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Small business chat update – Tammy Ditmore

08 Jun

editmoreA quick change from the crafty folk we’ve been featuring recently, and we’re back with my colleagues in the world of editing. And we’re back across the sea, too, to sunny California! I originally interviewed Tammy Ditmore from eDitmore on 2 June 2012, and at that point her plans for the future looked like this: “I am considering some steps now to raise my business profile and visibility, so I hope that by this time next year more people will know about eDitmore Editorial Services”.

So, how’s it all gone? Do more people know about eDitmore? Has Tammy diversified or carried on doing what she was doing before? Read on …

Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?

Yes and no. In the original post, I said, “I hope that by this time next year more people will know about eDitmore Editorial Services.” And I do believe that has happened; I have actually seen my blog cited by people I don’t know; I’m going to be speaking to a writers conference in the fall, and I have had opportunities that I know will continue to raise my visibility. At the same time, my mix of clients has changed in ways I didn’t foresee.

What has changed and what has stayed the same?

I am happy to say that I have stayed quite busy with a wide variety of clients. But one of my clients that provided regular, recurring work unexpectedly decided to stop using freelancers, and I have wound up with more clients who have “one-off” work. That can offer a greater variety of projects, but it leaves me a little less sure of where the next project is coming from.

What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?

I have learned that some clients I thought I really wanted to work with actually do not pay well or do not provide a good working relationship. I wish I had spent less time thinking that one or two big clients would be all I needed and more time pursuing less traditional routes and clients.

Any more hints and tips for people?

I think my best tip for anyone wanting to be a freelance writer or editor would relate to my last answer. Don’t be afraid to look for nontraditional clients in nontraditional places. And don’t get caught in a spiral of low-paying work that will require all your time and energy and prevent you from looking for better clients.

And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time.

I’m not quite sure, actually. I feel I’ve taken initial steps in several different directions that may pay long-term benefits. I’m hoping to remain flexible enough to pursue the best opportunities that come along—let the business grow more organically, to use a bit of jargon. Even though I’m not quite sure what eDitmore Editorial Services might look like in a year, I feel confident that I’m on a good path and am looking forward to what this next year will bring.

Interesting and positive stuff. I changed my client base quite a lot in my first few years of operations, and it has only really solidified during this, my fifth year. As I said to someone at a networking event last week, when I started out, I thought I was going to be doing student proofreading on the side for pin money, and here I am working for nationally renowned journalists and localising computer games!

I learned, and Tammy is learning, and maybe some newer editors will learn from us, that diversity is the key, both in terms of types of job you take on and in terms of the types of customer. In my case, I’ve carefully picked clients in a range of locations, which should protect me from economic downturns in particular parts of the world wiping out my business. This seems to have worked well for me so far, and I look forward to hearing about Tammy’s mature client base next year! And here’s how she was doing in 2014!

Tammy’s website is at www.editmore.com and you can of course contact her by email. She’s based in Califormia.

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5 responses to “Small business chat update – Tammy Ditmore

  1. Tammy Ditmore

    June 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Liz, thanks so much for giving me this opportunity! It was really good for me to sit down and ponder where I was a year ago and how I got to where I am now. Sometimes it’s hard to see the progress–or lack of progress–when I’m just living day to day, working deadline to deadline. These two interviews really helped me get a wider view, and I hope they might be of some use to others who find themselves in similar situations.

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    • Liz at Libro

      June 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks, Tammy, it’s really great when people tell me that the process itself has been interesting and useful so I’m so glad that that was the case for you!

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