As of this week, it's been a year since I opened my online freelance editing business Kira B. Edits. It's been an interesting and enjoyable experience, and today, I wanted to talk about what I've learned.
Editing is something I've long enjoyed, just like writing. I went into college vaguely thinking I might become an editor for my day job, although my main dream has always been marriage, kids, and a career as a novelist. (I wasn't sure anyone could really succeed as an editor outside of NYC, though, which did not seem likely to suit me.)
While at Adams State University (the college I attended my freshman year), I was hired as the head copy editor of the school paper. I enjoyed that job a lot more than I'd expected to. I like being able to work fairly independently and on my own schedule, and I love the feeling of fixing up written text so that the words and ideas flow. I was definitely a beginner in terms of style rules (and comma rules), but I felt the job suited me.
When I transferred to BYU-Idaho, I decided to try going freelance as both a copy editor and copy writer on Fiverr. At the time, I was not aware that you were supposed to register yourself as a business when doing that sort of thing, but I didn't make taxable income anyway. In fact, I was quite underpaid, and that combined with the stress of copy writing led me to quit that job after a summer.
I continued to edit my own novels and to learn more about English grammar at school. I now planned to attend online grad school to become a librarian for my day job, but that ended up not working out, what with me developing a whole collection of chronic ailments. Being too sick to accomplish much anything, as well as dependent on my family, took a toll on my mental health. Fortunately, Mayo Clinic helped me out, as I've discussed before.
My improvement stalled out at a level where I'm able to work somewhere between 10 and 20 hours most weeks, as long as I'm working in a stable environment suited to my needs, like my home. So I made the decision to officially quit my graduate program and return to the freelancing life, this time without the copy writing and with an actual business license. My main goal for Kira B. Edits was simply to make a profit. Though I'm applying for SSI, I wanted to be able to ease my family's burden a little through my work--anything would better than the nothing I'd had before.
So here's what I've learned since I opened for business a year ago.
I've also gotten a better grasp on U.K. vs U.S. English and Kindle formatting guidelines, among other things. It's really been good for me! I'm glad I can continue to work as an editor in this new year.
Thanks for reading! I'll be back next week with some thoughts on time management.
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