It is an honor to introduce Sue Gilad, the author of Paid to Proofread, to the community of my amazing readers. Her book and e-course are valuable resources that offer real-world advice and tips for busy readers who’d like to earn income simply by reading books from best-selling authors before they’re even published! I thank her for writing this guest blog post about the flexibility and financial freedom that proofreading provides.
The Tangiest Twist on Freelancing: Proofreading
With COVID-19 impacting the job market, people are turning to new ways of making an income while staying indoors and socially distant. When people hear the word ‘freelance’ they automatically think of industries within the arts such as writing or digital design. The twist here is that you can get paid the same, if not more, as some of the top freelancing industries but only put in half of the work. And that’s by becoming a paid proofreader.
Proofreading is just more than looking over a written work and correcting mistakes here in there. It is a five-in-one freelancing job that gives you the chance to be educated by written works that have yet to be released, work at your own pace, create connections through writer recommendations, have a source of entertainment, and most importantly, have a steady high-paying income based on performance and agility.
Imagine being able to go to the beach for the weekend and the only work you have to do is just read and mark up a pre-released book on your favorite genre. This is just one of the many scenarios you can find yourself as a paid proofreader. But of course, not all things are easy to grasp at first.
To become a well-developed proofreader, one must not only do extensive research but also consistently practice proofreading. Whether it’d be taking note of tiny grammar mistakes on a menu or proofreading an entire script for a friend, it is important to exercise your proofreading skills. As Zig Ziglar once said,
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”Zig Ziglar
If you feel fully convinced that proofreading is a gig right up your ally, then I highly suggest reading up on Suzanne Gilad’s Paid to Proofread guide book. This incredibly helpful resource is chock full of tips and resources on how to start off your proofreading career. With this guide, you will learn how to format your resume when applying to proofreading jobs, how to find these jobs, with who to establish connections, and many more necessary tips for starting off right.
“I wish you all the best in your journey to discovering the gifted proofreader within yourself starting with these three steps.”Sue Gilad
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