Saturday, October 24, 2020

Proofread From Home: 20 Places to Get You Started + Income Potential

I have met many writers and published parents who are also passionate about editing and proofreading, so this post is for you! I work primarily on Fiverr, and I have received over 2,700 positive reviews since I started in 2013. I love working from home and homeschooling! If you want to join Fiverr just to check it out, please use my referral code!

Here's what I have come up with so maybe you can do what I'm doing! The first two services I am not familiar with because I just haven't had the time to dive into them. They are reputable sites that ask for a proofreading test or sample, but I hear competition can be fierce, and I'm not about underbidding my services!

1. Scribendi. Must have a degree and three years of experience.

2. Upwork (formerly Odesk)

3. Scripted is a great way to find proofreading work.

4. Hunt down people when you see things written wrong! Is your doctor's website riddled with errors? Offer to proofread it for cheap. Did you get a piece of direct mail that had errors? Figure out who to contact and offer your services.

5. Amazon is always hiring for word-related services! Check out their job listings in Editorial, Writing and Content Management!

6. Gigbucks is most full of micro jobs, which are small jobs which can be completed quickly.

7. PeoplePerHour is another place I signed up at for free but nothing came of it. Some of these sites are flooded so you just have to sign up all over the place and wait and promote your services.

8. is a place I tried for a hot second but didn't have the patience to keep at it. (It used to be called so if you are looking for info on it, look for that name). I had to pay for credits so I could bid jobs. I did have plenty of credits in the end and the jobs to bid on were picking up, but the competition was fierce. I did get chosen for one job and it went well and I made back what I spent in credits. I was up for another job but they had a zillion and one requirements instead of just the simple proofing and editing I do and I can't focus on jumping through hoops. I like to fix documents and get out. I don't want to get wrangled into trying to write copy or critique what they've done because those things get touchy and subjective. You might have a better experience. I broke my own rule of paying to get jobs so I could basically get the experience to share here!

9. Fiverr is my go-to place since I signed up in April 2013 and the jobs started flooding in. You can hire me here or just see how I set up my gig. I have a separate post for it because I have so much to say on the topic! I've done many different gigs on Fiverr besides proofreading so poke around to see what else you can offer. Here are some Fiverr tutorials!

And if you head over to The Curious Frugal, she's got 11 more places where you can find work-from-home proofreading jobs!

Income Potential from Proofreading
I have had months where I was able to make close to $2,000 proofreading in a month but I wanted to die at the end, only because I have other things going on for income and managing everything gets difficult. I like to have other income streams because proofreading can be feast or famine, usually feast once you get going and get some good reviews and recommendations.

If my kids were in school and I didn't care how my house looked or what anyone ate and if I never wrote books or parenting articles or blogged, I could easily make $5,000 per month just proofreading (minus taxes).

Have files of article reprints that you own but have no clue where to start reselling them? Have ideas for some fantastic new pieces but no idea who might want them? Check out my thick 441-page print book of tips, tricks, and insider information, as well as 384 paying parenting and family markets! You can order "How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids" on Amazon here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines and Selling Reprints: My 182 Publishing Credits

Do you want to write parenting and family articles and get paid to do so? I know there are a lot of parents out there doing the job every day, thinking, "I should write about this. I wonder if others struggle with this. I could help someone with my story or with a researched article about this topic. I could learn some cool things in the process of helping others and making money!"

I had those same thoughts back in 2005-ish when I had my third baby and was in the trenches of the parenting battlefield. I cracked open my local parenting magazine after snagging it at the local children's consignment shop, Kansas City Parent, sent something to them about stocking up on meals instead of going grocery shopping daily, and I made a fast 25 bucks.

Then I wondered if I could maybe send the same piece to other magazines in other cities. Did they only want local content or would they take my little evergreen piece?

Fast forward MANY years: I present to you below a rockin' list of great magazines I have personally written for, and it increases every year. Once I figured out I could do this, I compiled a book of info and markets and guidelines and pay information so others could do the same thing. I've made as little as 10 bucks on a piece up to $250. 

I've stayed with the local magazines so far but am planning to branch out to the nationals with some queries and pitches (you don't really have to query/pitch the regionals so it's faster and easier, but the pay is less, accordingly).

Check out my big fat juicy 7th edition. Scroll to the bottom of the email to find out how to get started on your parenting magazine writing career.

I've worked with each of the publications below, so I know all the information you want (guidelines, pay, how fast they pay, etc.). The book also includes national markets I have not broken into yet, like, Parents, Working Mother, FamilyFun, Highlights, Brain,Child and many more. Check them out!

