursCauserie #EditorsChat
     
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    I'm looking forward to joining #EditorsChat and learning more about freelance editing! #BringOnTheTips!
     
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    #EditorsChat starts in 15 min. We'll be tweeting a lot for an hour. You could mute us, but why not join us & pick up some freelancing tips?
     
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    #ReviseursCauserie commencera dans 10 min. Nous allons « tweeter » pendant une heure. Rejoignez la conversation!
     
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    In five minutes, I'll be hanging out at #EditorsChat, answering questions about #freelancing. Come join me?
     
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    #EditorsChat starts in a few minutes. @kaarinawrites will be answering questions. Copyediting will be represented by @ebrenner. Tune in!
     
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    Go! / Commencez!

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    #EditorsChat is under way! Thank you for joining us! How is everyone today?
     
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    #EditorsChat I'm in! Glad to meet you all. Very excited!
     
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    #ReviseursCauserie commence! Merci de nous joindre. Comment ça va tout le monde?
     
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    We're talking about starting a career in freelance editing in today's #EditorsChat.
     
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    We're tracking all of the #EditorsChat questions for our guest speakers and will retweet them in sequence.
     
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    Please remember to use our answer-tagging format (e.g., if you're responding to Q1, add “A1” to your tweet). #EditorsChat
     
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    Let's get started! Have questions about becoming a freelance editor? Have advice to share? Tweet with us! #EditorsChat
     
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    Commençons! Nos expertes sont prêtes à offrir leurs conseils sur le travail à la pige #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    @editorscanada I told former colleagues that I was now freelancing. That got me started, then the word spread... #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 Getting listed in MediaBistro's directory brought me my first client. Answering ads at MB brought a couple others. #editorschat
     
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    A1 I got my first clients through publishing my own literary magazine then offering a short story editing service. #EditorsChat
     
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    @editorscanada A1 Networking, telling people about my work, and referrals from people who had confidence in my skills. #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 Laid-off & emailed “I’m available” 2 EVERYONE I knew from prev in-house gig. Work came so soon, didn’t qualify for EI #EditorsChat (1/2)
     
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    A1 Ed at prev gig went on med leave—they needed me to take over projects immediately. Still biggest client #luckybreak #EditorsChat (2/2)
     
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    A1: Only been doing this for a year, but already have a good range of clients by networking and my own website. SEO rocks! #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 An old coworker saw that I was doing SFU’s Editing Certificate on Facebook & asked if I was looking for work #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 My 1st clients: all word of mouth. Tell all friends, family, neighbours, colleagues you're freelancing. The leads will come. #EditorsChat
     
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    A1: One start-up strategy is to offer freelance services to your former in-house employer. #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 Networking #networking networking! Learning about marketing. And getting an @editorscanada ODE listing. #EditorsChat
     
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    @16annelou @editorscanada So has mine. Most of my #academic clients have found me through my ODE listing. #EditorsChat
     
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    A1 I spent a lot of time in the beginning marketing the heck out of myself (read: networking on steroids). That brought clients #editorschat
     
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    A1 @ebrenner Marketing is hard, though. Did you do cold calling? Or very targeted marketing? #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck I created a blog & shared the link. I participated heavily in socmed, and I hit some local events. #editorschat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck Cold calling has yet to work for me. Maybe because I'm targeting marketers, who don't always think about editing #editorschat
     
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    .@FrancesLPeck @ebrenner Cold calling/emailing is a good tactic if you want to work with publishers (not directly w/ authors) #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck @ebrenner Cold calling/emailing works with publishers because they rarely have time to LOOK FOR freelancers #EditorsChat
     
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    @editorscanada Recommended by MA supervisor, then sent my CV to lots of different academic publishers. Persistence pays off. #EditorsChat
     
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    I'm curious how long it takes to build up a client base to cover doing this as a full time job. #editorschat
     
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    .@CobwebText It depends how much time you put in, your tactics, your existing network, etc. Different for everyone #EditorsChat
     
