Tina F. Barbour Editing Services LLC is open for business.
I decided in 2013 to explore starting my own freelance editing business. It took a lot of research and preparation before I was ready to say, I’m going to do it.
I started with lists of things to consider. In a notebook I bought for the planning, I made my first list on April 21, 2013. I didn’t make my next one until November 3, 2013.
Why the delay?
Probably fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure.
This past fall, the desire to edit for others and to own my own business outweighed the fear, and I started making lists with more purpose.
Discuss structure/taxes with CPA. Check.
Settle on name of business. Check.
Discuss structure with attorney. Check.
Write a business plan. Check.
Decide what services to offer. Check.
Begin stocking my reference library. Check.
The only real headache in all this was when I applied for a business license from my town. I learned that I first had to register my business name with the county circuit court.
I went to the court. They weren’t sure if I had to register and sent me to the commissioner of revenue. They said, yes, I had to register, assisted me with the paperwork, and sent me back to the circuit court.
Then it was back to town hall for the business license.
But all is in order now.
A second headache is developing a business website, which I’m still in the process of doing. I hope to have that up and running very soon.
In the meantime, here are the services that I will offer:
I provide editing and proofreading services to writers working on a variety of manuscripts and copy, including blog posts, other Web works, nonfiction books, nonfiction periodical articles, essays, business writing (articles, Web copy, and newsletters), medical and scientific articles/copy for the lay person, and government agency copy.
I provide the following types of copyediting:
Mechanical editing: Reviewing and making corrections in consistent use of style, capitalization, spelling, use of hyphens, abbreviations, punctuation, numbers, grammar, syntax, word choice, consistent use of names, and consistent use of documentation.
Substantive editing: Includes mechanical editing. Also includes reviewing and suggesting changes in structure, organization of content, paragraphing, clarity of the content, audience consideration, and obvious factual errors.
I also provide proofreading services:
Proofreading: The last phase of editing a manuscript. Usually done by comparing proofs with last edited copy, reviewing for and correcting typographical errors, spacing, inaccurate punctuation marks, consistency in font and point size, page numbers, missing words, accurate hyperlinks, and accurate indexes.
I’m excited about this new adventure! If you have any questions about my services, please contact me through this website or by emailing TinaFBarbourEditing(at)gmail(dot)com.
Have you ever had your own business? If you could have any kind of business, what would it be?