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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Heidi Turner $350.00 26 Register

Instructional hours: 9

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you should 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 will I learn?

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

  • Weekly course modules accessed through Canvas
  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Exercises
  • Assignments

Course materials will be available 24/7, and assignment deadlines will be posted well in advance, allowing you to set your own pace for learning.

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Assignments
  • Final project

The final project is due seven days after the end of the course.

Textbooks and learning materials

Recommended texts:



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

All other course materials and links to other recommended readings will be provided online.

Hardware and software requirements

  • Microsoft Word (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

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.

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