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How to Become a Proofreader

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Proofreading online is a very popular way to earn money at home or wherever you wish, so lots of people are wondering how to become a proofreader.

Most proofreaders are freelancers, but they can also be employees of a company. As a proofreader you can earn a full-time income, or you can bring in some money on the side to pay the bills, put into savings or spend and enjoy.

Ideally, every written document, both print and digital, should be proofread by someone other than the writer because a second set of eyes can notice mistakes that the writer may not. The field of proofreading should be around for decades to come.

Here is how you can become a proofreader!

HOW TO BECOME A PROOFREADER

Earn $46,000 a year as a proofreader - free proofreading webinar inside

Proofreading definition:

Proofreading means carefully looking for and correcting errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and sometimes formatting in written or digital documents.

What exactly do proofreaders proofread?

Proofreaders can be hired to proofread almost anything, including:

  • books
  • ebooks
  • research papers
  • website content
  • business letters
  • contracts
  • magazines

+ many more types of print and digital documents.

How much do proofreaders earn?

Most proofreaders who proofread online are paid by the hour. Here are the average hourly rates for proofreaders in five different countries, according to PayScale.

The United States – 17.82 U.S. dollars per hour

Australia – 25.95 Australian dollars per hour

India – 400 Rupees per hour

The United Kingdom – 18.25 British pounds per hour

Canada – 20 Canadian dollars per hour

The Philippines -101.74 Philippine pesos per hour

What qualities does a successful proofreader need?

If you’re interested in earning money as a proofreader, it helps if you:

  • have a love of reading
  • have a love words
  • are good at spotting errors
  • are detail oriented

What proofreading skills does a successful proofreader need?

Some proofreading skills may come naturally to many people. You can take proofreading training to teach you skills that you don’t possess.

Proofreaders need:

  • to have excellent spelling, grammar and punctuation skills
  • to be a native or completely fluent speaker of the language you are proofreading
  • familiarity with the vernacular of the text. For example, if proofreading medical, legal or technical documents, you should be at least somewhat familiar with the jargon.

Here are 10 tips about proofreading that will help you see exactly what you need as a proofreader.

How can I learn proofreading skills?

There are many proofreading courses on the internet. If you’re serious about earning money proofreading – either full time or as a side hustle – you should be serious about getting the right training.

The right training can set you on the path to have as much proofreading online work as you want or need. You’ll also be able to set your rates to match your high level of skill.

The most popular proofreading training – completed by thousands of successful proofreaders – is the Proofread Anywhere training.

Proofread Anywhere has training courses on both general proofreading and court reporter transcript proofreading. You can learn about how to become a proofreader by watching the Proofread Anywhere free introductory workshop here.

Art of Proofreading is another popular proofreading course. You can sign up for their proofreading training course here.

How can I find proofreading online jobs?

You can look for proofreading jobs on job search sites like:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • Freelancer
  • LinkedIn Jobs

You can also create a profile on these sites and let clients find you.

Now that you know how to become a proofreader, it’s time to get started in this excellent freelance career!

Get started proofreading online

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Sabina Lohr

Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur who created World of Freelancers to help others discover how to work for themselves online and live the freelance lifestyle. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including during several years of working online while traveling and living abroad. Sabina enjoys green tea, red wine and spending time with her family and friends at home and around the world.

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