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Updated Jul 20, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Freelancer

    Cactus: A flexible, freelance opportunity

    May 19, 2016 - Freelance Editor (Science) in Perth, Western Australia, Western Australia
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    Pros

    - Extraordinarily flexible - pick-and-choose working hours. - Rewarding - ultimately, you are facilitating the publishing of manuscripts by authors whom would otherwise be unable to publish important, progressive research. - Adequate recognition of effort and quality. - Editing is a learned skill! Whilst a base literary ability is required, ultimately, Cactus does an excellent job of guiding you with respect to the structure and purpose of the work. The consequence of which is an opportunity to work in a highly engaging field, often within the realms of personal interests (I, for example, study and research in the medical field), without explicit experience. - Great pay, provided you can produce high-quality work. - Engaging and varied - I work on papers published in numerous biomedical fields; to this end, I find myself continually engaged with the work. - The opportunity to receive author feedback: this seems like a small fact, but when the author expresses sincere thanks for the work done, I find this to be exceptionally gratifying.

    Cons

    - Often, when following-up on jobs, turnaround times can be, perhaps, a little short - especially when working at Cactus as a periphery job (i.e. with other, day-to-day commitments). However, I find the management team to be very reasonable in this context, and often a solution can be found. Furthermore, this is comparatively rare, and only occurs with the highest paying jobs; therefore, in general, I would consider this an inevitable (and fair) consequence.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Freelancer, more than 1 year

    Freedom at the cost of compensation

    Jul 4, 2021 - Freelance Editor 
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    Pros

    Freedom of job selection. Sometimes very fair reviewers (sometimes not) who constructively criticise your wok and improve your editing ability. A range of academic and research work that challenges editors to expand their knowledge and fact-checking abilities.

    Cons

    Constant updates to systems and processes makes it difficult to be constantly on board with changes, and thereby daunting to accept jobs in fear of not being up to scratch - I believe this con applies mostly to freelancers who are not financially able to dedicate full-time hours to the company. Word counts that don't match expected compensation. Underestimation of time it takes to fact-check, format, and write comments that are ESL-friendly yet informative.

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    Cactus Communications Response

    Associate Freelancer Management

    Thank you for your review! We would like to look into your concerns in detail. We'll be able to provide you the necessary help as soon as you reach out to us on editorsupport@cactusglobal.com. We're always here to help with any challenges you're facing with regard to our internal interface and processes. Thanks, Amrita Anand Associate, Freelancer Management

  3. 4.0
    Current Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Choose your own schedule, work from home

    Aug 17, 2016 - Freelance Editor in Melbourne
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    Pros

    I've never had to worry about a lack of assignments. The senior editors provide feedback on every job I do, which has helped me improve a lot. The online portal for receiving and submitting assignments is straightforward and easy to use.

    Cons

    As a freelancer, there isn't much room for advancement within the company. This is not really an issue, because this job is probably something you do in your spare time for a little bit of extra money anyway.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Freelancer

    Freelancer

    Oct 25, 2016 - Freelance Science Editor in Brisbane
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    Pros

    Good flexibility to choose when you work, good frequency of assignments

    Cons

    Arbitrary feedback determines your payment rate, and the effort required for each edit is not accurately reflected by the remuneration

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    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Glad I attempted, but not worth it.

    Aug 17, 2016 - Freelance Science Editor in Melbourne
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    Pros

    Appreciated the flexibility to pick and choose your assignments.

    Cons

    The work is very involved and for low pay and then you receive unfair and often contradictory reviews.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great flexible freelancing

    Jul 20, 2021 - Freelance Editor in Cape Town
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    Pros

    This work was great for supplementing my income while finishing my PhD. It is very flexible and the pay is good for South African standards. You can choose between jobs of different sizes, subject areas, fees, and deadlines to suit your schedule and needs.

    Cons

    Feedback can be overwhelmingly negative and presented in a way that is frustrating at times. You have to motivate yourself, as you'll rarely receive positive feedback (i.e., only contacted directly when there is something wrong).

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  7. 5.0
    Current Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Perfect if living cheap abroad

    Jun 22, 2021 - Freelance Editor in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Super flexible work, assignments range from as low as $1 to an excess of $100, staff appreciate high performance and work with you to help you develop and improve. Great career choice if you are looking to live abroad cheaply.

    Cons

    The work is quite low pay per hour since assignments often take longer than you expect. Assignments are paid by word count although there are formatting requirements that sometimes take as long as the assignment itself.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Freelancer, more than 1 year

    Acceptable job for a short period

    Jun 30, 2021 - Contractual Freelance Editor 
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    Pros

    Flexibility Become an expert in MS Word Excellent dashboard Quick response to any issues/queries

    Cons

    Not enough pay for the amount of work required No opportunities for career development You are not an employee, you are an expendable, dispensable workhorse They don't provide a reference if you are moving jobs

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  9. 4.0
    Current Contractor, more than 1 year

    Remote but can be taxing

    Jun 10, 2021 - Freelance Editor 
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    Pros

    Work is remote. You decide when and what to work on. Feedback is prompt, and senior editors are always reachable in case of any queries or concerns. Also, jobs are in plenty.

    Cons

    Some assignments can be taxing, despite the flat fee, but on the flip side, some assignments can be a breeze, despite the flat fee! Feedback from Freelance reviewers can be inconsistent.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Flexible timings, with absolutely no pressure

    Apr 8, 2021 - Freelance Editor in Durgapur, West Bengal, West Bengal
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    Pros

    Cactus is very flexible with its freelance editors. Work is not assigned individually, rather to a group of several editors simultaneously, so that anyone can take it up. There is minimum pressure from the manager; they have a very user-friendly portal that readily allows the editors to raise any query about the process of editing or other issues and are resolved as soon as possible. It is the best freealcing space that one could work in, at the same time not compromising on the quality of work delivered; each assignment undergoes multiple rounds of edit to ensure only the best end product for the client. The pay is also good.

    Cons

    At times there might be no work for an extended period, which is however for a short duration only.

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