We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Gamel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, can you walk us through the thought process of starting your business?
There were several reasons for starting my own business. For starters, I loved the freedom and flexibility to work with a variety of small businesses and individuals and provide them with a service they could trust and rely on for years down the road. I had gotten to know so many small-business owners over the years, and I always appreciated the pride and passion they had for their particular craft. I have the same passion for writing and editing, particularly the storytelling aspect, and it simply made sense to go out on my own. Secondly, I felt a service such as mine was sorely lacking in today’s environment. Business owners want to communicate with clients, spark engagement, and build trusting relationships. One of the best ways to do that is with unique and authentic written content. The only problem is they don’t have time to write and edit their own blogs, press releases, etc., or they struggle with getting ideas on paper. I thought, “why should business owners add one more thing to their to-do list when they can simply hire someone like me to do it for them?” I wanted to be that guy they could call for literally anything involving the written word. And so far, I’ve been fortunate to do exactly that for so many great people.
What should our readers know about your business?
Edit This® is a writing and editing service located in Denton, Texas. I specialize in producing written copy (blogs, website copy, press releases, ghostwriting, resume writing, newsletters, etc.) for small businesses and individuals that explain their passion, promote their products and services, and help them stand out. Whether they need me to write content from scratch or put a better spin on something they’ve written, Edit This is the writing and editing partner every business needs. The last thing you want are mistakes in grammar or an important message that doesn’t come across the way you hoped it would. This is where I come in. It means a great deal to me to be able to help people. There are a few things that set Edit This apart. For one, I am local to most of my clients. That means I can take the time to meet with them in person to understand why they do what they do, how they are different from others in their industry, what their personal story is, and what they envision as their brand and message. This helps me create written content that is unique and specific to that particular business, as opposed to writing content that sounds just like everyone else. I’m able to use my words to capture their voice in a meaningful way. I’m also able to write about a variety of topics and industries – a writing chameleon, of sorts. Over the years, I’ve written and edited projects for banks, family law firms, architects, artists, health and wellness practices, industrial companies, and more. Many writers prefer to specialize in one particular area. I like to write about everything. I believe it shows my range as a writer and proves I’m passionate about being all things to all people. I have been doing this for 23 years. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in broadcast journalism but ultimately fell in love with the idea of being a writer. I’ve written for the Denton Record-Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and several neighborhood magazines. In 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith and start Edit This. I’ve been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for various articles. Edit This was also voted Best Writing & Editing Service by Best of Denton County in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 and Best Blogger in 2017, 2018, and 2019. I am going for the same awards now in 2020. Starting my business wasn’t easy. I began with a laptop, my passion, and a single client. But over the years, I’ve focused on doing good work and always being reliable. I’ve also put a heavy emphasis on networking and being visible in my community. Slowly but surely, people got to know me and put their trust in me and my services. I refuse to take any of that for granted, and I’m constantly looking for ways to help more people. I want the world to know that it is possible to do what you were meant to do in life. Many of us get stuck working at jobs we aren’t as passionate about. I love what I do, and I encourage everyone to chase their passion.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I want to thank my family and friends for their constant love, support, and encouragement. Starting a business from scratch can be overwhelming, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. My family and friends were always there as my biggest fans, and they continue to give me the strength I need to keep chasing my passion. I also realize that regardless of all the experience I have and the hard work I’ve put into becoming an expert in my field, I would be nothing without all the industry mentors and colleagues who have pushed me to be better at what I do and to never stop learning. Last but not least, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of my clients, many of whom have become dear friends. Thank you for putting your trust in me.
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