Friday, December 2, 2022

Get Started as a Proofreader on Fiverr

So you want to be a proofreader on Fiverr? It's a fun job that you can do from anywhere in the world! I have worked on Fiverr for nearly 10 years, including while homeschooling my kids while traveling with my husband for his job, watching my son at basketball practice, in between teaching at the homeschool co-op, on my back deck on gorgeous summer mornings, and so much more! 
To start proofreading on Fiverr, you simply sign up. It's free, and if you use my referral code, we both get rewarded! Then follow these steps, and you'll soon find yourself with a business! Here are some tips for success. 
1. Do some research and recon work — Start out with the main Writing & Translation section, then dive down into the Proofreading section to find out how others are working their gig. Some questions to keep in mind are:
How many words will they proofread for $5? (don't forget Fiverr takes 20% off the top, which I don't think is horrible when you consider they are getting the clients for you, as well as handling the payments, as well as giving you a platform for showcasing your work and glowing reviews)
How fast is the turnaround? How fast can you complete 500 words of proofreading? (you can make more if you can get it back to a client quickly)
Personal experience: I started out proofing at a ridiculously low rate of 3,000 words for $5 (profit = $4) and got VERY busy but wasn’t making good money at all. Once I gained more experience, I was able to raise my price to $5 for 500 words. That may still seem low to some of you, but remember this is not developmental editing; this is simple proofreading/copy editing with a little formatting thrown in here and there for extra-great service.
2. Set up your gig — Fill in a wonderful profile with your photo and information about yourself. If you'd like to see my profile and gigs, I am here. After your profile is polished, create your first gig. After some time has passed and you've proven yourself as a star seller, you can create several more gigs. Later, you can also offer Gig Extras, like charging more for extra-fast delivery, proofreading more words, accepting a tip, etc. You need to decide if you want to proofread large projects or stick with small ones. You can adjust your delivery time later if you get swamped, and you can even put your gig on Vacation Mode.
Yes, there are tons of other proofers on Fiverr, so you have to stand out. Make a video to go with your gig and make sure you say your price is “exclusively on Fiverr” or it will be rejected.
3. Promote yourself — Now it's time to head to social media to promote your gig. Personally DM friends and family to let them know you've started a new business venture. 
It's rare that I just do a job for $5. Mostly I'm doing much larger jobs and creating custom offers for those jobs. I also will sometimes do a job within 24 hours for an extra fee of $15 (profit = $12 just for being fast, moving that client to the top of my queue, and clearing out my schedule for a bit). I have acquired many clients who return to me to proofread their book projects, some of which are quite large. Sometimes you even get tips!
Check out this post on 9 places you can find a job as a proofreader! And please check out this post All About Making Money on Fiverr.

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