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Proofreading & Copyediting FAQs

What is Proofreading?
Proofreading is, in essence, the final stage of the editing process of a piece of writing and should only be carried out once all other revisions and edits have taken place. Read more>>>

What is Copy Editing?
Copy editing is a process that ensures that text is correct in terms of spelling, grammar, jargon, punctuation, terminology, semantics and formatting. Copy editing also ensures that the idea the writer wishes to portray is clear and easy to understand. Read more>>>

How do I Find Work Once I am Qualified as a Proofreader?
Once you are qualified your priority is to find work for yourself. You have two options depending on what kind of security you want and what kind of say you want in who you work for, when you work and how much you work. Read more>>>

Who Needs Proofreading Skills?
The simple answer to this question is everyone. This is because proofreading really is a skill that can benefit anyone who writes anything. Read more>>>

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. Read more>>>

What’s the Difference Between Proofreading and Copy Editing
This is one of those questions that we get asked a lot. Many people think these two are one and the same, but they’re not! However, you will use skills from both of these disciplines on your own work and, if you learn how to do it properly, on other people’s work too! They are both part of the process of revising your writing with copy editing coming before proofreading. Read more>>>


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."

Tommy Cloherty


Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

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