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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 09:31 PM
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Does anyone know something about the web site Grammatika?
I recently learned of this site through Writer's Digest magazine, as well as a co-worker's recommendation. Writing and editing have always been my greatest strengths. In addition to trying to start an independent paralegal business, I have also begun a "side" business of writing customized resumes and cover letters (I've done it for years for friends and family and finally decided to try and make some money at it), as well as other "career communications", as I call it.

So I'm interested in picking up some free-lance editing jobs through this site. In order to be a certified Grammatika editor, you have to take the tests they'll send you by email. That's fine with me, because I've always been good at those and I know I'll do a great job. I also understand why you have to pay a fee to join and bid on editing jobs. But my question is, is it worth it? Are they truly on the up and up? Has anyone here had experience with them? Do you actually get jobs? Thanks for any info anyone has.
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Sporadicus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 09:45 PM
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1. Couldn't Find Much
Here's a discussion of Grammatika on a literary board.

http://www.wahm.com/boards/Forum73/HTML/008933.html
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 09:51 PM
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2. OK, thanks
I'll check it out!
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 10:08 PM
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3. OK, I checked out the link and
discovered another site mentioned, onlineproofreaders.com, that costs a lot less to join and take the test, much less than Grammatika charges. The difference is that they then want a 10% commission on whatever jobs you get. So that while the initial fee to join is less than Grammatika, I might actually end up paying more in the long run since I'd be paying commissions on whatever jobs I was paid for.
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Ivan Sputnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 10:32 PM
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4. The problem with some of these bidding sites
is that some people will go incredibly low with their bids. I'm not familiar with Grammatika, but I checked out some similar-sounding sites a few years ago, and that seemed to be the general problem. I thought they were a rip-off. I didn't see any winning bids at a rate that a professional would charge. Often the clients would set their ceilings for bids ridiculously low or even ask for "volunteer" labor. No, I didn't get any jobs.
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 10:43 PM
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5. I have noticed this too, at elance.com and guru.com ....
Edited on Tue Mar-08-05 10:44 PM by tjdee
The going rates were so low it seemed almost silly, particularly for the experience some of them were claiming to have.

Though, those sites seem like good starting off points.
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