  1. About Families
  2. Alaska Parent
  3. Arizona Parenting
  4. Athens Parent
  5. Atlanta Baby
  6. Atlanta Parent
  7. Auburn Opelika Parents
  8. Augusta Family
  9. Austin Family
  10. Baton Rouge Parents
  11. Bay Area Parent Silicon Valley
  12. BC Parent
  13. Bermuda Parent
  14. Birmingham Parent
  15. Black Hills Parent
  16. Boom!
  17. Boston Parents Paper
  18. Bowling Green Parent
  19. Bronx/Riverdale Family
  20. Brooklyn Family
  21. Broward Family Life (South Florida Family Life)
  22. Calgary's Child
  23. Carolina Parent
  24. Central California Parent
  25. Central Penn Parent
  26. Charlotte Parent
  27. Child Guide
  28. Cincinnati Family
  29. Cincinnati Parent
  30. Colorado Parent
  31. Columbus Parent
  32. CT Parent (Connecticut)
  33. Cy-Fair Parent
  34. Eastern Shore Parents
  35. Edmonton's Child (nonpaying)
  36. Emerald Coast Parent
  37. Family Time
  38. Family Times
  39. Findlay Area Family
  40. First Coast Parent
  41. First Time Parent
  42. Flagler Parent
  43. Florida Family News
  44. For Parents Online
  45. Fort Bend Parent
  46. Fredericksburg Parent
  47. Genessee Valley Parent
  48. Georgia Family 
  49. Good Life Family
  50. Greater Fort Wayne Family (nonpaying)
  51. Greater Pensacola Parents
  52. Growing up Chico
  53. Growing up Roseville
  54. Growing Up in the Valley
  55. Houston Baby Guide
  56. Houston Family
  57. Hudson Valley Parent
  58. Indy's Child
  59. Inland Empire Family
  60. Irving Parent
  61. Island Child (pays with ad)
  62. Ithaca Baby Book
  63. Ithaca Child
  64. Jersey Shore Family
  65. Jewish Journal
  66. Kalamazoo Parent (now defunct)
  67. Kansas City Baby
  68. Kansas City Parent
  69. Katy Parent
  70. Kern County Family
  71. Kids VT
  72. LA Family
  73. Las Vegas Family
  74. Little Egypt Family
  75. Long Island Family
  76. Mahoning Valley Parent
  77. Manhattan Family
  78. Memphis Parent
  79. Mendo Lake Family Life
  80. MetroFamily Oklahoma
  81. MetroKids Pennsylvania
  82. MetroParent Wisconsin
  83. MetroParent Michigan
  84. MetroPet (nonpaying)
  85. Mi Child
  86. Mobile Bay Parents
  87. Monterey Bay Parent
  88. Montgomery Parents
  89. Mother and Child Reunion (nonpaying)
  90. My Child Australia
  91. Nashville Parent
  92. Neapolitan Family
  93. New Beginnings (nonpaying)
  94. New Jersey Baby
  95. New Jersey Family
  96. New Jersey ParentWeb
  97. NOLA Baby & Family
  98. North State Parent
  99. North Texas Kids
  100. Northeast Pennsylvania Family
  101. Northern Kentucky Family
  102. Northshore Parents
  103. OC Family
  104. Okanagan Child
  105. Omaha Family
  106. On the Coast
  107. Oregon Family
  108. Orlando Family
  109. Our Kids San Antonio
  110. OV Parent
  111. Oxford Family
  112. Palm Beach Parenting
  113. Palmetto Parent
  114. Parent Express
  115. ParentGuide Florida
  116. ParentGuide News New York
  117. ParentMap
  118. Parenting OC
  119. Parenting Plus
  120. ParentLine Maryland
  121. Parent News South Carolina
  122. Parents & Kids
  123. Parents' Press
  124. Parents' Source
  125. Pearland Parent
  126. Peekaboo (Arkansas)
  127. Piedmont Family
  128. Piedmont Parent
  129. Pittsburgh Parent
  130. Playground
  131. Portland Family
  132. Portland Parent (PDX Parent)
  133. Purchase Area Family
  134. Queens Family
  135. Red River Family
  136. Rio Grande Family
  137. Rochester Baby Guide
  138. Rutherford Parent
  139. Sacramento Parent
  140. San Diego Family
  141. Santa Clarita Family
  142. Saskatoon's Child
  143. Scary Mommy
  144. Seminole County Parenting
  145. Simply Family
  146. Sonoma Family Life
  147. South Bay Family
  148. South Jersey Mom
  149. Southern Child (nonpaying)
  150. Southwest Florida Parent and Child
  151. Space City Parent
  152. Staten Island Family
  153. Staten Island Parent
  154. Suburban Family (Illinois)
  155. Suburban Parent
  156. Sumner Parent
  157. Texarkana Parent
  158. The Kansas City Star 
  159. The Parent Notebook
  160. Tidewater Parent
  161. Today's Family
  162. Toledo Area Parent
  163. Treasure Coast Parenting
  164. Tulsa Kids
  165. Turks and Caicos Parents
  166. Utah Family
  167. Valley Parent (Georgia)
  168. Valley Parent (Oregon)
  169. Vancouver Family (Washington)
  170. Ventura County Family
  171. The Village Family
  172. Volusia Parent
  173. Washington Family
  174. Washington Parent
  175. West Virginia Family
  176. Westchester Family
  177. Western New York Family
  178. Wholistic Family Health
  179. Williamson Parent
  180. Wilmington Parent
  181. Wise Youth Today (nonpaying)
  182. WZPL Family
Have files of article reprints that you own but have no clue where to start reselling them? Have ideas for some fantastic new pieces but no idea who might want them? Check out my thick 441-page print book of tips, tricks, and insider information, as well as 384 paying parenting and family markets! You can order "How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids" on Amazon here.

