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How To Become A Proofreader With No Experience And Get A Job

Do you want to make money from home from your comfort zone and look for a job or skill that you should learn that will help you to make money? If yes, then becoming a Pinterest virtual artist assistant or a proofreader is the best option for you that will allow you to earn a new lucrative income from home.

Whether you want to be a Pinterest virtual assistant or a proofreader, you will not need any fancy degree. This is the best part. And it is the reason why many students prefer to do these jobs.

And second, if you want to start any other business such as Laundromat then it will take time to grow. On the other hand, if you want to make money fast then I recommend you to become a proofreader.

In this article, I have shared a comprehensive guide on how to become a proofreader and also shared some places that will help you to find a proofreading job.

 

Make $300 to $500 Extra Monthly

 

What Does a Proofreader Do?

Okay, so before I start teaching you how to become a proofreader, you must know what a proofreader does exactly or what is proofreader’s job description is.

Suppose you have become a proofreader; now, you will be responsible for checking documents, articles, and various other things. Your target is to fix all types of errors in the written text, such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, syntax, etc. A proofreader is the last person to check any documents or articles.

 

Proofreading vs. Copyediting

Proofreader and copyeditor are completely different, but they sound similar because both of them edit text. And secondly, to become a proofreader or a copyright you need skills.

Being a copyeditor, you will be responsible for making sure that text reflects the author’s identity, and you can also change paragraphs and replace words, which you can’t do as a proofreader. Another thing that copy editors focus on is the tone of voice and make the article fellowless to read.

As I have mentioned above, the proofreader is the last person to check the documents and fix all the mistakes. After the proofreader, nobody checks the documents, and they go directly to publication. 

However, if you are a proofreader and capable of fixing old errors, you can also become a copywriter along with a proofreader and offer both services.

 

Required Proofreading Skills & Qualifications

One of the best things about proofreading is that you do not need any type of College degree or qualification, especially if you want to work as a freelancer. 

However, if you want to work for a company or you want to work full time as a proofreader, then they will ask you for qualifications, and even if you do not have qualifications you must be at least 3 to 5 years experienced. However, you can become a proofreader without a degree; you just have to develop skills.

However, if you have a College degree, it will help you to take your proofreading career to a higher level, which you should have related to communication, journalism, or English subjects. 

Many people are skilled and they are making a pretty good amount as proofreaders. However, a degree will help you get a job faster. When you have a degree, you can become a professional proofreader. On the other hand, without a degree, you can become a general proofreader.

No matter what kind of proofreader you want to become, if you have these skills, you can become a general proof reader at least.

Skills such as you should English speaking, communication, research, Adaptability, flexibility, grammar, and marketing-related skills.

 

How much does a proofreader make?

It depends on manufacturers how much you can earn as a proofreader according to ZipRecruiter (a job-providing website), proofreaders working full time can earn around $52,000 per year. On the other hand, top-level proofreaders can make over $105,000 annually. 

Secondly, if you want to work as a freelance proofreader, it will depend on your experience, how many clients you are getting, what your price is, etc.

 

How to become a Proofreader

How to become a Proofreader

Okay, so now you have learned many things, like what a proofreader does exactly and how much salary you can expect as a proofreader. Let’s come to the main question: how to become a proofreader?

First of all, I am providing you with some steps to become a proofreader, and after that, I will provide you with some places where you can find proofreading jobs.

 

Take a Proofreading Course

I am repeating that you do not need any fancy degree to become a proofreader, but still, if you want to become a proofreader without a degree, you must join a course that will teach you about proofreading in depth.

Even though you are an English speaker, you still must join a course, and you can also watch YouTube videos if you can find someone teaching proofreading for free and can help you learn how to catch grammatical mistakes and fix all types of errors that companies expect from a proofreader.

Because as a native English speaker, you only know how to speak English fluently, but it doesn’t mean that you can also fix punctuation, grammar, spelling, and many more things. 

Even before joining a paid proofreading course, I recommend you watch videos on YouTube related to proofreading and English grammar. Because I have seen premium content available on YouTube related to every topic for free, also you will only gain knowledge for free. 

 

Postsecondary education

Of course, you can become a proofreader without a degree. Still, if you have a degree, you can take your career to a higher level, and you can become a professional proofreader and make like other top proofreaders who are making up to $105,000 per year. 

You can pursue postsecondary education in journalism, English, or communication. If you can get a bachelor’s degree in any of these subjects, then you will have a high chance of getting selected for a company that will pay you full-time income, and you can become a full-time proofreader. Fields like academic or scientific will be open for you.

 

Have the Proper Software and Tools

No matter how many grammatical rules you learn, in my opinion, you should always have software for catching mistakes. Because sometimes, the human mind can miss any mistake, but the software will not, especially if you are using multiple software for proofreading.

