How to Become an Effective Freelance Proofreader and Writer

Having enough experience in the field of editing and proofreading, this article is all about how an ordinary individual can become a successful editor and proofreader. For people who are new to this field and are just beginning, this is a job that can be done from home and part time. You are your own boss, you can set the time and pace you want to work in, yet end up making as much money as you need, and definitely more than you expect.

People who want to become proofreaders or undertake dissertation editing tend to ask the following questions. Answers to those questions are given below.

1. What kind of requirement is needed to become a good an copy-editor?

There are no specific requirements that a person who wants to become a copy-editor must have. Any person who is excels in English linguistics will find the job more interesting however, because it demands looking into the style of the language in minute detail. Those who are given an enough training and practice can definitely excel in this field and make good career.

2. What is the procedure to get started?

Like any other process for applying for a job, this also involves sending in a resume and editing sample essays to prove your uniqueness and woo the Senior Editor, who will be solely responsible for your job security. To gain experience and get started it is better to opt for editing and proofreading in an editorial companies with lesser pay.

3. Getting started as a freelancer.

With enough experience and confidence, it is suggested to start alone. With stiff competition in this field, it is better to understand the nature of the job and what is needed to establish in order to flourish and succeed. The first step would be start up your own website. The second step is to put an advertisement in the local yellow pages.

4. What about charges and getting paid for proofreading?

Most of the editing companies charge on the basis of hours. Editors are paid around £10 to £12 per hour. What is recommended for a starter would be to charge on the basis of the number of words (£0.04 to £0.05 per word). A trustworthy and uncomplicated the way of getting paid is through the online payment websites PayPal and RBS WorldPay. Many proofreaders engage in university proofreading once established in their field.