8 Best Work at Home Jobs For Grammar Experts

Do you have a good command of the English language? Would you like a work-at-home job that would utilize your excellent grammar skills? Are you constantly on the lookout for these opportunities? Well, then this article will offer suggestions as to what types of jobs might help you use your grammar expertise.

What or Who Is a Grammar Expert?

For the purposes of this article, a “grammar expert” is being defined as anyone who must use his/her grammar skills to meet the work requirements or preliminary screening of a job or contract.

What Are the Best Work at Home Jobs for Grammar Experts?

Here is a list of work at home industries where good grammar skills are a must. Note that clicking the link for each industry will take you to a list of companies actually hiring for these positions.

  • Editors – These professionals are usually considered the ultimate grammar experts and have the “final say” when it comes to publications. Not only do editors need good grammar and spelling, but they must also possess leadership skills when working with a wide variety of writers or other professionals on any given project. Editors must also be able to adhere to different style guides with the two most commonly understood style guides being The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Proofreaders – While often confused with editors, proofreaders are different. Proofreaders must also have many of the same skills as editors, but proofreading is more for spotting grammar mistakes, spelling or typos. Editors must also concern themselves with the development or overall content of the work. In other words, what could be a better way to develop the story or article?
  • Writers – Writers must not only be able to research their information, but use good grammar to make the story or article work together. There are many types of writing, such as copywriting, resume writing, and article writing just to name a few. Whether you are writing for a content mill, major publication or private client—good grammar will always be a must. Writers must also be skilled enough in grammar to rewrite a piece many times before it can be published.
  • Social Media Moderators – These professionals use good grammar to engage the readership of a forum, website, blog or Facebook fan page by posting or responding to comments as well as monitoring the activity. Good grammar is a must here as you are representing the client or brand.
  • Transcriptionists – Not only do transcriptionists or “transcribers” need fast and accurate typing skills, but also good grammar skills to capture the content. Transcriptionists also need the ability to research a website or other information for accurate spelling of places, companies, and people.
  • Translators – Being able to translate from one language into another does require good grammar in English and the other language. Translators must also be able to know when to use a literal translation of a written piece and when to strive for a more dynamic word equivalence.

 

  • Chat Agents – Good grammar is a must to adequately respond to the questions posted by site visitors. Many times site visitors come to the site with not only questions, but an intention to buy the product. Poor grammar would definitely not give a favorable image of the company, product or service and may even result in a lost sale.

 

  • Virtual Assistants – While virtual assistants perform a variety of skills, good grammar always ranks in the top. Technical skills may be more in demand of virtual assistants than in years past, but good grammar is still needed to adequately represent the client, client's business or brand.

What If You Are Not a Grammar Expert But Need to Become One?

Maybe you have applied to one of these above-mentioned types of jobs and were turned down due to a grammar test or assessment. Like any skill, grammar can be updated, relearned or even just “refreshed” or reviewed.

First, find out what your weaknesses are. You can always go to a site like English Test Store and take free tests.

There are also many books for download on Amazon for doing just that—improving your grammar. Additionally, don't hesitate to use Grammarly or any one of the grammar checkers before turning in your work.

In Conclusion

Even grammar experts need to occasionally look up something for clarity, and language is always evolving. With just the right amount of practice, you can improve your grammar to the point of landing one of the many “grammar expert” jobs.

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This post was originally published in 2016. Updated and re-published on August 29, 2018.

7 thoughts on “8 Best Work at Home Jobs For Grammar Experts”

  1. Hi Leisa! My mind automatically goes to editing, writing, and proofreading jobs when I think of positions perfect for “grammar experts.” It was nice to be reminded that transcriptionists, chat agents, and virtual assistants also require impeccable grammar — the next time someone asks about a proofreading job from home, it will be helpful to suggest all the other positions they are qualified for! Thanks for the helpful reminder 🙂

    • @Ashlee – That’s a great idea. If your grammar skills don’t open one door, ask the client if you could possibly do _______________. Is there also a position for a _________________________ opening up soon? Great selling points. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  2. Something to keep in mind is that there’s more to writing than grammar. You can have perfect grammar and spelling yet still have incomprehensible writing because you don’t understand how words work together. (For example, looking “at” someone and looking “to” someone have distinctly different meanings.)

    Those of us who do understand how words work together tend to not think to point that out, because it’s so obvious to us that we dismiss it as common sense—or we forget to due to our expertise in the topic, or we don’t do so because it’s a bit of a headache to bother to break down and explain and we don’t want to deal with that.

    It’s an understandable oversight, but it means that there are folks—some of them English teachers!—who have never been taught how part of speech or word usage affect the meaning of the word and of its context.

    Also, there are many forms of editing (some unrelated to grammar), and each requires a different mindset/way of looking at things—and then what you’re editing changes how it needs to be approached. And then proofreading requires another mindset (which, again, is affected by what you’re proofreading).

    I am a grammar expert, where I even know which rules are debatable and which rules have little-known exceptions (much to the annoyance of folks who think they know more than I do). As an expert, I often point out alternatives when there’s more than one “right” grammar option, and I know and can easily use the jargon. I can also parse sentences in my head, identifying their parts of speech and mentally diagramming them.

    But if I spoke to clients like I speak to other editors, most of them wouldn’t understand me. What’s it matter, if an –ing word is a progressive verb, a participle, or a gerund? (A lot, insofar as punctuation and word usage is concerned.)

    When I edit, I explain jargon before I start using it, and some folks still find that annoying. Some get upset when I ask for verification that what they have on the page is what they meant and not an accident (because I figure it’s better to ask than to assume). As an expert, I can’t not see when something could mean five different things, and I therefore have to ask.

    Which doesn’t go over well with folks who just want me to fix what they have on the paper. Back when I was less expert and more solid working knowledge, I saw less of the permutations and possibilities, so I got along better with those kinds of clients—but there was also a point in the learning curve where I used too much jargon and outright confused folks, because I knew what I was talking about but not didn’t realize I had to explain it.

    Unless you are skilled at tutoring/teaching and can translate jargon for a general audience, a solid working knowledge can be far better than actual expertise and being able to use the jargon in your sleep.

    • P.S. I know I’m defining “grammar expert” a bit different than you have, Leisa, but I’m pointing this out for the sake of folks who will see “grammar expert” and assume “Oh, I can’t possibly…” 🙂

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