First of all, you will need a computer or a laptop with high-quality internet. After that, you can download some free and bad software such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Grammarly, Adobe Acrobat, Spellchecker, etc.

The most important role that proofreading software will play is saving your time. Suppose you become a freelance proofreader who is providing a service on a freelancing platform.

In that case, you will have a lot of authors and writers who will want you to check their books and other documents so that case software will help you to catch mistakes fast.

And when you are able to catch mistakes fast and fixed then you can handle more clients in less time. Therefore, you will end up making more money in less time. However, many software programs are also paid, such as Grammarly, so you will have to invest there.

 

Decide what proofreading services you want to offer

Now, you know many things about proofreading, but do you know many niches in proofreading will also determine your income? Therefore, you have to decide what type of proofreading service you want to offer.

Either you can become a proofreader who will work in only one field such as medical science or any other one. On the other hand, you can become a general proofreader who can work independently with book authors, content writers, website owners, academic papers, etc. 

In my opinion, if you want to become a proofreader without a degree and want to work on a freelancing platform, you should become a general proofreader so you can work in all types of fields.

Besides this, if you’re working on a freelancing platform, you will gain a lot of experience, and once you have 3 to 5 years of experience as a proofreader, you can apply for any company if you want to make more money. Meanwhile, you will understand all types of fields as they have different tones and formats. 

 

Learn Grammar Rules & Writing Structures

Grammar is the most important thing for a proofreader because without grammar is like a car without an engine, totally worthless. Although I have mentioned that there are many software that can help you to find mistakes, first of all, you have to learn how to catch mistakes by yourself because software is not always right. 

Besides this, many times you will apply for a company so they will take your test, and if you do not know grammar and you are only dependent on software and tools, then 100% you will fail because you do not have expertise in the proofreading field.

Therefore I suggest you learn grammar and also you can watch YouTube videos, and besides this, you can read newspapers and magazines to improve your grammar. However, there are many places to get free newspapers and free magazines.

 

Join a Proofreading Community

You can become part of the proofreading community. This is really important especially when you are newly starting your journey. When you have other Proofreaders with you can share your thoughts or you can challenge each other by providing a text that you will have to edit. 

Another benefit that you will get after joining a proofreading community is your network. If you have a larger network, you can even start your own proofreading business with your community members or by yourself.

Some of the best places to join the community of proofreaders are ACES, Facebook Groups, the Council of Science Editors (CSE), The Editorial Freelancers Association, National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

 

Start your own business

If you have a business mindset, then you can start your business. It is quite better than working for a company because as a businessman you have flexible time. You can work whenever you want. There is no boss on you. However, it will take a lot of time to grow your business. Meanwhile, you can work on a freelancing platform, and on the other hand, you can keep growing your business. 

 

Improve proofreading skills

Do you know how to improve proofreading skills?  

Another important thing is to improve your proofreading skills; for that, you can join online quizzes and proofreading tests, you can do exercises, can write something and fix its grammar, and after that, you can use software like Grammarly to check if you are grammatically okay or not.

You will get the opportunity to work with many companies because most companies want their employees to take a test. So therefore I am saying you should practise and improve your proofreading skills. The more you practice, the more efficiency you will have in catching errors.

 

Develop a command of style guides

You should know about style guides or formatting of various documents because every text requires different formatting, so as a proofreader, you must learn it. It is equally important as grammar, and most importantly, it also depends on your niche. If you are in a general niche, you will have to learn a lot because you will get clients from all different fields.

Some of the most popular styles are AP Style, APA Style, and the Chicago Manual of Style. etc., although most of the time, the clients will tell you what kind of Style they want, but if they do not tell you, then you should choose any style that suits their text.

 

Build Up Your Resume

As you want to become a proofreader, it is important to build your resume because if you are looking for an online job, you will have to provide a resume that will show your experience and much more detail about you so the employers can select you easily based on your experience, skills, or degrees.

Now, what can you do to get proofreading experience? In my opinion, you should start with freelancing, and even before that, you can edit some documents for your family or friends, or you can provide a free service for some content writers or bloggers. That is just to gain experience. Once they start liking your work, you can also ask them if they want to hire you, and thus, you can apply for a job.

 

Apply For Proofreading Jobs

If you follow all these steps that I have discussed above, you can become a proofreader, and after that, you are ready to make money from this beautiful side hustle

So now let’s discuss what are the best places to get proofreading jobs as a beginner. 

 

Best online proofreading jobs for beginners

Here is the list of the best places that allow you to make money from home from your comfort zone as a proofreader. I mainly focused on online places so that you can work remotely.

On these websites that I mentioned, you have to create a profile where you will mention everything about yourself. So, in my opinion, you should adequately represent yourself so that you can get clients easily. 

