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Editing is to content what legal representation is to a criminal.

Can you still represent yourself and most likely win the case? Absolutely!

But does a qualified legal representative give you more confidence and assurance? Yes! Without a doubt.

Remote editing is a vast field with many titles, including video editor, freelance editor newsletter editor, copy editor, etc. An editor is someone trained to go through video or text content and point out any available errors.

For example, a copy editor points out and edits all grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation mistakes and ensures that the copy is readable and has a logical flow of ideas.

Therefore, if you have a keen eye, like structure, and have a good grasp of syntax and English rhythm, a copy editing job might be just what you are looking for.

But is remote work beneficial? And which is the best option, part-time or full-time? If you have these questions running through your mind, here is all you need to know about full-time versus part-time remote editing jobs to help you make a sound decision.

The Pros and Cons of Part-Time Vs Full-Time Remote Editor Jobs

There are always two sides to a coin. Remote editing is a career that has many benefits. However, similarly, it has a lot of pitfalls and is not for everybody.

Take this, for example, doing remote work full-time gives you autonomy and gives you the power to control your work schedule. But with this power comes the challenge of self-discipline. For instance, it takes a godly amount of self-control to get work done when you can take a nap instead.

However, this might be easier to deal with when you are working remotely part-time and only need to give your all a few hours a week.

Therefore, if you are trying to decide whether to do it part-time or go in full-time, here are pros and cons to help you make the right decision.

Full-Time Remote Editor Jobs

Unlike most part-time remote editing gigs, most full-time remote editing jobs require you to work an average of 40 hours per week as a traditional brick-and-mortar job. Here are the pros and cons of working full-time as a remote editor.

Pros

  • Laser-sharp focus. In most cases, it is your primary job and source of livelihood. This gives you vulnerability and therefore forces you to focus and give all to work. There is a level of responsibility and commitment that comes with working on something full-time.
  • Improved work-life balance. Imagine how much you can do with those extra two hours you would use to commute to and from a traditional office? You could:
    • Join a yoga class
    • Go to the gym
    • Get in more sleep
    • Join a family gardening project
  • Earn a sustainable income. If you commit fully, put in the work, and deliver top-quality work, you will never go hungry. A top content specialist is a highly sought-after commodity.  You will be able to make enough to sustain your lifestyle, as well as save and invest.

Cons

  • Very unlikely to get rich from remote editing as a full-time career. Remote editing is a high-stakes career. If you aim to get rich in the shortest time possible, you probably need to incorporate other sources of income into your life.
  • May get bored easily. Unlike a regular 8-5 job, you will be stuck in front of your computer for the best part of the day with minimal social interactions. Choosing to do it part-time is much less limiting than if you do it full time.

Part-Time Remote Editing Jobs

Unlike full-time remote workers, a part-time content editor works no more than 35 hours a week (can be as low as 5 hours a week.) In fact, in most cases, the number of hours is defined by the availability of work. Here are some pros and cons of working part-time as a remote editor

Pros

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  • More free time to pursue other projects and interests. Part-time remote editing jobs give you the freedom to work on other jobs, start other projects, or indulge in your favorite hobbies. For instance, you can work part-time while still in an 8-5 job and get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
  • Flexibility. As a part-time remote editor, you choose the hours and the time of day you want to work. You can work weekends, evenings, early mornings, etc. This allows you to efficiently manage your time and work on your terms, even with different responsibilities.
  • Opportunity to earn extra income. In most cases, when working as a full-time remote editor, your income is tied to the work you do online. But many people take part-time editing jobs as an extra income source.

Cons

  • Harder to stay focused. The longer you work on a task, the better you become at doing it. Therefore, compared to doing it as a full-time career, doing it part-time makes it harder to focus and learn as, in many cases, there are many responsibilities to be fulfilled in a short time frame.
  • Slow growth. When working it full-time, you give it your full attention. In which case, the development is faster and evident. This is not the same case with working part-time remote editing jobs. It is more like you get to it when you need to get to it. This slows down career growth.

In summary, here are the pros and cons of part-time versus full-time remote editing jobs;

Full time Part-time
Advantages
  • Laser-sharp focus
  • Improved work-life balance
  • Earn a sustainable income
  • Flexibility
  • Opportunity to earn extra income
  • More free time to pursue other projects and interests
Disadvantages
  • May get bored easily
  • Very unlikely to get rich from remote editing as a full-time career.
  • Harder to stay focused
  • Slow growth

Part-Time Versus Full-Time Remote Editor Salary Information

There is a high potential to make big bucks in this field. For example, according to ZipRecruiter, you can earn $47,003/year as a video editor.

Here is a vivid comparison from various job rating platforms.

Minimum Pay Maximum Pay
Indeed $13.35 per hour $22.45 per hour
Ziprecruiter $17,000 annually $110,500 annually
Glassdoor $35,000 annually $97,000 annually
BLS $ 33,620 annually $ 126,800 annually

Your average annual income depends on your level of experience and expertise and the number of hours you work in a week.

On average, remote editors working for advertising or public relations-related services earn more than remote editors working part-time on an independent basis or sites like FlexJobs.

Tired of the Job Search? This Is Your Answer

In a nutshell, it is all up to you whether to put both feet in or keep one foot out as you test the waters. Both worlds have advantages and disadvantages equally.

With the proper knowledge and the right attitude, remote working – both part-time and full-time – is worthwhile. It will give you a much-needed break from your daily job search. It gives you the opportunity to start wherever you are as long as you have a computer and reliable internet access.

Thankfully, there are vast materials and sources online to get you started and to help you grow. For example, Small Revolution blogs have great resources to boost your knowledge and skillset and get you on your way to earning the big bucks.


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I'm Katrina McKinnon, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.