Becoming a Doctor is not something for the faint of heart or those who do not have their hearts, minds and souls committed to it. This is an endeavor which requires a lot of time, sacrifice and focus to see it through. Dr. Donavan Ramon, has however taken being a professor in English on a different path. We sat with this doctor to get a better idea of what he is doing, why he's doing it and where he hopes to be in the very near future.
Dr. of Words Website
Dr. Ramon's works and pubilcations
A list of the services he offers
Tell us about your business. When did it start?
My business is called DR. of Words, and it is an editing/proofreading business I started in December 2020. Basically, you send me anything you want edited, whether it’s a resume, essay, cover letter, etc…, I read it and give you feedback. I had the idea to create this business for a while. By training, I am a professor of English, and I always complained when folks would ask me to read/edit their work. Too often, my non-academic friends would make this false assumption that I have copious free time to read their work for free. I don’t. I grew tired of the expectation that I’m just an editor on reserve. I wanted to monetize my skill set as I sought different streams of income, so creating a comprehensive editing service emerged as the best option.
What was it that made you want to start this business?
In December 2020, when I was sidelined with COVID-19, I decided to occupy my time by finally creating my business. The timing seemed right: I couldn’t do much but recuperate and be bored out of my mind during quarantine. I definitely wanted it up and running before my spring semester began. Within a few days, I had my LLC, my website design, my price, and a few clients lined up. I really wanted to start this business to earn more money as a side hustle, doing something I have done for years for free.
What was the toughest thing you went through when opening?
Promoting myself. Since I am a business of one, I had to really prioritize my time so I devoted time to creating my Facebook ads and letting friends know of this new endeavor. I was also overwhelmed with many decisions at once, but by doing everything one day at a time and planning it out, everything began to work smoothly. Time management became my friend.
If you had to start over from day 1 what would you have done differently?
I would have started earlier. I did not know how easy it was to get an LLC – that was my biggest holdup thinking it was a long and expensive process. Once I began though, I realized it was just a piece of cake and I was in my head about it for too long. Had I started my business sooner, I am sure I would have many more clients by now. I feel this especially since I volunteered so much time helping folks for free in the past.
What was the toughest part about having a business in 2020?
I technically opened it in December 2020, and all my work is done virtually, which makes things easy. I haven’t experienced anything too difficult just yet. Let’s hope it stays that way!
If a customer was to choose between your business and 3 others just like it, why would you suggest they at least give you a try first?
I would say, chose the DR. of Words because I take a holistic approach to editing. I don’t just go over spelling and grammar, but I ask you about your specific goals and audience, so that I know how to tailor my feedback. For instance, the audience for a nursing job cover letter will be vastly different from the audience for a graduate school admissions essay. I ask each client who you are writing for and what are your goals. This way, I can go above and beyond by offering specific feedback about content and not just about spelling and grammar. By taking a holistic approach to your work, I guarantee you will submit work that is clear, concise, and compelling.
What is the number 1 way you currently bring in new clients?
Mainly through Facebook ads and word of mouth. I created a Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/DRofWords) as a placeholder until my website is completed. Folks have been reaching out to me through Facebook and through my friends. This will change soon, as I’ll be on Google and now have a brand new website to promote my work as a scholar and editor (http://donavanramon.com/doctor-of-words/).
Has the Internet played a big role in your business as it has become more prevalent?
Yes it has! My work is all virtual, so I meet with folks online and send essay drafts back and forth online as well. I love that I can do this type of work all online. Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, working strictly online has been a huge benefit, and it definitely saves me time and money.
If you had to look 6 months to a year into the future where would you like to see your business be? Why?
6 months from now will be the summer; I hope to have more clients who are applying to jobs, schools, fellowships, etc…during the summer. This will be the primary way I grow my business now. Of course, more clients will allow me to continue to build my editing chops, while also earning a side income as I save up for a house.
We can personally attest to Dr. Ramon's talents as a teacher, mentor and reliable editor having witnessed it firsthand. He has looked at the resumes of individuals working here at The Lexington Reviewer, enabling them to be more competitive in the job marketplace now and in the future. If you are ever interested in learning more about what he does or have a project you would like him to take a look at, you can reach him using the following links.
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