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Many people work from home as editors and proofreaders. The following companies have either ongoing or occasional work available for people looking to work from home as editors or proofreaders. Keep in mind that most of these companies will require that you have experience before hiring you.
Featured Company: Scribbr – Open to UK, US, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. Must be a native English speaker to qualify.
- American Journal Experts – Hires work from home editors as remote contractors across various fields.
- Book in a Box – Not always hiring. Their editing and other gigs pay a flat fee of $3,000.
- Cactus Communications – Read Cactus Work at Home Review – Prior English editing experience not required to become an editor for Cactus Communications. Worldwide openings.
- OneSpace – Read OneSpace Review – They have various editing and writing jobs and also offer smaller tasks like image tagging and website categorization for people looking to earn extra money from home.
- Domainite – Read Review – This is one of the few companies you can work for as an editor without past experience. You do have to take an editing test prior to starting work. They pay weekly with Paypal.
- Edit 911 – Must have a PhD in English or another writing-intensive discipline.
- Edit Fast – This company pays 40 percent of the final project price to their editors.
- Enago – Hires freelance editors worldwide. Must have extensive experience and education to qualify.
- Gramlee – Claims to always be looking for exceptional editors to work at home.
- IXL Learning – Has occasional openings for remote content editor/proofreaders. Must have plenty of experience. Check their job openings page to see if position is listed.
- Kibin – Occasionally hiring freelance proofreaders and editors. If the job is closed, you can submit your email to find out when they're hiring again.
- Kirkus Media – Frequently has openings for work at home editors, book reviewers, and also copywriters.
- LifeTips – Edit the content produced by LifeTips freelancers.
- Proofread Now – Five years experience as a professional proofreader. Not always hiring.
- Proofreading Services – Open worldwide. They promise competitive pay and flexible hours.
- Scribendi – Read Review – Scribendi pays people with experience to edit & proofread at home. You are hired as an independent contractor.
- Sibia Proofreading – Must have extensive editing experience, and must be a native English speaker to qualify.
- SmartBrief – Occasionally has openings for work at home copy editors with at least three years experience to work as freelancers. Pays $15 an hour. Under “Filter Jobs” and “Choose Area of Interest” select “Content” from the dropdown box to find any available editing positions.
- Wordfirm – Need at least three years of experience to work from home editing here.
- WordsRU – Need a degree and also two years of prior experience to be considered.
Ways to Turn Your Proofreading Skills Into a Home Business
If you don't like the idea of working under someone else, you can always start your own thing by proofreading for others. Here are two ways many of my readers are doing this, along with links to training that can help you learn how to set yourself up for success.
#1 – Start a Proofreading Side Hustle
You can earn good money at home by proofreading books, blogs, and websites. There is a HUGE demand for this! And no, you do not need a college degree. If you have a good eye for errors in text and know your grammar inside and out, you can do this. Another plus to proofreading for others on the side is that it's non-phone, and you work when and where you want.
You can register for a free webinar here that will introduce you to this field and give details on the e-course General Proofreading: Theory & Practice, that is designed to help you get started. The webinar will show you what good proofreaders do and don't do, how to elevate your skills, some places to find clients, and an amazing proofreading tool.
#2 – Proofread From Your iPad For Court Reporters
You can work at home as a court transcript proofreader and literally work from your iPad, setting your own schedule and rates. For example, check out this interview we've done with Caitlin Pyle a court transcript proofreader who did this for a living, and earned over $40,000 in a year! She also provides info and tips on how you can learn to do this and get official certification, with no degree or past experience in the form of an insanely popular online course (the 7-day intro course is FREE for everyone who is interested!).