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    .@CobwebText It took me about a year to get enough clients to be a full-time editor. I worked part time during that period. #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle @CobwebText It can also depend on the niche you want to work in: how much competition and work are there? #editorschat
     
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    A1 My first clients came through answering ads and people finding me through Editors Canada's ODE directory. #editorschat
     
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    A1 J'ai créé un site Internet, j'ai communiqué avec des clients potentiels par courriel et j'ai fait un « cold call ». #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A1. Je suis devenue membre d'associations professionnelles (p.ex. Réviseurs Canada, ma chambre de commerce locale) #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    Moi aussi @Mahika24 ... je suis devenue membre de Réviseurs Canada. #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A1. Je me suis fait faire des cartes professionnelles. Quand que je rencontrais un client potentiel, je lui remettais. #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    Q2 What sales or marketing efforts work best for you to bring in clients? #EditorsChat
     
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    Q2 Quelles sont les meilleures activités de marketing pour attirer les clients? #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    @editorscanada Networking, followed by having an online presence (website and LinkedIn, esp) for people to look at afterwards. #EditorsChat
     
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    A2 LinkedIn has brought me a few clients, but word of mouth is still best. Also networking at PD events, strong online presence #EditorsChat
     
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    @tanyatrusler A2 LinkedIn has brought me a few clients who looked me up in a different field - slow but not entirely useless. #EditorsChat
     
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    A2 Networking/Referrals! Never got a client from sales & marketing efforts. Got 1 client ever from ODE #EditorsChat (1/2)
     
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    A2 New clients are former co-workers or referrals from co-volunteers, ed/wri friends & existing clients. #EditorsChat (2/2)
     
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    A2 I second @NomadicEditor: referrals. I have a few "fans" who will recommend me. #editorschat
     
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    MT @Mahika24 A2... demander aux clients satisfaits de me recommander. #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    @ebrenner @NomadicEditor Yep. Referrals make up a number of my new clients every year. #goodcustomerservice pays off. #EditorsChat
     
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    A2 I third @ebrenner @NomadicEditor: referrals. Tell good clients you're open to more work so they don't assume you're booked. #EditorsChat
     
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    A2 Networking w/ editors and receiving referrals (and repeat work from clients) was one of the best ways I built my client base #EditorsChat
     
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    A2 I got the editor-in-chief gig for @Copyediting through social media. It was an amazing win but not typical. #editorschat
     
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    @editorscanada A2 Networking can take time to pay off, but it's worth it. I'm getting work now from lunches I ate last summer! #EditorsChat
     
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    Any marketing--cold calling, networking, referrals--take time to pay off. The key is to keep the engine running. 1/2 #editorschat
     
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    Since taking over @Copyediting last September, I've had less time to focus on my editing business and business is slow. 2/2 #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner Definitely. There are times of feast or famine, but it’s important to stick with it. #EditorsChat
     
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    @tanyatrusler Yup. I sometimes wonder if I was foolish to start a second business, even with my amazing partner @lepoole. #editorschat
     
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    .@tanyatrusler @ebrenner I believe if you market well enough, feast and famine won't necessarily happen! #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle @tanyatrusler And consistently. Once I started up, I didn't hit famine until I couldn't spend time marketing. #editorschat
     
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    @sophieplayle @ebrenner And then there are times when there’s WAY too much work going on! Hard to know when to turn things down #EditorsChat
     
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    .@tanyatrusler @ebrenner Yes! Saying 'no' is a skill. I'm getting better at it, though :) Easier when not afraid of losing out #EditorsChat
     
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    @tanyatrusler @sophieplayle I decided not to turn away work anymore. Instead I hire subs. I want to become an agency. #editorschat
     
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    @tanyatrusler @sophieplayle To clarify: I say no to work that doesn't fit my goals. If it fits, though, I take it on. #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner @sophieplayle @tanyatrusler So do you set aside time to send emails/network all the time? Weekly? Monthly? #EditorsChat
     
