Why Proofreading Is a Great Work from Home Job
During the pandemic, many people sought work-from-home job opportunities, having realized what freelance proofreaders have known for years: how great working from home can be! Proofreading especially is a great freelancing job.
Let’s take a closer look at why proofreading is a great work from home job.
5 Reasons Proofreading Is a Great Work-from-Home Job
Freelance proofreading has many advantages. For instance, working remotely means you can:
- Have a healthy work-life balance
- Vary where you work
- Save money
- Customize your workspace
- Work more sustainably
1. Have a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Working from home as a freelance proofreader is great for flexibility, which makes achieving a healthy work-life balance much easier. And that can translate to:
- More time to spend with people you love.
- More time for your hobbies and other projects.
- Control over your hours and taking time off when you want.
- The ability to work more and earn a little extra when you need it.
- Freedom to set your own career goals.
In other words, you can put your life before your job, not the other way around.
2. Vary Where You Work
Freelancing means you can choose where you work. For many, this means working from home. And setting up a home workspace means you’ll be able to create a space that’s tailored to your needs (as well as letting you skip the commute).
However, you’re not limited to just working from home! All you need is an internet connection and a place to plug in, then you’re free to work just about anywhere you please. And this means you can get out of the home office and vary where you work as needed.
For example, if you’re bored of your usual workspace and the sun is out, you can work in the garden instead. Or, if you need a change of scene after a morning at home, you can take your laptop to a local cafe for the afternoon. And if you want to visit relatives, you don’t have to book time off work, as you can take your work with your wherever you go, whenever you like.
Many people are becoming digital nomads, so they can travel the world while they work. Proofreading is one of the best jobs you can do as a digital nomad because of its flexibility. Many of our graduates, like Wendy and Samira, have used freelance proofreading to support their adventures around the globe!
3. Save Money
Because you have more control over your expenses, working from home is great for helping you budget, especially when you follow our budgeting tips for freelance proofreaders. But even without budgeting, as a freelance proofreader, you’ll be able to save money by:
- Not needing to hire an office or co-working space to freelance.
- Dodging the daily commute.
- Making your own morning coffee or tea rather than buying it from a shop.
- Having a home-made lunch rather than buying one.
- Not being obliged to join co-workers for after-work drinks
- Not having to buy new work clothes.
Given how expensive clothes, transportation, and dining out can be these days, savings here will really add up in the long run. And, as they say, money saved is money earned.
4. You Can Customize Your Workspace
As a freelance proofreader, you’ll probably spend a lot of time at home (unless you follow our advice in point 2). So, it’s important that you set up your workspace in a way that maximizes your productivity. And, unlike in an office, you can choose exactly what you want, from the desk and chair to the items on your desk.
One thing that every freelancer needs on their desk is some greenery. Studies have shown that having plants can reduce stress, boost productivity, reduce noise levels, and decrease sick leave. These can be as big or as small as you like.
5. You Can Work More Sustainably
We all know how important sustainability is, but we often struggle to know how we can implement it in our lives. Working from home allows us to introduce more sustainable working practices, such as:
- Turning off appliances and lights when we’re not using them
- Heating only the room we’re working in, rather than an office building
- Avoiding a potentially lengthy commute
These are just a few examples of ways you can create an eco-friendly home.
Become a Proofreader
If you want a rewarding work-from-home job that gives you the flexibility to live your life, why not become a proofreader? Our Becoming A Proofreader course gives you all the skills you need for a successful career in freelance proofreading.
Plus, if you pass our Becoming A Proofreader and Becoming An Editor courses with a distinction score, you’ll be able to take advantage of our guaranteed work opportunities! Buy them as a bundle, and you’ll save 15%.