Green Ink Edits
About 2 years ago, though, I started to want something of my own. Something to raise a little extra money, yes (nonprofit work pays OK, but not stupendously), but I also wanted something that I was completely in charge of, that I could run as I wanted, that was mine. We also have been aware for about 2 years that my husband may lose his job at any time as the company increases outsourcing and re-organizes every 6 months or so, and I wanted to be prepared to bring in some extra income should we need it, preferably something he could work on as well if necessary. If he loses his job, chances are fairly good that we’ll have to move for him to take another job, so I needed to be prepared in case I was the one without a job if we had to move.
So I started my own freelance business, Green Ink Edits. I offer proofreading and copyediting services for a variety of documents. I have had projects ranging from fiction manuscripts to academic textbooks to online healthcare education courses. I enjoy the work, learning about all sorts of different things from the documents I edit and letting lose my inner grammar snob when appropriate. I’ve also enjoyed learning more about editing as a profession – I’m currently enrolled in the Copyediting Certificate program and the University of California San Diego, so two more courses and I can add that to my resume as well.
So in all of my spare time (ha!), I work on various editing projects, often to the detriment of the cleanliness of my house and my quality time with my husband. I love it, though, and would consider making a full-time career of it under the right circumstances. I’m not the fastest editor out there (since I don’t do it full-time), but my rates are cheap and my work is good. Check out the Green Ink Edits website for more information if you need some editorial work done.