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Online Proofreading Jobs for Beginners

Work-From-Home Proofreading Jobs

Remote Proofreading Jobs

Proofreaders are in high demand because online content is increasing every day, but online proofreading jobs for beginners can be a bit tricky to find because most places want you to have proofreading experience or editing experience before hiring. Fortunately, I’ve got some ways for you to build experience to get you started as a remote proofreader!online proofreading jobs for beginners

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Demand for Proofreading Jobs

“[Businesses] who prioritize [online content: ex. blogging] are 13x more likely to see a positive Return On Investment for their efforts!” (State of Inbound Marketing)

Bloggers, small-business owners, and entrepreneurs are motivated to use online content to build their businesses. There is an increasing remote proofreading job opportunity to proofread and edit content from online e-books, blogs, social media posts, email content, and more!

Proofreading vs Editing

There is a difference between editing and proofreading, even though the terms are often used interchangeably.

Substantive editing is creating an overall cohesiveness for a piece of writing. It addresses the flow, style, clarity, sentence structure, and message of a piece of writing.

Proofreading is the nitty-gritty of the writing piece. The proofreading process requires you to correct grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and punctuation.

The job of a copy editor falls between that of a substantive editor and a proofreader.

Editing is the big picture, while proofreading is the mechanics of a piece of writing.

Online Proofreading Jobs for Beginners

This is a list of companies that offer online proofreading jobs, no experience is needed! Each company has its own requirements, and it may require you to pass a proofreading skill test before you can start work. Also, these companies sometimes hire in batches, but you can usually apply at any time. Just be prepared that it could be several weeks or months before you hear from them.

One tool that will dramatically help in proofreading and editing is Grammarly. It’s free and catches those little mistakes that make the difference between a mediocre proofreader and a great one.

Domainite offers editing/proofreading positions from home with NO experience! It pays weekly through PayPal.

Smart Brief has editing opportunities for beginners.

Lionbridge has temporary job opportunities to edit for specific projects.

Babbletype has occasional opportunities to edit translations. – Just type “Proofreading” or “Editor” in the “What” section, and type “Remote” or “Work from Home” in the “Where” section. – You can find telecommute proofreading/editing jobs on FlexJobs job board. You do need to join the site for $15 per month to access job listings. FlexJobs is very reputable and worth the membership if you are serious about finding a work-from-home job. They thoroughly review every job posting to be sure that it is a legit work-from-home opportunity. You can cancel your membership at any time!

More Online Proofreading Jobs to Work From Home

These online proofreading/editing jobs usually accept applications, but they may not be hiring currently. Many of these companies require an online proofreader to have some experience and to pass an exam before getting started. Check out these work-from-home jobs for beginners to get started with proofreading work!

Book in a Box – Editing for books and other gigs.

Cactus Communications – Editing for medical documents with a flexible schedule.

Gramlee – Always accepting applications.

Hello Essay – Editing college admissions essays and other academic essays.

IXL Learning – Editing positions are listed occasionally for their educational products.

Kibin – Occasionally hiring for proofreading and editing. Email to find out when they are hiring.

ProofreadingPal – You will be proofreading and editing documents in their two-tier system. – Full- or part-time work available.

Resume Edge – Writing and editing resumes from home.

Scribbr – Must be a native English speaker to apply (open to residents of U.S./Canada/U.K./Australia).

Scribendi – Experience required for editing and proofreading.

Sibia Proofreading – Must be an experienced proofreader and a native English speaker.

Wordfirm – Requires three years of experience.

Words RU – Requires a degree and two years of experience.

Wordvice – You will need a master’s degree, Microsoft Word and knowledge of style guides.

Find out more about General Online Proofreading Jobs!

Turn Your Proofreading Skills Into a Freelance Proofreading Business

If you want more control over your work, then you could start a freelance proofreading business from home. Below I have listed two ways you can start working from home as a freelance proofreader.

#1 General Proofreading: Learn how to get a job proofreading books, blogs, and websites

To get a freelance proofreading job for books, blogs, and websites, you don’t need a college degree as long as you have an eagle eye for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. Proofreading jobs for beginners are available as more content is needed for business emails, social media accounts, and blogs.

Caitlyn Pyle, of Proofread Anywhere, has put together an extremely valuable FREE online workshop to help you get started with general proofreading. You can register here for the free workshop. In the workshop, Caitlyn gives you tips on where to find clients, tools for proofreading, and ways to maximize your skills! She also shares about her course, General Proofreading: Theory & Practice.

#2 Proofreading Transcripts for Court Reporters

You can literally work proofreading jobs from anywhere on your iPad as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. If you’re interested in proofreading transcripts for court reporters, you can read more about A Day in the Life of a Transcription Proofreader here.

You can also take this FREE seven-day e-course to learn more tips about getting started as a proofreader for court reporters. This is a specific niche with lots of job opportunities!

Work-From-Home Jobs Like Proofreading Jobs

Search Engine Evaluator jobs are similar to proofreading jobs, but you don’t need ANY experience to get started!

Basically, as a search engine evaluator, you are evaluating or proofreading search engine results to ensure that the search query brings back logical results.

User testing jobs are also similar to proofreading jobs. Companies hire people to do independent contract work to “proofread” a website or app for the user experience. Your job as a user tester is to determine if a site or app is user-friendly.

SmartCents Mom


    • No! You can start working at places that hire beginner Proofreaders and once you get experience you can apply for more advanced positions. You would likely make more money starting your own business, but that depends on how much effort you want to put into starting your own business. If you are interested in taking a course to start your own business, I highly recommend Proofread Anywhere with Caitlin Pyle!

  • I was a CPA for years and now at home read like to read. Type well and am lookink for a jome job online

    • You might find bookkeeping to be a good fit with your background as a CPA. Since you enjoy reading you could also look for jobs as a proofreader or editor. Starting your own proofreading company will give you the opportunity to earn more money.
      Hope this helps!

  • Hello.

    I would like to know what I need to do to be able to get proofreading jobs from your group. I took an Universal Class online. I worked in the corporate world for 30 years. I had to do a lot of proofreading there.

    Please contact me at your convenience.


    Shannon Elwell
    (770) 367-2231

    • Hi Shannon! I don’t have proofreading job offers in my group. I just share places where you can apply. If you are looking for full time/professional positions I recommend searching on LinkedIn or signing up for FlexJobs. Another great Facebook group to join would be Caitlin Pyle’s group Work at Home Heroes. People often share places they have found work. Hope this helps!
      Ashleigh | Smart Cents Mom