Proofreading at home?

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  1. New Mexican

    New Mexican Well-Known Member

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    Someone here mentioned that they work for a newspaper (or magazine, can't remember, sorry :() but I'm wondering if proofreading is something I can do from home and get paid.

    Anyone know??
     
  2. homebirtha

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    I do technical editing from home, for a nearby at-home company. But I also have a degree in journalism and over 10 years experience in writing, editing, etc. If you have experience, send your resume around and see what you get. Try book publishers, magazines, newspapers, etc. Books are probably your best bet though. They're more conducive to working from home because they're longer projects than say, a 2-page magazine article.

    But, yeah, it's a good gig if you can get it.
     

  3. Is your primary desire to become a proofreader/editor or is it your desire to work at home? There are many opportunities to work at home, but maybe not proofreading in particular.
     
  4. henk

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    Why dont you place an ad in the local paper that you proofread/redirect c.v.'s, business letters and reports? You also could try calling small business that have to write a lot of reports (psychologist ect.), their not always keen writers ;)

    The prices if seen over here are around 10 euro's/usd per c.v. /page of businessletter and about 10 euros/usd/hour for proof reading of reports. (have seen prices upto 35 euros/usd per page)

    regards Henk
     
  5. New Mexican

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    Well, working from home, primarily, is my desire. But I love proofreading too. I've helped with some books pre-publishing and I just LOVE finding mistakes. Ask my DH!!! LOL

    I think I'll call local newspapers.....thanks all!!
     
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    You could always try working in a law office if you love finding mistakes!! But, then.. you would probably be proofing your OWN mistakes as a sec/para!! LOL! OH, well.
     
  7. PonderosaQ

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    I used to do some proof reading for a court reporter. It's usualy quick, small stuff, needed in fairly fast time frame, but pays well. More than normal since they are paying for your integrity as well as the proof reading. You could check and see who does the court reporting in your area. In many areas they work out of an agency and go to lawyers offices by appt for depositions.

    PQ
     
  8. New Mexican

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    Hmmmmm.......thanks PQ. My neighbor just happens to be a court reporter. I'll ask her!
     
  9. New Mexican

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    Hey, just spoke with my neighbor and I get my first proofreading "gig" this week. She pays 30 cents/page. Is that good? Does anyone know?

    She's starting me out slowly.......I'll see how I like it. I'm excited!!
     
  10. Pythia

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    If you're interested in this kind of work-from-home, you might look into Guru.com. They have a bidding system where people bid on various jobs, such as writing, editing, computer work and stuff like that. I'm sure proof-reading was among the types of work available.

    They offer a free membership, but that only allows you to bid on jobs within a narrow skill-set and within your geographic region. Being in Canada, I had to try the paid membership to get anything, and still had no luck :) But the free level might be more beneficial to someone in the States.
     
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    thanks for the great links! :D
     
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    CAIT...your PM box is full!!!!

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  13. homebirtha

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    >She pays 30 cents/page. Is that good? Does anyone know?

    I get $2.00 page for full editing, $1.80 for "light" edits (things like a new edition of a textbook that doesn't have a lot of new material), and $1.50 for proofreading (which is just proofing gallies, etc. No rewriting or heavy editing.)

    BUT, I'm in a spendy area and these are BIG clients: college textbook publishers. But I think 30 cents a page is pretty low, to be honest.