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Lisbeth D.

Lisbeth D.

Professional Norwegian Translator

Norway - Tests: 8 - Portfolio: 9

Norwegian with extensive experience in professional writing, in both Norwegian and English. English as working language for 20 years and English husband, so used to thinking and communicating in both languages simultaneously. MSc social science, anthropology, philosophy; associate degree in business studies. Source languages: English, Danish, Swedish, German, Spanish. Target languages: Norwegian, English. Old Scandinavian handwriting. Former civil servant in Norway and abroad (UN), Norwegian teacher, business woman. Now full time freelancer based in Zimbabwe.

99% Job Success
$35.00 /hr
636 hours

Irma H.

Irma H.

Expert Translator, Data Entry Provider

Indonesia - Portfolio: 36

I've been told I'm ONE OF THE FEW native Indonesian translators & data entry providers who goes the EXTRA MILE by offering a 100% GUARANTEE on ALL OF MY PROJECTS to ALL OF MY CLIENTS. If you are looking for a NATIVE Indonesian speaker who not only is an EXPERT TRANSLATOR, but who is also very talented & quick at DATA ENTRY, then I'm your girl! And if you are not 100% SATISFIED with my work, then you don't have to pay me. I have a college degree, and I have studied English for over 17 years. So I have a good command of the language. I really enjoy translating and have worked on OVER 100 TRANSLATION PROJECTS. My past projects range from movie scripts, to mobile app terms of agreements, to diet instructions for Indonesian restaurants. I also enjoy DATA ENTRY projects, and am excited about building my portfolio for that as well!

93% Job Success
$6.00 /hr
171 hours

Lioneil Dela Cruz

Lioneil Dela Cruz

Writer and Editor


Writing has been mainly the focus of my jobs, both freelance and full-time, up to the present. I've been accepting writing, editing, and similar jobs for almost ten years now. I have been part of writing projects that include guidebooks, manuals, newsletters, scripts, and technical reports. I also do translation jobs, transcription, film production, proofreading, and other similar projects. I currently work full-time as a Public Relations Assistant in a government corporation wherein my tasks are primarily on press release and news writing, copy writing, and editing. I hold a Bachelor's degree in the Arts, Major in English.

$5.00 /hr
1,011 hours

Sierra Thomas

Sierra Thomas

Crisis & disaster Mgt /Finance / Editing / backed by UN

United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 5

STOP! If you are looking for high end content written by a Native English speaker then you have in fact landed on the right profile. However if you are looking for generic content that simply fills the void on a webpage please continue to other profiles. It is sad that many people will agree to pay next to nothing in order to get basic content that rarely makes sense. I can assure you that readers can in fact tell the difference and it only makes your company look bad by hiring non native English speakers. For someone who themselves is not a Native English speaker, often times you will hire those who can write content that looks similar to English dialect, however the reader can ALWAYS tell the difference. Hi, I'm Sierra and I am located in Central Missouri. English is my native language and I have an extensive vocabulary that tends to astonish people. I am great at what I do, whether it includes copy editing or SEO content creation, researching the most recent finance related information or processing VA mortgage loans. I work with clients all over the globe, and I genuinely enjoy it. I have become Odesk's go to girl for ESL editing and TOEFL content creation which is awesome and I am proud that my clients entrust me with their contracts. I pride myself on my excellent verbal and written communication skills, having a descriptive writing ability that is second to none, and always providing my clients with 100% original and error free content, I am polite, courteous, and willing to help out with any problems that may arise. I am an extremely fast learner and I will not disappoint. I have excellent references from all of my previous clients and I am willing to provide them at any time. I am a Sociology graduate student, with a minor in Middle Eastern Culture focusing on religion. I have completed numerous contracts on this site as well as others and have always received excellent and positive feedback . I am well versed in teaching English, and I am open to tutor those working to pass the TOEFL exam. I have been working through Odesk since November of 2013 and to be honest it has been great. I now work off this site more because of repeat business and it has been awesome! I have clients from all over the globe and I couldn't have done it without Odesk.

