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September 13, 2013

Worth Noting: Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers

A few weeks ago, in Worth Noting: Proofreaders-to-be: Loving Books Isn’t Enough, I commented that Louise Harnby’s book, Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters, looked interesting and that I planned to check it out. I did and I want to report that this is an excellent basic guide to the business of freelancing.

(I suppose I should disclose that to my surprise, I am mentioned by name in the book in connection with my EditTools macro collection. However, I assure you that the mention is fleeting and not why I’m reviewing the book now.)

Harnby’s book begins with the basics and gives good advice. American readers should be aware that it is written from a British perspective, but the advice crosses all geographical boundaries and is as relevant and accurate in the United States and Spain as it is in England. As I have stated numerous times, business is business — the basics do not change.

It is the basics that Harnby addresses. Things like why a business plan is a good idea, why one should have a business name and a domain name, networking, finding clients, getting experience, and the myriad other things that new-to-the-business-of-freelancing people need to know.

The book is not detailed, which is a weakness, but then it is not intended to be more than an overview. It does act as a checklist and guide. I think even experienced freelancers who are struggling with the business aspects of freelancing would benefit from this book. Information about the book and how to order it are available at Harnby’s website: Louise Harnby Proofreader.

It is an inexpensive investment (£5.99/US$8.99), but one that could set you on the right path. I encourage you to checkout Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters by Louise Harnby.



  1. This makes me wish I had self-published my “Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business” booklet, which I wrote for the EFA. At least it’s available to the general public as well as EFA members. And my “Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer” is available from me; lots of advice that is similarly practical and applies to any writing, editing or proofreading business.


    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — September 13, 2013 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  2. This looks like a great resource as I want to take up more freelancing work. Getting it going and the management of it can be a challenge. I


    Comment by Natasha Conley — September 15, 2013 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on The Markup! and commented:
    I’m going to check out this book!


    Comment by Tania — September 24, 2013 @ 6:44 am | Reply

  4. […] as Louise Harnby’s Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers: A Guide for New Starters (see Worth Noting: Business Planning for Editorial Freelancers), all suggest starting with a business plan, as do any of the basic business books you find in your […]


    Pingback by Why No Business Plan? | An American Editor — September 25, 2013 @ 4:00 am | Reply

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