Do you want to become a paid freelance proofreader?

Get step-by-step instruction on how to proofread and start your business.

Proofreading is a highly marketable skill. Training in this area can greatly increase your employment or freelance business prospects. "Proofreading Power Business Starter" is the fully loaded flagship online course for our proofreading skills training. If you are serious about becoming a paid freelance proofreader, this class is for you! This self-paced online course provides in-depth skills training for proofreaders in freelance and corporate situations. As a student, you get to try your hand at grammar and proofreading exercises to test and improve your current skills. You also get direct replies to your questions from the instructor who is an experienced proofreader and editor.

To build confidence in your proofreading job position or freelance business, these resources will be helpful to you:
1. Everyday Proofreading Skills (Online Course)
2. Grammar Essentials for Proofreading, Copyediting & Business Writing
3. Proofreading Power: Skills & Drills (Book)
4. Proofreading & Grammar Drills Workbook (Book)
5. Start Your Proofreading Side-Hustle: Maximize your Writing Skills

  • Before diving into this course, you must ensure that your grammar skills are above average, since effective, overall proofreading relies on top-notch grammar skills. Also, you must already be a pretty good writer to catch mistakes.
  • If you need a grammar refresher, we offer two excellent grammar courses to boost your skills: "Core Grammar Essentials" and "Business Grammar Bootcamp." Learn more about these classes by clicking "All Courses" above or visiting the website: www.startproofreadingnow.com.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    Grammar Quiz

    • Quiz: Grammar

    • Text: Your Grammar Toolkit

  • 3
  • 4

    Preparing to Proofread

    • Video: Proofreading Prep

    • Slides: Proofreading Prep

    • Practice: Sample Email

  • 5

    Proofreading Tips

    • Video: Proofreading Tips

    • Slides: Proofreading Tips

    • On-screen Exercise #1

    • Answers: On-screen #1

    • Quiz: Proofing Tips

  • 6

    Proofreading Strategies

    • Video: Proofreading Strategies

    • Slides: Proofreading Strategies

    • On-screen Exercise #2

    • Answers: On-screen #2

  • 7

    Proofreading Essentials

    • Video: Proofreading Essentials

    • Slides: Proofreading Essentials

    • Warm-Up Exercise #3

    • Answers: Exercise #3

  • 8

    Proofreader Errors Checklist

    • Video: Proofreader Errors

    • Slides: Proofreader Errors

    • Quiz: Sample Agenda

  • 9

    Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Video: Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Slides: Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Handout: Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Exercise: Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Answers: Proofreading vs. Editing

    • Social Media Exercise

    • Quiz: Proofreading Check

  • 10

    Proofreading Marks

    • Video: Proofreading Marks

    • Slides: Proofreading Marks

    • Handout: Proofreading Marks

    • Resource: Tips for using proofreader marks

    • Resource: 12 Common Proofreading Marks

    • Quiz: Proofing Marks

  • 11

    Proofreading for Spelling

    • Video: Spelling Tips

    • Slides: Spelling Tips

    • Exercise: Spelling

    • Answers: Spelling

    • Quiz: Spelling Errors

  • 12

    Proofreading for Capitalization

    • Video: Capitalization

    • Slides: Capitalization Rules

    • Exercise: Capitalization

    • Answers: Capitalization

    • Quiz: Capitalization

  • 13

    Proofreading for Numbers

    • Video: General Numbers

    • Slides: General Numbers

    • Video: Numbers as Numerals

    • Slides: Numbers as Numerals

    • Video: Numbers as Words

    • Slides: Numbers as Words

    • PDF: Numbers Exercise #1

    • Answers: Numbers Exercise #1

    • PDF: Numbers Exercise #2

    • Answers: Numbers Exercise #2

    • Quiz: Numbers

  • 14

    Proofreading for Usage Errors

    • Video: Common Usage Errors

    • Slides: Common Usage Errors

    • Handout: Common Usage Errors

    • Exercise: Common Usage Errors

    • Answers: Common Usage Errors

  • 15

    Proofreader Hotspots

    • Video: Error Hotspots

    • Slides: Error Hotspots

    • Exercise: Characters

    • Answers: Characters

    • Quiz: Error Hotspots

  • 16

    Proofreading Business Scenario

    • Business Scenario

    • Quiz: Business Scenario

    • Make Corrections

    • Answer: Make Corrections

  • 17

    Business Grammar Quizzes

    • Grammar Quiz #1

    • Grammar Quiz #2

    • Grammar Classes

  • 18

    Style Guides

    • About this Module

    • Video: Using Style Guides

    • Slides: Using Style Guides

    • Quiz: Style Guides

    • Quiz: Style Review

  • 19

    Practice: Client Assignment

    • Video: Track Changes

    • PDF: Assignment Instructions

    • DOC: Client Assignment

    • PDF: Assignment Answers

  • 20

    Proofreading Tests

    • PDF: Proofreading Test I

    • PDF: Proofreading Test II

  • 21

    Start Freelance Proofreading

    • Receiving Clients Online

    • Video: Independent Contractor Agreements

    • Video: Creating Invoices

    • Video: How to Get Paid

    • Text: Independent Contractor Agreements

    • Text: Creating Invoices

    • Text: How to Get Paid

    • Download: Proofread a News Article

    • Answers: Proofread a News Article

  • 22

    Find Proofreading Clients

    • PDF: Finding Clients

    • PDF: 38 Proofreading Job Leads

    • PDF eBook: "Start Your Proofreading Side-Hustle"

