Are you sick and tired of your job?
Are you looking for something flexible, yet can still earn you a full-time income?
Online proofreading might be the answer you’ve been looking for. Online proofreaders can make a full-time income working anywhere and anytime.
There is a high demand for freelance proofreaders and editors, but it might be tricky for beginners without experience. But don’t worry, I’ve found some ways for you to build experience and get started.
Do I need training?
Online proofreading jobs do require some basic training, but you don’t have to pay a penny for it.
Caitlin Pyle created a FREE 76-minute proofreading workshop that teaches you ins and outs of online proofreading and how to get the official certificate. The course provides tips and info on how you can learn to do this without any prior experience or degree.
Related: How to Become An Online Proofreader
How much can I earn?
This depends on how much you want to work and how fast you proofread. According to Salary.com, a proofreader can earn between $45,000 to $58,000 with the average base salary of around $50,000 per year. Not bad for a job working in the comfort of your own home.
The 30 Best Proofreading and Editing Jobs
1. Scribe Writing
Scribe Writing is a proofreading company that has worked with over 1,000 authors in only 4 short years. You can either apply to work as a full-time manuscript proofreader or as a freelance proofreader. You might even get a read a future best seller book.
2. Cactus Communications
Cactus Communications works with over 2000 freelancers servicing over 200,000 clients. In addition to flexible hours, they also offer training that lasts at least a month to provide you with the tools and skills to do your job. You can work either as a freelancer or as a full-time job. Worldwide openings.
3. Edit Fast
EditFast is looking for skilled proofreaders, editors, or writers with a degree from a recognized university and past editing/proofreading experience. After you’re done registering, your profile will be up and clients can even choose to work you directly. Once the project is completed, EditFast gets 40% of the commission regardless of whether project came directly from a client or from the EditFast administration.
Gramlee is always looking for grammar fanatics to add to their team. Gramlee offers 24-hour turnaround time for content with 3000 words or less between Monday – Friday. It doesn’t state anywhere on their site how much they pay their contractors, but they charge 3 cents per word for up to 3000 words. That comes out to be $90 and if Gramlee takes 40% like EditFast, you’re still left with $54.
They might charge more for projects with more than 3000 words, but they go to senior editors.
5. Proofreading Services
Proofreading Services offers both part-time and full-time remote proofreading positions, but you must pass the 20-minute preliminary test.
They offer competitive pay ranging from $19 to $46 per hour depending on the turnaround time. They offer flexible hours and you can apply from any country. You can even connect with your colleagues and make some friends while working remotely.
Scribbr is a Netherlands based editing company that specializes in academic editing for students. It offers services in 10 languages with a team of 400+ academic editors worldwide.
In order to apply, you must be a native English speaker and have earned a bachelor’s degree. Be available to work for at least 10 hours a week. The salary is $22 to $28 per hour.
Scribendi is one of the first internet-based proofreading companies with 400 professional freelance editors, processing hundreds of orders a day.
In order to apply, you must be a native English speaker with a university degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in editing, writing, document production, or language teaching and able to edit/proofread 1,000 – 1,500 words per hour.
Must not reside in the US States of California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Colorado, Wyoming, New Jersey, or New Hampshire.
Wordfirm is a proofreading and copyediting company that uses Managed Editing services to hire skilled freelance editors. In order to qualify, you must have a college degree and 5 years of practical experience in editing.
WordsRU is currently looking for qualified editors available to work on weekends. In order to qualify, you must have a Master’s degree, Ph.D., or equivalent professional experience in any academic discipline plus 2 years of experience as an editor, copywriter, or proofreader.
10. Sibia Proofreading
Sibia Proofreading is currently not hiring right now, but they normally hire freelance proofreaders/editors with academic proofreading experience. You must be a native English speaker with a college degree to apply.
11. Proofread Now
Proofread Now provides proofreading and copyediting services for English, Spanish, and Chinese. If you find that they are not currently hiring, you can sign up for their employment emailing list to get notified when a position is available. They do require 5 years of experience in order to qualify.
LifeTips is growing fast and looking for in-house editorial support staff and copywriters with experience in the search engine marketing industry. You will work with clients directly to develop content strategy and you will edit the content produced by freelance writers. These are full-time positions that include medical benefits.
13. Kirkus Media
Kirkus Media currently has positions available for book reviewers. Reviews are of about 350 words in all genres and is due 2 weeks after the book is assigned. To apply, you need to submit your resume and some writing samples and a list of reviewing samples.
Check back the site often for other proofreading and editing projects.
Wordy is a very well organized website with clear instructions of what they expect from their proofreaders. You must be a native English speaker to apply. Wordy’s house style for U.S. clients is based on the Chicago Manual of Style.