79% Job Success
$26.67 /hr
11 hours

Alexander Dimitrov

Alexander Dimitrov

Copywriter with a cause, Journalist with a creative mind

Bulgaria - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 5

Dozens of successfully completed projects with a 5.00 score are eloquent enough: writing is not only my passion - it's also an art that I deliver to my clients with utmost quality. I am especially proficient in the following areas: - Copywriting & Company Profiling - Journalism (with a strong focus on Lifestyle, Art, Technology and Politics/Economics due to my educational and professional background) - Creative Writing (opinion pieces, articles or fiction) - Well-researched content creation that connects with a business's target audience As for my practical experience, I am blessed to have accumulated: - 2 years as a journalist in an online economic media taking care of social, economic and cultural articles and analysis. - 8 months as a content creator, copywriter and PR in a software company. - Altogether 2 years as a volunteer and columnist in different cultural and society-related projects such as a website dedicated to European culture, a university media and many more. - More than 6 years of creative writing including two novels, a bundle of short stories and poetry, including a prestigious National award for a poem of mine and public readings. I value the audience I'm writing my pieces to, be it a paragraph of inspiring copywriting, or a journalistic analysis. I know that readers seek intellectual, compelling and natural content -- and this is just what I deliver for my dozens of clients.

98% Job Success
$13.00 /hr
199 hours

Adrianne K.

Adrianne K.

Skilled Writer & Editor with Blogging, PR, and Web Content Experience

United States - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 14

I'm a native English speaker and expert writer who can present your ideas clearly and concisely without sacrificing your (brand's) voice or style. I meet deadlines without a problem, create engaging content, and strive to capture details other freelancers miss. A professional writer since 1998, my experience includes: *Blog & Article Writing (with keyword and SEO optimization) *Creative Writing *Resume & Cover Letters *PR Content (press releases, announcements, profiles) *Business Writing (templates, form letters, instructional materials) *Sales Writing (flyers, promotional emails, pitch letters, ads) *Newsreporting / Journalistic Style *Web Content *Transcription *Editing and Proofreading *Product Descriptions *Internet Research *Product Reviews *Academic Writing *Mature Humor / Erotica No job is too big or small -- see what I can do for you today!

$5.83 /hr
18 hours

Monica B.

Monica B.

Writing, Editing and Proofreading Consultant

United States - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 2

*** Let's Learn English! *** I am a Native English Speaker with the relevant academic qualifications and a board member of the committee discussing the updates to be effected on the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. I have worked as Linguistics Lecturer, an editor and a proofreader for the last 20+ years. I have Ph.D. in Creative Writing & Literature, Master of Arts (M.A.), in Linguistics from University of Massachusetts Boston and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), degree in English Literature. As an editor, I ensure that the material is clear, consistent, complete, well written and grammatically correct. I have worked on a range of publications, including books, journals, newspapers, websites and other electronic resources. I write, edit and proofread e-books on a variety of non-fiction niches and topics. My responsibility is to correct spelling, grammar, layout, reword or rewrite and make suggestions to my clients.

80% Job Success
$13.33 /hr
50 hours

Beth H.

Beth H.

Editing | Ghostwriting | Instructional Design | Voiceovers

United States - Tests: 25 - Portfolio: 3

I'm a woman with a wide variety of interests and aptitudes, which makes me a very flexible freelancer. With a background in instructional design and safety training development, I'm an experienced writer and editor, helping professionals shape the content of everything from e-mails to essays to e-books. I've written and proofread everything from marketing copy to short stories and poetry. In my spare time I do a lot of reading and writing, and enjoy brushing up on my design, language skills, and musical abilities, both vocal and on bass guitar. In addition, I'm also a qualified safety professional, with certifications including my CSST, CSSS, and OSHA 30-Hour in Construction. More details can be found on my LinkedIn page: If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to reach out!

100% Job Success
$25.00 /hr
88 hours

Stephanie Ayres

Stephanie Ayres

Copyeditor, article writer and copywriter

Australia - Tests: 5

My name is Steph and I'm a freelance copyeditor, article writer, copywriter and proofreader based in Melbourne, Australia. I hold a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing (2011) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2008), and have been successfully running my freelance writing and editing business, Ayres Copyediting, for over two years now. I write and edit almost anything, but specialise in scientific writing and articles for the web. I have a strong knowledge of SEO principles and am comfortable writing on any topic. One of the biggest worries about hiring a freelancer is the uncertainty of whether you are picking the right person - that's why I always give you the opportunity to see how I work or edit/write a sample before you commit to hiring me. I do not provide a portfolio as many of my clients prefer to keep my work confidential, but I am more than happy to show you some of my previous work on request.

87% Job Success
$50.00 /hr
133 hours

Kathy Edens

Kathy Edens

Freelance Copywriter

United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 1

I help my clients reach their customers through compelling and engaging written communications. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing and Psychology, I have experience in writing web content, web pages, case studies, white papers, newsletters, articles, blog posts, press releases, sales letters, fundraising letters, lead-gen letters, brochures, and flyers.

100% Job Success
$38.89 /hr
1,728 hours