How I work and charge

Tell me what you want

I start with a conversation, to find out what you want to achieve, your budget and your timescale.

This will let me estimate the cost of the work. And we can make sure I’m the right person to help you.

Action plan

I will also need to see a sample of the content that needs editing, be it notes for a website or a finished document. I can then give you a quote for the work and suggest a plan of action.

This will include details of:

  • work to be done
  • how we stay in touch
  • deadlines
  • sign-off
  • payment

We agree to this and I get to work.

Pay by the hour, day or project

I can charge by the hour, day or project, depending on what works for you.

My rates are based on those advised by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and depend on the level of editing, writing or consultancy needed.

My quote will include time for meetings, in person or by phone.

My minimum charge is for 30 mins – ideal if you need a final read of a short document.

I accept payment by bank transfer within 14 days of invoice. Credit card payments are acceptable in some circumstances.

Office space not needed

I work from home, using my own kit. (iMac, PC laptop and Chromebook). I’m happy to visit your workplace or meet up over coffee (which can be a good way to collaborate!).

Though I mainly use Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Acrobat Pro, I am good at adapting to different apps, programmes and content management systems.

Teamwork welcome

I am happy to liaise directly with your graphic designers, web designers, photographers, journalists, marketers, PR, and print teams.

I can share securely via Google Docs and Office 365.

Rush jobs

I can offer a fast turnaround for small projects you need done yesterday, if work allows. Please ask.

Accessibility equals useability

  • I’ve been trained in Content Design, a user-centred approach that aims to make content accessible and useable. Learn more about Content Design (opens in a new window)
  • I follow Readability Guidelines, which are based on usability evidence. Free on Wiki, see Readability Guidelines.

Professional development

I am a professional member of The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, which promotes excellence in English language editing. See CIEP.

I am also a member of:

  • The Access Association, which is a national network of individuals passionate about access and inclusive design. See the Access Association
  • The Inclusive Hotels Network, which is a group of access consultants, product designers and others working together to help accommodation operators offer guests accessible rooms and services. See the Inclusive Hotels Network

I have completed:

  • the Design Council’s continuing professional development Inclusive Environments course. See the Design Council course
  • the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) eLearning modules on Misleading Advertising. The CAP writes Advertising Codes used by the Advertising Standards Authority, or ASA, to make ads responsible.
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