Proofreading Rates | A Guide for Freelance Editors

One of the hardest parts of freelancing is figuring out the right rates to charge your clients, and this is no different for proofreaders and editors. This article provides useful data and guidance on the process of formulating your rates.

Rates for proofreading vary widely depending on a variety of factors (e.g., experience, difficulty), but rough median rates are indicated in the table below for proofreaders who work independently and those who work with established platforms.

Style of work Median rate per hour
Working with a platform $20–$28
Independent freelancer $36–$40

Bear in mind that as an independent freelancer, you carry out additional work that you don’t bill for: finding clients and admin tasks like invoicing. If you instead work with a platform like Scribbr, you might earn a lower nominal rate (since the company takes a cut), but the additional unpaid work is eliminated.

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How to make and sell study notes

Studying can be hard, especially when you find yourself trying to maintain your social life, earn some money and still get good grades in school. But there is a way to combine earning money and getting good grades in school, and that’s by selling your study notes.

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Is professional proofreading allowed at US universities?

The simple answer is yes! Most universities allow outside proofreading for longer texts like a Ph.D. dissertation, but for normal essays be certain to double check your department and university guidelines.

As long as your university does not have a policy in place against using outside proofreading services, proofreading is generally allowed.

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Tables in your dissertation

Dissertations and theses often include tables. One advantage of tables is that they allow you to present data in a clear and concise manner without having to provide a lengthy explanation in the text. This is particularly helpful in sections such as your results chapter.

The steps presented below will help to ensure that any tables you use in your dissertation follow the basic rules and standards. If you are using the MLA citation style, you should follow the guidelines for tables and figures in our MLA format guide.

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Email contact with your dissertation supervisor

How to best approach your dissertation supervisor via email can vary by supervisor. For example, some supervisors are fine with being addressed by their first name, while others would prefer that you only use their title and surname.

We have developed a number of guidelines that will help you to come across as being as professional and serious as possible, regardless of the different preferences that your supervisor has concerning emails from students.

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How do you incorporate an interview into a dissertation?

You have performed qualitative research for your dissertation by conducting interviews that you now want to include: how do you do that? Chances are that this was never explained to you and you don’t know what is expected. That’s why in this article we describe how interviews can be included in, for instance, the discussion section of your dissertation and how they can be referenced.

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