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How to become a UK proofreader

How to become a proofreader in the UK

Want to become a proofreader but don’t know how? We are a leading online proofreading business with a wealth of experience when it comes to selecting and hiring proofreaders. What are the things agencies like us look for?

Well, in our new course we spill the beans…

Our course seeks to answer this questions and the dozens more that we receive on a regular basis from prospective proofreaders.

Launching soon!

The course will detail how you can become a proofreader in the UK. It goes beyond the “what proofreading course you need to take” and looks at:

Section 1: The personality, qualifications, experience and skills you need 

  • Personality
  • Qualifications
  • The approach if you don’t have any qualifications
  • Free proofreading courses: Worth it?
  • UK proofreading courses: The best ones to take
  • Experience and skills
  • Jobs with transferable skills
  • How to get experience if you don’t have any?
  • How to prove this experience?
  • Tools and technology


Section 2: The proofreading market: An overview 

  • Differing definitions of ‘proofreading’
  • Academic documents
  • General versus specialist academic proofreading
  • Business/corporate documents
  • Novels
  • Publishers


Section 3: Working for an agency vs. getting your own work 

  • Price-accepter versus price-setter

Section 4: How to find work 

  • Through a company
  • Finding work with academic proofreading companies
  • Finding work with publishers


  • On your own
  • Finding your own academic proofreading clients
  • Finding your own business proofreading clients
  • Finding your own self-publishing author clients


Section 5: The life of a proofreader 

  • Working part-time versus full-time as a proofreader
  • Feast versus famine: Seasonality of the work
  • How much you can earn
  • How many hours you will work
  • Types of documents: PDF and Word

Section 6: How to make yourself more marketable 

  • What additional skills you should develop to stand out in the competitive proofreading market


The course is based on years of experience of hiring and managing proofreaders from all over the world.

To register your interest

Email: info@londonproofreaders.co.uk with “become a proofreader course” in the subject.


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