To reach a professional level, many documents and written communications need to go through an editing and proofreading process. This applies to a wide array of materials: academic papers, business reports, medical and legal transcripts, articles, website content… you name it. And of course full-length manuscripts and books.
So there is a constant demand for skilled editors and proofreaders, and today more and more companies are offering this type of work to people who work from home on a freelance/contract, part-time, or full-time basis.
Be aware that this type of work tends to require a fair amount of experience and fluency in the English language, and a lot of people are competing for these coveted work at home opportunities. Which makes them difficult to land, and the pay rates sometimes low. But there are also some proofreading and editing gigs out there that can be lucrative enough to knock your socks off (in which case you can afford to buy another pair), and well worth giving a try.
So if you’re looking for proofreading or editing jobs you can do from home, here are some great places to get started!
Offers freelance and contract work from home jobs in a variety of business and science specialized fields.
Hires proofreaders, copyeditors, and experienced writing mentors with traditional and self-publishing experience to work on books in a variety of genres including Christian, children’s books, sci fi, horror, romance, and many more.
Hires highly skilled writers and editors who are experts in various academic fields: medicine, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Offers engagement programs to establish a sense of community.
Offers freelance opportunities to skilled proofreaders, editors, and writers.
Offers work to freelance editors in these subjects: medical and clinical sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, economics and business management, arts, humanities, and social sciences. Requires at least five years of relevant academic copyediting/substantive editing/proofreading experience and extensive subject matter expertise. They prefer editors with Master’s/Ph.D/postdoctoral research experience and experience editing ESL (English as a second language manuscripts).
They are looking for academic editors who are native English speakers and who have a minimum of two years of professional academic editing experience. Ph.D holders or academic editors with verifiable experience are preferred, and experience editing documents written by non-native English speakers is desirable. Familiarity with commonly used style guides such as AP, Chicago, MLA, APA, etc. is required.
They say they’re always looking to add editors to their team and are happy to offer work to “absolute grammar fanatics who shudder at the thought of poor writing.” If that sounds like you, check ’em out!
Their website says they have opportunities for “exceptional editors.” To be considered, you need to register for a user account and upload your resume, then take a 35-question editor test.
At Proofreading Pal they are looking for proofreaders and editors who are currently graduate or postgraduate students in an accredited U.S. university with a minimum GPA of 3.5, or who hold a graduate degree with a minimum of five years of professional proofreading and editing experience. Experience proofreading and editing academic papers is preferred. They say that their editors typically earn between $500 and $3,000 per month. (Note: Sometimes the link to their page about editing and proofreading opportunities doesn’t work. If that happens, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click the “Career Opportunities” link under CUSTOMER SERVICE.)
They hire part-time and full-time proofreaders from anywhere in the world who demonstrate superlative proofreading and editing skills, and say the pay ranges from US$19 to US$46 per hour. If you want to apply, you’ll need to complete a 20-minute preliminary test on their website.
Based in Amsterdam, Scribbr offers services in 10 languages and their editors help students enhance the language and structure of academic papers such as term papers, essays, and theses. Editors must be native English speakers who have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree and who are available at least 10 hours per week. Experience editing academic texts is needed.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Canada, Scribendi offers document revision services to clients in all sectors, including business, academia, and publishing. They offer work at home assignments to freelance editors who have a university degree in a relevant field and native-level English ability, and at least three years of experience in editing, writing, document production, or language teaching.
Editors must hold a Master’s degree, Ph.D, or equivalent professional experience in any academic discipline and need to have at least two years of professional experience as an editor, copyeditor, or proofreader. Familiarity with at least two of the following is required: academic documentation citation and formatting styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian, and Harvard style; business documents; manuscripts in all genres including novels, screenplays, short stories, poetry, biographies, etc.; or web content, website editing and analysis in terms of design, navigation, and SEO.
Wordvice, an international English editing company, is seeking qualified and experienced freelance editors for academic papers and documents. Native fluency in English and a minimum of two years of professional editing experience are required, and editors must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree program.
Best of Luck!
I hope you find your perfect Work-from-Home job!
– Joanie (“bizzygal”)