This is the fourth (and final) article in this series. If you haven’t read the others, there are links to them at the bottom of this page.
I have written about various ways you can maximise your time to achieve more in your day. I wrote about writing and how you can do this by simply outsourcing certain tasks.
Now I’ll cover how you can, by finding an experienced editor and proofreader, save you hours, days, or even weeks’ worth of time, depending on the word count, complexity, and the topic/genre.
Because so much is achieved online these days, you might write:
- Content for your websites.
- Books, brochures, pamphlets, etc.
- Letters and/or emails to companies to sell them your products, organise deals, introduce yourself, make purchases, and a myriad of other things.
You might well be an excellent writer, but find it difficult, and time-consuming, to triple check what you have written. Because of this, you may have made numerous errors. It doesn’t look professional, especially if you’re dealing with other companies that may very well judge you, based on what you write.
The alternative is to hire an experienced editor/proofreader to check your content before it’s sent out, or your website content prior to going live. While lots of companies have full-time editors to check everything, this may prove too costly.
Therefore, the ideal solution is to hire an experienced, freelance editor/proofreader. Because you don’t have to pay a wage (and all entitlements that come with a salaried job), you only pay for each task you give a freelancer. This works out to be more financially viable, while still ensuring you have high-quality, error-free material.
There are three major benefits you gain by using a freelancer when necessary:
- You don’t need to stress over every word, all punctuation, and all other elements that are routinely checked by the person you use.
- This means you’ll write faster.
- The other major benefit is TIME! You’ll gain extra time to spend on more important tasks. Even if you only save an hour each day, it means you have five hours per week that can be better spent.
Perhaps your main income is derived from sales of books you’ve written. Some may be 50,000 words, while others may be 100,000 words. You’ll have plenty of time for other things, while your editor could save you up to a month, depending on the word count in your book.
Another reason for using an editor/proofreader is that it’s very easy to write something, and check it for errors. However, if you read it over and over, eventually you’ll get to the point where you read what should be there, instead of what is actually written.
Editors take time, money, and concentrated effort but, ultimately, save you time and money that could be wasted otherwise. A good editor can save their clients from publishing low-quality content that would make the company look bad.
A good quality editor will make all the necessary changes so you’re always producing high quality writing. There are times when the writer wants to see every single change made. This is usually best done by using the “track changes” facility that’s an option in MS Word.
The main reason I understand the necessity for good quality editing and proofreading is because that’s part of what I offer as a highly skilled editor, proofreader, and writer.
If you would like to present high quality material and still save yourself time, you can hire me to edit your work, while you maximise your use of all the extra time you gain.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the possibility of hiring me to reduce your stress by easing your workload, and giving you more time for other matters, send me an email via the contact page on my website at http://ghostwritingspot.com/contact
Feel free to read some of the testimonials on my site to verify the high standard of work I provide.
Here are the links to my previous three posts in this series.
Part 1 – tinyurl.com/mzem9ve3
Part 2 – tinyurl.com/29nn2wu3
Part 3 – tinyurl.com/3dz7dkn6
Thank you for reading this series of articles and I hope it has opened your eyes to the possibility of maximising your time and effort to produce better results.