Have you ever considered a freelance proofreading side hustle? Proofreading can be done from anywhere if you have a laptop and an internet connection. If you like to spot errors in written documents, proofreading may well be a great choice of side hustle for you.
If you have an ‘eagle eye’ then proofreading might be calling to you. There is a huge demand for proofreaders and that is unlikely to change. Even with the invention of word processing software, nothing beats the human brain when it comes to the complexity of the human language.
What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is more than just being able to spot spelling errors. You need to do some kind of training to ensure you are as efficient and as accurate as possible. This will mean spending a little bit of money ($100 – $300) for a decent proofreading course. Trust me, this is worth the investment.
A good course will teach you how to spot more than just grammatical and spelling errors. There are certain styles that you must be familiar with to become a good proofreader. You must learn the more difficult aspects of grammar and syntax. Even if you are already a great proofreader, you will still have picked up some bad writing habits over the years. Be aware that you might not be as good as you think that you are!
There are many courses that will teach you how to make money as a freelance proofreader. My favorite course is called Proofread Anywhere by an extraordinary woman called Caitlin Pyle. Caitlin made a full-time living as a proofreader for many years, so she knows her stuff.
The course takes a few months to complete because it is very detailed. It includes everything that you need to know to start your own freelancing proofreading business. A couple of things stand out to me.
The course has a bunch of practice essays for you to complete to ensure you put your new found knowledge into practice. They even have exams to test your knowledge. Proofread Anywhere will take you from novice to accomplished and prepare you to start your freelance proofreading business.
Starting Your Freelance Proofreading Side Hustle
Once you have acquired the skills that you will need, it is time to start marketing yourself online. You can start a blog about proofreading and include a page that offers your services. You will also need to decide what type of proofreading that you want to do. Some people specialize in proofreading for bloggers while others focus on proofreading legal transcripts. I recommend picking the jobs that you really enjoy.
You can find many good websites where you can respond to requests for proofreading services or advertise yourself. These include places like Fiverr.com, Upwork.com and Guru.com.
Don’t underestimate the difficulty of starting a freelance proofreading business! My advice is to join as many blogging Facebook groups as possible and network with bloggers to see if you can get work from them. I know several proofreaders that got started this way.
Conclusions – Freelance Proofreading Side Hustle
You can start a freelance proofreading business for a few hundred dollars. It can be an amazing way to make money online and work from anywhere. The financial freedom that proofreading can give you is truly life-changing. Many side hustles can help you make some extra money but proofreading is one of the best that we have found.
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