Going Solo


Author:  Sue Littleford

FULLY REVISED SECOND EDITION including information on new developments such as IR35 and Making Tax Digital and many new and updated links to useful resources. CIEP members also have access to the Going Solo Toolkit, including a suite of spreadsheet tools to keep track of business records.

Making the decision to go solo as a freelance proofreader or copyeditor is a big career step. This guide covers:

  • business basics – writing a business plan and thinking about all the elements of your new business, from branding and marketing to targeting clients
  • knowledge – what you need to know about training and best editorial practice, and where to find out more
  • clients – where to find them, how to work with them
  • record-keeping – statutory requirements for income tax and national insurance, and recording experience to upgrade CIEP membership
  • money – tracking your finances, accounting, budgeting and invoicing
  • you – looking after yourself, managing your time and preparing for disaster recovery
  • resources – a wide range of resources for running a freelance editorial business.

Readers are guided through the decisions a business owner has to make, the things they should be aware of and sources of support.

Note: Minor revisions were made in October 2023 to reflect HMRC changes regarding tax years.


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