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Post your proofreading and grammar-checking project on oDesk and hire proof readers and book editors with excellent grammar skills. You will also find professionals who have experience with proofreading software (like grammar and plagiarism checkers) and editing tools (like Microsoft Word’s “track changes” feature) to check the spelling, grammar and vocabulary of your documents. With accuracy and attention to detail, they can proofread business proposals, marketing materials and tech reports; review your articles, blog or website content; or correct book translations and audio transcriptions.

Proofreading is the process of reading through an electronic copy (or galley proof) of a piece of written work to detect and correct errors before it is published. On oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, you will find native English speakers and proofreaders familiar with editing marks and the APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago style guidelines to provide you with professional editing, grammar checking and proofreading services.

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Proofreading Job Cost Overview

Typical total cost of oDesk Proofreading projects based on completed and fixed-price jobs.

oDesk Proofreading Jobs Completed Quarterly

On average, 2,087 Proofreading projects are completed every quarter on oDesk.

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Time to Complete oDesk Proofreading Jobs

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Average Proofreading Freelancer Feedback Score

Proofreading oDesk freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.79.

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Last updated: May 1, 2015
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Sarah Ingraham

Sarah Ingraham

Published Author and Literary Consultant

United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 1

*I am now an oDesk top 10% contractor* As a published writer, I know how important your project is to you. If you need something written, I can write it. If you have it written, I can edit it. My previous clients and references include best-selling and Oprah Book Club authors, international speakers, academics, religious leaders, and award winning journalists. Whether you need help with fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction, I can present it in an engaging, page turning manner. My specialties include: Young Adult, Religion, Philosophy, and fantasy/science fiction, which includes popular paranormal romance and speculative fiction. I can adeptly write outside of my specialties, especially with journalism and memoir, but I do not write copy, technical manuals, or extreme erotica i.e BDSM, rape, or gay. Most people that seek me out these days for either critique or developmental editing. If you are stuck on a story or know a part is flat, I know how to help you fix it. Or if you have finished your story and want to know how it would do in the market, I can tell you. I am not just a writer, but a literary consultant. I know how to help you find an agent, get a line editor, or navigate the sticky ropes of self-publishing. My rates reflect my advance degree (MFA in Creative Writing), my status at oDesk, and over a decade of experience, so please do not contact with the idea of high quality work for pennies. My rates start at: Critique: $2 per 1,000 words Ghostwriting: $14 per 1,000 words (please note that this is a starting price for a first draft, unedited work.) Editing: $25 per hour

$25.00 /hr
1,691 hours
4.87
Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Video Script Writer Extraordinaire

United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 3

Although I am a academic, copy, content and creative writer my specialty is video script writing- animated, whiteboard, narrated, training and sales. Even though academic and creative writing is based on quality content it is also based on the quantity of words- clients are always seeking a word count. Video script writing requires a completely different process and mindset than academic, copy, content and creative writing. It requires the writer to be able to take a large volume of content and reduce it to a bare minimum word count that can immediately gain a viewers attention and retain it throughout the entire video. The ability to write effective video scripts is skill that cannot be perfected overnight. I pledge to provide my clients with a degree of quality that they will be pleased to call their own. I am self motivated, hard working, detailed oriented, flexible and reliable. I believe that communication is significant in any business relationship. I have found that asking the right questions at the beginning of an assignment ensures that not only will be completed ahead of schedule it will exceed the client’s expectations. My goal is to provide my Odesk clients with exceptional quality at reasonable cost and 100% satisfaction. Not only does a satisfied client leave positive feedback, they are likely to be a repeat client. Each client, no matter the duration or size of the assignment, should be treated with the up most respect. I am seeking to develop long term relationships that will be mutually beneficial for both the client and myself. Video Script Writing Creative Writing Copy Writing Content Writing Proof Reading Editing MS Word MS Excel MS PowerPoint MS Publisher PDF Conversions (To and From)

$55.56 /hr
26 hours
4.87
Chris Dabbs

Chris Dabbs

Voiceover Artist - Male British, UK English

United Kingdom - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 5

Hi there I'd love to help you with this project! Here's a little detail about me... I have many happy clients from over 22 countries around the world. My clients include FedEx, Accenture, AstraZenica, GE, Google, Organix, Microsoft, Adobe, Mattel, Kimberly Clark, Pfizer, Onyx Pharma, Siemens, CA, Towers Watson, FujiFilm, JVC, BBC, NBC Universal, Rio Tinto, Jack & Jones, New Era, PUB Singapore and many other small and corporate sized companies. I am a full time Voiceover Artist and I have a neutral English British Accent RP (Modern BBC) and Web Explainer videos are my speciality! I record in my own Professional Studio so my recordings are crystal clear and free of hiss, clicks, bangs, traffic rumbles and aircraft noise! Please get in touch if you have any questions - I'm happy to help! Chris Dabbs

