Proofreading Online

Online proofreading jobs are in demand, and you know why?

Because there is an increase in online content and marketing = more work for proofreaders.

Most bloggers, authors and online businesses need you to proofread their blogs, books and other digital content they create.

There are many online proofreading jobs for beginners who are interested in working either full-time or part-time.

If you are looking to become a proofreader, you can do this job from ANY part of the world, as it is not country-specific.

 

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is when you take a piece of content written by someone (like a blog post or a book) and make it perfect. Its the final stage of editing, which involves correcting grammatical errors like misplaced commas and eliminating spelling errors.

Sure there are a number of tools available online that help with this, but they still don’t pick up errors as well as the human eye.

Here are a few contents that require proofreaders.

– Blogs/websites

– eBooks, novels

– Email Newsletters

– Online Material

– Social Media Posts

 

3 Simple ways to tell if Proofreading is for you.

  • Are you good at catching typos and misplaced punctuation?
  • Do you often correct texts on social media?
  • Cringe when a restaurant menu has a misspelt word?

 

How much do proofreaders make?

As per Glassdoor, the average proofreader salary is $36,290/yr (as of 5th January 2019).

And according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, its an average of 37,550 and can go up to $61,480.

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How to become a proofreader online for beginners?

If you are looking to become a proofreader, here is a beginner’s guide to a FREE proofreading workshop, so you can learn to use your word skills to make money.

This workshop has been created by a proofreader who has years of experience in the field and over 4,000 students that have been trained by her.

 

online proofreading jobs for beginners

 

Want to explore further?

Use your proofreading skills to branch out into these 4 online editing jobs that are also high paying.

  • Transcription – As a transcriber, you will need to convert a set of live or pre-recorded audio files into text. You can put your proofreading skills to use in this career, as it requires you to type out an error-free document.  Transcribers earn up to $45,000 a year.
  • Freelance writing – Every writer needs their content to be proofread, and as a proofreader, you are going to be able to spot errors instantly. You can offer your writing service on freelance websites or on blogs and websites. Highlighting your proofreading skills will land you high paying gigs, and give you higher chances of being accepted.
  • Blogging – Start your own website and put your writing skills to use. There are many bloggers making a 6 figure income working from home, blogging.
  • Sell a book – As a proofreader, you will be able to create an error-free book. You can consider this option if you are looking to make a passive income from home. 

 

25 Proofreading jobs from home

 

The first few on the list are entry level online proofreading jobs, while the options further down are for more experienced proofreaders.

 

Lionbridge

Most of their job openings have very basic requirements which include a high school diploma.

 

Polished Paper

To apply for an opportunity with Polished Paper, you will need to submit an application form and upload your resume. And the final stage is a 35 questionnaire editor test.

 

Kirkus Media

They are looking for freelance book reviewers in English and Spanish. Reviews need to be 350 words and due 2 weeks after the book is assigned. Submit some of your writing samples to increase your chance of being accepted.

 

Babbletype

The criteria for eligibility is that you are a native English speaker with a fluency in English and basic grammar knowledge. They pay weekly via PayPal and is a great place to start for beginner proofreaders.

 

Proofreadingservices.com

Pay is between $19-$46 an hour and can you can apply from any country. You will need to complete a 20-minute preliminary test to begin the application process.

 

Cambridge Proofreading

They are actively recruiting remote academic editors. A bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement due to the academic nature of the work. You can expect to be proofreading and editing a wide range of materials but predominantly dissertations and theses from ESL students and academics. Typical rates of pay are $20-30 per hour, depending on your editing speed.

 

Domainite

You can apply by filling out an online application form. They require you to edit a sample as part of the application process.

 

Gramlee

Their website accepts clients that need editing completed within 24 hours.  This means there is constant work coming in through the door – more opportunity for you. You can submit your application form right here.

 

Edit Fast

They hire freelance proofreaders and will send you notifications when there is potential work available from clients. You can sign up with them to be notified.

 

English Trackers

They have a job board directory that you can check regularly to see if there is a suitable job vacancy. You can also sign up with them to get weekly job listings delivered to your inbox.

 

eCorrectors

Whether you are a professional proofreader or a translator, you can apply with eCorrector. Just email them your resume to be eligible.

 

Kibin

They occasionally hire proofreaders and freelance editors. Good to check them out to see if they are hiring.

 

Scribe

You can choose to work either full time or as a freelancer. If you see a job that doesn’t suit you, subscribe to get email alerts to be notified of new job openings.

 

Cactus

They have been on the top 20 list of the best telecommuting jobs by Forbes in 2016. To apply you need to have a degree in the subjects listed here. Prior editing experience is not necessary but can be an advantage.

 

ProofreadingPal

They require you to have a minimum of 5 years of work experience and can earn up to $3,000 a month.

 

Scribbr

You will have opportunities to edit essays and thesis for students.

 

Wordvice

You need to be a qualified and experienced freelance editor to apply. They don’t specify how many years of experience is needed, although typical work involves editing research articles, thesis, and essays.

 

Sibia Proofreading

Currently not accepting new applications. But be sure to check back to apply.

 

Proofread Now

They require you to have a minimum of 5 years of work experience to apply. You can sign up to their newsletter to be notified of new job openings.

 

Words RU

They are looking for highly qualified proofreaders from any country. They are currently hiring, so you can apply if you meet their requirements.

 

Scribendi

Experience is required for editors and proofreaders to apply.

 

Managed Editing

You will need to have a college degree and at least 5 years of editing experience in order to apply.

 

Freelance work:

 

If you are looking for freelance proofreading jobs on a large platform, here are a couple of places you can find work. Freelancing is great either if you are a beginner looking to build experience or to make extra money.

 

Job boards:

 

Job board directories are also great to find new jobs on a regular basis. Because of their massive reach and database, you have more jobs to choose from, with new vacancies added frequently. Here are two of the biggest websites that hire remote workers.

 

Start your own website

 

If you want to ride solo and be your own boss, the best thing to do is to start your own website.

It costs less than $100 a year to have your own site, which you can use to promote your proofreading services.

You can set your own rates, offer discounted pricing and also provide special offers on certain services.

Create a blog section on your website to showcase samples of your work. You can also post reviews of customer satisfaction on your site.

 

How do you promote your work?

It’s great when you own your business, but the big question is where can you find clients especially if you are just getting started?

  • Start a Facebook page and promote it to family and friends. Word of mouth is the best way to get started as a beginner.
  • You can share your services on relevant Facebook groups.
  • My best option is Pinterest. It can get the word out a lot faster. You can create pin images of your website and direct readers from Pinterest to site. Here is a more detailed post on how you can do this.

 

If you are ready to give this a try, check out Caitlin’s free training in here, to see if this is a good fit for you.

25 online Proofreading jobs for beginners including information how to make money from home as a proofreader.

Online Proofreading Jobs

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