Proofreading is done after the editing and copyediting process. It is to ensure that the writing is polished.
What Skills Does a Proofreader Need?
Here are a few skills you should have if you want to find work as a proofreader:
While you don’t need a course to begin, it doesn’t hurt to have one on your resume. Make sure to read plenty of reviews for a course to know if it is both useful and respected.
How Much Money Can You Earn as a Proofreader?
As there seem to be more and more writers in the profession, there is currently a need for proofreaders. If you are good at your job and give strong references, you can earn between $25-$50 per hour. It is important to remember that this is a freelance position. In order to make a full-time living, you will need a constant influx of clients.
You may start off at a lower rate while you build your portfolio. Likewise, if you become truly proficient in a specific niche, you may be able to charge more. Some proofreaders charge per word (usually around $.02) instead of an hourly rate.
Where to Find Proofreading Jobs
Once you have a little experience under your belt, you may also be able to find work through online sites that offer editing and proofreading services. Here are five sites that you can check out:
Gramlee is always looking for talented editors and proofreaders. When applying to them, be clear about your work history and the type of work you are seeking. The platform receives many applications on a weekly basis. Be sure to have yours stand out.
EditFast is a platform where you can apply to have yourself listed to potential clients. Even if you are accepted onto the platform, you aren’t guaranteed work, but your profile or website will be seen by more potential clients.
Scribendi has been serving their clients since 1997. They service a broad range of documents, including medical and scientific materials.
Wordvice hires proofreaders to help look over dissertations, business documents, academic journals and more.
5. Proofreading Pal
Proofreading Pal will read over essays, student forms, resumes, books, and any other type of document.
Online Job Boards
You can also look through employment listings on online job boards. Set up a profile on Flexjobs, Upwork, and other job boards and look through (and apply for) job listings regularly. Be as detailed as you can about any special fields of interest you have. Writers in those fields would be more likely to work with you than someone unfamiliar with it altogether.
How to Start off as a Proofreader
While good proofreaders and in-demand, it can sometimes be difficult to find your first few jobs. Writers want to work with someone who is experienced with the process. Offer yourself at a discount (or for free) to a writer who publishes frequently. If they like your work, they may hire you on their next piece of work.
Look for writers who network with others or teach writing as a process. If they can recommend you, you are likely to find more work easily.
The Pros of Being a Proofreader
Here are the benefits of being a proofreader:
The Cons of Being a Proofreader
Similar Jobs to Proofreading
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