Whether you’re just starting out as a freelancer or hoping to expand your client base, you’ll love the idea of guaranteed work with our partner company, Proofed.
Becoming A Proofreader: If you pass the final assignment with a distinction (80% or more), you can begin working on a trial basis with Proofed. Expert feedback on the documents you proofread will allow you to continue to hone the skills you developed in the course. As your confidence gradually builds, you’ll soon be ready to take on more complex documents and greater volumes of work.
Becoming An Editor: Passing this course and receiving a distinction for Becoming A Proofreader means you’ll be fast-tracked to a greater variety of Proofed opportunities. This often means a higher rate of pay and the chance to tackle more in-depth editorial assignments in academic, business or creative writing.
Proofed trial: Becoming A Proofreader
- If you pass our Becoming A Proofreader final assignment with a distinction (80% or more), you’ll have an opportunity to work with our partner company Proofed, initially on a trial basis.
- We’ll send you the paperwork to get you started. The completed documents should be emailed to Proofed.
- The Proofed team will review your documents and register you on their internal platform. You’ll be sent login credentials to access the site. The process may take up to a couple of weeks.
- Now it’s your turn: you’re ready to begin a trial period with Proofed! You’ll be paid to proofread up to 20 documents (a maximum of 1,000 or 2,000 words apiece).
- Working on shorter papers helps you develop your skills, become comfortable with the process, and build your confidence. A friendly Proofed team member will review your work and provide valuable feedback when needed.
- If you successfully complete the 20-document trial, you’ll be invited to proofread longer papers on a fantastic variety of subjects, from quick thousand-word introductions to lengthy dissertations. As you continue to gain more practice and experience – and positive feedback – you’ll soon be able to tackle increasing volumes of work and more challenging assignments.
Proofed trial: Becoming An Editor
- A distinction (80% and above) in Becoming A Proofreader and a passing Becoming An Editor expands your opportunities with Proofed. As well as unlocking a wider variety of work opportunities, you’ll also enjoy a higher rate of pay for many documents. These could be one-off assignments or work with a regular client on short- or long-term projects.
- Please note that a passing only in our Becoming An Editor course does not guarantee work with Proofed.
After passing Becoming A Proofreader, how soon can I get started?
Once you’ve received a distinction (80% or more), you’ll need to book a feedback call with one of our friendly tutors. We’ll explain the process and answer any questions you may have. Next, we’ll forward you the paperwork. Once you’ve completed the documents and emailed them to Proofed, you’ll likely be working on your first assignment within a couple of weeks.
How much work will I get?
As you progress in your trial period, the Proofed team will support you with targeted feedback on your work. This means you never stop learning. The first ten documents are relatively short. This gives you time to develop your skills and confidence. After passing the trial period, the volume of the work can increase as you start working on longer documents. There may even be scope for regular work with some of Proofed’s clients.
There is no fixed amount of work. This depends on your availability, interest, skill level, and opportunities Proofed may have at a given time.
Do I have to work exclusively with Proofed?
As a professional proofreader or editor, the world’s your oyster. You don’t have to work exclusively with Proofed. Be your own boss and set your hours. Or find your own clients and maybe start an editorial business.
What will I need?
All you need is a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection and Microsoft Word (2016 or later).
Can I work on my tablet or Chromebook?
To proofread properly, you’ll need the right tools for the job. This means a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection and a full version of Microsoft Word (2016 or later).
Unfortunately, Microsoft Word does not have complete functionality with tablets and Chromebooks. Therefore, you will be unable to work professionally with these devices.
Does it matter where I live?
A key benefit of proofreading and editing is that it’s location independent – you can work from anywhere in the world!
Can anyone work for Proofed?
Please note that to work with Proofed, your country of residence must have a tax treaty with the United States Internal Revenue Service. These countries are listed here. For further information, please contact a financial advisor.
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Our student success stories
Proofreading for Increased Wellbeing
Due to health concerns, Hannah needed a job that would allow her to work from home and focus more on her wellbeing. She trained to become a freelance proofreader, and is now able to do a job she enjoys, earn an income, and still put her health first.
“Freelance proofreading has allowed me to put my health first and has drastically increased my mood. As a result, I have a much brighter outlook on the future.“
Helen had always been asked to check writing for colleagues, friends, and family. After being made redundant during the pandemic, she decided to boost her skills and start something new — and now works as a professional freelance proofreader.
“I am now able to work from home in a job that is wonderfully varied, enjoyable, and (hopefully) redundancy proof. And I am spending more time with the family (and cats) now!“
Continued Professional DevelopmentPam was working as a professional proofreader and copy editor, and looking for an online course to refresh her skills. Becoming A Proofreader helped her to do just that!
“I am a lifelong learner always looking for new opportunities for professional development.”