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Adriano Silva

Adriano Silva

Expert English-Brazilian Portuguese Translator

Brazil - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 8

I am a professional translator with over a decade of experience working with top multinational retail companies and worldwide entrepreneurs. Also, I am a copywriter and a proofreader, with a degree in Advertising. My outstanding performance and 5-star feedback have earned me the “Top Rated” seal. I believe that translation is not only about getting words from one language to another. It is necessary to adapt the content to the characteristics of the new readers. My job is to carefully choose the best words and phrases, always looking to overcome the initial expectations of my contractors and their clients. Far beyond informing, I am proud to amaze. Boasting a 98% job success rate, I pride myself in working with clients from all over the world - Latin and North America to Africa, Europe and Australia. My skill set includes: • English-Brazilian Portuguese translation • Brazilian Portuguese-English translation • English proofreading • English copyediting • Brazilian Portuguese language proofreading • Brazilian Portuguese copyediting • Brazilian Portuguese copywriting I am 100% committed to maintaining my top-rated profile. For me, anything less than full and complete customer satisfaction is unacceptable. To achieve this, I promise to strive with the utmost dedication.

98% Job Success
$16.67 /hr
183 hours

Fernanda G.

Fernanda G.


United States - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 1

A self-proclaimed wordsmith, I love to manipulate words and consider writing the most powerful tool in the world. With words, a company can develop its voice. With words, heroes can tell their stories. With words, one person can influence nations. For the past 3 years, I have worked as a full-time freelance writer and editor, helping dozens of individual and corporate clients improve their writing. I hold a Certificate in Editing from Poynter News U, and a Psychology and Neuroscience Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. I'm a scientist by training with over 8 years of experience in the field. I've authored a couple of publications and several poster presentations.

Groups: oTranslators

89% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
33 hours

Jean Booth

Jean Booth

Editorial/Proofreading/Photo Research

United States - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 2

Contributing to clear, effective communication is always my goal. I work full time for a small trade-magazine publisher, helping in all phases of development of our magazines for lawyers. I am excellent at finding inconsistencies within text, as well as correcting grammar and typos. I accomplish my oDesk work in the morning and evening hours around my day job. I work most often with Word documents, PDFs and Excel.

92% Job Success
$23.00 /hr
94 hours

Norah V.

Norah V.

Writer, Editor, Researcher

United States - Tests: 9 - Portfolio: 6

I am a jack of all trades writer who is passionate about words, ideas, and helping my clients realize the potential of their ideas. I have a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Currently I'm a freelance writer and researcher, but until recently I was a member of the English faculty at Northern Virginia Community College, where I taught composition and literature. My writing, editing, and research experience is varied. It includes helping corporate clients showcase the stories and histories that define what their companies are all about, producing books, videos, and exhibits. I've also written book reviews and author interviews. I've done academic research and co-authored a paper presentation. I've created media for a public park, written curriculum, taught writing workshops, and am in the final stages of preparing my own novel for publication.

100% Job Success
$33.00 /hr
56 hours

Zach Pardes

Zach Pardes

PR, Marketing & Social Media Pro

United States - Tests: 4 Marketing, PR, advertising & communications pro. New market categories. Launches. Relaunches. Start ups. Funding campaigns. Mergers. Acquisitions. Corporate communications & investor relations. Current and former clients include: Corporate: Amazon, Nike, Virgin, Tropicana, ESPN, First Watch, Darden Restaurants, Stew Leonard's, Chuy's Tex Mex, Lennar, KB Home, Toyota, Nokia, Discovery Networks, Electronic Arts (EA), Stein Mart Tech & Mobile: Flickr, GOQii, Lightricks (Facetune), DevriX, Coveroo, Hooked, Row Sham Bow, Chegg, TeamChat, Indix Health/Wellness: Allergan, Smith & Nephew, Nemours, Moffitt Cancer Center, Compass Research, Human Performance Mentors Hospitality: Wyndham, Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Peabody Hotels, Rosen Hotels Consumer Packaged Products: Javatino, Buddy Fruits, Zico, Fuji Film Finance/Fin Tech: Merrill Lynch, Citi, E*Trade, Vesta, MX (Money Desktop), B2R Finance Clean Tech: CALMAC, BuildingIQ, KGS Buildings, Dynamic Air Quality Solutions, Ox Paperboard, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Non-Profit: Big Brothers Big Sisters

94% Job Success
$111.11 /hr
123 hours

Hazel Angelyn Tesoro

Hazel Angelyn Tesoro

Professional Teacher | Freelance Copy Editor

Philippines - Tests: 19 - Portfolio: 7

College Instructor | Licensed Teacher of English | Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader | Tutor | Photojournalist | Graduate Student Renders professional editing and proofreading assistance to clients working on essays, academic papers, undergraduate and post-graduate researches, personal documents (application letters, articles, curriculum vitae, recommendation letters, resumés), and other related documents—having worked as a college instructor in a state university, having served as language critic of undergraduate researches, and having been employed as essay editor and language tutor in a third-party client company whose end-clients are Korean students in the elementary and middle-school levels. Conducts photojournalism trainings and cliniquing of student-journalists, being invited in press conferences in public secondary schools. Endorse me on LinkedIn:

