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​Proofreading Work From Home – Myth Or Reality — 12 Comments

  1. I’ve proofreading and doing transcriptions through a website called Upwork. I just finished proofreading a book! But a lot of people on the freelance websites don’t want to pay what your work is worth. Some do though!

    • I’ve heard that that is the case, Sandy – that everyone isn’t ready to pay for the worth of the work. Have you developed any strategies to help you get your due or do you only consider the jobs that offer a decent amount from the start? On the whole, do you find getting freelance work through Upwork worth it? Would you recommend it?

      I don’t know if you have time to answer all these questions. But if you do, it would be valuable information for the rest of us!

      Thank you,
      Robin

  2. Nice article. I haven’t considered getting a proofreading job.

    Would this be something that can be done in addition to Affiliate marketing? I have a feeling that it can be pretty time consuming.

    Thanks for giving me food for thought. I’m certainly looking at this as a way to supplement income.

    • It is definitely something that could be done in addition to affiliate marketing, Ian. You take on as much as you can handle in order to avoid getting overcome by too much work.

      You do need good grammar, spelling and punctuation skills. And to make it worth your while, mistakes need to jump off the page when you read. If it takes you too long to find mistakes or if you miss them, it won’t be worth your time and you won’t be able to keep clients.

      Good luck if you decide to take the plunge!

      Robin

  3. Thanks for the websites Upwork.com and freelancer.com. I don’t know a lot about these websites and the work they may offer, but its a start. Are their any others you know about and if you do, can you list them on your site? I majored in English so maybe this will be a way to make some money while I wait for a teaching job…Thanks!

    • Glad you think these sites might be useful, Mac. Another proofreading company that provides work from home is Scribendi. Their rates are supposed to be pretty good for a work from home opportunity and they put jobs up for people to take – first come, first serve (or first take, I guess 😀 ). See what you think and let me know if it helps!

      Robin

  4. I have heard much about proofreading in the past, and with many mixed views on the job. However, since reading your fantastic article, I do see it as a way to make some money for moms and other people. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the information and also the resources I can start with on my proofreading journey. I will certainly check out the websites you have recommended.

    Neil

    • I’m glad you found it helpful. Another bit of advice: Look a your different options, decide on one type of proofreading and excel at that. There are lots of people that proofread anything. But when you take one niche or type of proof reading and excel in it by learning all about it and knowing exactly what is wanted, you become “in demand” for your expertise!

      Robin

  5. One word of caution. . . well, actually two. (1) If your spelling/grammar skills aren’t good, you won’t make it in proofreading. (2) I have been a licensed court transcriber in New Jersey for 21 years. We are required to do our own proofreading. In other states, it’s different. So if you’re interested in proofing court transcription, check with your state first before you put any money out on lessons or materials. I agree that it CAN be a lucrative field, but check first.

    • You are right, Carla. Maybe I need to elaborate on the skills needed a bit more. Briefly, besides needing good spelling and grammar skills, you also need to be able to spot errors and inconsistencies quickly. And you need good concentration as well.

      Regarding proofing court transcription, you have made a good point. There are some courses that teach you all the nuts and bolts of doing it remotely. In such cases, it doesn’t matter which state you reside in. But you then need to be aware of the different format requirements, etc in each state you do proofreading work for.

      Robin

  6. Thanks for a great review of this niche and also the super tips on how to get started. It seems there is still a market for such work (I had no idea), and you have mentioned enough to get me looking deeper into the potential.

    What are your feelings on the amount of work one could expect – I see based on the potential markets for garnering some business the pay could vary widely…

    Do you think it would be wiser or possible to maybe start looking for other online work such as online sales simultaneously while exploring this niche?

    Reason I ask is that many people get frustrated if they are spending many hours on a particular niche and not getting much payback from their effort.

    By having them hedge their bets, so to speak, between all the activities they can be earning substantially more (of course more work is involved) income and keep them all going until one or the other stands oyut as being a long term solution…

    Interested in hearing your thoughts on this, and thanks again for your excellent coverage of the subject here!

    Dave

    • Yes, Dave, there is still a market for such work and with the internet much of it can now be done remotely.

      To answer your questions:

      I (nor anyone) can predict how much work you can expect. There are just too many variables. That being said, most people could eventually make a decent income if they spend enough time doing it. But it takes time to gain the experience to build up to that point. (If you want step by step instructions and are ready to put in a lot of work, take a look at Caitlin’s court transcript proofreading course. You can side step all the trial and error, and within the time it takes you to complete the course, learn every detail you need to know to proofread remotely. But be warned it is a rigorous course! 😀 )

      As far as starting two things simultaneously – I think that has to be up to each individual. Personally I wouldn’t. I get more frustrated when I get spread too thin. I like to achieve one thing and then go to the next. But each of us is different.

      Appreciate your thoughts and questions,

      Robin

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