Join my Facebook group called Parenting Magazine Writers ... it's FREE and full of tips and tricks and markets and like-minded writer friends!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

2020 Third Quarter Kick-Ass Income Report

Writer friends, the McLoughlin household is healthy and happy and ready to head into a prosperous Q4 2020 (October, November, and December) — and I wish the same for you!

Third quarter ended well, even though I was also homeschooling, running a household, joined committee at the homeschool co-op, and my husband was working from home. 

I am still blessed to be able to work from home proofreading, blogging, writing articles, and writing books and to be able to do it in my sweatpants or swimsuit, out on the deck or at the dining room table, at my house or traveling with my kids and husband for his work to places like Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, Chicago, Florida, and more. 

In fact, we just got back from a lovely 11 days in Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA!

I like to share my income with you to show you that I am a real person with real challenges and successes. No, it is not a full-time income, but I am not aiming for that. I am thankful and grateful that my husband has a good job, and my main job is homeschooling. Words are my part-time job for now. When the kids are grown, I foresee working more hours with my word career and helping to pay for travel and retirement. But that's at least 10 years away :-)

See you back here on January 1st, 2021! And if you want to work on Fiverr, please use my referral link!

3Q 2020 INCOME
TOTAL: $5,495

Proofreading: $2,433

Blogging: $1,986

Magazine Articles: $634

Self-published Books: $37

Door Dash: $405

What am I currently working on? Well, I'm working on the Write Anywhere series Book 2 right now and hoping to get it out very soon. Then I'll work on the other books in the series, to include national markets, a how-to stand-alone book, and a workbook. What are you working on?

Have files of article reprints that you own but have no clue where to start reselling them? Have ideas for some fantastic new pieces but no idea who might want them? Check out my thick 441-page print book of tips, tricks, and insider information, as well as 384 paying parenting and family markets! You can order "How to Get Published (and Paid!) Writing About Your Kids" on Amazon here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Coming soon! The Write Anywhere Series

Coming soon and only available as an instant-download PDF for $5.95!

Curious about the other books in the series?

Book 1: How to Write for Parenting Magazines will be available for $4.95

Book 3: 101 National & Online Parenting Writing Markets will be available for $4.95

Book 4: The Workbook will be available for $5.95

You can get the BUNDLE for just $16.95

Monday, July 20, 2020

My Love-Hate Relationship with Scrivener

I got Scrivener back in the spring when the lockdown was first in effect and I was surprised and happy about the reasonable price. Many of my favorite writers rave about this program, so I had to give it a shot.

While I do love how I can organize and move around chapters easily without much scrolling, I hate a few things even more, which are huge time-wasters in my writing career:

  1. I can't make the screen bigger without making the font bigger like you can in, say, an Internet browser when you increase the screen print size.
  2. I can't do a search. At least I could never get it to work, so trying to find one market name in a sea of 230 market names was not possible.
  3. When I export into a Word document so I can do final proofreading, Scrivener has randomly smooshed words together and randomly messed up formatting, which wastes a lot of time. So my text might look like this:

Writer's guidelines canbe found on thewebsite.

I am also a proofreader on Fiverr and have been for the last 7+ years. I used to get so frustrated when book projects would come to me for proofreading as shown above quite often: it's because a writer has put their trust in Scrivener and exported, then sent it straight to me. And when I receive it, it's a formatting nightmare with words smashed together and extra spaces inserted.

If you can overlook these things, give it a go. If you can't, just keep using Microsoft Word like I do. Shrug.

Update: I got this in my email inbox recently so I'll definitely let them know what I like and don't like. I'm truly hoping these are easy fixes for a programmer and that I can go back to Scrivener with open arms and lots of writing ideas!

Monday, July 13, 2020

UPDATES! Writing Market Additions/Updates to 7th Edition (ALWAYS CURRENT)

Coming soon, and it will include all of the updates to date for just $5.95!

*If you bought the paperback book on Amazon, please email me at and I'll send you the updates that came directly from this post, as well as the PDF below for free!

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