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30 Legitimate Online Proofreading Jobs for Beginners & Experienced (Earn $50/hr)

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proofreading jobsToday, we will find out more about online proofreading jobs.

You have been searching for all kinds of work-from-home 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 type of job that you can do right away. Proofreading.


A bit more about online proofreading jobs


What is proofreading?

Proofreading is reviewing or checking a document thoroughly for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Proofreaders sift through the documents or articles for any mistakes.

The primary intent of online proofreading jobs is to make the documents as error-free as humanly possible, whether it is a typo, grammar, spelling, or punctuation.


What is the difference between proofreading and editing?

These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are quite different.

Editing is the first process of checking the document for content flow, organization, and over all structure. Editors refine the writing and improve the script by making necessary changes.

Proofreading is the correction of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and it comes after editing. Proofreading primarily focuses on making the document error-free.


Can anybody do proofreading jobs?

Most proofreaders have either the experience or the required qualification for this role. One thing that is a must for any proofreader is strong grammar skills and the skill of recognizing errors. There are some companies that 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.

If this is something that interests you, then sign up for Caitlin Pyle’s workshop where you can learn everything about proofreading from the expert herself.

Caitlin created a successful freelance proofreading business from scratch. And she is sharing all her secrets for building a profitable proofreading business in just 30 days in this workshop.

You will learn if proofreading is the right choice for you, how to get clients for your proofreading business, and much more in this workshop. If you are serious about this career, don’t miss this free virtual workshop!



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How much money does a proofreader make?

According to BLS, the average pay for a full-time proofreader is around $39,000 per year.  If you are keen on starting your own proofreading business, then you can earn much more than this.

In fact, Caitlin Pyle earned around $43,000 in 2014 working just 25 hours a week! It totally depends on how many clients you take on and your schedule. 


Is Proofreading right for you?

Proofreading jobs are great for you if you have

  • Attention to detail
  • Can work and deliver results independently
  • Want to start a flexible work from home job/business
  • Proactive to learn

Proofreading might not be for you if you are

  • Not looking for a flexible position
  • Cannot work independently in work from home set up


Are proofreaders in demand?

There is a considerable demand for proofreaders and editors in industries like publishing, legal services, advertising, business support, newspaper, book publishing, etc.

Proofreading showed an increase of 6.1% growth last year, and it keeps growing.

With content growth across print and digital media, new opportunities come up for proofreaders every day.


Is there a good training course to become a certified proofreader?

If you are interested in getting into proofreading, there is no better way than Caitlin Pyle’s Proofread Anywhere course.

This course is the launchpad for your proofreading career. You will learn a lot of aspects of starting a profitable proofreading business in this course.

Want to learn more about this course? Here is a 76-minute free workshop that will give you all the details about proofreading and you will get to know if this is the career for you.


What 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.


Here are 30 best proofreading jobs from home

Beginner Proofreading jobs



scribe writing

Formerly known as Book in a Box, this company hires freelance editors. Although it is not hiring right now, you can sign up to get notifications for jobs.







This company regularly hires proofreaders who can demonstrate excellent proofreading skills. There is a 20-minute test before starting the application.




This company regularly hires proofreaders, transcriptionists, and translators. It is not very keen on experience, but you should have good English language and grammar skills.



proofreadingpal homescreen





This is another company that regularly hires proofreaders. The requirement is a minimum of five years’ experience and a graduate degree.




This company hires editors to edit content by freelancers. You need to know about SEO for this job but does not require any prior experience.




As an editor for Scribbr, you will be helping students with their thesis. For this role, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree with native English speaking fluency.

There are other companies like Smartbrief and Editfast that also hire entry-level proofreaders.


Proofreading Jobs that require experience



american journal experts

AJE hires independent contract editors. It would be best if you have a graduate degree with good native English proficiency. It also needs you to have some affiliation with a doctoral university.




This company only hires PhDs in English with considerable experience as an editor. It also helps if you are a published teacher with excellent writing skills.




This Australian editing and proofreading services company hires editors with a master’s degree, PhD, or relevant experience in any academic discipline. You also need to have at least two years of experience in editing or proofreading.



polished paper

This company only hires very experienced editors. You need to create an account and submit your résumé online, after which you need to take its editor’s test.



cambridge proofreading and editing

For this company, you will be working as a freelance editor. You should have a bachelor’s degree and good knowledge of the subjects as it handles proofreading in social science, medical science, engineering, etc.



edanz group

This editing company hires medical writers, editors, and researchers. For the editing role, you need to be a native English speaker with a PhD and 3+ years of editing or scientific research experience. You also need to pass an editing test and undergo an editor training program if you get hired.




This editing company hires freelance editors who have good experience with excellent grammar and writing skills.



IXL learning

This company hires subject editors from time to time. You need to have experience in copy editing with exceptional attention to detail.




ManagedEditing (formerly Wordfirm) hires freelance editors with a college degree and at least five years of experience in editing. You can apply online and wait to hear from the company.




This website could be a good choice for beginners in proofreading as the pay is very less. You can fill out the online form, and it will contact you if you get selected.



english trackers

English Trackers hires online editors with at least two years of professional editing experience. It would help if you were a native English speaker with a PhD or an academic editor with verifiable experience.




With EditorLive, you need to have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years of experience in professional editing, specifically in writing academic papers. `



book editing associates

This company hires editors/proofreaders with at least 5+ years of experience. You will be taking an editing and proofreading test once selected.



cactus global homescreen

This company has remote proofreading jobs and editing roles, but it requires more expertise in fields like physical science, healthcare, life science, and medicine. Presently, it has a freelance specialist editor position advertised on its website.



editfast homescreen

Editfast is an editing and proofreading company, and it has freelance positions. Requirements are having a bachelor’s degree and some prior experience. The flow of work does vary.



wordvice homescreen

This company hires freelancing/telecommuting proofreaders and editors. It requires a graduate degree and two years of experience in proofreading and editing. It’s now looking for editors to join its fabulous team!



scribendi homescreen

You need to have a graduate degree and some experience to get a proofreader role with Scribendi. They hire freelance editors and proofreaders from all over the world



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Kibin occasionally offers freelance proofreading and editing jobs worldwide. This company is not hiring now, but you can register to get an update if it starts hiring again.




This is a fairly new company that hires editors for school essays, résumés, book reports, and even social media posts and blog posts. “Essay Specialists” as they are called help within correcting grammar, spelling and structure.




You need to have at least five years of editing experience to apply for a job with this company. A master’s or PhD-level editing experience is required along with a certificate in academic editing, publishing, scientific communication, etc.


If you want to start your freelance proofreading job, then you will have to get the knowledge and the tips and tricks of the trade. Look for opportunities in places like or freelancing websites like Upwork and Freelancer.

Bloggers are always in need of editors and proofreaders; this can be your starting point. You can find some proofreading positions on job boards like,

A good way to start is to attend this FREE proofreading workshop and find out if you are a good fit for proofreader jobs. 


What if you are good at proofreading, but you don’t have any experience?

All it takes is your zeal to learn and some hard work. You will have to do some reading to brush up on things like style and guidelines.

McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook – This is a complete resource for all your proofreading needs including checklists, stylesheets, and all the tools you’ll need.

Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies This is a comprehensive guide for polishing your skills, building your résumé, and helping you to land your first job as a proofreader.

There are some online tools like Grammarly, Slick Write, and Ginger that can help you in the process of proofreading, but bear in mind that they are just an additional help.


So are you ready to start your career or advance your freelance proofreading business?

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