Proofreading jobs are in high demand as online content is increasing every day! Proofreading jobs for beginners can be a bit tricky to find because most places want you to have experience, but I’ve got some ways for you to build experience to get you started proofreading from home or anywhere!
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“[Businesses] who prioritize [online content: ex. blogging] are 13x more likely to see a positive Return On Investment for their efforts!” (State of Inbound Marketing)
Bloggers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs are motivated to use online content to build their business. There is an increasing number of opportunities to proofread and edit content from online e-books, blogs, social media posts, email content, and more!
There is a difference between editing and proofreading even though the terms are commonly used interchangeably.
Editing is creating an over all cohesiveness to a piece of writing. It addresses the flow, style, clarity, sentence structure and the message of a piece of writing.
Proofreading is the nitty gritty of the writing piece. The proofreading process requires you to correct grammar, spelling mistakes, and punctuation.
Editing is the big picture while proofreading is the mechanics of a piece of writing.
This is a list of companies that hire contractors to proofread. Each company has it’s own requirements and my require you to pass a proofreading exam before you can start work. Also, these companies sometimes hire in batches, but you can usually apply at any time. Just be prepared that it could be several weeks or months even before you hear from them.
Domainite hires editing/proofreading positions from home with NO experience! Pays weekly through Paypal.
Smart Brief has editing opportunities for beginners.
Lionbridge has temporary jobs opportunities to edit for specific projects.
Babbletype has occasional opportunities to edit translations.
Other places to look for beginning Proofreading/Editing Jobs
Indeed.com – Just type “Proofreading” or “Editor” in the “What” section and “Remote” or “Work from Home” in the “Where” section.
FlexJobs.com – You can find telecommute proofreading/editing jobs on FlexJobs. You do need to join their site for $15 per month in order to access job listings. FlexJobs is very reputable and worth the membership if you are serious about finding a work from home job. They thoroughly review every job posting to be sure that it is a legit work from home opportunity. You can cancel the membership at any time!
These online proofreading/editing jobs are usually accepting applications, but they may not be currently hiring. Many of these companies require some experience and that you pass an exam before getting started.
Book in a Box – Editing for books and other gigs.
Cactus Communications – Editing for medical documents with a flexible schedule
Editor World – A marketplace for editors where clients can choose who they work with
Gramlee – Always accepting applications
Hello Essay – Editing college admissions essays and other academic essays
IXL Learning – Editing positions are listed occasionally for their educational products
Kibin – Occasionally hiring for proofreading and editing. Email to find out when they are hiring
ProofreadingPal – You will be proofreading and editing documents in their 2 tier system
ProofreadingServices.com – Full or part-time work available
Resume Edge – Writing and editing resumes from home
Scribbr – Must be a native English speaker to apply (Open to US/Canada/UK/Australia)
Scribendi – Experience required to for editing and proofreading
Sibia Proofreading – Require experience and must be a native English speaker
Wordfirm – Requires 3 years of experience
Words RU – Requires a degree and 2 years of experience
Wordvice – You will need a master’s degree, Microsoft Word, and knowledge of style guides
If you want more control over your work, then you could start a freelance proofreading business from home. Below I have listed 2 ways you can start working from home as a freelance proofreader.
#1 General Proofreading: Books, Blogs, and Websites
There are tons of opportunities to start proofreading for books, blogs, and websites. You don’t need a college degree to get started as long as you have an eagle eye for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Caitlyn Pyle of Proofread Anywhere has put together an extremely valuable FREE online workshop to help you get started with general proofreading. You can register here for the free workshop. In the workshop, Caitlyn gives you tips on where to find clients, tools for proofreading, and how to maximize your skills! She also shares about her course General Proofreading: Theory & Practice.
#2 Proofreading for Transcripts for Court Reporters
You can literally work from anywhere on your iPad as long as you have a wifi connection proofreading transcripts for court reporters. You can read more about A Day in the Life of a Transcription Proofreader here.
You can also take this FREE 7 day e-course to learn more tips about getting started as a proofreader for court reporters. This is a specific niche with lots of job opportunity!
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