Making Money as a Proofreader

May 18, 2012 by Silent Writer  
Published in Motherhood

How to do so.

If you are trying to think about ways that you could start to earn money online, then earning as a proof reader might be the perfect job for you. A proof reader is somebody who will charge a small fee to a writer in order to check over the work that they have done. You don’t need any knowledge about the work that you’re proofreading, unless it is in another language, as you are not actually giving them any advice about the content of their work. 

The first thing that you need to do is to agree on a price that you would read over their work for. A usual amount is around £4 per 1,000 words which would take you around 10 minutes to read. From this, you can work out how much you should charge depending on how many words that need you to read. You should always make sure that you get the money off them before you start to read, as you wouldn’t believe the number of people who ask for the service and then decide that they no longer want or need it when you have already completed the work so it is therefore already too late. 

Then, you need to ask them what they would like you to do. If you have a printed out version, which is easiest, then you can just use a highlighting pen on their work to show them the things that they could change. Some people only want advice on certain parts of their writing and not on others, so you have to make sure that you’re going to be doing the right thing that they are needing from you. It is important that you do it carefully, because there is every chance that your eyes might be last ones that see it before the work goes in for grading, which means that if you miss any mistakes that they might have made, it will result in them being rewarded a lower grade which would not be fair as they had chosen to pay you for the work. You should also make sure that they sign a contract which says that they accept responsibility for the final read through of the document, and that there is no way that they can get their money back once they have paid, unless decided it is right to do so at the sole discretion of the proof reader. 

Overall, this is a good job that you could make a fair amount of money on, particularly if you’re either a student or a stay at home parent. If you advertise your services on social networking websites, you might find that you are able to make more money than you thought. If you are a student, then you would get a lot of people on your course asking for help, and this means that you would be able to make a lot of money around exam times. 

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