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38 Legitimate Online Proofreading Jobs You Can Start Today

Ever wondered if you can get paid to point out people’s spelling and grammar mistakes and correct them? An online proofreading job may just be the right fit for you.

I’ve compiled a list of companies that are currently hiring this year.

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Proofreading used to be the responsibility of the writer who created the content.

However, once the internet became a never-ending resource of information that requires non-stop content creation, the demand for proofreading jobs as a standalone profession began.

Today, you won’t be able to navigate the freelance world without finding online proofreading jobs from home.

So, if you’re new to freelancing and wondering if this job is something you can get into, look no further.

I’ll outline everything you’ll need to know so you can decide for yourself if an online proofreading job is a good idea for you.

What skills do you need to be a proofreader?

Contrary to popular belief, proofreading isn’t the same as copy editing and it’s quite different from freelance writing.

Both editing and proofreading involve reviewing written material for errors. However, editing focuses on things such as factual information, consistency, continuity, and thus editors make major revisions on an article. Of course, they need to correct spelling and grammar errors, too, when they encounter them.

By contrast, proofreading mostly focuses on minor errors in format, syntax, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Proofreaders rarely concern themselves with the overall consistency and accuracy of the statements in the article. As far as the proofreader is concerned, when they’re done correcting errors, the document is good to be published.

Simply put, to proofread a document, article, or book is the final step of any publication process.

You don’t need an English degree to bag online proofreading jobs, but there are non-negotiable requirements that you should have, including:

  • Strong command of the English language – You need to master proper grammar, spelling, and syntax and be up-to-date with modern slang.
  • Love of reading – Because the majority of a proofreader’s work involves reading chunks of text, it’s important that you read fast and efficiently.
  • Ability to work with a variety of documents – You need to be able to tackle academic papers, transcripts, résumés, contracts, press releases, white papers, e-books, blog posts, marketing materials, and other content.
  • Detail-oriented – Your job as a proofreader is to meticulously find and correct errors that regular people wouldn’t notice.
  • Knowledge of proofreading marks – Proofreading/proofreader marks are standardized notations or symbols used for correcting documents.

As with every other job, practice makes perfect.

Other companies may include other requirements, but these 5 must-have skills and characteristics of a proofreader are mostly enough to get you a long way into your proofreading career.

How much do proofreaders make?

Entry-level proofreaders can earn around $10 per hour, with an expected turnover of 500 to 1000 proofed words. As you prove the quality of work you produce, you’ll be able to ask for higher fees ranging in the $20-25 per hour range.

Proofreader Salary

Source: Glassdoor

Work-from-home proofreaders are mostly paid on a per-project basis, which you can reject, accept or negotiate before starting work.

And since you’re a freelancer, you get to decide your own wage or choose projects that you want to work on.

As such, it’s hard to determine standard proofreading income of freelancers (in comparison: real-world proofreaders earn an average $50,000/year).

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38 Companies with Online Proofreading Jobs

Now that we’ve gotten the two most important considerations out of the way – job requirements and income – here’s a verified list of companies hiring proofreaders for anyone trying to find out how to find proofreading jobs online:

1. Flexjobs

Flexjobs Proofreading

You should be checking Flexjobs daily.

The staff at Flexjobs scours the Internet for you to find the most accurate, up-to-date job postings. On the date this article was published, Flexjobs currently had 314 open proofreading jobs (plus thousands of other legitimate work from home jobs too) with some paying up to $55 per hour.

Start your search here.

2. Babbletype

This website has openings for transcribers, translators, writers, and proofreaders in English and other languages.

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Proofreaders earn $0.13 to $0.18 per audio minute transcribed.

New work is posted on a given time each day, and once you accept a job, it will be due 22 hours later.

Online proofreading jobs from Babbletype are only available for native English speakers based in countries like the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

They open online proofreading jobs every so often, so check back on their jobs page often so you can apply as soon as a position opens.

3. Purecontent

Purecontent provides copy and digital content about various industries, such as travel and vacations, ecommerce, sports betting, health and beauty, and financial services.

They accept writers and editors to create and tweak this online content.

