How to Find Work-From-Home Proofreading Jobs
Remote work is appealing for many reasons, such as flexible working hours, improved work–life balance, and reduced commuting costs. As a freelance proofreader, you can take your work wherever you are, whether that’s to your backyard or across the world. But how do you find work-from-home proofreading jobs? They’re out there – you just have to know where to look. Keep reading to learn how to get started finding remote proofreading jobs to fit your busy lifestyle.
1. Update Your Resume
Updating your CV or resume ensures that you’re ready for any opportunity that comes your way. If you’re looking at a work-from-home proofreading job, tailor your resume to suit that specific job posting. When describing your employment history, emphasize your relevant experience instead of your itemized job responsibilities. This can include discussing related courses, computer skills, volunteer projects, and professional development. Use action words to describe what you’ve accomplished and be as specific – and truthful – as possible.
2. Check Out Freelance Marketplaces
If you’re new to freelancing, online marketplaces can be a valuable source of work-from-home proofreading jobs. Sites like Upwork and Fiverr allow you to create a profile, post your portfolio, and connect with businesses and independent clients looking to hire. One benefit of these marketplaces is that you decide your rates. Also, many sites manage payment collection for you.
3. Building an Online Presence
Self-promotion is a big part of having a successful career as a freelance proofreader. Promote your services by creating an active social media profile, a personalized business website that includes positive reviews from previous clients, and an industry-related blog (which can help you stand out in search engines).
4. Join Proofreading and Editing Groups
As you’re searching for job opportunities, consider joining a professional proofreading and editing group, such as ACES or EFA, that allows you to promote your services. If you’re not interested in pursuing membership in a society, there are informal groups you can join on social media or LinkedIn that provide support for new proofreaders.
5. Cold Emails
While the thought of reaching out to businesses can be a little intimidating, cold emailing potential clients can be a great way to network and gain experience. Find out who is responsible for hiring within a company and send a speculative email introducing yourself and detailing your services. You can even contact publishers directly – some have a list of trusted freelance proofreaders that they refer to regularly. Remember – you have nothing to lose by asking!
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