14 Places to Find Your Perfect Work-from-Home Proofreading or Editing Job

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.

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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!

American Journal Experts

Offers freelance and contract work from home jobs in a variety of business and science specialized fields.

Book Editing Associates

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.

Cactus Communications

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.

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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).

English Trackers

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!

Polished Paper

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.

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Proofreading Pal

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.)

Proofreading Services

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.

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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.

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Best of Luck!

I hope you find your perfect Work-from-Home job!

– Joanie (“bizzygal”)

18 Replies to “14 Places to Find Your Perfect Work-from-Home Proofreading or Editing Job”

  1. As a recently former attorney, I am constantly searching for opportunities to work from home using my research and writing skills online. This list provides solid guidance and an extra jump off point for me.


    1. Rachael, I’m so glad you found this article helpful. With your legal background and skills, you should be able to find some well-paying jobs in this area. Best of luck!


  2. It is just amazing to me how many work at home opportunities there are now for people. I remember only a few years ago finding a job that was strictly online was unheard of. Thank you for providing all of these different options for me to look into. I do work full time but I’m always looking for other ways to bring in extra income. I’m excited about another opportunity to do so! Thanks for the info!

    1. Jennifer, it makes me really happy to hear this info is helpful to you! You’re right, just a few years ago it was so difficult to find any work at home jobs, but now more and more opportunities to work at home are opening up. Companies can actually save a lot of money by having people work from home, and the employees or independent contractors enjoy a much better quality of working life. A win-win for all!


  3. Hello Joani,

    This is real good information. I never really thought about looking for places to proofread for as a side income. I’m pretty interested in the Proofreading Pal and the Proofreading Services.
    Have you had any personal experience with any of the ones you have listed? I’m going to have to check into this. I’m good at proofreading and this could be a great opportunity for me.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Hi Devara,

      Thank you for stopping by my website, and I’m so happy this information is useful to you. I haven’t personally worked for any of these companies myself, but I did research them and they all seem to be good opportunities. Best of Luck to you!


      1. Thanks for responding so quickly and for being honest. If I decide to proofread for one of these companies to help boost my income, I will let you know how it went. Hopefully one of them will work out for me. I could really use the extra cash.

        I appreciate the information.

        Take care,

        1. You’re quite welcome, Devara! My pleasure.

          And thanks so much for offering to report back if you do some proofreading for one of these companies. Your feedback would be really helpful to me and to others who are considering proofreading jobs from home.

          Best of Luck to you! I hope you find the perfect proofreading work from home job to supplement your income!


    1. Great question, Craig! I would say that one of the best-paying sites is Proofreading Services. And others that appear to be higher-paying are Enago, English Trackers, Proofreading Pal, and WordsRU – but these usually require an academic background and more years of experience.


  4. This is a great article that addresses the most relevant question of all times, especially for moms. How can I find a real job working from home.
    Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    1. You’re welcome, Carmen! My pleasure. I’m happy to provide info that helps people find work they can do from home – especially moms. Good Luck to you!


  5. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for proofreading jobs and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.

    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for finding proofreading and editing jobs

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


    1. Thanks so much, Ali! I’m delighted that you found my article to be helpful to you. I will be adding many more articles about work from home jobs in the future, so please do visit my website again. Thanks for taking the time to comment. You really brightened my day!


  6. Okay, I just got my grand list for proofreading and/or editing gigs. I’m an indie-author who couldn’t afford an editor in my early days so I had to sharpen my own editing skills which took some time. In fact, I spent about two years perfecting them. I would love to get into the freelance editing world, as I enjoy the editing process sometimes even more than the writing itself. Thanks for the article.

    1. Todd, that’s wonderful that you’re an indie author, and that you taught yourself how to edit! Editing can be a great gig in the meantime while you wait for your book(s) to achieve bestseller status, especially since it’s something you enjoy so much. Hope you find the perfect work from home job!


  7. Hi Joanie,

    Wow, what a great list of opportunities you have here. Everyone looking for work should have no issues with this list, lol.

    I’ve thought of freelancing in the past, but since I’ve started my own online marketing business, I have no time for anything else.

    I do know of a few friends who would like to do this though, so I’ll be sure to pass your article on. I’m sure they’ll love it. It’s always helpful to have a list to go through than spend time trying to find them online.


    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.

      I’m so happy to hear that you feel my article will be helpful to people looking for work they can do from home. And I’m delighted that you’re passing my article on to your friends. I hope they find their dream work from home jobs!

      Best of luck to you with your own online marketing business!

      Kind Regards,

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