 

Fiverr

Fiverr has always been my first choice to find any kind of freelancing job. I have worked on it for a couple of years. The first thing that makes it special is genuine buyers and sellers. Secondly, it’s the largest freelancing platform worldwide with millions of job seekers and employers, which connects people from all over the world.

Therefore, If you want to become a proofreader, your first choice should be Fiverr to find entry level proofreading jobs and gain experience to get selected in a company.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced proofreader, Fiverr will provide you with clients. Initially, you can charge $10 to $15 for your service. Additionally, Fiverr will also take some commission because it is providing your job. You can receive your earnings into your PayPal account.

 

Upwork

I am keeping Upwork number second because it is another best freelancing platforms, which has been connecting freelancers with potential clients for decades. I have also used Upwork alongside Fiverr, and I have clients from both platforms.

Not only Proofreading jobs, but you can also find Scopist jobs that will allow you to earn money, and it is also quite similar to proofreading. Besides this, many more jobs are available there, such as video editing, photo editing, graphic designing, software development, web development, etc.

As I have said, Upwork is a similar platform to Fiverr; therefore, it also takes around 20% commission of your earnings. Suppose you have earned $100, so whenever you will want to withdraw it you will have to pay $20 to Upwork, and you will receive $80. 

However, it is a great deal to pay some commission to these freelancing platforms as they are providing part-time jobs. 

 

Freelancer

Freelancer is similar to Upwork, and it is another freelancing platform that connects millions of people looking for remote jobs. 

Once you become a proofreader, you can set up a profile on Freelancer and other freelancing platforms. If you do not get clients on Fiverr, you will get on Upwork. If you do not get on Upwork, you will get on Freelancer. When you have proofreading profiles on a different freelancing platform, you have a high chance to get clients, gain experience, and make money.

 

FlexJobs

FlexJob is a premium website that provides jobs to job seekers and provides clients to employers. It provides all types of jobs, whether it is proofreading, Pinterest virtual assistant, video editing, website development, or any other. 

You simply have to create an account on this website and search for a proofreading job, after that will appear on which you can apply. However, keep in mind it is a premium website, so you will have to pay to get a job. 

Another good thing about this website is that it will provide you with long-term projects and full-time jobs.

 

Proofreading services

The proofreading service is a dedicated platform for proofreaders. And being a dedicated platform, there is a high chance to make more money because they can pay from $9 to $50 per hour, which is quite high, but it also depends on your experience and skills.  

Proofreading service will provide you part part-time and full-time jobs and that too remote proofreading jobs. However, if you want to become a proofreader and get a job in a Proofreading service, then you have to pass a test, which will take around 20 minutes. Therefore, I have said at the beginning of this article that you have to learn grammar, and you can’t be dependent on software.

 

Gramlee

Gramlee is another best choice for copyediting or proofreading. You can do any kind of job-related to editing and writing. Gramlee has many proofreaders, and it provides proofreading services to various companies. Therefore, Gramleen hires highly skilled proofreaders.

However, suppose you want to work for Gramlee. In that case, you must have a bachelor’s degree and, if not, at least five years of experience because this company focuses on proficiency and genuineness. If you are a beginner, there is a high chance you will not get a job on this website, so you can try the freelancing platform that I have mentioned above. However, if you have experience, you can try Gramlee.

 

Scribendi

If you belong to a native English-speaking country, you can try Scribendi, it is a platform for proofreaders. The company is based in Canada, but it is providing jobs all over the world, especially in the United States of America. If you are lucky, I have to get selected for them. You will get payment into your PayPal account in US dollars.

Another requirement of this website is that you have to be a fast typer who can type at least 1000 words per hour. Basically, they want a professional proofreader with fast typing skills.

Besides this, you should have at least a bachelor’s degree because it will make your selection process easier. 

 

Steady

Steady is another best platform which is providing all types of small task jobs. Basically, here, you can find part-time remote proofreading jobs. Steady was started in 2018, and till now, it has become one of the most popular platforms for getting remote jobs.

You can download their application and create an account by providing some information about you like you can mention that you are a proofreader. One thing that I like about this side gig economy app is that if your fund is on hold if, you are in an emergency, you can get cash, but only if you are a citizen of the United States.

 

Pros and cons of proofreading

There are pros and cons (advantages and disadvantages) of every small and large business. Just like that, proofreading also has some pros and cons, which I have discussed down below.

 

Pros

  • You’re your “own” boss.
  • Work flexibility.
  • You can charge as much as you want per project, depending on your experience.
  • You are free from the boss.
  • You can work full-time or part-time, that’s your choice.
  • Proofreading lets you earn a good side income.
  • You’re not required to have a fancy degree.

 

Cons

  • If you’re a freelancer, that’s okay, but some companies will ask you to show some degrees.
  • You may get a strict boss if you’re working in a company.
  • Even many companies can hire you without a degree, but they’ll check if you have at least 3-5 years of experience.
  • You can’t make a single mistake because the proofreader is the last person to check the text.

