Kickstart Your Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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22 Videos (1h 31m)
    • Welcome from the Instructor

      2:15
    • Course Overview

      1:28
    • Introduction to Freelancing on Upwork

      6:03
    • The Challenge of Beginning

      3:16
    • My Earnings Report

      5:27
    • Freelancer and Agency Account Types

      2:54
    • Getting Paid

      2:36
    • How to Avoid Long Payment Delays

      3:41
    • The Key Elements of the Freelancer Profile Page

      4:54
    • How to Find Work

      6:19
    • Writing Effective Bid Proposals and Cover Letters

      10:42
    • Bidding Principles to Win

      4:36
    • How Much Should I Bid?

      5:52
    • The Power of Good Ratings

      2:17
    • Develop a Stable of Repeat Clients

      4:31
    • Start Strong with These Approaches and Philosophies

      2:34
    • More Approaches and Philosophies

      4:09
    • An Editing Philosophy that Keeps Clients Happy

      2:14
    • Use these 6 Practical Tips to Ensure Success

      4:37
    • Should you use Grammarly?

      5:32
    • What to Do if the Client Wants Substantive Editing

      2:14
    • The Online Editor/Proofreader Lifestyle

      3:02

About This Class

Do you want to start a work-from-home career as a freelance editor and proofreader? Do you have a good eye for detail in English writing? Become an editor and proofreader on the #1 freelance site in the world, Upwork.com. 

In this course, I use my own experience on Upwork to show you how to get up to speed quickly as an editing & proofreading category freelancer. The course discusses how to create an effective bid cover letter, what bidding principles work well, and how much to bid to win contracts. 

I also present insights from my writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015) to help you satisfy clients and thus earn high ratings. Earning high ratings leads to a domino effect of more and more work. These insights also include my philosophy of editing that preserves clients' ideas and meanings while removing troubling "weeds" from their writing. 

The course additionally provides more approaches, philosophies, and tips for editing and proofreading that have led me to a 97% client satisfaction rating on Upwork. 

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Duncan does an excellent job inspiring confidence in a beginning proofreader. I appreciate his linear method of teaching, tackling one logical question at a time to completion. I am extremely excited about putting what I have learned into practice, and plan to take more of Duncan's courses. Thank you, Duncan!
Very nice and thorough description. Step-by-step visuals with personal anecdotes.
This course was very helpful and informative. I also appreciate how specific it was. When I was searching for editing videos on Skillshare, I didn't expect an Upwork-related course to pop up! Just what I needed. Thank you, Duncan!
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Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

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