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How to Become a Proofreader:
Qualifications, Resources, and More

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Jessica is a writer for Her side hustles include freelance academic writing and editing, which she's done for 10+ years, as well as math and EFL tutoring, both on online platforms and in person.

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Sarah Larson

Freelance Proofreader

Sarah is a professional proofreader who has been operating her own business, Sarah Proofreads, for 4 years. She has worked with several notable clients, including Lavender Ocean, The Bookish Box, The Collective Press, and Wall Street Translations.

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Catherine Turner

Founder of Turner Proofreading

Catherine has 8+ years of copyediting and proofreading experience. She has been running her own business, Turner Proofreading, since 2017. She is a member of the Editorial Freelance Association and has earned several professional proofreading certificates.



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