Okay, so what do I do?
You’ll need to complete our Becoming a Proofreader program that has been specifically designed to help you learn to proofread and edit like a pro.
The course will take approximately 40 hours to complete, but can take a lot less. It all comes down to how much you already know, but our formal process ensures that nothing is missed. You will also have the chance to show off your newly learnt skills in a test at the end of the course. The course costs $295, which represents great value for money. You can see the complete course breakdown here.
How long would it then take to start proofreading?
Once you pass the course, you will be invited to join the freelance proofreading team at Proofed. There you will be taken through a short induction process to gather your proofreading and editing preferences, you’ll get to know the team, and then you will be able to start proofreading and editing right away.
Who is Proofed?
Proofed is a respected international network of over 150 freelancers, based all over the world. Highly experienced, the team has together proofread and edited over 250 million words. There is a friendly admin team that take care of both customers and freelancers, offering regular professional development training and an internal jobs board, where you can see and accept work as it comes in.
How much can I expect to earn as a professional proofreader at Proofed?
As work at Proofed is paid according to document type, word count, and turnaround time, it’s not possible to give exact hourly rates. However, as a novice proofreader, we would expect you to be able to proofread around 2,000 words an hour, which would earn you around $18-25. Once you have gained more experience and are faster at proofreading, you can earn around $25-40 an hour. On average, our most regular proofreaders earn around $1,300 a month.
How long will it take me to earn back the price of the course?
We estimate that once you have proofread 30,000 words, you will have earned back the full cost of the course.
Can I proofread anywhere?
Yes! As long as you have a PC/Laptop with the latest version of Microsoft Word and an internet connection, you really can proofread anywhere!
Do I have to commit to weekly hours?
No. All proofreaders at Proofed are freelance, which means that you are completely free to choose the hours you wish to work. Our helpful admin team will be happy to give you tips and tricks about the months and weekly times in which there is a lot of work available so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
We also regularly run bonus schemes for freelancers who can commit to certain days during our busy periods, which is a great way to earn some extra cash on top of your regular proofreading pay.