I created this resource page to provide you with a list of recommended services, products, and companies that I used when setting up my freelance proofreading and copyediting website/blog.
I’ve also included some resources that are specifically for editors. These I can’t live without!
I plan to write detailed reviews on some of these products, services, or courses over the next few months.
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below. If you purchase through these links I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. However, I only recommend products or services that I genuinely like and trust. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.
Setting up a blog or website
SiteGround: If you’re looking to start a WordPress website/blog for a reasonable price, then consider going with SiteGround. I’ve found SiteGround to be very reliable. They regularly back up my website and also send me regular emails letting me know my site is safe. They’re also known to have excellent customer service.
If you want to start a website or blog but haven’t a clue where to start, read my step by step guide (including screenshots!).
Themify: Themify create beautiful and responsive themes with drag and drop builders, making them very easy to work with. I use Themify’s Ultra theme on my website, and I highly recommend it. It’s really affordable at $49 (it’s also buy one get one free at the moment!). You can use it on an unlimited number of websites. There are so many tutorials online to show you how to set it up.
Canva: I use Canva to create the graphics for my blog posts and Pinterest account. You can do a lot with a free account including saving your brand colours so that they’re easily accessible every time you want to create a graphic (I think this is such a handy feature!). A paid membership will get you access to more photos and illustrations, allow you to upload your own fonts, and save logos with a transparent background.
PicMonkey: I used PicMonkey to either create or resize a lot of the photos on my website. PicMonkey is extremely affordable. You can buy their membership from just $3.99 per month, and it comes with a lot of amazing features like the ability to add effects, filters, or text to your image. You can even whiten teeth with PicMonkey, but I haven’t tried that yet!
Useful courses and ebooks
Proofread Anywhere – General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™: I can’t say enough good things about this course. I love that it’s online, so you can do it in your own time and at your own pace. It gives you loads of proofreading practice and even gives you tips on marketing your freelance proofreading business. If you’re looking for a work-at-home opportunity and you think proofreading might be the thing for you, then do yourself a favor and check out Proofread Anywhere’s General Proofreading course. If you want to know more about it, then check out my review of the course.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing—If you have any interest in earning money from your blog, then you need to do this course. The course is really detailed and tells you where to find affiliate marketing opportunities, how to promote products/services, what kind of disclaimers you need to be aware of, and so much more.
Pinteresting Strategies—I was intrigued by this book because Carly (the blogger who wrote it) explains how she used a manual pinning strategy to grow her page views from 0–200K. I don’t have the budget yet to use social media schedulers, so I was intrigued by this. I can already see my page views increasing from implementing just some of her tips.
How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 hours—This book is specifically about using Pinterest to make affiliate income. I haven’t implemented the tips from this yet as I’ve only just read it, but I’m looking forward to trying them. This could be a great income stream!
Recommendations for Editors
The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition: (Also called CMOS.) An absolute essential if you’re proofreading or editing in North America. Although it is very well used internationally as well. Whether you need to know how to treat numbers, when to italicize certain terms, how to use hyphens, em dashes, and en dashes, how to format dialogue, when to capitalize a term, or when to use an ellipsis and how to format it, the Chicago Manual of Style has the answer!
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition: This is the dictionary I use when editing. Merriam Webster also has a website where you can look up words for free. I use this frequently. However, lately, I’ve noticed that I’m starting to get dodgy pop-ups from the ads on the page. Might be better off to stick with the hardcopy.
The Best Punctuation Book, Period: This really is the best punctuation book, period. I’m not even exaggerating when I say I refer to this book daily. The author, June Casagrande, explains each punctuation mark in the most easy to understand way I’ve ever come across. I also loved one of her other books It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences.
FreshBooks makes invoicing clients and keeping track of your accounting documents super easy. It makes it easy to get paid, which is the most important thing, right? You can send invoices via email, track your expenses, and even track your time. Every small business owner or freelancer should use this, even if you’re just starting out. Get a free trial here: FreshBooks Free Trial