For the five companies listed below, you can either make your editing work a side hustle or, if you hustle, your main source of income. For most of these companies, you can work anywhere from 5 hours per week up to more than 40 hours per week, depending on the work they have available each week.
As is common in the writing industry, you will be paid by the word rather than by the hour. That means that as your editing speed improves, your pay will increase as well. You may start by making around $20 an hour, but as your editing skills progress, you can expect to make upwards of $30 an hour.
For each editing task, you are shown the topic, word count, total pay, and deadline before accepting or rejecting the assignment. Once you’ve accepted the task, you can make your own hours as long as you submit it by the deadline. You will generally be paid more for editing assignments with tighter deadlines (one day as opposed to one week).
All five companies below are actively looking for freelance editors. You’ll be editing documents ranging from student essays, dissertations, academic journal articles, cover letters, and business documents.