How to become a proofreader in the UK
Want to become a proofreader but don’t know how? We are a leading UK proofreading company 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 online course we tell you everything you need to know to become a proofreader…whether it’s for academic proofreading companies, publishers, novelists or business, our course reveals all you require to get started.
Our online course answers dozens of questions we receive on a regular basis from prospective proofreaders.
The course is the only one of its kind currently in the UK. It is NOT a “how to do proofreading course” it is a comprehensive grounding in “how to become a proofreader“.
The course will consist of:
- Easy to use online platform
- 7 video training modules
- Downloadable PDF workbook summary of each module
- Access to our private mastermind group on Facebook
Launching end of March 2019 – special offer – £200 for unlimited access to the online course.
It is a self-study course so you can take as long as you like to complete it.
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
- 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
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
- Find work with novelists/writers
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: pros and cons
- 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
Section 7: Setting up as a self-employed freelancer
- Registering as a sole trader
- How much tax you will pay
- Expenses you can claim
The course is based on years of experience of hiring and managing proofreaders from all over the world.