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    @ebrenner @warnken @sophieplayle I’m lucky because I now have a full-time client. Before it tricky to judge networking time. #EditorsChat
     
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    @warnken @sophieplayle @tanyatrusler Yes, (almost) daily. Not as much as I want, but I have a VA who helps. #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner Thanks! I'm still figuring out how to manage my time wisely, sounds like I don't set aside enough time for this. #EditorsChat
     
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    @warnken I teach a socmed marketing course and I encourage my students to figure out how much time they can reasonably spend. #editorschat
     
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    @warnken The more time you spend, the faster you can grow. BUT slower growth isn't the end of the world. Self-care is important #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner True! I don't want to move too quickly and overbook myself, so it seems to be all about finding a good pace. #EditorsChat
     
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    @warnken Good for you! If you're consistent, it will happen. #editorschat
     
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    @davidjohansen7 Yes! I tripped over the line more than once in the early days. #editorschat
     
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    @editorscanada A2 Although I haven't got business directly through LinkedIn most people check out my profile after I meet them. #EditorsChat
     
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    @kaarinawrites @editorscanada Sam here! It's never gotten me work but I find people expect you to have a profile there. #EditorsChat
     
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    How do you network? For me, a lot online. Facebook groups, editing forums, Twitter. I network a lot through @TheSfEP events. #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle Definitely social media and attending conferences. For my editing biz, I try to attend my client's conferences. #editorschat
     
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    @sophieplayle I keep up with all the in-house people I worked with, and get to know other editors at events #editorschat
     
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    @sophieplayle I stay in touch with old colleagues and drink lots of coffee! Maintaining personal connections is invaluable. #EditorsChat
     
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    @kaarinawrites @sophieplayle I let colleagues know I can help out if they have too much on their plates, like at holiday times. #EditorsChat
     
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    @16annelou That can be tricky. How do you word things so as not to seem desperate or annoying? Or do you know these folks well? #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner I do know them well. It's an open offer – I just fit them in around other things. No pressure! #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle Conferences for sure. Also Twitter and Facebook. Editors’ Association of Earth fb group is great. #EditorsChat
     
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    .@ebrenner That's something I need to do more of: attend client conferences! #EditorsChat
     
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    Did you do any volunteer (or drastically discounted) editing to build a portfolio? #EditorsChat
     
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    Didn't have to. Had enough work (& low expenses) so no need. It's worked for students of mine, though. #EditorsChat  https://twitter.com/jahleents/status/752928320380076032 
     
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    @FrancesLPeck @jahleents To clarify, when I say volunteering, I mean with my professional organizations--Not free editing! #editorschat
     
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    @NomadicEditor @FrancesLPeck I volunteere #editing services for an org I volunteer with. No paid work yet but great experience! #editorschat
     
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    @nabetafish @NomadicEditor @FrancesLPeck I do the same. Good experience, & also a nice way to give to a cause you believe in! #EditorsChat
     
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    @ebrenner @nabetafish Charity work is a great way to start a portfolio; my first portfolio piece came from a project like that. #EditorsChat
     
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    Q3 What are the best practices for pitching clients you've never worked w/before? Should I send work from other publications? #EditorsChat
     
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    Q3 Quel est une bonne façon de contacter un nouveau client/réviseur? p. .ex. envoyer des exemples de mon travail. #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A3 I’d like to know the answer too...I’ve never pitched to editors I didn’t know! #EditorsChat
     
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    @NomadicEditor A3 I have, but with little success so far. #EditorsChat. It's definitely scary to press Send on that email.
     
