I get this question a lot.
It depends on what kind of proofreading work.
If you want to proofread for court reporters, I do not publicize where to find proofreading jobs online. See this post for more info on that: Can You Tell Me EXACTLY How to Get Clients for FREE?.
To find general proofreading jobs, your best bet is to check out the following freelance sites:
Create a profile and start marketing! I go into LOTS of specifics on how to create a killer profile and how to land jobs in these competitive marketplaces in my General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ course. But NOT before I delve deep into the HOW of general proofreading. It’s not enough to just know how to market… you need to know how to be a proofreader before you ever start putting your name out there and trying to get clients.
Along with an entire module dedicated to just marketing techniques, one of the best marketing perks in General Proofreading is included in Ignite Plus, where students have the opportunity to test their newly learned skills on a challenging essay-style proofreading final. Once they pass with a 90%, their names are included on the Self-Publishing School’s Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex. Self-Publishing School is filled with authors getting their books published, and they need proofreaders! What better place to have your name listed as a qualified proofreader than there?
If you want to learn how to market to court reporters, you first need to know how to do the work. How to get the work is all included in Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ in Module 8.
To get to Module 8, though, students need to complete 50 practice transcripts and take the Module 5 Midterm to demonstrate they have actually learned how to proofread transcripts before they can learn how to get work.
With both courses, we teach the SKILLS that are absolutely essential to make you a rockstar proofreader. It also means we are avoiding flooding the market with underqualified proofreaders. If we made public our methods for gaining clients to anyone, regardless of their qualifications and skill, we would only be hurting the profession instead of helping it.
Our goal is to provide training of the highest quality for proofreaders in both the general proofreading and the transcript proofreading professions. Giving away our methods on how to gain a clientele to people we have not trained is not respectful of that goal.
If you’re considering enrolling in the course but can’t shake the fear you won’t be able to get clients, allow this post to calm your fear: How to Get Over the Fear of Finding Clients.