 

What qualifications do I need to be a proofreader?

The best thing about proofreading is that you do not need any specific qualification to become a proofreader. You should only be good at catching grammatical errors and mistakes. 

However, if you apply for a company, they may want to check your qualifications related to journalism, English, etc.. Still, most companies will check your experience, and especially if you are working on a freelancing platform, you do not have to show any degree or even experience, you can work from entry-level.

 

Is proofreading a hard skill?

Proofreading is not really hard, but initially, it can be hard when you are learning grammar rules, etc. On the other hand, if you are not a native English speaker who can’t even speak English fluently, then proofreading will be hard. 

However, in general, proofreading is easy, and anyone can learn it because you will only have to find mistakes in an article and fix them. 

 

How do I become a proofreader without any experience?

I have discussed many important points above on how you can become a proofreader without any experience. You can join a paid course, learn grammar rules, join Facebook groups, do regular practice, watch YouTube videos, and work on a freelancing platform where you can even offer free service initially. 

 

How much do beginner proofreaders make?

In the beginning, if you are working as a proofreader on a freelancing platform, then you can expect anywhere between $10 to $20 per project. And even if somebody is hiring you on an hourly wage, still, you will make around $10 to $15 per hour. However, you just have to gain experience, and after that, you can increase your price, especially if you are working on a freelancing platform.

 

Can I start my own proofreading business?

Of course, you can start your proofreading business. Plus, when you are starting your own business you will not have any boss above you. But again, you will have to join online courses and put in so much effort in marketing your business. 

Here are some important things that you have to remember when you are starting a Proofreading business:

  1. Skills and Qualifications
  2. Market Research
  3. Online Presence
  4. Legal Considerations
  5. Networking
  6. Effective Communication
  7. Quality Control
  8. Marketing Strategies
  9. Professional Development
  10. Client Relation

 

Are proofreaders in demand?

Of course, proofreaders are in demand because, after AI, people are writing more books and creative text, and that’s why they need proofreaders who can recheck everything written by an AI. Besides this, many students, companies, magazines, Newspapers, website owners, and email Marketers want proofreaders to help them. 

 

Do proofreading jobs pay well?

Of course, proofreading jobs pay well; many top proofreaders are making over $105,000 per year, but on average, you can make $40,000 per hour. On the other hand, if you are a beginner, you can still make $10 to $20 per hour or project. By the time you gain experience, your income will also increase. You can start charging $20 to $50 per hour or even more, although many jobs pay $40 per hour.

 

Are proofreading jobs legit?

Of course, proofreading jobs are legit. People are making thousands of dollars monthly and living on this money. Besides this, proofreading is one of the most genuine jobs that you can do full-time or part time depending on you. 

Newspapers, magazines, email marketers, bloggers, content writers, and many more people and companies always need proofreaders.

 

How do you get a job as a proofreader?

If you want to become a proofreader and get a job, then you have to improve your grammar and other skills that proofreading needs. Once you have successfully become a proofreader, you can apply for proofreading jobs on job boards or freelancing platforms such as People per Hour, Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, etc.

 

Who proofreads a book for publication?

Book publishers hire professional proofreaders who have some degrees and years of experience to review their books. 

These proofreaders are professional in catching grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, punctuation issues, formatting inconsistencies, and much more.

 

Can AI do proofreading?

AI can help a proofreader in proofreading, but it cannot compete with a human as it cannot catch nuanced context or maintain the same consistency or formatting as a human. That’s the reason publishers are focusing on human proofreaders. Do not consider that AI can replace humans in proofreading, at least for now.

 

Can you be a proofreader without a degree?

Of course, you can become a proofreader without a degree. You just have to learn English and grammar. Suppose you are already a native English speaker you already know English. You just have to learn grammar rules and some other important things that I have discussed above. 

You can also join some paid courses, but besides this, you should also watch YouTube videos and join Facebook groups related to proofreading if you want to become a proofreader without a degree.

 

Can anyone be a proofreader?

Yes, anyone can become a proofreader. You only have to learn English; if you belong to a native English-speaking country, you already have a plus point. After that, you just have to learn grammar rules and you can also join proofreading courses. 

 

Conclusion

In this article, we mainly focused on how to become a proofreader, but besides this, we have also learned exactly what proofreading is and how much you can expect from this side hustle.

I have seen many people who are making a living on proceeding and making between $40,000 to $105,000 per year. This number proves that proofreading is one of the most genuine careers that you can pursue. Therefore, you can become a proofreader.

It would be best if you first started watching YouTube videos related to grammar and proofreading before joining a paid course. Because it will give you an Idea whether it is tough for you or not, although it is considered one of the easiest jobs, that’s why it is also a side hustle.

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