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Why book a proofreading service through Airtasker?
Whether you’re writing professional documents, essays, a manuscript, or even a thesis or dissertation, you can never be too careful when it comes to proofreading. In cases like these, errors could make or break your chances of making the cut or passing a class! That’s why it’s essential to have a reliable and knowledgeable proofreader. Thankfully, Airtasker makes it possible to find one within minutes.
When you request proofreading services through Airtasker, you get to work with a rated and reviewed proofreader who can tailor-fit their offer based on your budget and specific needs. You can also specify if you’d like to work with proofreaders near you or anyone who can send and receive your files online.
To start looking for a proofreader, select the “Post a task” button and fill out the task form. Then, tap “Get quotes” and wait for the offers to flood your screen. Next, go through the offers and check out the Taskers’ ratings and reviews. Pick the proofreader you like, then confirm your selection. And that’s it!
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When proofreading, you’ll need to look for the following:
- typographical errors
- grammatical errors
- wrong use of punctuation (including quotation marks, apostrophes, commas, capitalisation)
- run-on sentences
- inconsistent verb tenses
You’ll also want to make sure that the material has a coherent structure and theme, an organised train of thought, and is appropriate for the intended audience.
No time to proofread your work yourself? Hit the “Post a task” button and find an available proofreader instead.
This depends on the length and complexity of your material, as well as the Tasker’s familiarity with it. Usually, a proofreader can handle 2,000 - 4,000 words an hour. If you want the Tasker to do copy editing and proofreading, they may be able to handle around 1,000 words per hour. If you need help with your business documents, you can also use Airtasker to hire a legal expert or admin assistant near you.
You can ask them the following questions:
- Have you proofread similar work before? What’s your experience proofreading technical or creative work?
- What style guide do you use?
- Do you have any degrees or certifications related to proofreading, like journalism or creative writing?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses as a proofreader?
- What’s your turnaround time?
- Do you work with digital formats or on paper?
- Can I ask you questions after you proofread my work?
- Do you offer other services, like editing?
When you hire a copy editor, they will check the grammar and style of your material. They’ll also weed out any spelling or punctuation issues. If necessary, they will revise some segments to avoid wordiness, awkward transitions, or jargon. Proofreaders usually work with a “proof” or prototype of the published material. After your document has been edited and laid out, the proofreader will check the grammar, spelling, format, and other minor errors in the work.
You can find proofreaders for your entrance essays, theses, or dissertations right here on Airtasker. All you need to do is specify the material in your task post. This helps limit the offers to proofreaders who have experience in academic proofreading or your particular field. If you’re preparing for your SATs and need a tutor to help you out, you can request an SAT tutor via Airtasker.
This may depend on your proofreader as well as the style guide you specify (e.g. if your university requires APA or MLA, or you’re looking to be published by the “Big Five” publishers). Some standard style guides include The Chicago Manual of Style, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, The Gregg Reference Manual, the Associated Press Stylebook.
What do proofreading services include?
Proofreading services consist of checking for minor errors in a text after copy editing and before publication. While just about anyone can proofread material (such as a tweet or a poster) before it goes out into the world, expert proofreading takes a lot more skill and eagle eyes.
These are what you can more or less expect whenever you hire a proofreader through Airtasker:
Preparing a proofreading guide
Your proofreader starts by making a checklist that covers the style guide you need to follow, any notes or instructions you may have, or notes from your professor that may factor into your text’s proofreading.
Next, your Tasker fact-checks any dates, numbers, figures, and proper names. If you forgot to include specific information in your thesis, the proofreader highlights this omission so that you can add it in later.
Checking for spelling errors
The proofreader checks for any spelling errors. Even if they’re using a digital file and there are spell checkers on Word and Google Docs, it’s still helpful to have real human eyes go over your text. If you’re used to British English but need to write using American English, they may also be able to catch some spelling and word choice errors.
Reading out loud (and backwards)
One helpful tip for proofreading even your own work is reading the text aloud and then reading it backwards. This step ensures that you don’t have any run-on sentences, that the material has a nice flow or cadence, and that you catch any errors you might have missed while reading silently. You can expect a good proofreader to do this at least once.
Another way to spot errors is to read one line at a time. This helps the proofreader focus on verb tenses as well, so they can mark any areas where you got inconsistent while writing.
Checking the format
This is vital when you’re submitting a thesis or dissertation, which may require precise margins, font sizes, and table or chart descriptions. Your proofreader also checks for page numbering, column alignment, headlines, subheadings, and footnotes or endnotes.
Since they are working with proof of your final document, all these little (but noticeable) things should be taken care of. This way, the material you submit to your publisher or professor or distribute to your clients and customers is error-free.