Do I Need a Proofreader?

Why is it so important to have your content proofread? Because typos, misspelled or misused words, and poor punctuation can leave a lasting impression on your audience—and it’s not usually a positive one. And once your words are printed or you hit “Send,” you typically have two choices: live with the error (see the example below) or pay someone to fix it. Using a professional proofreader can help you avoid having to make that choice.

When hours are spent working on a project, it becomes difficult for even the most skilled writer to pick up on mistakes within their own writing simply because they’re too close to it. Spelling and grammar checkers have come a long way, but these tools often miss extra/omitted words, incorrect usage of a word, or misspelled proper nouns (just to name a few).

A proofreader closely examines a piece of writing specifically to catch spelling, punctuation, and usage errors as well as formatting issues and inconsistencies throughout a piece. For both the creator and the proofreader, the desired outcome is the same: error-free writing which clearly conveys the intended meaning and generates a positive response.

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Print, digital, or job is too small for a proofreader.
Print, digital, or chalk…no job is too small for a proofreader.

Here are just a few examples of projects that would likely benefit from thorough proofreading:

  • Book manuscripts
  • Ebooks
  • Online content (website copy, social posts, blog posts)
  • Email content
  • Newsletters (print or email)
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Cover letters
  • College applications
  • Essays
  • Articles (newspaper, magazine, online)
  • Short stories
  • Product copy (including packaging and catalog copy)
  • Online product descriptions
  • Business marketing materials (print/online ads, brochures, flyers, forms)
  • Employee communications (correspondence, HR documents, benefits materials)
  • Signage
  • White papers
  • Instruction manuals
  • Technical documents
  • Labels