Module Details: Module 14: Proofreading Business Writing

Here, we teach you how to proofread for different business clients. We take you through working with brand voices and understanding how grammatical point of view works in different types of business writing. After completing this module, you will know how to proofread many document types and formats common to business writing, including formal reports, website copy, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Google Docs.

What will you learn?

  • The different types of business documents you might encounter as a proofreader
  • What to expect when working with business clients, including working with briefs, style guides, and company or brand voices
  • How to create a style sheet for business writing
  • The importance of knowing the intended audience, style, and level of formality for different types of business writing
  • The role of grammatical point of view in business writing
  • How to edit vocabulary issues related to jargon and buzzwords
  • Editing for skim reading, accessibility, and SEO
  • How to approach stylistic issues in formal business documents, commercial copy, and other professional documents such as CVs and cover letters
  • How to use the tools in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Docs to proofread documents
  • Tips for proofreading in publishing packages such as Adobe Illustrator or InDesign

It is useful for:

  • Those who want to be able to proofread documents for business clients to a professional standard
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to proofread in PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Docs

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  • Module 1: An Introduction To Becoming A Proofreader

    Know what to expect from our Becoming A Proofreader course and get situated before delving into the details of what it means to be a proofreader.
  • Module 2: Proofreading And Editing

    Find out why editing and proofreading have traditionally been treated as separate tasks in print publishing, as well as how they often merge in digital work. Get to grips with the ethical issues you might encounter while proofreading. And meet the different client types you might work with once you start your career as a professional proofreader!
  • Module 3: The Basics of Microsoft Word

    If you’re a bit rusty on computing, this module will oil you up! Take a tour through all the tools in Microsoft Word you’ll need to get started with proofreading. If you are a technophobe, worry no more! Our back-to-basics course covers tracking changes, changing the proofing language, setting your user name in Microsoft Word, and more.
  • Module 4: Common Spelling Mistakes

    Finally, you can nail the difference between ‘there’, ‘they’re’, and ‘their’, and much more. Get to grips with British, US, and Australian spelling, clear up the rules about irregular plurals, and impress friends with your knowledge of closed, open, and hyphenated compounds!
  • Module 5: Common Grammar Mistakes

    Perfect your prepositions, parenthetical clauses, and parallelism! Fix fragments and faulty agreement! And free yourself from dangling and misplaced modifiers forevermore! Grind down the grammatical gremlins of UK, US, and Australian English, and bust some well-worn myths as you boldly go where no non-proofreader has gone before!
  • Module 6: Common Punctuation Mistakes

    Queries about question marks? Extremely excited about exclamation points?!! Do you, put, too, many commas, in your sentences? We’ll iron all that out. If you’re the type who goes shopping with a paintbrush to correct grocer’s apostrophes, you’ll be right at home here.
  • Module 7: Other Common Errors

    Take our guided tour through everything else you need to know about the nitty-gritty of language, including Latin terms, abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms, number use, and capitalisation. Find out where most people trip up and separate your ‘i.e.’s from your ‘e.g.’s for good!
  • Module 8: Proofreading In Practice: Style

    What’s the difference between a style guide, a style sheet, and a referencing style? Worry no more, we’ve got you covered in our style module. We’ll also talk you through written tone, technical jargon, avoiding offensive language, and how to turn clunky confusion into elegant flow.
  • Module 9: Advanced Formatting in Microsoft Word For Windows

    If you’re in a tangle about tables or perplexed about page numbers, join us for a look at formatting in Microsoft Word. Learn about page and section breaks, how to format headings and captions, how to create dynamic tables and lists, and everything else you need to know.
  • Module 11: Academic Proofreading

    We’ll take you back to school with an in-depth look at proofreading academic documents, ranging from undergraduate essays to journal articles and PhD theses. We’ll show you how to work with LaTeX (no, it’s nothing kinky), how to make sure quotes are used properly, when the active and passive voices are appropriate in academic writing, and much more.
  • Module 12: Academic Proofreading: Referencing And Citations

    Does Harvard hurt your head? Does APA make your eyes ache? Are you shy about Chicago? And what does ALWD even mean? We’ll soothe all your referencing woes with our extended guide to some of the major citation styles, as well as some not-so-well-known ones.
  • Module 13: Creative Writing And The Publishing Industry

    Learn how to work with authors and publishers as we guide you through how to proofread creative writing. This module looks at both fiction and non-fiction, as well as non-standard English, authorial voice, and proofreading dialogue. After completing the lessons, you will be primed to proofread a range of different writing styles and document types common in the publishing world, including book manuscripts, screenplays, and PDF page proofs.
  • Module 14: Proofreading Business Writing

    Here, we teach you how to proofread for different business clients. We take you through working with brand voices and understanding how grammatical point of view works in different types of business writing. After completing this module, you will know how to proofread many document types and formats common to business writing, including formal reports, website copy, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and Google Docs.
  • Module 15: Finding Work And The Final Assignment

    Drum roll, please! It’s time to show off what you have learned! In this final part of the course, you'll learn about how to find work as a freelance proofreader. We'll guide you through top revision areas and provide you with a practice mock assignment. Then you’ll take two proofreading tests and a formatting test, on which you’ll receive detailed tutor feedback. If you score 80% or above, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a trial as a freelance proofreader with Proofed.

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