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What Freelance Proofreading Jobs Entail


Freelance proofreading jobs are just one type of the many information-based opportunities that work-at-home freelancers are doing for companies and businesses across the country and abroad. Since proofreading is a job that can be done remotely, it lends itself to freelance or 1099 contracted work as home employment. Each corporate or business client has its own needs that it outsources to a professional proofreader, who will edit and alter written content on a project basis.

Types of Freelance Proofreading

In general, freelance proofreaders will edit a large volume of content for grammar, punctuation and style, as well as clarity and effectiveness. Some jobs will be more focused on cleaning up text, where other freelance proofreading jobs will involve changing written copy to make it more in line with what the client needs. Proofreaders might find themselves dealing with extremely technical content, such as internal manuals or support documents, or content that is related to customer outreach or marketing.

Qualifications for Freelance Proofreading

Many companies like freelance proofreaders to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Those with English language degrees or degrees in journalism are prime candidates for this kind of work. A business degree or marketing degree can also be useful. In addition, many clients require that those applying for proofreading jobs have detailed knowledge of "proofing marks" that are a standard in the industry. Practical experience is always a positive element in applying for freelance proofreading or editing jobs, and many clients are receptive to a resume that highlights past experiences in a similar job role. Some clients pursue freelancers based on a strict system of "years of experience," where those who can claim a specific number of years in a similar job role can be hired for progressively complex and challenging freelance contracts.

Freelance Proofreading Work Arrangements

Where some professional proofreaders may be employees of a company who work from home, freelance proofreaders will have a different kind of work relationship with their business clients. Freelance proofreaders will be responsible for seeking their health insurance, keeping track of their earnings, and paying estimated quarterly taxes to the IRS. Freelancers may also not be eligible for unemployment, since employers pay unemployment insurance to the state governments for funding this work-related financial assistance.

Pursuing proofreading or other work on a freelance basis requires understanding of the difference between an employee and a contractor. Many long-term freelancers are considered to be "sole proprietors" of their own businesses. Freelancing requires a lot of dedication and attention to detail, both in the execution of the work and in presenting the annual outcome of that work to the state and federal government.

Regardless of some of the challenges of freelance work-at-home situations, more and more Americans are finding that freelance work can be a way to ride out a difficult time when unemployment numbers are high and any kind of income helps to protect a family from loss of assets. For some, freelancing becomes a very viable career where the benefits of diversifying the work base rival the advantages of being on a company payroll.

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