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 with proofreading jobs 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.
Another pair of eyes can ensure accuracy, which for businesses is crucial.
For big companies publications accuracy is essential. And that’s where the job of proofreader comes in.
Proofreading can also ensure that the author is communicating the correct message, in the correct style.
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 for proofreading jobs 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‘ in the context of writing is the unedited, prototype document if you like that is yet to be inspected by the reader for errors.
I found another 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 through proofreading jobs?
First Steps Working in Proofreading
Whilst you don’t need a formal qualification to become a proofreader, it certainly helps.
I found details here on online courses, but as the article suggests, it’s a competitive marketplace. If you’re serious, the first step is to get yourself qualified and then start searching the market for employment opportunities.
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.
This is a more informal style of proofreading, but compared with qualified proofreaders who might work for magazines and advertising agencies, but still something people make a living from.
As with all freelance roles, experience is everything, so you could even offer to do this for free for friends and family to get started and build up a portfolio of happy customers.
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.