Today, I have an amazing interview with Caitlin, a freelance proofreader who has successfully turned her side hustle into a full-time business.
Her first year of being a freelance proofreader, she made over $43,000 working 30 hours a week. That's insane!
This is such a great opportunity for someone who wants to ditch their 9-5 and start working from home.
If you're interested in becoming a freelance proofreader, keep on reading!
What is a proofreader?
A proofreader serves as the last set of eyes on a piece of content before it's published.
Proofreaders make sure there are no spelling, punctuation, grammatical, or formatting errors, and they ensure the content is as polished as possible.
How much do proofreaders make?
This is one of the most common questions I get! Unfortunately, there is no “set” amount of money a proofreader can make. It all depends on how many hours you're willing to work, your skill set, and your marketing efforts.
But to give you some idea, I made $40,000+ a year as a proofreader working an average of 30 hours per week.
“Thanks to Proofread Anywhere, I am now a freelance proofreader, earning money while I stay at home with my kids.” – Amy, Proofread Anywhere Student
How can someone get started proofreading?
First off, you need to make sure you have a knack for finding errors.
Proofreading can be taught, but only to a certain point — you really need to have a natural eye for it. If you do have that “Eagle Eye,” then you should definitely hone those skills with a qualified training program.
Can you tell us how much money some of your students are making?
The amount of money you make is dependent on how much you want to work and your skill set.
I have graduates who proofread as a side hustle to make a few extra hundred bucks a month, and they love it. It’s perfect for them. Then I have some graduates who’ve quit their day jobs and totally replaced their former income with freelance proofreading — some have even exceeded what they were making at those jobs!
Click here to see several interviews and testimonials from students who have quit their day jobs to become full-time freelance proofreaders!
What are the initial expenses when starting out?
Starting up a freelance proofreading business is FAR less expensive than other businesses — not to mention a tiny fraction of the cost of a college degree.
If you decide to start a business with the help of one of my courses, you can expect to pay between $400 – $1,200 for training. That would include lifetime access to a course and peer community. It assumes you already have a computer + Wi-Fi.
There are additional textbooks and equipment you can buy that are recommended, but they are not required. Many students complete the training using what they’ve got and added in more streamlined equipment later on.
Oh… and many of my students recouped all of their start-up costs within 1-2 months of graduating — their investment in the training quickly paid for itself.
Do people need to get trained to become a proofreader?
Yes! I tell all my students that you have to have that “Eagle Eye” I mentioned before to point out errors in content, but honing those skills with proper training is crucial.
I have trained hundreds of proofreaders through my general proofreading and transcript proofreading online courses. They're a great place to start 🙂
What's one tip you have for someone who wants to become a successful proofreader?
Make sure that proofreading is something you REALLY want to do. You have to have a passion for finding errors and polishing content. If you don't, you won't succeed — it's that simple.
If you're on the fence and not sure if proofreading is right for you, check out my FREE 45-minute workshop. I go over exactly how to become a general proofreader, how to hone your skills, and even give you a sneak peek into how to get clients! It's the perfect, no-risk way to find out if proofreading is right for you before you invest in training to “go big” with it.
There is no obligation to sign up for the course. Simply check out her free 45-minute workout to determine if it's a good opportunity for you.
You'll learn the following in her free workshop:
- What a successful proofreader does (and doesn't do!)
- How to elevate your skills to become a GREAT proofreader
- How to use one of the most popular proofreading tools out there… and learn a few places to find clients!
If you're interested in learning more about becoming a freelance proofreader, you can check out Caitlin's FREE 45 minute workshop.
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