Starting a business is a fascinating process. As an English teacher with 15 years experience I had often considered taking the daunting step of creating a company which deals with the English language in some shape or form. Now it has become a reality...
Putting the pieces in place.
It's been a busy few weeks. Ever since I came up with the idea for a proofreading and copy-editing agency I've been building the business up, step by step: Office space, furniture, clients, employees, and of course a website. If you are reading this blog it means the site has gone live. This is thanks to Urban Element, a great web design company based in Witney, Oxfordshire.
Why proofreading and copy-editing?
So why proofreading and copy-editing? Having completed a course in both of these skills I was looking around for work. This is not easy to come by as a freelancer. In order to be competitive and actually get work you have to market yourself. This of course means creating a website and printed material; telephoning potential employers; creating dynamic accounts on social media; and this is all before you get down to the actual proofreading and copy-editing! So I thought why not organize this somewhat haphazard situation by becoming a go-between: publishers (of any description) on one side and the freelancers on the other?
Absolutely. The Internet has been in existence for over 20 years and we couldn't get by without it these days. The term global now actually means very local once you are online. Our company provides an English language correction service as well as proofreading and copy-editing. Anyone in any country who has a document in English, any kind of text from a website to a Phd thesis, and who would like the English language checked and corrected, can come to us. We even offer a 24 hour service.
Well, we've already had our first two clients and we look forward to welcoming many more. Also I'll be posting regular blogs here with tips on how to write better English: everything from the use of the subjunctive in modern English to the many ways we can use a semi-colon. Watch this space...