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Starting out and Setting up as a Freelancer: Hints and Tips from those who have been there, dunnit – Part 2: The business side of freelancing

REPEAT from 2022

Join PEG for our webinar series, where you will have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills as editors and proofreaders in a variety of ways: linguistic, stylistic, business, digital, technical, professional and more. Starting out and setting up as a freelancer? Changing careers by moving from full-time inhouse to freelance? Wanting to know more about the challenges and pluses of working from home? Then why not hear it from the horse’s mouth! During this webinar on 23 March, our aim will be to share with you another strategy for success as a freelancer.

Focus: Your presenter will share with you hints and tips – many of them based on personal experience – that will help you to bed down your newfound freelance status professionally and effectively so that you will be better equipped to obtain paid work and service your clients with more confidence and greater professionalism.

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Alexis Grewan

CPD hours: Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their attendance and their having earned 3 hours’ worth of core CPD; those who opt to listen to the audio recording of the webinar instead, without actually attending, will earn 3 hours’ worth of discretionary CPD time.

There is no pre-webinar exercise, but a quick assessment tool will be issued to registrants shortly before the webinar.

About our facilitator

Alexis Grewan has worked as a freelance writing consultant, editor and proofreader for more than five years, and for about six years prior to that as an independent contractor. Her freelance work includes writing and proofreading medico-legal reports in the field of psychology, editing academic texts (for examination and for publication) and educational materials, and copywriting and proofreading content for online platforms. Prior to entering the world of wordsmiths, she ran a successful health-care practice as a self-employed reflexologist, delivered training in soft skills and worked as a community social worker.

About the webinar

This webinar considers the business aspects of freelancing and everything you need to have in place to make freelancing as a copy editor run smoothly. We will cover the necessary elements of running a business, share examples and samples, and cover a broad range of all things business: everything from understanding the basics of business to establishing rates, quoting, invoicing and contracting, tax, promoting yourself and looking after your networks. We will even touch briefly on managing risks.


Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(by 17 March latest)
Registration fee
(from 18 until 21 March latest)
PEG members R275 R350
LAMP members* R475 R550
Non-affiliated members R675 R750

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).

Please register by completing and emailing the registration form to Sharon Rose.

Deadline for registrations: 12 noon on 22 March

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by no later than 12 noon on 22 March. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the eve of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2022 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

Use the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot at this webinar by registering early!

23 March, 2023 @ 14:00 - 17:00 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG | First Quarter Nitty gritty Webinar Zoom

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