Money is always something that we all need more of. This means that plenty of us are looking for ways to make more money. There are a variety of ways that you can try to make money, either as your primary job or perhaps as a sideline job to income that you already have. One popular method for making extra cash is proofreading. But not everyone knows what proofreading is, or how to go about finding jobs or websites that you can work through to make money. To help you on your way, I have put together a guide on how to make money proofreading and hopefully give your income a bit of a boost.
What is Proofreading?
When you think about the writing process, it makes sense that proofreading is essential. It is the part of the process when someone who is an expert in the English language, checks a document for errors. So basically, as a proofreader, you proofread papers to ensure that the grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary is right.
Proofreading is often the last part of the process. It is when a document can be checked over to ensure that it is written to the highest standard, as well as being error free. It’s the last step after a document has been edited and one step from printing or publishing.
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Isn’t Proofreading The Same As Editing?
This is a common question which is asked about proofreading. The thing about these two terms is that they are quite similar, and people will often use them interchangeably.
Unlike editing, proofreading focuses on the errors within how the writing is put together. So if you have an eagle eye when it comes to catching grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and more, then you’ll love being a proofreader.
With editing, on the other hand, one looks at the text presentation – does the text look right, is it ready for publication or printing, etc. You check the layout, the writing style, and the flow of the text. While you also look at grammatical errors, you will even look at how the article is going to read and how you can better organize it to make sure that the reader understands it too.
How To Make Money Proofreading – Starting Out
Think a proofreading career is something for you? If you do, then you will want to know how to find projects and jobs within this area. How you find these jobs will really depend on what type of proofreading jobs that you are after. If you want to work as a proofreader, you can either find jobs offline (maybe at your local newspaper company) or online as a freelancer, through a job site. Just send these companies a letter of inquiry and make sure your letters or emails have been proofread.
You can also find proofreading work through freelance websites such as Upwork or People Per Hour. However, this will be self-employed, and the work will come in as and when it is available. It really will depend on whether or not you want to work for yourself (be your own boss) or earn a monthly wage.
Do I Need A Degree In English To Find Proofreading Jobs?
You might be wondering whether you need a degree in English to be a successful proofreader. Having a degree in English is definitely a plus. However, if you don’t have a degree, you can still become a really successful proofreader. There are tons of excellent books (ebooks too) on proofreading. These books will help you on your journey to becoming a successful proofreader.
Download the free Kindle app and then signup for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. You will get access to a vast array of books including free ebooks on proofreading. Some perfect ebooks on proofreading include:
- Marketing Your Editing & Proofreading Business: Being interesting and discoverable
- Copyediting and Proofreading For Dummies
- The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage
- McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook
How To Make Money Proofreading
In order to be a proofreader, you need to be sure that you can pick out and correct errors in documents. This means that you will need to have a good understanding of the English language and also have a keen eye for detail too. If you have both of these things, then why not check out the different proofreading roles and work that is available online today? It just may surprise you how much money you can earn from this type of work.
If you have any questions about how to make money proofreading, please feel free to let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll help you out. That’s what I’m here for!
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