Are you the type to notice every little spelling or syntax mistake and itch to correct them? You’ll want to check out these Amazon proofreading jobs and where to find them.
Amazon is more than just an online marketplace now; it owns several companies in various industries, all of which create content.
Here’s where proofreading comes in.
Can you imagine Amazon putting out content that has typos and spelling errors in them? What do you think it’ll do to their reputation?
So there’s a real demand for Amazon proofreaders.
Today, you’ll learn about the skills and qualifications you’ll need to start your proofreading career with Amazon, what types of jobs you can expect to find, and where to find these jobs.
What skills or qualifications do you need to be an Amazon proofreader?
Proofreading is the act of reading written work and then marking and correcting any errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax.
As I mentioned, Amazon and its affiliate companies need professional proofreaders to look out for mistakes in their content to preserve focus on their message, protect their reputation, and compel trust.
You can also be a freelance proofreader that accepts assignments from Amazon or its companies but not directly employed by them.
So what do you need to be a proofreader?
Although a college degree definitely helps, one doesn’t really need an English degree, or any degree, for that matter, to apply to Amazon proofreading jobs. But there are skills that you should definitely have, namely:
- A strong grasp of the English language. The main requirement to be an Amazon proofreader is ample knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, formatting, and other aspects of the language.
- The ability to read multiple pages of written content at a time. This ability involves the love of reading and the self-discipline to concentrate on this task for hours at a time.
- Attention to detail. The reason humans still do proofreading jobs instead of relying on spell-checker software is that such software often miss correctly spelled words but used in the wrong context. Common culprits are homonyms, such as their vs. they’re vs. there.
- Research skills. Some of your research will involve the dictionary and probably the thesaurus. But you’ll also have to refer to the style guide you’re using, which varies depending on what type of content you’re proofreading.
- Technical savvy. This is important especially if you want to work from home or on a freelance basis. Proofreading involves computers and various word-processing programs and apps.
A skill you may or may not need is knowledge of proofreading marks. Proofreaders for Amazon would rarely need to make any notations or marks on documents they’re working on, but it may be helpful to learn anyway.
Depending on the specific type of content and the target audience, other skills may be required of you, but these basic ones will get you far.
How much do Amazon proofreading jobs pay?
According to ZipRecruiter, the average hourly rate of a freelance proofreader is around $25.
The rate can change depending on your qualifications, experience, specific job description, and who you’re working for.
How to make more money from your Amazon proofreading job?
If you’re interested in increasing your earnings from being a proofreader, you might be interested in enrolling in Caitlyn Pyle’s FREE workshop designed to teach you essential proofreading skills so you can make it into a career or even a business.
From beginners just starting to get the hang of it to seasoned proofreaders wanting to increase their income, anyone can benefit from this workshop. I highly recommend registering for the workshop on Caitlyn’s website.
Types of Amazon Proofreading Jobs You Can Apply For
Here are a few examples of Amazon proofreading jobs you can search for.
Amazon Product Listing Proofreading Jobs
Amazon sellers are usually taught that high-quality product images are the key to getting more sales, but the rest of the content of the product listing is just as crucial.
The bullet points summarize and highlight the most important features of the product, while the product description provides more details to customers.
As you can imagine, buyers may find it hard to trust a product with descriptions that have errors or typos.
Amazon product listing proofreaders make sure that there are no errors in the text, with the goal of increasing trust and in turn increasing sales.
Amazon Affiliate Blog Proofreading Jobs
The Amazon Associates Program is an in-house affiliate program that helps content creators and bloggers earn by directing their audience to purchase from Amazon through affiliate links on their sites.
Again, this is a matter of trust; how can a reader trust a blogger’s recommendation or review if their content has errors and it looks like they can’t be bothered to put out correct information?
Thus, website owners and bloggers are motivated to hire proofreaders to make sure that they’re only putting out high-quality content.
Amazon Kindle eBook Proofreading Jobs
Self-publishing ebooks is a popular way to make money through passive income, and one of the common ways to do it is via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
Being an Amazon Kindle eBook proofreader involves reading self-published eBooks, marking errors, and making notes on necessary edits for the writer to work on before the eBook gets published in its final form.
And if you have any doubt about the importance of proofreading, one only has to go through 2- and 1-star reviews of Amazon eBooks to know that typos and inconsistent formatting are constant pet peeves of Kindle readers.
Amazon Content Proofreading Jobs
It may not look like it, but Amazon produces an immense amount of written content.
A few examples of Amazon’s departments and businesses that produce written content include Amazon Ads, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Web Services, and many more.
