Freelance Editor, Personal Finance

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Freelance (Project/Fixed)

Sep 13

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The Ascent (A Motley Fool Brand) is looking for a highly skilled Freelance Editor to join our team on a remote independent contract basis, 15-20 hours per week.

Who we are

The Motley Fool’s mission is “To make the world smarter, happier, and richer.” For 25 years that has meant providing impartial and informed investment recommendations with a healthy dose of personal finance guidance on the side. And as we seek to empower everyone with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to attain financial freedom, our coverage is continually expanding.

We launched The Ascent, a Motley Fool brand, in 2018 to rate and review critical financial products like credit cards, savings accounts, and loans, as well as to provide jargon-free advice on topics ranging from paying off debt to financing a home, from saving money to maximizing your credit card rewards. There’s a lot of money advice out there (some good, some less good), and we’re cutting through the noise that often leaves people feeling helpless and insecure about key financial decisions.

So now that you know who we are at The Ascent, let’s talk about you.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for an editor who will keep our financial product reviews and “best of” lists up to date and error-free. When there’s a change in a financial product’s terms — say, a credit card’s sign-up bonus, a brokerage’s trading fees, or a savings account’s interest rate — we need to let our readers know right away. That’s where you come in!

This editor will also ensure our content is clean, search-friendly, and a joy to read. That means fixing grammatical errors, awkward prose, formatting faux pas, SEO no-nos, and mathematical mishaps.

Producing great content is a team effort, so this editor will collaborate with writers, other editors, and in-house colleagues. They’ll need to be responsive and ready to give constructive, polite feedback to our writers.

We’ll also ask this editor to help us with occasional side projects. If we need to update our style guide, for example, we may turn to you. And because digital media changes at warp speed, we regularly update our editorial processes, too. In short, adaptability is a must!

Although tech wizardry is not a must, this editor will be comfortable working in a web-based CMS, as well as several other online platforms. And we don’t need this editor to be an SEO guru, but they will be ready to learn and enforce our best practices.

Lastly, this editor will be able to commit to 15-plus hours per week, ideally during “business-ish” hours (in the U.S.), when the editorial team is most active.

Primary responsibilities

  • Ensure the information in our financial product reviews and best-of lists is accurate.
  • Edit and proofread other online content for clarity, grammar, in-house style, SEO, and accuracy of information.
  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with other members of the editorial team (we Slack each other a LOT).
  • Work in our online content management system to ensure correct formatting.
  • Take part in various editorial projects.
  • Dedicate at least 15 hours a week to this role.

Preferred qualities

  • Experience editing and/or writing personal finance content.
  • Familiarity with content written for the web.
  • Adaptability.
  • Knack for delivering feedback tactfully — and receiving it gracefully.
  • Sense of humor. (We take good writing seriously. But ourselves? Not so much.)
  • At least three years of professional editing experience.

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