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    A3 Get a common connection to recommend you. #editorschat
     
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    A3 Put work samples and testimonials on your website. Direct potential clients there. #EditorsChat
     
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    @editorscanada A3 If you can, have someone who knows them pass on your name. Personally, I wouldn’t send samples unless asked. #EditorsChat
     
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    @Lucid_Editing Do you get clients' permission to post your edits of their work? Or are you posting finished products? #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner I only post finished works. I have permission from 1 client to share a before/after piece, but only when asked. #EditorsChat
     
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    @Lucid_Editing That makes sense. I joined a marketing forum and have posted finished projects there. Hoping it leads to work! #editorschat
     
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    A3 Agreed @kaarinawrites. I've never really been much for editing samples. Project lists and testimonials seem better. #editorschat
     
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    @nabetafish @kaarinawrites True. Like a high schooler's resume. List everything u ever edited/learned about editing #editorschat
     
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    @nabetafish Do you have training you can list? Pro bono projects you've done for a cause you love? #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner That are available to the public? No. Hazard of working w internal comms :P #EditorsChat
     
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    @ebrenner Training is on my LI. :) It serves as a good reminder to see what I've done. #EditorsChat #ProfessionalStudent
     
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    @ebrenner lol you'd think it would be a natural conclusion. #foresight I stand by my cause though. #EditorsChat I need more testimonials.
     
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    @nabetafish Have you asked for testimonials from those folks? Those could help. #editorschat
     
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    @ebrenner @nabetafish I have testimonials on my website. You can add them on LinkedIn too I believe. #EditorsChat
     
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    @tanyatrusler @nabetafish You can, but you have to use LI's system to obtain them. You can add your own testimonials. #editorschat
     
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    @tanyatrusler @nabetafish But you can ask through LI and then copy the testimonial on to your website (with permission). #editorschat
     
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    @kaarinawrites @editorscanada If you did decide to send samples, what kind of ones are potential clients most apt to like? #EditorsChat
     
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    @Editor_Clark @editorscanada I'd pick something that showcases the skills they need; a finished product that I'm proud of. #EditorsChat
     
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    @Editor_Clark @kaarinawrites I’ve wondered this too. There’s a portfolio section on LinkedIn too but not sure what to add. #EditorsChat
     
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    @ebrenner Thanks for the ideas!! I do have some published writing there but haven’t added editing yet. #EditorsChat
     
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    @tanyatrusler Go for it! I plan on recycle old blog posts on LI Pulse (lots of my clients there). As soon as I get time. :-/ #editorschat
     
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    A3 Best to pitch new clients in a field you already work in. You can say "I edited such-and-such" and they'll recognize it. #EditorsChat
     
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    A3 I don't pitch to clients. I work almost exclusively with authors; they come to me. Pitching works well w/ publishers, though #EDitorsChat
     
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    A3 I've gotten work emailing companies (for whom I'm an end user of their products) w sample edits of their docs. #editorschat #marketing
     
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    EAC's national job board offers freelance work. #editorschat
     
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    Q4 How do you determine your rates and how do you communicate that to potential authors? #EditorsChat
     
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    Q4 Sur quoi vous vous êtes basés pour établir la liste de vos prix pour vos services en rédaction et votre rémunération? #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A4 Determine rates by experimenting what the market accepts vs what I need. I publish a range of rates on my website & quote #EditorsChat
     
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    A4 Ditto @sophieplayle: what the market accepts. Most of my clients prefer hourly. #editorschat
     
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    A4 @sophieplayle agreed. It's about what the market will bear. Always good to poke the market and raise your rates! #editorschat
     
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    So true. Govt and corp pay more; pub less; authors...all over map. Find the balance that pays yr bills. #EditorsChat  https://twitter.com/NomadicEditor/status/752934459784228866 
     
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    @FrancesLPeck I just registered as a govt supplier; looking forward to seeing where it goes as a source of work. #EditorsChat #editing
     
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    @nabetafish Good step. But gov't still works best through word of mouth. Get in touch with the comm's and project managers. #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck I went to head office for an unrelated matter, left with an #editing project. Course instructors = great too #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck Problem is, they can't hire me bc they're obligated to use registered suppliers. It was a natural consequence. #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck That's why I've stuck w/ marketing copy. I work for companies, not indivs. Plus companies offer direct deposit. #editorschat
     
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    A4 My major client sets a budget and I work to it at my rate. Rate has gone up as I get faster and better. #EditorsChat (1/2)
     
