Work freelance for publishers, proofreading and copy-editing.
Work freelance checking documents, reports, and promotional literature for businesses and other organisations.
Work directly for authors of e-books, helping to ensure their books are error-free.
Work proofreading and copy-editing students’ dissertations or theses.
Former students have worked freelance for organisations ranging from estate agents to football clubs, and from universities to local travel companies.
Publishers send their editors to us for training in proofreading and copy-editing.
The courses provide valuable CV points. Many companies need employees who will check their printed material and websites, and the courses are also taken by people who want to get into the publishing industry full-time.
What can I earn freelancing?
Working for a publishing company, the recommended minimum rate is £25.70 an hour for proofreading and £29.90 an hour for copy-editing. Some freelancers earn much more copy-editing specialised projects!
For other businesses there will generally be a rate set by the client for each specific job depending on its complexity. If you work checking students’ dissertations, you’ll generally charge a rate per thousand words.
Just a few hours’ work will be enough to earn you back the money you’ve spent on your proofreading and copy-editing course! And remember that for two years after you finish the course, we’ll help you with queries on everything from CVs to gaining confidence to tackle those early freelance jobs.