One of the things that got me interested in full-time freelance editing was my involvement with a nonprofit organization here in the city where I live. I initially became involved with them when I saw a job announcement for writers for them on Indeed.com while hunting for work. I had an interview with their leadership, who could not give me a job but were interested in having me write for them as a volunteer.
I ended up doing only a little writing for the organization, but after less than a year, their leadership saw how excellent my writing was and asked me to edit the organization’s website. Six years later, I am still doing this pro bono, combing over the entire site once a month and compiling a list of corrections to be sent to the webmaster.
So why do I keep doing this work for no pay?
One reason is that it helps the organization by making their website look smart and professional. Another reason is that it keeps my editing skills sharp. Still another reason is that I really like the people who work there, and they are recommending me to others.
Don’t turn up your nose at pro bono work, my friends, especially if you are just starting out as an editor. It really does pay off in ways other than money.