As freelance editors, it's easy to see ourselves as hovering on the edges of professionalism – undervaluing ourselves, undercharging for our services, and hoping that our business admin will run itself. We identify as wordsmiths, not salespeople or 'numbers people'.
When a client approaches you about a new editing job, wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool to help you:
Wouldn’t it be greater if this tool was already on your computer, included in your Microsoft Office suite? And wouldn’t it be even greater if this tool didn’t intimidate and baffle you?
Whether you’re already spreadsheet savvy or you’ve never used Excel before, this workshop will show you how you can harness Excel’s functionality to manage your freelance editorial business confidently and professionally.
In this workshop, I will show you how to manage your income, expenses, and project data in Excel and take the guesswork out of running your business. It will cover:
Maya Berger launched The Editor’s Affairs (TEA) in May 2020 with the aim of helping fellow freelance editors keep their business affairs in order. She is a CIEP Advanced Professional Member, and she gave seminars at the 2020 CIEP annual conference and the 2018 and 2019 SfEP annual conferences. She has also appeared as a guest on The Editing Podcast. Maya specialises in copy-editing and proofreading speculative fiction, erotica, and academic texts in the humanities and social sciences.
After spending 13 years in the UK, Maya returned to her native Canada in October 2017 with her cat and editorial assistant, Idris, and she currently lives and works in Toronto.
Her website is What I Mean to Say.