Want to earn extra cash just by using language know-how you already have? English Proofreading Service can be just the solution.
Like writing and staying in the comfort of your own home? Freelancing lets you work on your own terms. You don’t have to answer to anyone or keep a strict 9-5. Start making money on your own time with online proofreading!
So, what do you need to get into action? Just some writing confidence, your laptop, and these tips to help get you started!
1) Join a Marketplace
You have the skills, what you need are the clients! Joining an online marketplace will put you in contact with customers who are already looking for the service you can offer. More tailored sites can even give you an all-online community platform streamlined for written interactions. A perfect match!
2) Learn as You Go
Every time you encounter phrasing that makes you pause, check or double-check the accuracy. Proofreading is not a memory test—it’s an open book scenario. Verifying phrasing that sounds uncertain to you will both sharpen your results and brush up your awareness of the finer points of grammar, improving your skills over time.
3) Talk Sweet
Proofreading is a customer service position, and like all social jobs a little courtesy goes a long way. Including a friendly note or some brief, sincere feedback can build positive rapport with clients that will have them running right back to you the next time they have a project, growing your customer base. As anyone in sales knows, a reliable, returning customer base is a valuable thing.
Many capable editors argue they can improve any writing, but nonetheless clients perceive credibility according to field-related credentials. So, it might not be your actual years of editing experience but those courses in computer science (or business, or medicine, etc.) you took that convince your next client to choose you over someone else. Make sure any specialized fields of familiarity are publicized on your profile.
Now that we’ve got those quick tips on the page, let’s go a little deeper…
English Editing Service is a great way for you to put your language insight to use not only to bring in extra income but also to connect with other writers in fields of interest. While reviewing theses, for example, you can deepen your knowledge of worldly topics, and while revising resumes you can gain increased awareness about how real applicants are approaching the job market today. In this sense, editing both applies and sharpens your skills since your perception of effective writing will continue to refine as you expose yourself to more actual written work.
Time management is also an important factor in being an English proofreader. Editing is usually charged either by the hour or by the word, and when working online by the word is the more transparent measure. As a result, it’s in your interest to work efficiently. You can cover more pages by establishing up-front what elements you need to look for: are you revising only spelling and grammar or are you also providing feedback on content clarity?
In the first case, you don’t really need to digest the arguments in each paper: simply check for technical accuracy. This should allow you to move faster once your eye is in the habit of spotting detailed mistakes, like spacing, punctuation, or spelling. If you are revising for content clarity, however, you will need to take a little more time and actually consider the logic of each piece.
This difference in the intensity of work—technical or content-based—also represents a good distinction by which to make a pricing break. Since addressing the actual content in the style of developmental editing will take more focus and more thorough engagement with the material, it makes sense to charge more per word for this kind of service.
From the client’s perspective also, breaking your editing offerings along these two lines will help better match client expectations with outcomes. As mentioned, clients tend to believe that a “good” editor is one with experience in their field (rather than lingual expertise), which is a bit tangential, but should be considered in order to most effectively address the market. Once it comes to the functional side of providing proofreading service, however, achieving client satisfaction will depend most heavily on expectations. Some clients don’t want their written voice “disturbed” and only require technical fixes. This category will be pleased with a lower price and more superficial, spelling-and-grammar type service. Another variety, however, would be displeased to see less than extensive changes in the document markup; these are clients who want developmental, content-based service.
In many customer service positions, the trick to a happy client is knowing what the customer wants even when they themselves have not yet consciously realized their needs (anyone who has worked as a server will no doubt find this familiar). This perspective can be applied to editing as well and implemented through service levels to manage expectations, making the technical vs. content-based distinction explained above.
READY TO START EARNING? PUT YOURSELF ON THE PROOFREADING MAP, WITHOUT EVEN GETTING OFF THE COUCH. FIND A COMMUNITY AND CREATE AN EDITING PROFILE!