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    A4 I rely on advice from EAC/PWAC & colleagues. I've different rates for different types of clients/industries. (2/2) #editorschat
     
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    A4 I set a flat rate based on @editorscanada guidelines. Big companies can have their own rates though, so have to be flexible #EditorsChat
     
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    A4 Research going rates in your area; adjust re your experience. New @editorscanada rates survey will help when it comes out. #EditorsChat
     
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    @editorscanada A4 Decide what you want/need to earn. Remember your skills. Try something. Say it with confidence. Repeat. #EditorsChat
     
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    A4: I set a rate based on my niche and experience, and discuss it with clients once they express interest in working with me. #EditorsChat
     
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    Sur quoi vous vous êtes basés pour établir la liste de vos prix pour vos services en rédaction et votre rémunération? #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A4 @NomadicEditor @sophieplayle. And don't forget to raise your rate. Client will never do it for you. Do it regularly. #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck Publishers pay what they pay--take or leave. To other indus. editors = another service provider. #editorschat
     
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    @NomadicEditor Yes! Some companies are more price sensitive than others, but most don't pay as low as publishers or indivs. #editorschat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck Do you find it better to raise it a small % annually or more every few years? #editorschat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck Can you elaborate on what you mean by "regularly"? Once a year, more often? #EditorsChat
     
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    A4 @ebrenner I raise mine a bit more ($5/hr) every couple/few years. I like round numbers! #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck That's what I've done and it's worked for the most part. #editorschat
     
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    Consider the psychology of pricing! Round numbers aren't always great. £999 feels better than £1000, for example #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck I wonder if smaller increases for price-sensitive clients would be a good strategy. #editorschat
     
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    A4 Hm. May create impression you're always upping. May bug them more than a bigger hike less often. #EditorsChat  https://twitter.com/ebrenner/status/752936429576155136 
     
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    @FrancesLPeck I agree! It would annoy me if I were in their shoes ... #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle @FrancesLPeck Agreed. I used to manage projects in-house, and regular upping would make budgeting harder for me. #EditorsChat
     
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    A4 When a client that keeps coming back, raise the rate! If they love me, they'll pay to keep me! #editorschat
     
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    @NomadicEditor Agreed. Clients will pay for peace of mind (quality work, fast turnaround, etc.). #EditorsChat
     
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    @FrancesLPeck @NomadicEditor @sophieplayle I struggle with raising my rates! I probably need to do it more often! #EditorsChat
     
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    .@tanyatrusler It's easier to raise your rates when you aren't in desperate NEED of work so you can risk being turned down #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle @tanyatrusler It's a tough conundrum for sure, but try hard not to undersell yourself. It will pay off long term. #EditorsChat
     
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    A4 Ask colleagues about going rates. Know what you need to earn. Understand difference between in-house and freelance rates. #editorschat
     
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    Q5 How do you ensure you get paid? Do you recommend taking deposits? #EditorsChat
     
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    Q5 Comment assurez-vous que vous recevez un paiement? Prenez-vous des dépôts? #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    A5 I ask for half for deposit from indiv clients. But big companies often won’t do that, and yep, I’ve been screwed over once! #EditorsChat
     
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    A5 Absolutely! I never start work on a job before receiving a deposit. #EditorsChat
     
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    A5) 50% deposit new clients, 25% repeat clients. I use FreeAgent ( http://fre.ag/43g3im21 ) for professional, trackable invoices #EditorsChat
     
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    A5 With companies, as long as they have a good rep and & I've filled out the paperwork ahead of time, I bill at month's end. #editorschat
     
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    A5 With indivs, I ask for ½ up front. If they turn into a regular client, I move to a EOM model. #editorschat
     
  228.  
    MT @ryandavidperks A5 yes! Deposits are a necessary part of making sure you can survive between final payouts. #EditorsChat
     
  229.  
    @editorscanada A5 I use a contract for corporate clients. I’ve never asked for a deposit, but I know many editors do. #EditorsChat
     
  230.  
    @kaarinawrites @editorscanada Contracts, yes! There is a Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement available on the Editors' Association site.
     
