How I Started My Business

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Welcome! I thought it would be appropriate to begin my blog with the story of how I started my business—Ford Editing. How and why did I decide to become a freelance editor? How did I get to where I am today? Let’s start at the beginning…

English was always my favorite subject in school—and where I really shined. In high school, I proofread anything I could get my hands on, and I even themed my college application essay to Cornell on my “dream career in publishing.” In March 2008, eight months after college graduation, my dream became a reality, and I found myself working as an editorial assistant at an academic press. I had “made it”—or so I thought.

While I absolutely loved the nature of the work I did at the press, I was constantly under an incredible amount of pressure. In early 2011, after almost three years (and a few promotions later), the long hours, stress, and hefty workload had started to affect my health and well-being. It was at that point that I realized I needed a change.

Just a few months later, my then-boyfriend (now-husband) was offered a promotion that would require us to move to the Washington, DC, area. I started working as an office coordinator in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the District, and although I was grateful to have secured a job so quickly (especially after realizing that our cost of living would almost triple), I realized within months that I was in the wrong place. Despite what I’d been through, I missed working in the publishing industry—it was where I belonged. People told me I was being too picky about what I was doing with my life, that I should feel lucky to have a job because some people aren’t so fortunate, and while I agreed with them, I knew something was missing.

I began to think about some of the things I loved about publishing—editing, writing, organizing, planning—and decided to see what I could do with them in my spare time. In May 2012, I started to use my daily two-and-a-half-hour commute (gross!) to edit projects for various organizations. By October, a few projects turned into several projects, and I soon had more work than I could handle in my spare time. I needed to make a decision: continue to work a 9-to-5 at a more-than-reputable organization with a steady paycheck and benefits but be unhappy every day or take a leap into the world of entrepreneurship, where I would be in charge of my income, my benefits—my business. Well, since I’m writing a post about how I started my business, you know what I decided. Armed with Michelle Goodman’s My So-Called Freelance Life and the support of my husband, family, and close friends, I began Ford Editing,* and the rest is history.

Have you ever thought about freelancing? Feel free to leave questions in the comments section below!


*Ford is my maiden name, and I thought it would be special to have a way to carry it with me always.