$83.33 /hr
80 hours
5.00
Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller

Writer and Editor

United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 6

Words have power – tremendous power. My mission is to harness that power in order to help my clients, whether that involves crafting clear, concise business manuals or helping a first-time writer to prepare a draft for submission to agents. I have been writing and editing professionally for nearly four years, and I bring to every client integrity, efficiency, and a sharp eye for detail. Please see my portfolio for examples of my work.

$60.00 /hr
1,109 hours
4.99
Bernard L.

Bernard L.

Word | Excel | PPT | Publisher | Ebook | Forms | T...

Philippines - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 17 - Portfolio: 8

My earnest desire is to deliver high-quality output required by clients through rendering efficient administrative support tasks such as word processing, data entry, form conversion, reports and article writing. I have more than 15 years of work experience wherein I practically gained proficiency in using Microsoft/ Web/ Online applications. Several training and seminars gave me the opportunity to learn and use other software like Adobe Photoshop (CS3), ArcGIS (ArcMap 9.3 Version) Database (CBMS-NRDB). oDesk is now helping me in enhancing my expertise.

$25.00 /hr
718 hours
4.94
Matthieu R.

Matthieu R.

Native French Translator...

United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 17 - Portfolio: 6

Main objective : Find long term collaborative work contracts. Want to know more : After a French scientific Baccalaureate, I graduated from an international audiovisual and fine-art school - obtaining their two diplomas. Then, spent over 5 years working as a film, sound and video editor for 2 major post-production hubs in France, where I digitized, restored and handled many featured film productions from major movie catalogues (Universal, Canal +, Hammer productions, Cine cite, etc.) along world known TV series (Friends). I moved to the USA in 2001 where I started helping on numerous independent movie productions, theater play designs, directed several audiovisual and musical productions, managed low and medium budgets, edited multi-camera productions, edited TV spots, radio spots, created e-learning voice modules, screen captures, produced informative material and released published, licensed and copyrighted works. Softwares I use : the Adobe CS5, Final Cut Pro X & Motion 5, and Office from Microsoft just to name a few. On another hand, being a French native, I can create subtitles or translate dialogs for movies and manage European localization projects, from web-site to e-learning booklets to cooking recipes, technical documents and more... Currently the French localization provider for several interactive software companies, one translation agency and a major audiovisual products distributor. Thank you for considering my application. Looking forward to our collaboration.

Groups: oTranslators
$75.00 /hr
531 hours
4.96
Jon Hofferman

Jon Hofferman

Experienced writer/editor/designer

United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 12 - Portfolio: 8

More than 25 years' experience as a writer, editor and proofreader, including books, scripts, marketing materials, magazine articles, and academic subjects. I'm very skilled in sorting out grammar, spelling, syntax, etc., as well as helping to shape ideas to ensure clarity and impact. I also have extensive experience with graphic design and desktop publishing in a variety of formats. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients and welcome give-and-take to produce the best possible result. If your primary concern is with quality, as opposed to disposable quantity, please get in touch.

$40.00 /hr
76 hours
4.93
Desiree D.

Desiree D.

Native Dutch translator, proofreader and copywrite...

Netherlands - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 4

I'm a native Dutch speaker, academically trained (MA in English Language & Culture, Leiden University). Having worked in international environments for all my working life and translating professionally from English into Dutch (and vice versa), translating has become second nature to me. I work extensively with several TM tools like SDL Trados 2014, Wordfast, Crowdin and Smartling. My areas of expertise include: mobile apps, hardware, software, communication, engineering, internet, marketing, (social) travel and tourism. With 100% proficiency in both languages and cultures, I can localize your content to the Dutch market in the right tone. To me communication is key, I am well organised and an efficient time-manager.

$40.00 /hr
54 hours
4.88
Preston H.

Preston H.

20+ years expert SQL database designer preferring...

