• A. Hampton

How to Become a Proofreader Without a College Degree


If you are interested in proofreader training, even with no college degree or previous experience, start with the following low-cost resources to see if proofreading is a good fit for you.

  1. Take the free proofreading test at www.startproofreadingnow.com. Fill out the "subscribe" box to get the answers.

  2. To assess your grammar skills, download the free grammar test at www.arhampton.com/grammarquiz.

  3. To get an idea of what proofreaders do, read the Proofreading Power Blog at www.startproofreadingnow.com/blog.

  4. As a curious beginner who cannot make a large financial commitment for full professional proofreading training, enroll in the basic proofreading course, "Proofreading Power Basics Express" for only $29 at arhampton.thinkific.com/courses/proofreadingbasics.

  5. To get a full overview of professional proofreading and how to launch a freelance proofreading business, get the book "Start Your Proofreading Side-Hustle: Maximize Your Writing Skills" by Ashan R. Hampton for only $9.95 on Amazon.

  6. If you can afford to invest in your proofreading interests, consider taking the full proofreading training course called "Proofreading Power" at arhampton.thinkific.com/courses/proofreading-power.

For more proofreading practice, get the following grammar and proofreading books with exercises and quizzes that will improve and challenge your skills: for only $19.95 each:

Either way, there is an affordable option for pursuing proofreading that meets every price point from free to a couple hundred dollars. It is not necessary to spend $600 on an unproven program that will not guarantee success as a paid proofreader. Instead, take advantage of the free and low-cost proofreading resources listed above to discover your aptitude for proofreading.



Ashan R. Hampton is a long-time English instructor turned entrepreneur. Through her company, Onyx Online Education & Training, she offers digital courses and print books on grammar, proofreading, business writing and communication for personal and professional development to individuals and corporations. To find out more about Ashan's work, visit www.arhampton.com.

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