Starting a Desktop Publishing Business

Starting a Desktop Publishing Business
By Paul and Sarah Edwards
January 12, 2004

Combining your design and writing skills, this business is the perfect blend for people with an eye for the artistic and an ear for the written word.

If you have a feel for design and the ability to edit what other people write, you may find your way to a homebased business doing desktop publishing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics declares desktop publishing to be one of the fastest-growing vocations, forecasting the number of desktop publishers will grow from 38,000 in 2000 to 63,000 in 2010, an increase of 67 percent.

Desktop publishers produce print and electronic documents, such as catalogs, manuals, directories, brochures and resumes that are ready to be posted on the Web or go to the printer. For each publication, desktop publishers produce a design, lay out the pages, format the text and add images. Sometimes desktop publishers also write the copy for their clients based on information they're given or otherwise obtain.

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