Online Proofreader Job Hunt – Where to Start Your Online Proofreading Career
Online Proofreader – A Career for You?
Online proofreaders are becoming a necessity on the Internet with the massive growth of websites. Online proofreading opportunities crop up daily because content is churned out at a massive rate. Nothing turns a web visitor off more, or prompts loss of credibility points than misspelled words on your website. We've all seen them. That glaring spelling error right on a website's homepage! (Oh…and yes, I was/am guilty of it too. I comb my pages constantly for errors, and I find them. It's just one of those things you HAVE to stay on top of! And I DO try to, I promise. Thank you to all those that email me and point out every mistake! lol)
I always find this video on proofreading hilarious. Honestly… proofreaders are a necessity — even with all the spell check tools out there and writers going over their own content, it happens.
And I know we all laugh after watching this, I think we've all had glaring proofreading errors on everything from notes to our spouse to college term papers. Sometimes it's not even a matter of not being a great writer or proofer. Sometimes it's just we're in a hurry or we're tired or we have a tremendous amount of stress or burdens.
Online Proofreader Work and/or Jobs
How does one become an online proofreader? I asked that very same question. I wondered – does it take training? Do you have to work for a temp type service and be given “assignments”? Or are online proofreading jobs reserved for the super trained or super lucky only?
This is what my research has turned up in this hot new job market of online proofreading jobs.
First of all…
There ARE online proofreader jobs to be had. Many do seem to require “specialized” training or some type of testing to find out how skilled you are. The more honed your skills, the better chances you have of picking up one of these assignments or jobs. Having an English or literature background is helpful too, even if it was high school courses. It's the inconspicuous errors that are the hardest to detect — that is why a proofreader is so valuable.
Don't get discouraged. Just realize that like any job — the better your skills and experience, the better opportunity you have. You wouldn't assign a plumber to landscape your home. Someone with gardening experience or education in horticulture might be a better option…..only an example. So as you gain experience in being an online proofreader, you will also gain more opportunities.
Training for Future Proofreaders – YES! Train at Home.
There are many courses. They all seem to charge some type of fee. Check with your local technical college before you tackle distance learning. You might get more for your education dollar that way.
Learn from an Expert That Earns $3000-$5000 a Month!
However, there are really cool at-home learning programs, like Caitlin Pyle's, Proofread Anywhere. Caitlin is a proofreader herself and designed the program for anyone, regardless of proofreading experience. Caitlin earns between $3000 and $5000 a month proofreading and does a lot of it from her iPad no less! I interviewed Caitlin and asked her some tough questions about the reality of proofreading from home. You can read the entire interview here.
Finding those proofreading jobs. Where?
I just did a search on Indeed.com and there are over two dozen openings right now for proofreaders.
I know that EditFast.com has an “opt-in” invitation for proofreaders and editors. They do have qualification restrictions and I'm not sure of how much work flow you can expect.
Also think about who would needs proofreaders? Logically publishers – first one that comes to my mind is newspapers. Even small town newspapers. You'll want to check freelance sites as well, like Freelancer.com and eLance.com. I've also found that Craigslist and writer forums can be a good place to job hunt for proofreading jobs.
One other “job” site worth mentioning is Beyond – they offer free job seeker tools. So be sure to take advantage of it as well.
I also have a big list of companies that hire proofreaders here on the site. I'm always adding to this page, so bookmark it if you want to come back later to see what new proofreading companies I've found.
Proofreading can mean a great supplemental income or full-time income depending on how much of a commitment you can make. But it can be done from home and on a part-time basis, as Caitlin explains in her online proofreading expert interview.