Jobs are assigned to you directly via e-mail, contact jobs@purecontent.com to apply. Payments are made monthly via PayPal.

4. Kibin

This website provides editing and proofreading services to students in need of a second pair of eyes for their school essays, papers, thesis, personal statements, and admission essays.

Proofreaders and editors are available 24/7, which means work is available for freelancers on demand.

Bookmark their careers page and check back often.

5. Scribe Media

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Scribe Media helps aspiring writers who want to self-publish their books but have no idea how to do it. They take care of everything, from evaluating the manuscript, copy editing, proofreading, designing the book cover, finalizing the layout, creating the ebook and physical book, copyrighting, distribution, and marketing consultation.

It’s a team effort for Scribe Writing authors, proofreaders, and editors, so if you’re accepted to join the team, you will be in constant contact with authors throughout the editing process.

Scribe offers both full-time (with benefits) and freelance positions, check back here often because Scribe pays up to $3,000 per project or $50 to $65 an hour.

6. ProofreadingServices.com

ProofreadingServices.com offers editing, proofreading, and translation services, supporting more than 10,000 clients in over a hundred countries.

They also offer specialized services for jobhunters, business owners, students, professors, and authors.

Online proofreading jobs are available for everyone who passes the 20-minute screening test.

Proofreading Services Application

Once you pass, you can choose your own work hours and earn from $19 to $46 per hour depending on the turnaround time; the sooner the deadline, the higher the pay.

The hours are flexible, so you can work when you want, right in your own home.

7. ProofreadNOW

ProofreadNOW does proofreading and copyediting for various documents in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

They open employment occasionally, so bookmark this site.

They prefer those with over 5 years of proofreading experience. Also, keep in mind that every proofreader employed here works closely alongside another proofreader since all projects undergo a two-part editing process.

8. SmartBrief*

SmartBrief is a digital media publisher of targeted newsletters, putting out more than 200 niche email newsletters in a variety of subjects, including education, finance, food, travel, health care, and many more.

With offices in New York and Washington DC, SmartBrief also hires work-from-home proofreaders who specialize in various niches they write for. They prefer those with previous proofreading experience.

Check their job page from time to time, as proofreading positions open up periodically.

*The recruitment site says “Future plc” positions because SmartBrief was acquired by Future plc in 2019. Don’t worry, it’s the right page.

9. Cactus Communications

The editing position offered here is highly specific for those with a background in medicine, healthcare, cancer, or surgery. At least a Bachelors degree is required, but they prefer Masters or PhD degree holders.

If you’re qualified, don’t miss your chance to earn up to $4,000 extra income since you can set your own work schedule and accept projects only when you’re available.

10. Kirkus Media

Kirkus Media publishes Kirkus Reviews, a magazine that gives industry professionals a sneak peek into the most notable books weeks before they’are published.

When these books are released, they send their independent book reviews to readers via newsletters and publish them on Kirkus.com, giving their unbiased opinions and recommendations.

They offer book editing and proofreading, so they might occasionally hire online editors and proofreaders on a per-project basis.

The best thing about Kirkus Media is that they are heavily involved in book publishing, so those with extensive knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style would have an advantage over other applicants.

11. Scribendi

Unlike other proofreading jobs, this company makes an effort to pair you with projects that you’re passionate about.

Requirements are a bit higher (you’ll need a degree and at least 3 years of writing or editing experience).

Scribendi is known for offering incentives and free training to its roster of proofreaders. Payment is sent via PayPal.

12. Managed Editing (formerly Word Firm Inc.)

Managed Editing provides editing and proofreading services

Online proofreaders are hired as independent contractors and paid hourly.

Experience in proofreading is required, and experience proofreading technical content with topics such as medicine, science, law, engineering, or computers gives you an advantage over other applicants.

13. EditFast

Proofreaders with experience editing novels, medical documents, patents, legal papers, and other technical topics are in demand on EditFast, but the company has a variety of niches.

Proofreaders earn 60% of the total project price and receive their salary via PayPal.