100% Job Success
$30.00 /hr
35 hours

Riya Bose

Riya Bose


India - Portfolio: 1

I am an experienced and versatile writer and have a teaching experience in English and Biology for more than three years.I am an expert in all types of article writing, technical writing, keywords based and content writing. I have previously worked on other reputed freelancing sites and I have written many articles in journals. I am dedicated towards whatever job challenges are given to me. Proficient in MS Word , MS Excel , MS Powerpoint , Adobe Photoshop

100% Job Success
$4.00 /hr
86 hours

Karen m. G.

Karen m. G.

Copy Editor and Proofreader

United States - Tests: 3

I am a copyeditor and proofreader with a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. I have ten years of experience as a research assistant at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, with co-authorship on eight published articles. I have most recently worked for a magazine (print, Web, and digital format) specializing in profiling people in engineering, biotech, IT, and other technology careers. I have a strong interest in agricultural science, as well as general science and technology subjects (STEM). As an avid lifelong reader, however, I am open to jobs in any area of written communication requiring a keen eye for detail, a passion for accuracy and efficiency, and a willingness to meet deadlines.

100% Job Success
$24.44 /hr
79 hours

Heather H.

Heather H.

Superstar Copywriter for the Small Business World

Australia - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 3

"One of the best Freelancers I have worked with. Fast, reliable, great communication and did fantastic, top quality work.” - booming business “Very pleased, we received exactly what we required in a quick and efficient time frame. No re-writes first draft was perfect - would highly recommend” - vic98 “Couldn't be happier with Heather's work, we will definitely be using her services on an ongoing basis.” — shaun caliper Do you need a copywriter to work WITH you instead of merely FOR you? Do you need a copywriter who will consult with you, dive deeply into what you’re really looking to achieve with your project and then get on with the task at hand? I can give you that, and more. As a small business owner, you have lots on your plate. Your To Do list is a mile long, and your Resource list? Not so, most likely. You need an engaging hook for your Home page, an About Page that articulates your story as well as the benefits of your product or service. And then there are those endless Blog posts, the ones that keep your clients and customers coming back for more. The pressure on you to keep up is enormous. I get it. Okay, so how great would it be to have a writer on board who can do all the worrying over words and leave you free to get on with what you do best - GROWING your successful and profitable business. Think about what you could do with all that extra time! No one understands the phrase, 'time is money', better than a freelancer (or a small business entrepreneur), and that's why I won't waste either your time or mine on less than profitable content. My focus is on you: * to make you look professional * to showcase your products and services as attractive and indispensable * to convert all your leads into loyal, paying customers, whether they come via your website, brand marketing, email or front door. To help you with this, I specialize in: * Copywriting that kicks goals * Content writing and editing that engages and converts * Proofreading for perfection * Article and blog writing that inspires and promotes sharing * Document formatting that's easy on the eye I totally get the concepts of accuracy, efficiency and professional style and how they seriously influence your image in the minds of your customers and clients. I will help you keep your personal or brand image high and your sales conversions higher. I also understand the inherent difficulty in hiring someone you don't know from a bar of soap and trusting them with your professional reputation. To ease your mind in this regard, I offer a 100% money back guarantee if you're not happy with my work for any reason whatsoever. Just let me know that on the day I submit the final copy. It's a win-win situation for you. So if you're looking for that EDGE, a writer who'll: * take away your copywriting pain * allow you to work ON your business rather than IN it * add value to your business goals then go ahead, click on that green Contact button above right and invite me to your project. What are you waiting for? I'm ready when you are! Let's talk.

99% Job Success
$85.00 /hr
22 hours

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Psychologist, Author, Expert Editor & Proofreader

United States - Portfolio: 2

Meticulous, highly organized, adaptable, efficient writer, researcher, copy editor and proofreader with a keen eye for detecting grammatical and structural errors that other writers and editors tend to overlook. WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU? MY SERVICES: -Superior editing and proofreading skills; well above average rate of accuracy on first pass. -Managing copy flow, including photographs, display type and graphics. -Overseeing major projects, from concept to editing to layout and design and proofreading. -Editing for appropriate tone, conciseness, spark and humor where appropriate. -Organizing and scheduling work effectively and efficiently, juggling multiple projects at once. -Verifying others' work and providing direction, feedback and constructive criticism. -Proficiency with Microsoft Word and other programs; learn new technology quickly. -Writing health, relationship & psychological articles.

96% Job Success
$23.00 /hr
128 hours