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Patricia Guth

Patricia Guth

Web content, copy writing, news articles, editing

United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 10

As an experienced, published freelance journalist, I offer top quality, creative pieces on a variety of subjects, especially travel, music, and food, but can produce top-notch articles on just about any topic thanks to my excellent research skills. I also have more than 8 years experience writing about mesothelioma, asbestos-caused cancer, and have published two of my own children's books. My articles/blogs are available in a variety of styles, from keyword-optimized pieces to informative prose to articles with a bit of humor. Be assured that my work is always delivered on time and without errors.

100% Job Success
$40.00 /hr
42 hours

Therese B.

Therese B.

Expert English copy editing and proofreading

Australia - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 1

Let me help you make your point clearly, articulately and with the refinement it deserves. As a native English speaker I offer impeccable copy editing, proof reading and feedback for your non-fiction report, business documents or fiction writing. Highly versatile, I can edit in US, UK, Australian or New Zealand English, and deliver results in your chosen software. I am also a MS Word expert and can assist you with any formatting or template issues. With 13 years experience as a senior consultant and project manager in Australia I authored, reviewed and critiqued many strategic documents before publication. These documents were always clearly written, with powerful messages. My work has received a National industry award in Australia, and several reports have been instrumental in compelling governments to change public policy. When I proof read your work I will go beyond just checking the basics. I will give you feedback on the logic and flow of ideas, as well as spelling, grammar, readability and punctuation. My experience includes: - Technical reports - Academic theses - Magazine articles - Government reports - Marketing material - Business eBooks - Novels. Let me bring my accuracy and professionalism to your project, so you can have the confidence your work will be a quality piece of writing. Key skills: • Native English speaker (New Zealand and Australia) • Degree qualified - academic award for highest marks - scholarship winner • National industry award winner for strategic planning • Experienced project manager • Excellent written and oral communication skills • High level skills in software used for analysis and presentation (MapInfo GIS; MS Office Word, Excel, Access; Adobe Suite) • Professional tendering and report writing for government, public and community organisations • Skilled office administration, including set up of management systems and databases • Experienced facilitator and public speaker • Innovative thinker, seeking continual improvement.

98% Job Success
$29.00 /hr
97 hours

John Fontaine

John Fontaine

Professional Transcriber

United States - Portfolio: 1

I'm a professional English language transcriber with thousands of hours of experience. I've worked for ghost writers, transcription firms, TV programs, focus groups, corporations, the financial sector and more. My output has at least 99% accuracy and always comes with perfect spelling and formatting. Rush orders are available upon request. I'm comfortable working with accents and groups.

100% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
810 hours

Amanda Hurtt

Amanda Hurtt

Experienced and meticulous writer and marketer

United States - Tests: 6

I have experience in meticulously revising and writing business documentation, resumes and cover letters. I place great emphasis on ensuring an organization or individual has a consistent and appropriate writing style when editing or writing for a client. I hold a bachelor of science degree in business and certificate in marketing from Georgia Tech.

$34.00 /hr
2 hours

Jared Steinberg

Jared Steinberg

Skilled Poet, Story Writer, and Blogger

United States - Portfolio: 32

As a writing student currently studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design I know that there are a lot of veteran writers out there. Some write for the web, others for the news, and then there are the ones who have written some of the greatest bestsellers in recent history. Yes there are a lot of veteran writers out there, but sometimes you need something new. Sometimes you need a new writer who has grown up in this new age of technology, social media, and art. My name is Jared "I.J" Steinberg and I am that writer. I am a writer who takes everything that his generation has to offer and puts it into every facet of his writing. Every talk, every passing word, every defining moment of my generation y is used in every essay, poem, and story I write. In this age where a conversation can literally define the future, people need a writer who is part of the generation having those conversations.

$56.00 /hr
22 hours

Joseph Diola

Joseph Diola

Web Researcher/Expert Data Entry/Lead Generation/Craiglist Expert

Philippines - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 5

To obtain a full time position that will utilize my persuasive abilities and outgoing personality for maximum success. I want to be part of the company that is related on my field of studies, because for me its fun, challenging and exciting. I learn faster when it comes to this field which is computer related job. Base on my experience, I really feel excitement on having new project or meeting new people on the job. That's why it inspires me working everyday. So I'm looking forward on working other projects specially on computer related job, and I will give my very best shot out of it. My skills sets include: * Data Entry Expert * Marketing/Data Entry Specialist * Craigslist Expert * Market Research * Web Researcher * Lead Generation * SEO * LinkedIn Audit

100% Job Success
$4.44 /hr
2,264 hours

Sophie Prevost

Sophie Prevost

Communications major with copy editing and public relations experience

Canada - Tests: 3

My name is Sophie Prévost and I'm currently majoring in Communications at Concordia university in Montreal. I also have a diploma in public relations from La Cité collégiale in Ottawa. I am hard-working, persistent and attentive to detail. My native language is French, but I am fluent in English as well. I have two years of experience as a French tutor and editor and I have received praise for my innate understanding of grammar and semantics. While language is my passion and my strong suit, I also have experience in public relations and communications. I have produced a communication plan for Centre Espoir Sophie, a center for women in difficulty in Ottawa. My team and I have also provided help in the organization, fund raising, and press relations for Breast Cancer Action Ottawa's annual gala in 2014. Last spring, I have completed an internship at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, during which I gained experience in translation as well as media relations.

100% Job Success
$10.00 /hr
35 hours

Manolito Sulit

Manolito Sulit

Tagalog/Filipino Translator, Web Admin, DE & Content Specialist

Philippines - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 14

Thank you for your interest in my profile. You can call me Manny. A published writer in Filipino and a former teacher of the language, my poems and stories are collected in paperback, ebook and magazine editions. I have also written, directed and produced a full-length indie movie. I've got my Journalism degree from UST and some postgraduate translation units during my stint at DLSU. My oDesk career has started way back in 2008 as a VA doing data entry for MLS. After a year, an offer came to implement Internet marketing strategies that promote language learning products and also to develop affiliate sites. Since then, more clients have entrusted me with more exciting jobs related to content, data entry, online marketing, website management and the like. I look forward to working with you in your project. Best regards.

100% Job Success
$12.00 /hr
6,972 hours