As a freelance writer and editor, I recently decided to take my work a step further by starting my own small business on the Internet. I have always enjoyed helping people with their writing; in fact, I used to tutor at my university’s writing center. Now as the owner of a small writing and editing business, I strive to instill confidence in my clients by encouraging them to take pride in their written communication skills. I also enjoy helping expert writers polish their documents for an optimal final product.
When I had twin girls almost two years ago, I left the work force to be a stay-at-home mom. Once I regained comfort and confidence in my writing and editing abilities, I started taking on freelance work, and I eventually decided to start my own website. Now I am the owner of Letter for Letter, a writing, editing, and proofreading service. One of the biggest benefits I have found is the ability to incorporate. When I first began my passion I thought there was no reason to create an actual company. After visiting with legal and accounting professionals boy did I realize I was wrong!
Along the way, I have learned far more about writing and editing than I thought I ever would. Every document that I write or edit is experience that I can take with me into the next project. I have had clients with varying levels of writing expertise, and my goal is to make sure that they leave with something other than just a written or edited document. I do my best to make my business their business. It is how I get into my clients shoes and ensure that our project is a success. I find that ensuring their company does well is the best way of making sure mine does too.
As a writer and editor, I always take the time to provide tips along the way to encourage my clients to take pride in their writing skills. In college I was a writing tutor, and I learned that many people simply don’t see themselves as writers. As a matter of fact, writing is a vital skill in any career; strong written communication skills project an image of capability and confidence. It is also important in almost every industry. Consider how you present yourself to clients, it is via marketing – and most if not all marketing is written. Even actors on a screen are reading off of a script that someone gave them. In that way, writing is big business and an integral part to ensuring you make money.
Writing and editing services aren’t just for those who lack confidence in their writing; it is also for seasoned writers who want a second set of eyes for their work. Many online spell check systems only scan for spelling errors and overlook punctuation, capitalization, and word choice. Furthermore, they do not account for misuse of a word (their vs. there), use of an actual word with the letters transposed (form vs. from), or missing or extraneous punctuation (its vs. it’s). Even the most experienced writers sometimes overlook minor errors when they’ve spent hours trying to write the perfect document.
Although some may measure the success of their business in numbers or income, I measure my success in the amount of progress that I have made since I started my business. When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I never knew that I would have it in myself to embark on such a daunting venture. Now I can say with confidence that I am a writer, editor, webmaster, and, most importantly, a small business owner.