I've just started off being a freelance graphic designer (wooo adventure), but I've a question about using texts when making logos. From what I understand, Typefaces don't have copyright; so I want to know if I can just use any ol' font on my PC; make an outline of it, then edit it to make a typeface for a logo. Will that do? Or do I really need to start from scratch?
Typefaces do have a copyright, even the ones preinstalled on your PC. This is a bit broad since you did not mention which font you are planning to use. Different fonts come with different legal do's and don'ts. Try looking for fonts which allow personal and/or commercial usage. A good place to find these is Google Fonts or see questions 280 and 16658.