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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • The course is also useful for freelancers who have tried Upwork but haven’t had any success yet.
  • This course is meant for people who have no knowledge of Upwork

What you’ll learn: 

  • Know how to create an effective bid proposal cover letter to attract clients
  • Learn how to win contracts with sound bidding principles
  • Gain good ratings quickly to improve bidding chances
  • Know how to impress clients through simple editing philosophies and approaches
  • Cultivate repeat clients for further business
  • Fast-track your online editing and proofreading career
  • Know how to avoid the typical mistakes that cost new freelancers money


  • Microsoft Word software will be required to complete clients’ jobs

Do you want to make a side income from home in your spare time? Do you have a good eye for detail in English writing? Become an editor and proofreader on the #1 freelance site in the world, Upwork.

In this course, I use my own experience on Upwork to show you how to get up to speed quickly as an editing & proofreading category freelancer. The course discusses how to create an effective bid cover letter, what bidding principles work well, and how much to bid to win as many job contracts as possible.

I present insights from my writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015) to help you satisfy clients and thus earn high ratings. Earning high ratings leads to a domino effect of more and more jobs. These insights also include my philosophy of editing that preserves clients’ ideas and meanings while removing troubling “weeds” from their writing.

The course additionally provides more approaches, philosophies, and tips for editing and proofreading that have led me to a 97% client satisfaction rating on Upwork.

Build your online freelance editing and proofreading career today and develop a stable of repeat clients.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge on how to start your career as a freelance editor and proofreader on Upwork.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about kickstarting your career as a freelance editor and proofreader on Upwork.

Course Curriculum

1h 29m

Section 1 - Introductory Information
Course Overview And Instructor Introduction 00:00:00
My Earnings Report 00:00:00
Introduction To Freelancing On Upwork 00:00:00
The Challenge Of Beginning 00:00:00
Section 2 - The Basics To Get Started On Upwork
Freelancer And Agency Account Types 00:00:00
Getting Paid 00:00:00
How To Avoid Long Payment Delays 00:00:00
The Key Elements In The Upwork Profile Page 00:00:00
How To Find Work 00:00:00
What The Client Sees When You Submit A Proposal 00:00:00
Section 3 - Bidding
Writing Effective Bid Proposals And Cover Letters 00:00:00
Bidding Principles To Win 00:00:00
How Much Should I Bid? 00:00:00
Section 4 - Ratings And Repeat Clients
The Power Of Good Ratings 00:00:00
Develop A Stable Of Repeat Clients 00:00:00
Section 5 - Macro-level Tips For Doing A Great Job
Start Strong With These Approaches And Philosophies 00:00:00
More Approaches And Philosophies 00:00:00
One Editing Philosophy That Keeps Clients Happy 00:00:00
Section 6 - Practical Concerns
Use These 6 Practical Tips To Ensure Success 00:00:00
What To Do If A Client Wants Substantive Editing 00:00:00
Lifestyle Issues Of The Online Editor And Proofreader 00:00:00

Course Reviews


6 ratings
  1. Linda Surlak



    This class was very informative for someone considering proofing and editing and using a source like Upwork to find jobs. It had valuable info even if you were going to find your own clients. I took lots of notes and will refer to them often!

  2. Denisa Yarbrough

    Quality information from a pro


    This course by Prof. Duncan was very informative about “kickstarting a freelance career as a proofreader/editor.” I have more clarity about using upworks as well as how to obtain jobs as a newbie.

  3. Sue Ellen

    Kickstart A Freelance Editor And Proofreader Career On Upwork


    Some very good tips and explanations of different levels of this work.

  4. Theresa

    Just the Knowledge Needed


    I am just looking into starting a part-time career as a freelance editor, and I was pleasantly surprised by this course. The instructor gave great tips on how to start on Upwork, setting a price, and even offered editing tips. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking into this career.

  5. Daisjah

    Extremely Useful


    This was an extremely useful course. I thought it would be giving tips on how to proofread and edit only, but it is really a walk-through of the website Upwork and gave a few good tips on how to proofread and edit.

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