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    A5 Timely submission of invoices and regular follow-ups (my clients have AP dept.). Chase politely when I have to. #EditorsChat
     
  233.  
    A5 I never get deposit b/c I always work for big employers or known authors. If you work w/ unknown indiv, def. need one. #EditorsChat
     
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    @kaarinawrites @editorscanada A5 I don't ask for deposits – and so far my trust in the human race has paid off! #EditorsChat
     
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    A5 Never done it, but think deposits are good idea for big projects with unknown entities, individuals etc. #editorschat
     
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    A5 I did threaten to involve EAC/PWAC moderators when pub. started selling WFH book b4 paying me (still my copyright!) #editorschat
     
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    A5 I ask for a deposit when I have no previous connection with the client and I don't know much about them. #editorschat
     
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  239.  
    How do you plan for the difference in benefits (health, disability, etc.) when taking the leap? #EditorsChat
     
  240.  
    Q6 How do you plan for the difference in benefits (health, disability, etc.) when taking the leap? #EditorsChat
     
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    @GunvilleEditing I got benefits coverage at a good rate by joining my alma mater's health plan (in Canada). #EditorsChat
     
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    A6 I'm lucky: my husband carries our benefits through his employer. Though I've been thinking I should get LTD insurance. #editorschat
     
  244.  
    @ebrenner A6 I highly recommend LTD and critical care insurance. Just in case! #EditorsChat
     
  245.  
    @ebrenner I've had family coverage too, but am exploring options offered through professional associations like @editorscanada #EditorsChat
     
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    @editorscanada A6 Prof. associations often give access to insurance; If you don't have coverage, you need an emergency fund. #EditorsChat
     
  248.  
    A6 First 10 yrs I didn't bother—Canada, healthy, no dependents. Now I'm older, need to research disability/supphealth #editorschat
     
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  250.  
    Do you offer to edit a page of a potential client's MS as a free sample? #EditorsChat
     
  251.  
    @jahleents Yes. I'll edit up to 1,000 words as part of the pitch process. #editorschat
     
  252.  
    .@jahleents Yup, I offer to edit 500 words for free. Some people are unaware of the detail an edit can go into! #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle @jahleents I think it helps them see how much better the copy can be, too. #editorschat
     
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  255.  
    Q7 What do you wish you had known before you made the decision to go freelance? What would you do over? #EditorsChat (Last question!)
     
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    A7 Don't start 2 businesses at once. I started an unrelated biz and it failed utterly. I didn't have the time for both. #editorschat
     
  259.  
    Au début, q'est-ce que vous auriez évité pour ne pas perdre du temps inutile ? Par quoi auriez-vous ou avez-vous commencé?#ReviseursCauserie
     
  260.  
    A6 Hmm...Établir une spécialité. Ne pas essayer de tout faire pour tout le monde. #ReviseursCauserie
     
  261.  
    @editorscanada A7 I would have made the leap sooner! I love the freelance life. #EditorsChat
     
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    A7 All I know is I absolutely love it and would encourage anyone to stick with it! Working from home for great clients rocks #EditorsChat
     
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    A7 I'd think more about what I like to work on. I always took work that was there and paid. Sometimes (often) dry. #lovewhatudo #EditorsChat
     
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    A7 Now, after 25 yrs, am doing so much work I like. Makes a difference. I used to think work wasn't supposed to be fun! #EditorsChat
     
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    A7 Get stuck in freelancing. No mgmnt experience, no promotion. Hard to get high level in-house gig now #EditorsChat (1/2)
     
  269.  
    A7 Wish I had foreseen this effect and done cred like PMP or MBA years ago when I had the energy. Too late now! #EditorsChat (2/2)
     
  270.  
    A7 I would have done it sooner & I would have joined @editorscanada sooner. It's hard to imagine life without my #edibuddies! #EditorsChat
     
