Thought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a side gig. I probably won't operate it for too much longer because my regular job takes too much time, but I thought there were some good takeaways from running it that I will definitely consider for any future business I start. After all, that is my end goal. I'd be happy to answer any questions!
For the past 1.5 years, I've run an editing service with a friend from Germany. Having studied abroad twice, I've had several international friends (non-native English) ask me to look over their papers for grammar mistakes, and they would usually compensate me with dinner or alcohol. Alcohol was the preferred payment, as Systembolaget (Sweden's government-run liquor chain) was beyond expensive. When I returned home after the second stint abroad, I reconnected with a friend I had met abroad, and we decided that there might be a market for offering affordable editing services, as editing services are typically not within a student's budget. At the time, most base prices started at $0.02/word, so you can do the math for a thesis/dissertation that is over 20,000 words. No student wants to spend their paycheck from their part-time job on this kind of service. We figured if we kept expenses low, we could charge low and become the "student-friendly editing service." Here are the top seven things I learned about running a business:
#1. A lot of competition is never good.