Thus, they’re always on the lookout for content creators, including copywriters, business writers, and technical writers.
And for every writing team, you better believe they’re looking for an editorial team with copyeditors and proofreaders, aiming to maintain the accuracy and consistency of the content produced.
Where To Find Amazon Proofreading Jobs
Now that we’ve discussed what skills you need and what jobs are out there, here is a list of websites and resources where you can start finding Amazon proofreading jobs.
1. Amazon Jobs
Well, what better place to start looking for Amazon proofreading jobs than with Amazon’s own job board?
Start your search under the Editorial, Writing, & Content Management job category.
You can then filter the results further by location, department, and more.
Some of the currently open job positions involving proofreading include digital content associate, strategic comms content editor, HR content editor, editorial manager for employee relations, and many more.
Note that these positions usually aren’t “stand-alone” proofreading jobs, but check back from time to time as strictly proofreading jobs occasionally open up.
If you’re serious about finding Amazon proofreading jobs and don’t mind working for a business or individual other than Amazon, FlexJobs is your best bet.
You get access to all the most accurate, updated job postings, only from companies that have been vetted to ensure that they only present legitimate job opportunities to their users.
Purecontent provides high-quality content to individuals or businesses that need it, including bloggers, some of whom are enrolled in the Amazon Associates Program.
They are constantly on the lookout for editors to proofread the content that their writers produce.
To apply, click “Apply As An Editor” on the page linked above, and then register using your email. The rates vary depending on the project and payments are made monthly via PayPal.
Scribendi has been providing editing and proofreading services for 25 years. Among their various services is editing and proofreading ebooks, including those for release on Amazon.
To apply for a freelance proofreading position, fill out their application form and prepare to upload your resume.
5. Polished Paper
Polished Paper prides itself on providing premium proofreading and editing services, including blog editing and ebook proofreading services.
To get notified of proofreading jobs, register as an editor with your email and upload your resume.
Reedsy makes it simple for self-publishing authors to turn their manuscript into an Amazon Kindle ebook ready to sell.
They hire only the best people with different specialties to provide all the necessary services that self-publishing authors need, including editing and proofreading, book cover design, marketing, ghostwriting, translating, and book reviewing.
Reedsy also has training courses for aspiring authors, resources for their freelancers, and tools to ease the collaboration of freelancers and authors.
To start getting proofreading jobs, register on their website and provide your resume and portfolio, if you have one. Once your application is accepted, your profile will be published on their marketplace, ready to be seen by potential clients.
7. Get Editing Jobs
Get Editing Jobs is a job board specifically for, you guessed it, editing jobs.
Being this specific saves you from being overwhelmed and scrolling through irrelevant opportunities.
They also have an excellent Resources page, which is especially useful for beginner proofreaders and those who want to constantly hone their editing and proofreading skills.
Fiverr is an online freelance job marketplace where those in need of digital services (“buyers”) can connect with those who can provide them (“sellers”).
The advantage of becoming a seller on Fiverr is that you can create up to 7 Gigs catering to different Amazon proofreading jobs.
For instance, one of your Gigs can offer proofreading of Kindle ebooks, another Gig can offer proofreading Amazon affiliate blog posts, and yet another Gig can offer proofreading Amazon product descriptions.
It’s free to join, but they take 20% of your earnings, so take note of that when you set the price of your Gigs.
Upwork is also a freelance job marketplace where you can find work by either posting projects on their Project Catalog and waiting for clients to buy, or bidding for jobs posted by clients on their Talent Marketplace.
Like Fiverr, it’s free to join Upwork but they take a percentage of your earnings. Their fee structure is a bit more complicated; it starts at 20% and decreases depending on your cumulative earnings per client.
clickworker specializes in breaking down large projects into microjobs, crowdsourcing several freelancers to do these microjobs, reassembling the output, and sending them back to their clients.
Among the many microjobs that freelancers can do is proofreading blog posts and Amazon product descriptions.
However, every proofreader on clickworker must first gain experience as a writer by doing various text creation jobs before they can take the proofreader assessment test.
Start applying for Amazon proofreading jobs today!
Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, with no signs of its growth slowing down.
Thus, there will be plenty of content, product descriptions, eBooks, and affiliate blogs to be produced in the foreseeable future, which means there will also be plenty of Amazon proofreading jobs to go around.
However, if you want to know about other Amazon job opportunities, we got you covered. We’ve listed various Amazon work-from-home jobs and described how to become an Amazon product tester.
In addition, there are other ways of earning money from Amazon, including self-publishing your own Kindle ebook (instead of proofreading them).