Hopefully, you’ve read my last article: ‘How to Get Your Proofreading Business Online and Start Making Money’ (you can read it here…) where I set out the four ‘Where to start’ steps that will get you there.
The substance of that article was to reassure you that you can make a living as a proofreader by addressing the most common queries that we receive:
In this article, I’ll address Step 1 of our Where to Start list of steps that will give you concrete solutions on your journey to creating your own successful proofreading business.
The bottom line is:
Okay, Step 1. Sign-up with every online freelance proofreading marketplace you can find.
As I mentioned in my last article, signing up with as many online freelance job sites as you can is a great first step and is probably the most cost-effective method of promoting yourself as a proofreader.
The reasons for doing so might seem obvious, but apart from giving yourself some much-needed online exposure as a freelance proofreader, this important first step solidifies the notion that you’re taking this thing seriously and it most definitely gets you in the correct mindset from the get-go.
It’s true that I want you to get to Step 2 (Create Your Proofreading Service Website) as soon as possible but this first step of ‘signing up with every online freelance proofreading marketplace you can find’ is hugely important and one which you should take seriously because this is where you get to dip your toe into the world of marketing, or more specifically, self-promotion.
In this article, I’ll share 30 online websites that are either excellent online marketplaces for freelance proofreaders in their own right, or they’re actual bona fide proofreading and editing websites that employ proofreaders and editors, and accept résumés from freelancers to work for them and their own client base.
Before I get to those, I’d like you to take a pause and resist the temptation to jump in and sign up with some or all of the websites listed below, because it’s worth making the effort to get one of the most important elements of this process right from the outset: Creating your personal profile.
And to be clear, not just any personal profile, you should try to create the most professional, well written personal profile you’ve ever written.
Why? Because a professional, well-written personal profile will form the basis of every single freelance job application, every permanent job application and it will provide the basis of all of your future marketing and self-promotion activities.
A professional, well written personal profile is a mini résumé which can pay huge dividends once you let it loose online.
One of the largest freelance marketplaces online (if not the largest!) is Upwork, and they clearly agree with the need for a well written personal profile and they’ve written an excellent article to illustrate why.
You can read it here: 8+ Tips to Help You Create a Profile That Stands Out
Whilst the article is Upworkcentric, it’s a superb article that tells you exactly what to do and what to include to create a professional, well-written profile. In writing this, Upwork are effectively telling you what to do to be a successful freelancer (proofreader in your case) on the largest online freelance marketplace.
And if your personal profile is good enough for them, it’s going to be good enough for any of the online freelance marketplaces listed below.
Okay, so along with your well-written professional profile, what else do you need to consider before you begin your submissions for online freelance proofreading work?
As with any job application, you would tailor your résumé to play to the strengths of the job requirements to maximize your success. When signing up with freelance marketplace websites, you should do exactly the same with your personal profile.
You’ll save yourself a ton of time, effort and frustration if you do some homework and read up on each company’s requirements (for proofreaders) before applying.
Your profile should play to the strengths and mirror those of the company who you’re signing up with.
Step 1 in a nutshell…
Freelance Marketplace Websites for Proofreaders…
Proofreading and Editing Websites…
This of course is a relatively small selection of websites to ply your trade as a freelance proofreader, and they may not all be suitable for your particular skill set, but they’re a great start!
Step 2. Create a website.
Bye for now.
Full disclosure & disclaimer…
Mike and I are not affiliated in any way with the freelance proofreading websites listed above.
These website links are presented without condition or for personal profit in the hope that, having bought The No-Nonsense Proofreading Course, you can make money proofreading without delay.
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