So, You have been searching for all kinds of online work opportunities and nothing seems to fit your schedule and capabilities.
Let me ask you one thing, do you have a keen eye for detail? Can you make out the errors when reading a book or just browsing a web article?
If your answer is Yes, then you have one job which you can do right away.
What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is reviewing or checking a document thoroughly for errors, grammar, punctuation. Proofreaders sift through the documents or articles for any mistakes.
The primary intent of proofreading is to make the documents totally error free, whether it is typos, grammar, spelling or punctuation.
Can anybody do Proofreading?
Most proofreaders have either experience or required qualification for this role. One thing that is a must for any proofreader is strong grammar and a strong skill of recognizing errors. There are some companies which hire proofreaders without experience but most of them would require some experience.
You will need to be a strong self-learner if you want to get your first hustle without experience.
Which companies hire Proofreaders?
Many companies hire at-home proofreaders, and the pay differs with each company. It is good to check the company websites for their requirements, as they keep changing.
This company regularly hires proofreaders who can demonstrate excellent proofreading skills. There is a 20-minute test before starting the application.
This company has proofreading and editing roles but with more expertise in fields like Physical Science, Healthcare, Life Science, Medicine. Presently, they have Freelance Specialist Editor position advertised on their website.
Editfast is an editing and proofreading company and has freelance positions. Requirements are having a bachelor’s degree and some prior experience. The flow of work does vary.
The company hires freelancing/telecommuting proofreaders and editors. They require a graduate degree and two years of experience in proofreading and editing. They are now looking for editors to join their fabulous team!
You need to have a graduate degree and some experience for proofreader role in Scribendi.
This is another company which regularly hires proofreaders. The requirement is minimum five years of experience with a graduate degree.
Kibin is not hiring now, but you can register to get the update if they start hiring again.
This is fairly a new company which hires editors for school essays, resumes, book reports even social media posts, blogs. ‘Prompt Sages’ as they are called help in correcting grammar, spelling and structure.
If you want to start your freelance proofreading career, then you will have to get the knowledge about the tips and tricks and look for opportunities in places like WAHM.com or freelancing websites like Upwork, Freelancer.
What if you are good at proofreading, but don’t have any experience?
All it takes is your zeal to learn and hard work. You will have to do some good reading to brush up on the things like style and guidelines.
McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook – This a complete resource for all your proofreading needs including checklists, stylesheets and all the tools.
Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies – This is a comprehensive guide for polishing your skills, build your resume and help you to land your first job as a proofreader.
So, are you ready to start your career or advance your freelance proofreading?