The value of a freelance proofreader
What’s the value of freelance proofreading?
Well, think about it this way. You’ve commissioned a consultant to write a report for your business. Before it’s signed off, that copy may or may not go via a subject expert, a marketer (or two), a manager (or two), a designer (or two), and perhaps a few other senior people besides.
It’s probably also had an automated spell-check and grammar check, in Word or in Grammarly, several times.
So am I seriously saying that, in this agile, flexible, technology-led world, a freelance proofreader needs to see it as well – adding even more time to sign-off?
To answer that question, let me ask a question of my own. How many people, in that long list of people who see your copy, are editorial professionals? If the answer is “no one”, that’s potentially a concern.
Reducing the risk of errors
If you care about reducing the risk of errors in a report or website, it’s worth asking an editorial professional to come in and proofread it after the last on-page amendments have been made.
That “final pair of eyes” is your freelance proofreader.
Ask me to handle your proofreading, and I’ll provide the fresh, external view you need. Chances are I’ll alert you to content issues that an automated check can’t spot.
Proofreading for numbers as well as words
Remember: proofreaders aren’t only experts in words.
As a freelance proofreader, I’m also highly numerate. This means I can find editorial issues not only in copy – but also in numbers, tables and diagrams.
To commission me to proofread your report, brochure or website, please get in touch. I’ll come back to you to let you know how I can help.