I’ve been trawling the jobs market a lot recently, looking for the latest openings in the Gigging world. One interesting job that popped up was proofreading for a living. So how can you make money proofreading online?

So first of all, what is proofreading?

Proofreading in a nutshell is the idea of someone else checking your work. When you think about it, its obvious why it might be important. Everyone makes mistakes.

I remember having various people check my dissertation, and even then it wasn’t perfect. For big companies publications accuracy is even more essential. And that’s where the job of proofreader comes in.

What is Proofreading?

If you’re proofreading for a friend, or on a small scale basis you might just correct grammar and make suggestions. However, if you’re looking to proofread on a more professional basis then you’ll need to get up to speed with the basics and terminology of the role.

For example, the ‘proof’ itself is the unedited, prototype document if you like that is yet to be inspected by the reader for errors.

I found a really useful description of the role here which explains better than I can the intricacies of reading and editing copy. Suffice to say, it’s not a walk in the park. If you’ve got a background in copywriting or journalism of any sort then you’ll stand a much better chance of succeeding.

So how can you get started and make money proofreading?

I found details here on online courses, but as the article suggests, it’s a competitive marketplace.

Alternatively, if you’ve got a flair for writing and impeccable spelling and grammar, you could market yourself on Upwork in a more informal basis, and check people’s writing and CV/resumes etc.

You could even offer to do this for free for friends and family to get started and build up a portfolio of happy customers.

I imagine lots of proofreaders combine this work with other writing and copywriting they do, but if you’ve got the right skills its definitely possible to make money proofreading online.