Kickstart a Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork

The Complete Guide to Satisfying Clients and Growing Your Freelancing Business

What students are saying…

What you’ll learn

  • Create an effective bid proposal cover letter to attract clients..
  • Win contracts with sound bidding principles..
  • Gain good ratings quickly to improve bidding chances..
  • Impress clients through simple editing philosophies and approaches..
  • Cultivate repeat clients for further business..
  • Fast-track your online editing and proofreading career..
  • Avoid the typical mistakes that cost new freelancers money..

Course Content

  • Welcome to the Course! –> 1 lecture • 2min.
  • Introductory Information –> 5 lectures • 24min.
  • The Basics to Get Started on Upwork –> 6 lectures • 26min.
  • Bidding –> 3 lectures • 21min.
  • Ratings and Repeat Clients –> 2 lectures • 7min.
  • Macro-Level Tips for Doing a Great Job –> 3 lectures • 9min.
  • Practical Concerns –> 4 lectures • 15min.
  • Bonus Lecture –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Kickstart a Freelance Editor & Proofreader Career on Upwork


  • One of the HIGHEST RATED freelancing courses on Udemy
  • 50 5-star reviews
  • 4.57 out of 5 rating all time (91.4%)
  • Taught by a UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR with 14 years of experience in traditional and online editing and proofreading

What students are saying…

“Duncan does a great job of giving you the realities of this business, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  SIERRA RENEA, UDEMY STUDENT

“Very valuable information.” GERRY ROBERTSON, UDEMY STUDENT

“The presentation and details of the subject was a perfect pace for any student to easily follow. Well done, Duncan.” — HEATHER CAIN, UDEMY STUDENT

“I found this course to be enlightening and reassuring that I do have the skill set to be a proofreader.” — ROWENA D. SANDERS, UDEMY STUDENT

“Clear voice, insightful tips, easy to follow.” — LEON ATKINS, UDEMY STUDENT

“The course was very interesting and offered good tips on how to get those first crucial jobs on Upwork.” — NATALIE PSAILA, UDEMY STUDENT

“Clear, concise, practical advice.” — BONNY NAPOLITANO, UDEMY STUDENT

“He really prepares you to go into business for yourself.” — WILBUR ROBINSON, UDEMY STUDENT

“Duncan’s class is well worth the money I paid.” — STACI WADDLE, UDEMY STUDENT

“This is a great, informative course on Upwork and how to begin your career on there.” — REBECCA FRANCESE, UDEMY STUDENT

“Informative and visually appealing course that covered a wide range of topics relevant to editing through Upwork. Thanks!” — VICTORIA A., UDEMY STUDENT

“Instructor knows his craft and is easy to listen to and follow along with. The videos are informative and structured well.” — DONNA ANSLEY, UDEMY STUDENT

“Fabulous intro course.” — CHRISTY, UDEMY STUDENT

Do you want to make 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.

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