Anyone make money from proofreading?

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Hi

I'm after a bit of advice.... I'm looking at whether I can make money being a proofreader, and wondering if anyone does this and can give me some advice?

I used to do a lot of copywriting and proofreading in my previous life in an office job, plus I have excellent spelling/punctuation skills, but I don't have any specific proofreading qualifications. Would I need to do some kind of qualification before I could start marketing myself? And if so what? I know that Caitlin Pyle offers a free course via Proofread Anywhere, but I don't fancy paying for her full course as it's kind of expensive!

Also, where do I advertise my services? I've already looked at People Per Hour and Fiverr - are these good money earners? And are there are other good sites?

Any advice would be very welcome! Thanks in advance.

Laura x
 

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Hi

I'm after a bit of advice.... I'm looking at whether I can make money being a proofreader, and wondering if anyone does this and can give me some advice?

I used to do a lot of copywriting and proofreading in my previous life in an office job, plus I have excellent spelling/punctuation skills, but I don't have any specific proofreading qualifications. Would I need to do some kind of qualification before I could start marketing myself? And if so what? I know that Caitlin Pyle offers a free course via Proofread Anywhere, but I don't fancy paying for her full course as it's kind of expensive!

Also, where do I advertise my services? I've already looked at People Per Hour and Fiverr - are these good money earners? And are there are other good sites?

Any advice would be very welcome! Thanks in advance.

Laura x
I think @Arika does
 

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Hi, @dream of silver

I make money from proofreading, but not a full-time income.

I didn't have any specific proofreading qualifications, just an eye for spotting stuff, so I'd proofread some of my friends' poetry collections and mags.

I wanted computer-based proofreading work; it took me a while, but luckily, I found two jobs via Craigslist, one which I stayed with for two or three years 'til they closed down.

I'm now working for a company I found via MTurk (Amazon) called TextRanch (www.textranch.com).

I'd say you don't need a specific qualification for paid proofreading, though I don't think it would hurt to have it. What I think is more important is your experience and skill.

Maybe think about who you want to target and that will help you determine where and how to market what you have to offer. I don't know what else to say in that regard as I never really marketed myself. I looked for work and applied.

It might be worth signing up for Caitlin's free course and being in her Facebook group for the inspiration/encouragement.

Good luck.
 

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I do too.
I work on a freelance basis with an academic proofreading company, and I also pick up gigs on PeoplePerHour and Upwork. I do proofreading, editing and rewriting - its good to have additional strings to your bow, so your previous copywriting experience can serve you well.
A specific proofreading qualification isn't necessary I've found, more a good eye for detail and an ability to work within specific guidelines (style of English, tone etc) is better. However, particular expertise in a certain area, such as medical or technical writing, will help you out. Additionally, from the academic side, a university qualification is usually required.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks both. I think I'll brush up on my skills via free resources and books, then dip my toe in the water with People Per Hour. Hopefully I can start with some simple stuff first. My background was in marketing, so I was usually copywriting/proofreading posters, brochures, flyers etc. I think I'd be fairly flexible in terms of the type of material I could look at, as long as it's not too specialised.

Thanks again!
 
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I do this too. I fell into it almost by accident by replying to an add on Gumtree for a self-employed position with a UK-based content mill and it has grown from there. I can't recommend the aforementioned content mill but it did give me the confidence to apply to and be accepted by a far better content provider and take on private clients.

Good luck.
 

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