If you find you do not have the skills or knowledge needed for the job, you can return the job or seek guidance. Additionally, you can always refuse projects that you find personally offensive for any reason.
FlexJobs is one of the biggest sites for part-time, freelance and flexible work from home jobs. You can see the job listings, but in order to apply, you must sign up for a membership. Since these jobs are hand-screened, they do charge $14.95 a month.
Give it a try and cancel anytime. You might get lucky and find a great job during your first month.
Fiverr is another great platform to sell your freelance services online. While most services start at $5, you can add more services to charge for more money. You can charge extra for fast delivery, revisions, and whatever else the client might want. It might not sound like much at first, but it’s a great place to start doing freelance work especially for beginners.
17. English Trackers
English Trackers has a team of senior editors that works closely with the editors and proofreaders to make sure the work they send to their clients are of the highest quality. It is a great place for someone who wishes to improve their academic editing skills through feedback from their senior editors.
They offer flexible schedule and guaranteed on-time monthly payment (15th of every month). Additionally, they offer the same level of support to their editors that they do to their customers.
In order to qualify, you must be a native English speaker with 2 years of professional academic editing experience.
ProofreadingPal proofreads and edits all types of documents. They have a unique two-proofreader model so that every document is proofread and edited by two proofreaders. The editors typically earn between $500 to $3,000 a month.
In order to qualify, you must have ONE of the following:
- Currently employed by or enrolled as a graduate or postgraduate student in an accredited university in the U.S. and have a minimum GPA of 3.5
- Have a graduate degree with a minimum of five years of professional proofreading and editing experience.
19. Editor World
Editor World is currently looking for editors to work remotely. You will be paid promptly for work completed.
In order to qualify, you must have a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree or higher and editing experience. Currently, they are only looking for editors with a Ph.D. and/or science background.
Guru is a freelance marketplace where employers and freelancers connect and collaborate. Guru has completed 1,00,000 jobs and has paid $250,000,000 to their freelancers.
Sign up for a free account and start browsing for proofreading and editing job openings.
21. Polished Paper
Polished Paper is currently looking for exceptional editors. After you register for an account and upload your resume, you will be prompted to take the 35-question editor test. But don’t worry, you are encouraged to use outside resources such as MLA, CSE, APA, and Chicago formatting guides to complete the test.
Wordvice is a global company looking to hire remote freelance and part-time editors to edit and proofread academic papers, admissions essays, and other documents for grammar and mechanics issues. You will work with a lot of English-as-a-second-language (ESL) clients.
In order to qualify, you must be a native English speaker, be enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree program, and 2 years of professional editing experience.
Upwork is a freelance marketplace with new openings posted daily. You have the freedom to control when and where you work with the projects you want.
Upwork does charge freelancers a fee. Upwork takes 20% the first $500 billed with the client, 10% between $500.01 and $10,000, and that number goes down to 5% with the client that exceeds $10,000.
Please note: This is per client. Unless you get to work with the same clients repeatedly or a really expensive project, you most likely will have to pay Upwork 20%.
Domainite doesn’t require you to have a degree to become an editor. All you have to do is edit the provided sample and then submit your application with the edited version.
Book-Editing is looking for copy editors, proofreaders and publishing consultants with traditional and self-publishing experience.
The company has book editing jobs for you to edit in the comfort of your own home, but you must be 100% freelance, meaning you cannot hold a full-time day job. You must be based in the U.S. with 5+ years of editing experience and a track record of published books that you have edited.
TripsByTips is looking for freelance editors to control the quality of their English editorial content on a freelance basis, starting immediately. They are also looking for editor or proofreader with an academic background in linguistics and literature.
Indeed is one of the top sites when it comes to job search. Just type in freelance proofreading or editing jobs to see what is available.
28. IXL Learning
IXL Learning has occasional openings for remote content editor/proofreaders for their educational products
29. Writer’s Relief
Writer’s Relief formats and edits the clients’ books, novels, short stories, essays, and poems to industry standards. It might not be the place to start out for beginners as they only hire the top 2% of the applicant pool.
Bookmark this website and check back after you’ve had some work experience under your belt. They offer competitive rates and has work available throughout the year.
30. Edit 911
Edit 911 is currently looking for dissertation editors, thesis editors, and book editors. You must have a Ph.D. in English or another writing-intensive discipline and experience in various styles such as MLA, APA, and Turabian. To apply, send in your resume and sample of your writing.
How Can I Get Started?
If working at home proofreading is something you might be interested in, then you should definitely check out Caitlin Pyle’s FREE 76-minute proofreading workshop. Additionally, she also offers a FREE 7-day e-course that dishes all the details on what it takes to build a freelance business as a proofreader.