Much of my freelancing career has varied between writing and editing, with more of the emphasis on writing. However, sometimes I consider supplementing my income with editing opportunities. Just when I thought I’d at least heard about most of the freelance editing opportunities out there, I learned of CopyPress and decided to apply.
As of this writing, CopyPress has offices in two locations: Tampa, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona. They have quite a variety of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. This company is exceptional in that not only do they hire remote freelance writers and editors, but they also hire infographic designers, back-end developers, motion graphics designers, logo designers, influencers, illustrators, and front-end developers to help create marketing content for said clients.
All I needed, initially, was the usual basic first and last name/username/email/password information. Once that was confirmed, I was taken to a dashboard, where the available freelancing opportunities were listed, along with a little paragraph summary about each of them.
When I clicked on the editor box, I was shown a checklist; if I successfully progressed through it, then I’d be “certified” as a freelance editor. So, point by point, I did, as you can see by this completed checklist screenshot:
While I appreciated the creativity of the little lifesaver raft in the lower right corner for support questions, it wasn’t actually much help. Whenever I searched for something, it just directed me to the same list of editor articles that were in the FAQs. Sure, I had the option of sending a message, but really, when working on things that had time limits, that wasn’t going to help, either.
The multiple choice test was, in my opinion, silly. Some of the questions (there were less than 20 of them) had obvious answers. Only a couple of questions required serious thought. Then, I had to guess on a couple of the questions because they asked about editorial guidelines that were nowhere to be found in the resource articles. Despite the confusion, I still managed to pass it, with the practical test being the final obstacle to freelance CopyPress editing glory.
The practical test consisted of a VERY poorly written/formatted blog article. Not only was I supposed to edit the content for the usual spelling/punctuation mistakes, but I was supposed to fact check it, correct formatting problems, check it against the style guide…you name it, it had to be fixed, and every mistake required a corresponding comment. Had this been an actual article, it would have been sent back to the writer for revisions. Even then, it’d have to be reedited, and my edits checked by a quality assurance person, and a project manager.
At this point, I was starting to lose patience, for two (albeit clearly stated by CopyPress) reasons:
- Had this been an actual assignment, CopyPress was only going to pay me $0.01 per word. That’s a low price even for just basic editing, nevermind the fact checking, etc., that was required here!
- Even if the edited article was accepted, it could take up to 3 months before it’d be paid (via check).
Yet, I had come this far, I figured I might as well edit it as quickly as possible, more as a test to myself than anything else. Interestingly enough, 5 days after submitting the test, I got an email stating that I had passed this test, too.
At first, I thought I’d keep editing for CopyPress on the backburner as sort of a last-resort freelancing option. After all, I could accept or decline articles as they were sent, and I’d have a couple of days to edit each article I did choose to accept. However, after giving it some thought, the amount of hoops I’d have to jump through to even get one article approved (for only a few dollars at most) was just too much of a wait.
Although CopyPress wasn’t for me, I acknowledge that there are probably those out there who really like working for them in whatever freelance capacity they were hired for. This could even be considered a decent first step for would-be freelance editors looking to build experience.
Those who are interested in freelancing for CopyPress can register HERE.
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