14. Wordy

This is an online proofreading and copy-editing service provider, founded in 2009 by a trio of proofreaders who believe in human, real-time revisions.

Editor and proofreader registrations open up in waves. Bookmark the page and check often.

Be prepared, since registration and the online test take over an hour to finish. Once you get in, projects are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis.

15. Gramlee

Gramlee provides copy editing, grammar check, and proofreading services, and they’re unique in that clients submit the projects onto the Gramlee dashboard directly and proofreaders can work on them.

Gramlee is constantly looking for proofreaders who can edit documents quickly since Gramlee has a 24-hour guarantee for documents with 3,000 words or less.

You would also need to be at least familiar with APA-style guidelines.

16. IXL Learning

This platform is known mostly by students looking for assistance in writing an essay or academic paper, or to find an online tutor.

IXL Learning occasionally hires writers, editors, and proofreaders to work on their educational materials. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style is a must.

Experience in proofreading educational or academic subjects is an advantage.

IXL Learning Application

17. Polished Paper

Polished Paper offers world-class editing and proofreading services to a variety of clients. They accept documents such as essays, dissertations, business documents, journal articles, blog posts, and even novels and screenplays.

As they have plenty of academic clients, you’ll have to have knowledge of various academic styles, from APA to Chicago.

They have a number of stable projects, so you can expect online proofreader jobs here if you’re qualified.

You need to create an account, upload your résumé, and pass a 35-question test before you can work on uploaded papers.

Pay rates will depend on turnaround time and number of words per project.

18. Scribbr

Scribbr helps students improve their academic papers, such as their essays, theses, and dissertations by providing editing and proofreading services, APA and MLA citation generators, plagiarism checking software, and a knowledge base so students can learn research and writing skills and tips.

They regularly offer freelance online editor and proofreading jobs that are open to anyone around the world who speaks and writes English fluently.

Scribbr proofreaders should be intimately familiar with academic research and writing styles, as well as citations and plagiarism guidelines.

The company pays a fixed rate based on the deadline, word count, and other services requested by the clients. On average, Scribbr editors edit 1,700 words an hour and earn €20-€25 per hour.

19. Editor World

This Virginia-based editing company offers professional editing and proofreading services for a variety of clients, such as business, academic, personal, ESL, and fiction articles and documents.

Editor World requires at least a bachelor’s degree and experience in editing and proofreading.

If you pass the editing test, you join the Editors Panel. Clients will then be able to access your profile and choose you to work on their projects.

20. ProofreadingPal

ProofreadingPal offers business, résumé, and academic proofreading services.

Accepts online proofreaders with over 5 years of experience and a graduate degree.

Every project requires two proofreaders, so there’s a ton of work to go around.

According to the site, their long-time proofreaders earn somewhere between $500 and $3000 a month.

21. WordsRU

WordsRU provides proofreading and editing services to businesses, academics, and writers.

Aside from having 2+ years of professional editing, proofreading, or copyediting experience, you must also have a Master’s degree or equivalent.

The hiring process is tough, but proofreading manuscripts, web content, academic papers, and business documents at WordsRU let you earn a stable (and above-average) income.

22. English Trackers

English Trackers has been working for many years with some of the top scholars around the world, helping them submit their theses, dissertations, research papers, and books by providing a professional editing and proofreading service that gets the English language in these documents up to publishing standards.

Similar to other academic editing companies in this list, they use a 2-person editing team to edit academic documents.

The online proofreading jobs at this platform is currently closed, but make sure to bookmark this and submit your application once slots open up.

If you do get hired, bear in mind that you’ll be working on most documents written by non-native English speakers.

They require proofreaders to be native English speakers with 2+ years of editing experience and a PhD holder.

23. Wordvice.com

Wordvice works with academics, researchers, students, and business professionals to improve their writing through editing and proofreading.

They have freelance proofreading job openings all the time and projects are available 24/7.

You’ll need to be enrolled or have completed a graduate degree program and a minimum of 2 years of professional editing experience.

When you submit your application, include your expected pay rate.

24. Book-Editing.com

Book Editing Associates is a highly recommended book editing company, working with self-publishers to review, copyedit, and proofread their manuscripts that are needed to get it up to publishing standards.

