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  1. Russ C.

    Russ C.

    Senior Technical Author, Microsoft Word and Self-publishing Wizard

    Thailand - Last active: 9 hours ago - Tests: 50 - Portfolio: 96

    A professional, diligent, multi-talented author with a proven track record in producing documentation across many industries. A native British national with advanced Microsoft Word skills, and a wealth of experience as a technical author, proof-reader, editor, and self-publishing wizard, means I can transform your work from where it is, to where it needs to be, while maintaining or achieving the highest standards. - - - - "Exceptional eye to detail."- - - - * With excellent skills in PowerPoint, Excel, and many other common programs, such as PhotoShop, Wordpress and other Internet-related apps, you will gain one of the most important factors when looking for professionals online - peace-of-mind. - - - - "Russ was amazing to work with..." - - - - * Peace-of-mind that allows you to focus on what YOU need to do to build your business; peace-of-mind about not having to worry about whether your money is being well spent; and, the peace-of-mind from knowing that you have made the right choice and that you will get what you need, on time, ahead of budget, and of the highest quality. - - - - "It was a pleasure to work with you..." - - - - * I believe in trust, I believe in relationships, and I believe in satisfaction. Most of my clients, on oDesk/Upwork (and elsewhere) are repeat clients and this only comes through listening to and delivering what they need; and that only occurs through effective communication, feedback, and flexibility. - - - - "...if you need someone with Russ' skills, we can't recommend him highly enough." - - - -* Indeed, when reviews include the above client comments (all taken from client feedback available in full in my work history), you know that not only are you are making a sound choice, but also you are getting the best for your money and you are getting that oh so valuable peace-of-mind that you both want and need. So why risk it? I have been a Word user for 21-years, a technical author for 18, a designer of professional Word templates for just a little less, am a qualified English Language teacher (CELTA), have a 1st Class Honours degree in English Language (with High Academic Achievement award), and guarantee my work 100%. - - - -"Russ was perfect for the task (and perfect for most tasks, I'd imagine)" - - - -* If you have any questions about me, about the work I've done, if you think I can help you, or are even just after some advice, then feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Russ * Quotes are from client feedback on my profile below.

    $50.00 /hr
    1,342 hours
  2. Christine Perlick

    Christine Perlick

    Copywriter | Editor | PR Professional

    United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 13

    I'm an experienced, native English copywriter and editor with a knack for creating interesting and engaging content. I specialize in writing marketing copy, often focusing on re-branding web content to improve UX while incorporating SEO keywords. In addition, I have written articles, eBooks, blog posts, press releases, ad-copy and other marketing materials. Currently, I manage the content marketing department of an International English service provider. Not only am I actively engaged in the projects I oversee, but I also manage client relationships in this role. Effective communication is the key to any successful project. I take pride in my ability to deliver timely, exceptional work that exceeds clients’ expectations. If you’ve got a job that requires a high level of accuracy, ingenuity, and focus- I look forward to hearing from you!

    $36.00 /hr
    41 hours
  3. Greg S.

    Greg S.

    Copywriter and Photographer

    Australia - Last active: 18 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 5

    Hello. I'm from Victoria, Australia, and offer both copy-writing and photography. My professional writing and editing qualification gives me the opportunity to offer you high quality article and web content. I'm also available for blog and creative writing, along with copy-editing work. With a strong tertiary background in visual arts, I have a penchant for fine photography, and now incorporate this into my freelance work. I'm available for both artistic and commercial photo assignments.

    $25.00 /hr
    1 hours
  4. Ingrid E.

    Ingrid E.

    Commercial and character voice-over artist, and writer

    Australia - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    I've been doing voice-overs for over two years, and I can do characters of all kinds and ages as well as straight-read voice-overs. I have trained in Los Angeles under voice agent Mike O'Dell at MJ Lallo Studios, and RIchard Horvitz (voice of Invader Zim). To hear samples of my voice, head to: I have voiced explainers for corporations like KPMG, HBF, and Medibank, as well as radio ads, cartoon characters, professional voicemail greetings and IVRs, and I even have my voice inside of a plush bear! I have a history of public speaking, debating, stage acting, film acting, stand-up, street performing, and singing (with several years of vocal tuition). In addition, I have a diploma in Professional Writing & Editing, and an Advanced Diploma in Screenwriting. Check out my client feedback to get an idea of what it will be like to work with me!

    $77.78 /hr
    4 hours
  5. Aaron W.

    Aaron W.

    Writer, editor, researcher

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 13 - Portfolio: 3

    I have more than ten years experience editing and proofreading. I have an excellent command of the English language and work well under tight deadlines. I have considerable experience in performing research, as well as in editing English translations of foreign language materials. I am especially interested in doing work on fiction and nonfiction books. I have a passion for genealogy, family history, and local history, and would love the opportunity to be involved in a project in those fields.

    $17.78 /hr
    0 hours
  6. Thomas Judson Carter

    Thomas Judson Carter

    Experienced Blog Writer and Comedy/Satire Writer

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 2

    I've worked for Student Experts, Inc.--a blog content company--for over three years. I have written thousands of clear, engaging blog articles for a wide range of clients, including dentists, lawyers, car dealerships, plumbers--the list goes on and on. I also have experience with news satire and film criticism. My satire articles have been featured on,, and You can see my work and listen to my podcast at

    $14.00 /hr
    2 hours
  7. Joleen G.

