Checking my Google Analytics, I’ve noticed that quite a few people have arrived at this website having Googled the phrases free proofreading courses, free online proofreading course, free proofreading eBook, free proofreading course online and a few variants thereon. Well, is there any such thing as a free proofreading course? Not as far as I’m aware. Like the free lunch, it’s something of a contemporary myth. That being said, my research tells me that £19.99 is as close as you’re likely to get to a free proofreading course.
So, what do you get for your £19.99?
First and foremost, you get an incredibly effective proofreading methodology. Believe me, this is absolutely central to any professional proofreader’s career. A sound grasp of grammar and good spelling are all well and good, but without the technique to help you home-in on the errors, they’re of little or no use at all.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the proofreading methodology detailed in Chapter 5 of the eBook is worth your £19.99 alone. Of course, I would say that. However, I think you’ll agree once you’ve read the book. Furthermore, so confident am I that you’ll agree, The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
To summarise, having scoured the internet, I can find no free proofreading courses. Not one. And nor can I find any proofreading courses which even come close to competing with my £19.99 price tag.
So, there are no free proofreading courses but you’ll find one that’s as near as damn-it on this website.
Give it a try. You’ve got thirty days to make up your mind. What have you got to lose? And don’t forget, you could get a return on your investment by successfully completing just one, small, professional proofreading assignment – the Society for Editors and Proofreaders recommend you charge £20.25 per hour.
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I’ve just added 10 new proofreading exercises to the website. Help yourself. Just right-click and download.
If you’re short of time, you can download all the proofreading exercises for the price of a Tweet. Just click on the ‘Pay with a Tweet’ button and, once you’ve Tweeted, you’ll be taken to a new download page, where the exercises are available in a single, convenient bundle.
The exercises are here. The ‘Pay with a Tweet’ button is over on the right-hand side of the same page.
Good luck with the exercises.
I’ll be adding more very soon.
How long did it take you to spot the second 'the'?
Unlike many careers, proofreading doesn’t follow the education-qualification-employment route. As much as many course providers will tell you that you need to attend a structured course, complete assignments, take examinations and gain an official proofreading qualification, this simply isn’t the case.
In short, you become a proofreader by proofreading. Potential employers or clients are going to be more interested in your track record than they are in a piece of paper from the Proofreading Academy of Greater Manchester (no matter how fine the calligraphy on the certificate).
But how do you get a track record in the first place? Easy, you offer your services for free. If you have any friends or relatives with their own business, offer to proofread the copy on their website or any promotional literature they are producing. Now, create an account on LinkedIn and request recommendations from your ‘clients’. You now have an official business presence complete with testimonials. These testimonials are the true credentials you’ll need to get your foot in the door with a potential employer or client. You don’t need to give away too much for free; just a few hours work should be enough to build up a reasonable portfolio.
And I’m just scratching the surface, here. The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course contains lots more advice on how to wow potential employers.
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My name's Mike Sellars and I'm an experienced proofreader and the author of The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course. Click here to find out more about me.
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