Many companies don’t need a full-time in-house writer. Hiring a freelancer frees up your employees to do their jobs without worrying about writing, editing, and proofreading.
A freelancer takes the responsibility to craft good quality documents, written, edited, or proofread to order.
By developing a working relationship with a core group of freelancers, you can rely on them to get to know you and your needs, and they can become a vital link in your business.
What’s the difference between editing and proofreading?
Editing a document can involve several steps. If you need a substantive edit, or comprehensive editing, the editor goes through your document and revises it, moving text around, if needed, so that the text flows and reads well. If there are tables, links or figures, the editor ensures that they all make sense and fit with the text.
A substantive editor looks at the content and organization, as well as style and design to complete the project.
If you need a copy edit, the editor reads through the document and is concerned with the grammar, punctuation, spelling, and overall presentation.
The copy editor ensures that tenses and facts are consistent, among other things.
With the edits, why do I need a proofreader?
Writers and editors are very close to the document that they’ve been working on. A final pair of eyes, from someone who is new to the project, can view the work objectively and often catch errors that just weren’t seen before. This isn’t because the writer and editor can’t do their jobs, it’s because they are so close to the work that their mind play tricks on them. When they’re reading, they know what they should see, so their brain tells them that it is there.
Mistakes that make it to print can be embarrassing to the company and costly to correct. This is one area where it is worth spending some of your budget, in order to prevent those mistakes.