While this is only open to US-based freelancers, this site is good for those with over 5 years of experience and is willing to commit to a one-year employment with the company.

25. American Journal Experts

AJE’s team of experts provides various manuscript preparation services, such as English language editing and academic translation.

You have to be currently taking or have gotten a Masters, PhD, or MD degree from a top US-based research institution to be considered for a proofreader position.

Pay for content 3000 words and below is at $30, while 3000-6000 words go for about $40.

26. Enago

Enago provides English editing and proofreading services for students, academics, and researchers who want to get their papers published in high-impact international journals.

They require editors and proofreaders who are highly proficient and competent in English, as well as experienced and patient enough to work on articles written by non-native English speakers.

Enago also requires at least five years of academic or scientific proofreading experience and extensive knowledge of various subjects.

27. Reedsy

Reedsy works with self-publishing authors to streamline the process of making a book come to life, from the author’s imagination to the ebook on Amazon, or the physical book on the shelf.

Proofreaders with a portfolio of experience should be able to join Reedsy’s publishing marketplace, where they are free to bid on projects posted by self-published authors.

According to the data Reedsy makes public, the average freelancer can make just over $1,000 for a 60,000-word copy edit/proofread.

28. Sibia Proofreading

Sibia Proofreading focuses on academic, scientific, and medical journals and reports. They also accept ESL, book, and business editing.

There aren’t currently online proofreading jobs available on their site, but this is another company to add to your bookmark folder.

29. Edit 911

Edit 911 prides itself on being a premium editing service for books, dissertations, and other documents.

Their requirements include a PhD in English or any other writing-intensive course, a body of published works, experience as a teacher or book editor, and knowledge of various citation styles.

The qualifications are high with Edit 911, but so is the pay, which is reported to be higher than average. If you meet the requirements, this one can’t be passed over.

30. Edit 24/7

Edit 24/7 offers speedy editing and proofreading services to students, academics, professionals, and writers.

They pride themselves on offering the fastest turn around time on proofreading services possible, so you will need to be available for jobs as they pop up.

To apply, you’ll need to send a writing sample and your résumé.

31. Dotdash

Dotdash manages multiple websites and regularly hires editors to fact check and proofread their articles.

Check the Editorial/Content and the Contract/Freelance tabs on their Careers page to see their openings for online proofreading jobs.

32. Writer’s Relief

Writer’s Relief helps out authors of short stories, poetry, books, and other works to be published by offering various services, including proofreading, guidance on how to submit works to literary journals or self-publishing, and marketing tutorials and materials.

There isn’t a ton of information out there on their hiring process or salary, but keep this one open as a potential option if all else fails.

33. GoProofReading.com

GoProofReading.com offers a simple proofreading service open to anyone, working on any kind of paper.

Their editors and proofreaders are all professionals with graduate degrees in a variety of subjects, ensuring the best work possible for their clients.

Send them your résumé on their contact page.

34. Cambridge Proofreading & Editing Services

Cambridge Proofreading & Editing Services employs experienced US and UK editors, both on-site and remote.

A bachelor’s degree is needed to apply for an online proofreading job, as well as a commitment to editing a minimum of 10,000 words a week. The average pay is around $20 to $30 per hour.

35. EditorLive

EditorLive offers opportunities to graduate students, professionals, writers, and other aspiring editors and proofreaders who want to be independent contractors with the freedom and flexibility to work whenever and wherever they want.

They’re looking for proofreaders and editors that have experience in writing or editing academic papers. A college degree is preferred but not required. You’ll also need to score 95% on their editing assessment.

Editors typically earn $750 to $1800 every two weeks.

36. EditMyEnglish

This Seattle-based company offers editing and proofreading services to clients worldwide.

Compensation is based on the number of pages edited, and it’s 60% of the customer payment. The rate varies depending on the number of pages and the turnaround time.

37. ServiceScape

ServiceScape works like a marketplace for freelancers, particularly writers, editors, graphic designers, and translators. You’ll get a 50% commission for all completed work, and you’ll need to declare your tax status.