  • 23

    Small Business Taxes

    • PDF: IRS Tax Resources

    • PDF: Understanding Your EIN

    • PDF: Independent Contractor or Employee

    • Video: New App Tax Rules

    • Text: New App Tax Rules

  • 24

    Before You Finish

    • Audio: Conclusion

    • More Writing Resources

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Content Drip Schedule: 2x weekly
    Weekly Study Time: 2-3 hours
    Estimated Course Completion:
    12-14 weeks
    Get Weekly Reminder Emails

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    Quizzes
    PDF Handouts

  • One-time payment. Lifetime Access.

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Easy Payment via PayPal or Stripe (which also includes Alipay, Bancontact, EPS, WeChat Pay, giropay, iDEAL, Multibanco, SOFORT, and P24).

Social Proof: Reviews

5 star rating

Proofreading Power Business Starter

Jaime Ciletti

This class was great, very informative and informational. Ashan gives you the steps to start your Proofreading Business.

This class was great, very informative and informational. Ashan gives you the steps to start your Proofreading Business.

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Proofreading Power Business Starter

Jaime Ciletti

This class was great, very informative and informational. Ashan gives you the steps to start your Proofreading Business.

This class was great, very informative and informational. Ashan gives you the steps to start your Proofreading Business.

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5 star rating

PROOFREADING POWER: Excellent Course

Jackie Donner

This is an excellent course! I spent almost $700 on another proofreading course and this one is much better. Ashan provides precise and concise information that makes it easy to get through the material quickly. There are lots of practice question...

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This is an excellent course! I spent almost $700 on another proofreading course and this one is much better. Ashan provides precise and concise information that makes it easy to get through the material quickly. There are lots of practice questions typical of what you would come across in everyday life. Ashan responds to student questions fast with detailed explanations.

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5 star rating

Motivating course and instruction

Melanie Giovenzana

Such an exciting course. The platform is easy to use with flawless and interactive courseware. It’s self-paced. You can move around at need, quick and effortlessly. My questions were answered almost immediately, and the answers were detailed and f...

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Such an exciting course. The platform is easy to use with flawless and interactive courseware. It’s self-paced. You can move around at need, quick and effortlessly. My questions were answered almost immediately, and the answers were detailed and friendly. The instructor’s voice is pleasant with high quality sound. There is enough information to teach you something new in every presentation, and then sparks you to search for more. I learned many tips. Don’t skip the slides, there is even more information to learn. Thank you, Ms. Hampton

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Build a Proofreading Business. Increase your income!

Proofreaders are highly sought after in corporate workplaces and by small businesses, authors, content creators, self-publishers and online entrepreneurs. The field of proofreading is wide open. If you are good with words and finding errors, your income potential is limitless, especially if you know how to hustle!
start your proofreading side-hustle

FAQs

  • Why should I take your classes?

    • Meet employer demands for good writers and proofreaders.
    • Build your résumé with marketable writing skills and earn more money.
    • Learn new skills for career pivots or to start a home-based writing/editing/proofreading business.
    • Improve your writing to achieve academic success.
    • Upgrade your writing skills to produce engaging media content.
  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    When you have fulfilled all class lessons and assignments, you will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days after you finish, depending on holidays and high class volumes.

  • What about monthly payments & bundles?

    If offered, students can split the course price into two (2) or three (3) monthly payments. Monthly payments will incur a small processing fee, so the total paid will be slightly higher than the listed class price.

    If a monthly subscription payment is missed for any reason (e.g., card expiration or lack of funds), the system will automatically try to recover payment three (3) times. If the outstanding payment is successfully made during these attempts, course access will be restored.

    Although missed payments will immediately prevent access to course content, progress toward completion will be saved. When payment has been restored, students can simply continue the course from where they left off.

    However, if all three attempts at processing the payment fail, the monthly subscription will be removed and access to the course revoked. After three failed payments, progress will not be saved, and the student must purchase the course or bundle again and start over.

    This process also applies to bundles. Bundles give students access to a collection of classes for one monthly price, instead of paying for each class individually.

    Remember, you receive a certificate for each individual class completed. You do not have to complete every class in the bundle to receive a certificate.

    You can cancel at any time, but you are advised to completely finish a class and receive a certificate before cancellation.

Your Instructor

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”--Albert Einstein

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: www.arhampton.com.