Freelance proofreading jobs, are they tough to get? If you find that you just can't help correcting grammatical and spelling errors, you may be a proofreader.
Self-confessed scholar Guy Samson just couldn't help mentally correcting grammatical and spelling errors in signs, advertising and the CVs that crossed his desk, adding proofreading marks to everything he could.
So when he decided to change his career after 17 years in retail, proofreading and editing seemed the obvious choice. Guy, 41, is one of thousands of Britons who every year leave a job they've outgrown to find something more stimulating. And like Guy, many take a training course to prepare for their new life.
Whether you want a complete change of direction or just to enhance your existing skills, there is a course that lets you do it, including freelance proofreading jobs, and the best part is that many are delivered primarily online. One advantage is that such courses fit around your commitments and can be completed in your own time.
Guy, who managed a second-hand store in London, took a proofreading course with the Publishing Training Center. He studied at home for several hours a week and sent off completed assignments to be marked by a tutor in hope of landing his first job upon completion.
Six months later he had gained a certificate of competency and began developing a client base. And now, 16 months after completing the course, he is earning more per hour at his freelance work than he did in his old job. So learning all those proofreading symbols really can have you working at home.
The flexibility of the work allows him to work from home as well as pursue other interests, and he has published three books of film reviews in the form of haiku's. He now feels he has finally achieved a work-life balance.
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If you want to transition into proofreading, there are some steps you can take in order to move closer to your goal:
Freelance proofreading jobs are out there and being pro-active and getting your name out there is the best way to start your new proofreading career.
Freelance copywriting is also potentially highly profitable. Firms and
organizations spend millions on literature -- adverts, sales letters,
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The Writers Bureau has launched a new home-study course for budding copywriters, covering all types of copywriting and giving advice on generating a client base.
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