Freelancing for Editors

This course will introduce you to the basics of running a freelance editing business, challenging you to look at yourself as both an editor and a small business owner. You will explore topics such as managing cash flow, finding new clients, choosing a speciality, marketing your business, and charging GST.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to better see yourself as both an editor and a small business owner, with the tools required to make decisions from a business perspective.

The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.

Instructional hours: 9


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 3 weeks
Tuition: $350
Can be applied to:
Editing Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Feb 8, 2023
  • Wed, Feb 8 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Feb 15 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Feb 22 (self-paced all week)
InstructorHeidi Turner
Seats Available16
Start DateWed, May 10, 2023
  • Wed, May 10 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, May 17 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, May 24 (self-paced all week)
InstructorHeidi Turner
Seats Available27
Start DateWed, Oct 4, 2023
  • Wed, Oct 4 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 11 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 18 (self-paced all week)
Seats Available30

What you will learn

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Write your business plan
  • Write a contract that addresses potentially problematic situations
  • Identify various methods of managing cash flow

How you will learn and be evaluated

Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises
  • Assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Assignments
  • Final project (due 1 week after course ends)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Recommended reading

Primary: Lima, P. Six-Figure Freelancer: How to find, price and manage corporate writing assignments. 4th edition. Paul Lima Presents, 2014. ISBN 978-1927710166

Secondary: Foote, C.S. The Business Side of Creativity: The complete guide to running a small graphics design or communications business. 3rd updated edition. W.W. Norton & Co., 2002. ISBN 978-0393730937

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

You will need access to the following:

  • Microsoft Word (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function
  • A printer
  • A scanner or camera to create a digital copy of editing examples to be submitted for one of the assignments
  • High-speed internet access
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

English language requirements

To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:

  • Overall band score minimum 6.5
  • No band below 6.0
  • Writing band score minimum 8.0

Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.

If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.