To apply as an editor, simply fill out their online application form.

38. FirstEditing

FirstEditing offers a wide variety of services and caters to a wide variety of clients, from writers of fiction to non-fiction to academic documents.

They require editors and proofreaders that have English as their primary language for education, know how to use the Track Changes feature on Microsoft Word, and have at least 25 hours a week to edit.

Job Boards That List Online Proofreading Jobs

If these companies don’t do it for you, or if you want to work more than one proofreading job at a time, you can also look for proofreading job openings in the following job boards:

Share Your Proofreading Experience!

To succeed as a freelance proofreader, you’d have to find a job that provides you with stable income. You may have to join two or more proofreading companies listed above.

The good news is that once you’ve had a year of experience, landing proofreading jobs online would be a piece of cake: you won’t run out of places to go for work.

Have you worked as an online proofreader before? Do you have any experience with a company listed above? Please let us know in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “38 Legitimate Online Proofreading Jobs You Can Start Today”

  1. proofreading jobs are good if you have spare time, it is interesting to do and the best way to earn extra through work from home. It will also improve your language and make you more perfect in the language regarding grammar, Punctuation etc.

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  2. Hi steve, one more article from you packed with alot of statics, information and opportunities. I’ve gone through each word of this article and I’ve applied to the two companies. Now, I’m working for a company who are paying $12 per hour. Thanks alot for your article and you too. Thank you for sharing useful information.

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  3. I have 25 years experience as a legal secretary and paralegal, have published minutes for various organizations and consciously proofread everything I read.
    Thank you for your time. Pat Oertel

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  4. Hi Steve,
    I went to the Flexjobs website, and it requires those seeking employment to pay a fee based on a month, quarterly, or yearly to use their site. Does this seem right? They write that we can check them out with the Better Business Bureau, but I thought I would check here as well since you list them.

    Thanks.

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    • Yes, FlexJobs is a legitimate paid service. They search the web to find actual work from home job listings and verify their legitimacy. You are more or less paying them to do thousands of hours of research for you for just a couple bucks.

      I get it’s not for everyone, that’s why I listed 32 other companies here, but if you want to save some time and find the most up-to-date and active job postings, a FlexJobs membership is beyond worth it. Plus, it’s fully backed meaning if you aren’t happy or can’t find a job, just write them for a refund and they’ll send you your money back.

  5. Thank you for such an extensive list. I’ve found this information to be quite valuable in my search for a part-time proofreader job. Also, the Hello Essay link is broken.

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  6. Hi steve,I found this really helpful,but,can you tell me whether it is easy to get a proofreading job with no experience….but I love reading and researching ..

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  7. I am so glad I read this article. I honesty it probably would not have ever crossed my mind to do freelance proofreading. Now it has and you laid down a great list of companies that I will have to check out for myself.
    (Any way to make some extra cash)
    I hate talking about it , but I too had been got by a flashy “become an online marketer overnight” scheme. My overtired self, while nodding out at 4 am waiting for my son to fall back asleep, paid $77 to them. Not nice.
    It is really comforting to know that there are people (like you) who care enough to make it a mission of theirs to warn others and expose these *bleeps*

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    • I think every one who has tried to make money online has fallen for one of those flashy garbage programs at some point in their journey, myself included. That’s why I started this site. I wanted to connect people with REAL opportunities. 

  8. Hello Steve,

    Thanks so much for the list of profreading companies and the detailed explanations you have given.

    I really want to try thisw type of online opportunities to see if it can help me supplement my income. I can see that Babbletype and Pure Content will be good profreading companies to give them a try.

    I’m are surely going to try any of the two to see if I get hired so I can work and some extra income in addtion to my personal passive income business.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to give such thorough and valuable infoermation.

    Stephen.

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  9. Hallo there Steve,

    I have been looking for proofreading jobs that pay via PayPal and which lets the workers get job without struggling too much with other people with the same skills.

    I see pure content offers work to the workers’ emails and they also pay with PayPal. So I’m going to get into this. I’ll update you on my experience with this after a week.

    Thanks a lot for the details here.

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