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How Much can I Earn as a Proofreader?

The National Union of Journalists suggests that freelance proofreaders can charge from £21 per hour, but this is only a rough guide and will change depending on the variables given below:

  • how often you want to work – if you only want to work part-time hours you will not earn as much as you would if you work full-time.

  • how much each job pays – you could work for a small, locally run publication and only earn a small amount per job, or a large multinational organisation and earn hundreds of pounds for each project.

  • how much work is available – there may be times when more work is available, such as during a recession when companies may try to save money by outsourcing proofreading work to freelancers.

  • how experienced your are – as is the case with most professions, the less experience you have the less you can charge for your services.

  • whether you have a specialism – if you know about a niche area you may be able to charge more for your services.

  • how much time and effort you are prepared to put into finding clients – if you sit back and hope that clients come and find you it’s likely that you will be disappointed.

 

Joining a society or registering your details on a well-respected professional website can boost your credibility by showing that you have achieved a certain level of training and adhere to a code of practice. This should give potential clients confidence in your skills and may allow you to charge a little more for your services.

Building a portfolio also helps gain new clients as they can see who you’ve previously worked for .

So, it’s not really possible to give any definite answer to this question – it really will depend on your skill and your determination to build a client base.

If you want to learn more about proofreading and how you can become a full or part-time proofreader why not request a free brochure about our course.

 

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Tommy Cloherty"I wanted to learn proofreading and copy editing as I'm changing my career at the end of the year. I'm going into writing and publishing (both my own and other people's work) as well as teaching creative writing at F.E Institutions.

"The course reminded me how much I'd forgotten! It made me revise my punctuation and grammar and it also helped me to build a client base."

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