Proofreading/Editing

September 9th, 2007

Are you the type of person who notices typos or grammatical errors every time you pick up a book or magazine?  Do you cringe when you see mistakes all over a web page? If so, you may want to consider starting a business in proofreading or editing.

In order to attract search engines and visitors, smart website owners and bloggers fill their sites with informative articles and other content.  They may do the writing themselves, hire ghostwriters, or purchase the articles through a private label rights service. 

If they are doing the writing themselves or hiring a ghostwriter, the articles may not be proofread or edited before they are published.  Even great writers can make grammatical errors.  Unfortunately, many private labels rights services that offer cheap articles hire writers who do not speak English as a first language; these articles are often poorly written and need lots of editing.

This is why website owners and bloggers are in need of proofreaders and editors.  As more and more people turn to the internet for business, more websites will be created.  More jobs for proofreaders and editors will be created.  This opens up a lot of opportunity for people interested in this type of career.

Someone interested in seeking work as a proofreader or editor will need to have a love for reading, as that is a primary job function.  It is also helpful to have a good understanding of language and vocabulary. Proofreaders use special symbols, and if you don’t already know them, you should be willing to learn them.  You may find entry level jobs that do not require much experience, and they can be a great training ground for you to learn these skills.

When it comes to your home office set-up, you’ll need a computer and high speed internet access.  You’ll be sending files back and forth to clients and that can be a slow process if you only have dial-up internet.  You will definitely want good word processing software, such as Microsoft Word, as well as a plain text editor such as word pad or note pad.  One of those programs came standard on your computer.  If you have never noticed it, just click on your start button, then click on “accessories” and you should see one of them listed.

There are many ways to locate online proofreading jobs.  You could seek out telecommuting job boards as well as traditional online job boards such as monster.com.  There are many websites dedicated to helping people in freelance writing, and those could also be a source of job leads.  Another option is to work with an online staffing agency.  You may also want to consider contacting a website that publishes a lot of content directly and offering your services.

Proofreading and editing can be a great career for people that love words and want to work from home.

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