    Joleen G.

    Creative Communicator

    United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Portfolio: 1

    Let's give your audience an experience! When you tap into the emotions of your audience, you make a connection; when you add upon that foundation you create change. If you have a novel you're working on or dreaming of, I can coach you through what your novel needs to successfully create an experience for your reader. Looking at adding some storytelling to your work so you can hook the reader? Let's get to work! I have a BA in English and a minor in Linguistics from the University of WA. I am a member of ACFW. I read and review Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Contemporary Fiction, and Non-Fiction Inspirational. Check out, Home of the 2-minute book review, for more information. My personal passion: to create an atmosphere where people can experience God.

    $35.00 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Boboc Mircea

    Boboc Mircea

    Freelance Graphic Designer/Translator/Writer

    Romania - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 15 - Portfolio: 5

    1) You can think of me as a freelance logo designer with an undrainable source of ideas, dedicating my untiring efforts to implement the way you envisage your desired product. Highly empathetic towards your vision, I am very imaginative and versatile, so that you can count on an astonishing array of possibilities to elaborate the visual expression of your business. I hold two diplomas for international graphic art contests in Japan and Finland and many other awards in this field, I designed the cover illustrations of several books and I participated in the graphic art exhibition entitled “Traveling through Virtual Universes”, during the RomCon 2013 event. To cut the story short, I put the “smart” in “graphic art”! 2) I'm a professional writer and editor with publication experience. I've had both novels and poems published. I earned a bachelors in English Language and Literature and a MA degree in Translation and Terminology: English-French. I have studied abroad in France and Italy through the Erasmus scholarship and I won numerous awards for writing, for graphic art and for my translation activity. I am also an authorized translator for the Ministry of Justice. I am currently looking for opportunities of putting in value my skills and my creativity.

    $10.00 /hr
    9 hours
  9. Kim B.

    Kim B.

    Expert Voice Over - Copywriting, SEO, Virtual Assistant Pro

    United States - Last active: 8 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

    Hi! I am a professional voice over talent with years of professional experience. I have my own recording studio and can turn around your project fast with reliable delivery. I will provide a clear and effective voice over for your business or service with a desire to exceed your expectations. My native language is American English. Range: American English Young Adult - 40+ Female. Review: Screen Capture Video Production & Voice Over "Kim and her team were pleasure to work with! They went above a behind to make my project everything that it could be. They kept in communication with me throughout the project, met the deadline, a what they produced was even better than I expected. I would highly recommend this freelancer to anyone looking for quality production and a team that's creative, professional, and easy to work with. 5 Stars!!!" Voiceover Experience: • retail/announcer, radio commercials, streaming audio ads • video, whiteboard, explainer, tutorial • VSL, narration, e-learning • corporate training, games, apps • voice mail, IVR, message on hold Attitude: • authoritative, informative, professional • sexy, fun, friendly I will deliver a high quality mp3 or wav file. Depending on the scope of your project, I can usually begin within 24 hours or less of awarded contract and approved script. Please reach out if you feel I am the voice you are looking for! I can't wait to get started! Related Services: • CREATE: screen capture tutorials, video, Powtoon explainer • MIX: voiceover to screen capture tutorials, video, explainer BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: I'm a freelance content creator (audio / voice over, video / animation, scripts / copy / SEO) AND virtual assistant project manager. I can execute your marketing or manage your team efficiently and effectively. I LOVE what I do. I am also an experienced copywriter for radio commercials, website content, blogs, social media, press releases, business / social media plans, etc. In addition, I can provide brainstorming for marketing and promotional ideas. I believe in finding the X Factor to promote your business or product. I can get your message across in many different ways! I can offer other creative services too! I managed a virtual marketing team for 7 years creating both HTML and Wordpress websites, audio and video commercials, screen capture tutorials, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, graphics, ebooks, articles, author and entrepreneur interviews, and just about any kind of marketing or advertising product you can think of. I was HubSpot IMC Certified 2012 and Google Adwords certified 2007. Let's get to work on your project!

    $80.00 /hr
    1 hours
  10. Anton Preisinger

    Anton Preisinger

    Freelance Writer/Editor

    United States - Last active: 12 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 4

    While I love my day job as an EMT, it doesn't fulfill my aspirations for writing. It does, however, allow me the time to pursue them separately. I have a varied background after my biology degree at the University of Washington that includes several years of diabetes research and environmental microbiology. I have too many passions outside work to list, suffice it to say that if your topic isn't among them, and you wish to work with me, then it likely soon will be. My goals here are simple. While it will be nice to supplement my income, I am really looking forward to using what I know and my sensitive literary awareness to help people beautifully construct whatever bit of communication they need. Eventually I hope to apply this experience to my own creative writing which, for the time being, I continue to cultivate privately. I am a great second pair of eyes, have a good work ethic and attitude and am typically not too unpleasant to work with.

    $10.00 /hr
    4 hours