Businesses You Can Start With Little or No Capital Part 1

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emmaThe Business You Can Start With Little or No Capital is a series that will run in a couple of weeks from now, which will give you insight of various kinds of business, so you get to know which you can do if you are ready to startup a new business. This series is brought to you by Emmanuel Odoemelam, an Entrepreneurship enthusiast. Stay glued/bookmark this page so you don’t miss next week episode of Businesses You Can Start With Little or No Capital or better still, join our official BBM Channel by clicking Here to get update on your bbm feeds.

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What will I be doing?
Are you frequently finding grammatical errors in books and magazines you read? Do you have a love for language that makes you look for ways of improving written communications? If so, consider establishing and editing or proofreading business in your home.

A proofreading service checks written materials for accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. An editing business helps others apply the rules of good communication to documents they write, focusing on content. Editing often requires some rewriting and reorganisation of material. Many businesses offer both editing and proofreading services.


What will I need to start?
First, you must have a thorough knowledge of good written communication skills-including punctuation, grammar and style. Your may have a degree or simply an interest English. You will, of course, have plenty of resources: a good dictionary, thesaurus and style and grammar references. You will also need knowledge of how documents are edited and corrections are marked using what are called “proofreader’s marks.” Most books on editing include these standard marks. Learn and practice using them.

You may use a computer for proofreading and editing, receiving from your client a document file that you can transfer to your computer. Some word processors offer an editing mode that allows you to cross out and insert words as needed, documenting the changes you’re suggesting.


Who will my customers be?
In some cases, your customers will be book or magazine publishers or newsletter publishers. In other, your customers will be businesses preparing promotion materials, annual reports or corporate brochures. Your customers may also include individuals who want your expertise on a resume or a manuscript they’re submitting for publication.

Where can you find these customers? You can contact local desktop publisher services, writer’s groups, newspapers, magazines and other communication companies to inform them of your services and fees.

How can I get started?
This job typically requires some credentials. You’ll need some experience as an editor and perhaps a degree in English, communications or journalism. However, you can build credentials by doing good work for your clients and building references. Social media platforms will be useful for creating awareness and promoting your efforts.

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