For the past two months, I’ve been toying with the idea of pursuing freelance proofreading as a potential career. Whenever I read something where homonyms are mixed up or a spelling error is missed, it distracts me to the point where I can’t continue on with what I’m reading. I thought to myself, “Okay, there has to be a market for this kind of work!” Lo and behold, there is, and it’s called proofreading.
Prior to this realization, I was under the assumption that you had to be an editor to do this kind of work, but that’s not the case. Though I’m sure editors catch and fix mistakes with punctuation and formatting when they can, proofreaders come in at the end of the project to clean up anything that might have been missed.
Then I thought, “Well, you probably need a degree.” We all know that I did not go to college. So, that’s it, then, right? Wrong. It turns out anyone can be a proofreader with enough research and training. For the past couple of months, that’s exactly what I did. I researched, I studied, and last week I decided to put all of my hard work to the test.
Wanting to gain some experience before going off on my own, I joined Upwork. It took a few days for anyone to trust me enough to hire me seeing as how I’m brand stinkin’ new to the website, but, after sending out over ten proposals, I have a potential job interview! I said potential job interview because I still have yet to email them in order to schedule it. Ya girl’s a teeny bit terrified, but it’ll be fiiiine. Right?!