Many people need help with written work here in Canada and the USA. The work can range from a newcomer needing to fill out government forms to an engineer writing a report. It might include a university professor submitting a scientific journal or a student submitting a paper.
Some people I've helped with their written work have included:
- A scholar submitting scientific journals
- An executive needing his CV tweaked
- A BSc student applying to med school
- High school students needing essays proofread
- An MBA student's multiple submission of documents
- A recent immigrant's government documentation
- A Professional Engineer submitting a report
If you are a writer and want to help out this market try these methods:
- Put ads for your services on online directories such as www.Kijiji.com; www.craigslist.com; www.foundlocally.com
- Post an ad in your local school or college.
- Spread word by word of mouth.
- Spend time in the ESL/EAL communities getting to know people who may need your help.
- Do quality work and don't get pushed around.
If you want to do this type of work, set boundaries. For instance, it won't help a student if you significantly change their writing. Their professor or potential employer needs to see a true representation of their abilities through their writing.
Use the Right Style Guide
Be careful to ask if there is a specific style guide you're to follow eg. APA, ALA, CMOS, or other. Scientific writing is much different than writing for the arts.
Another author brought a thumb drive to my house and picked up the changes a few days later.
Then I began email exchanges with clients.
How to Do it
I always edit in MS Word with track changes on. I send back a marked-up and a final copy. I allow one revision in the price quotation.
I have found I need to charge more for most ESL/EAL writing when the grammar is extremely choppy. It takes time for me to understand what is being communicated. That is more time consuming than simple editing. It is about making the writing make sense.
I usually back the work and then forward an invoice to be paid through PayPal.
I had one student who wanted to ignore the invoice and when she did pay it, complained about having to pay the Paypal service fee. In the future, I may only return half a document until it is fully paid.
If you have an idea of how to do this more effectively, perhaps with a document download prevention program until payment arrives, that would be ideal.
Editing and Proofreading Help for the ESL/EAL Student
I live in Southern, Ontario, Canada but I can edit your ESL/EAL work, in most cases, no matter where you live!
If you need proofreading or editing of your project, let me know how I can help at this email, or visit my website at www.RosalieGarde.com for further information.