  271.  
    @editorscanada A7 I think I would have trusted that it would all work out, rather than trying another career for so many years #EditorsChat
     
  272.  
    @chrissie_mains @editorscanada I'm finding trust/patience is key in my first few months as a full-time freelancer! #EditorsChat
     
  273.  
    A7 I would have niched sooner. Niching has helped me consolidate my brand and bring in more projects that I enjoy! #EditorsChat
     
  274.  
    @sophieplayle Great point. It’s so much more rewarding to edit something in your own niche (& you have more to offer clients) #EditorsChat
     
  275.  
    A7 Haven’t worked 9-5 for 8.5 years. Don’t think I can go back unless I'm boss. Have 30 wrk yrs to go. Daunting! #EditorsChat
     
  276.  
    A7: Don't get stuck in one niche. Branching out into other areas of editing helps you get noticed and prevents boredom. #EditorsChat
     
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    @sophieplayle That's ok. Every editor and every situation is different. As long as we each find good work! #EditorsChat
     
  279.  
    @DJKrushen @sophieplayle There's no right way to be a freelance editor (but there are some WRONG ways ;- ) #editorschat
     
  280.  
    Avez-vous commencé à temps part. ou temps plein? Combien d'heures par semaine on devrait investir pour un bon rendement ? #ReviseursCauserie
     
  281.  
    @Miss_3_0 J'ai commencé à temps part...mais continué à essayer de trouver un client important #ReviseursCauserie
     
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  283.  
    Et en ce qui concerne les pigistes ? Y-existe-t'il une association professionnelle pour eux spécifiquement ? #ReviseursCauserie
     
  284.  
    @Miss_3_0 Il y a toujours le Carrefour des langagiers entrepreneurs (CLEF) anciennement l'ATAMESL  http://www.atamesl.org/  #ReviseursCauserie
     
  285.  
    @Miss_3_0 Êtes-vous membre de Réviseurs Canada? (les membres salariés et pigistes) #ReviseursCauserie
     
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    Wrap-up / En conclusion

  288.  
    Time flies! That's a wrap for #EditorsChat. Thank you to everyone who participated during the chat and who sent in questions ahead of time.
     
  289.  
    C’est tout pour aujourd’hui! Merci à tous ceux qui ont participé à notre séance de clavardage. #ReviseursCauserie
     
  290.  
    Sorry if we didn't get to your question. This was one popular #EditorsChat! We'll have to do it again, won't we?
     
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    Thanks also to @StaceyDAtkinson, @breanne_mac and Sébastien Koch for helping to organize #EditorsChat today.
     
  294.  
    Merci aussi à notre présentatrice de #EditorsChat @michelleou de @editorscanada et aux coordinateurs @breanne_mac et Sébastien Koch.
     
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    @editorscanada This was so much fun. Thanks for hosting another great #EditorsChat!
     
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    @editorscanada Thanks for hosting, and thanks to all for great answers. It was a lot of fun and informative. #EditorsChat
     
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    Thanks for the great chat, @editorscanada! Good networking today, everyone! ;) #EditorsChat
     
  302.  
    @editorscanada Big thanks for hosting #EditorsChat Lots of great info for those of us starting out! #freelance
     
  303.  
  304.  
    Thanks @editorscanada for this fun and informative #EditorsChat! I can't wait to put all those tips I learned to good use. :)
     
  305.  
    Thanks for hosting the great #EditorsChat, @editorscanada - I chose a good time to start doing some research :)
     
  306.  
    We'll announce the date and theme for our next #EditorsChat soon. If you have topic suggestions, tweet at us!
     
  307.  
    Nous annoncerons bientôt la date et le thème de la prochaine séance de #ReviseursCauserie. « Tweeter » nous vos suggestions de sujets.
     
  308.  
    La discussion #ReviseursCauserie se termine maintenant. Il y aura bientôt un récapitulatif sur Storify  https://storify.com/editorscanada 
     
  309.  
    #EditorsChat signing off. Look for a recap of this chat on Storify in the next couple of days.  https://storify.com/editorscanada