United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 41

I am one of the top database design specialists on oDesk. My sophisticated hand-crafted database design will save your organization significant time and money. I am a serious professional with over 20 years of experience as a programmer and database specialist. My emphasis has been on creating elegant SQL database design integrated with user-friendly front-end software (desktop and web applications). I have worked mainly as a database designer, programmer and database administrator for bioinformatics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biomedical research applications. I also have extensive experience programming database-centric software (websites, web applications, desktop applications) for publishing, business, financial, personnel and other purposes. One of the things I enjoy most is creating database schemas which make sense for both programmers and non-programmers, designing with an eye toward flawless data integrity, maximum maintainability and optimal performance. I love crafting websites and web applications which perform with shocking speed. It makes for a better experience for users, developers and administrators. My expertly designed database systems - with well-written queries, intelligently chosen indices, and sensible caching strategies - can easily perform 10 to 100 times faster (using the same underlying hardware). My emphasis when working with clients is on their data and system usability, not specific trends or technologies. But in case you're wondering about some specifics, I strongly believe that the database data should be integrated with but also somewhat independent from a presentation/application layer. Data in the database should be easily accessible from one or many different applications built using one or multiple different technologies. Currently I favor PHP/JavaScript/HTML5 for web applications, RealBasic/Real Studio/Xojo for cross-platform applications [Mac OS X/Windows/Linux], Xcode for Mac OS X-only/iOS applications, Visual Studio for Windows desktop applications. I prefer using MySQL for back-end RDBMS, but I also use Oracle, Microsoft MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL and SQLite on a regular basis. If your data and information organization is already in great shape, and if you are satisfied with how your database-integrated software and website performs, then you probably don't need a high-end expert like me. I can make routine modifications, add to well-crafted existing systems, etc. But so can many other people. But if you're just getting started on a new system that you want done right, or if you suspect your database website programming strategy needs an overhaul, then I can get you on the right track in a short amount of time. * * * * * * * * Let me mention a few of the client-friendly policies and practices I apply with all my clients. I don't do these things to distinguish myself from other contractors. (I would hope they all do the same.) I do these simply because this is how I would want to be treated if I was the client: - I work for zero up-front payment; you can pay me when I'm done. - With fixed-rate contracts, if you don't love what I do for you, you don't need to pay for it. - You don't need to have your own web servers; I can host development and/or live production work on my own high-capacity servers. - I don't mind working on a client's servers, or doing dev work on my servers and transfering finished work to client's servers. - I do not charge clients for hosting their websites or software systems, or for moving their websites or software systems elsewhere. - I provide clients with root log-in access to all the work I do for them; you are welcome to log into the server (cPanel, FTP, and phpMyAdmin) at any time and copy or back-up or move any work I do for you. - If I am working for you, all work product, all source code, all database design belongs to you. Always. Period. - I am happy to work with you and/or other programmers you enlist to work on a project; I am happy to pass off development work. - I do not provide mysterious "black box" solutions. I am happy to have you look under the hood at everything I do. You don't need to know anything at all about the inner workings of a system. Or you're welcome to ask about the most intricate details. - If we're developing a system from scratch, I prefer to do so using very widely-available technologies (PHP/MySQL/JavaScript/HTML5) which you can hire countless other people to work on if you decide to have other developers work on your system. - Do not be embarrassed to ask ANY question! I enjoy working with clients who have zero technical know-how in programming/databases/etc., partially because I appreciate their expertise in OTHER fields (real estate, art, medicine, law, science, civics, etc.) If you already know everything about databases and programming you probably wouldn't need me, would you?

$80.00 /hr
386 hours
5.00
Jessie Q.

Jessie Q.

Freelance Writer/Translator

United States - Last active: 25 days ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 6

I have three bachelors of arts in English, European Studies, and Chinese Literature. I am a hard working, intelligent and extremely dedicated individual with expertise in writing, editing, and translation. I have previous work experiences in sales, teaching, and legal assistance, giving me an edge in writing contents or articles for these specific fields. I am a native English speak with absolute fluency in Mandarin. I have studied in Paris, therefore have basic French communication skills. I have traveled and worked in China and most parts of Europe, and can therefore offer more in-depth writing. I am seeking editing, translating, content writing, and any other writing or illustration related work. I have written three thesis while in school and understand how to write and edit research papers or any research related writing. I am also adept in translating from English to Chinese and vise versa. I have done translation work for both legal firms and private companies (mainly dealing with purchase and contracts). My typing speed is approximately 80 words per minute and can translate approximately 2 pages per hour depending on density and complexity. I am also qualified in editing and checking for spelling, grammar, and general formatting mistakes. I can work most hours during the week, including weekends. Although I live in PST, I can accommodate certain times and people based on my freelance schedule. I can be reached easily by either email or Skype. If the need ever arises, I live in Southern California and can schedule meetings as well.

$27.78 /hr
15 hours
4.80