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I was looking around on the interwebz for legitimate work-at-home jobs. Yes, I know, I know, but I figure there have to be SOME out there, right? So I found a site that looked reasonably not shady and checked it out. There was some good information, along with the usual links and helpful hints.

I'm fine with the job I've got, but y'know, in this economy we could all use a little boost, plus I need something to do with all that spare time I've got every day. The truth is, I have always been intrigued by the premise of actually making a living writing or reading, or any combination of the two. A link for proofreading jobs caught my eye. Ohhhh! People are always telling me that I should be a proofreader. Almost every time I pick up a newspaper, I spot an error, and I know I bug the crap out of Steven with my incessant yammering about finding misspellings on signs and such. So I clicked the link. The actual jobs sound decent enough. There's no fee, they actually would pay ME, not vice-versa. And there's no promise of "MAKE $5000 A DAY DOING NOTHING!!!!!!!!OMG!!!" But what caught my eye was the lead-in before the jobs. This is what it said: Proofreading Jobs These jobs may sound simple to do but they are not as easy as it seems, you have to have attention to detail, you have to be good in english, spellings and grammar. A proofreaders jobs is the most important job as he does the final correction to a document before it is published. So if you are confident and you fit the requirements then check out the companies. If you get this right you can earn a full time income.

There was another one that said essentially the same thing, but was actually a bit worse: There is a massive requirement of proofreaders online, but the supply of proofreaders is on a decline, that is why we rate this as one of the top work from home job opportunities, Let us explain for the benefit of those who don’t know what a proof-reader is suppose to do.

In simple language a proof-reader checks and edits errors like spellings, grammar etc of a piece of writing or content before it is published. To do this job you should be fairly good with you spellings, english and grammar and should have attention to detail, if you enjoy reading then you will find this job much easier to do. These jobs pay really well and if you establish yourself as a professional proof-reader, the sky can be the limit.


D'oh!!

Well, I sure am glad that I'm good with spellings! I also understand the function of a PERIOD as opposed to a comma or a semicolon. Good Lord, seriously?!

I'm almost wondering if this is some sort of test? Maybe if I call them up and tell them that I found at least seventeen errors in their marketing spiel, they'll realize I know what I'm talking about?

I'm just... woah.. I have no words.

Date: 2011-04-15 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christa-nz.livejournal.com
"Spellings" and "suppose to"! That's fantastic... if it is a test, I think the writer = fail!

Date: 2011-04-15 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluesilverkdg.livejournal.com
I think my favorite is the fact that they don't even capitalize English.

Date: 2011-04-15 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theldara.livejournal.com
www.odesk.com is legit WAH jobs. The fiancee of my old boss works for them. I keep meaning to do some jobs for them, but I can't get anything done during the day with Sam and evenings are a hurried rush to get housework caught up. I have one resume to work on right now for a family member and I started it LAST WEEK, only 1/2 done.... ugh.

Date: 2011-04-16 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluesilverkdg.livejournal.com
Thank you! I will look into them when I get settled and can devote some time to it. Again, not looking for anything to get rich on, but a little extra would come in nice.

Date: 2011-04-16 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theldara.livejournal.com
I think you'd like Odesk. The jobs tend to be short term, contract, stuff so you're not making huge months on end commitments. I liked the looks of some of the secretary type stuff on there, but haven't gotten to pursue it due to the kidlet.

Date: 2011-04-15 04:00 pm (UTC)
viridescence13: (grammar nazi)
From: [personal profile] viridescence13
So what is your day job, if you don't mind me asking? =)

Legit work-at-home jobs, in my experience, are few and far between (unless we're talking Mary Kay, Tupperware, stuff like that). Especially starting out. Lots of scams out there, and plenty in the writing/editing field. Even if they're not scams, they pay such an insultingly low amount or the quality is just sad (i.e., content mills). They give a bad name to the whole concept. I freelance now, but I also worked as an editor full-time, and have gotten most of my gigs via networking.

I can't tell you how many people have asked me about getting into the field with the assumption that it's easy to do and they'll be making a great full-time income immediately. It's kind of a pet peeve of mine at this point. Please know that I'm not accusing you of having this attitude -- although we're new friends I can already tell that you're an intelligent and reasonable person. =)

I have actually applied for a few editing or proofreading positions that required you to proof the ad as part of the process. It doesn't appear that's the case with these, though!
Edited Date: 2011-04-15 04:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-16 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluesilverkdg.livejournal.com
I just typed up a whoooole big "about me" entry, that will answer everything you could possibly ever want to know. :-)

And I know about the pitfalls of WAH. I've been researching it for a while, and it's really sad how many "companies" are out there waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting people. Fortunately the job I'm hoping to transition to soon will involve some at-home time, so I'm just essentially trying to double up. But I am realistic, and I know that it's difficult and takes time and patience.

I was wondering if this craziness was some sort of test, because the descriptions of all the other jobs are perfectly reasonable (and correct.) How weird that the one for the proofreading job is the one riddled with typos?

Date: 2011-04-16 12:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] viridescence13
Excellent -- I'll go read that ASAP.

Good deal. I think that right now people are getting taken advantage of more and more because they're desperate for any kind of job, given the economy. Working at home is great in so many ways -- I used to work at home sometimes when I had a full-time editing job and I got more done without people interrupting me. However, it's tempting to do things around the house too!

Hmmm. Maybe it IS a test. If so, very sneaky of them!

Date: 2011-04-15 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pfy.livejournal.com
I'm on Freelancer.com if you'd like a referral. The site is legit and there are tons of projects available. However, because you're competing against people from all over the world, including countries where the cost of living is much lower, the pay is often kind of poor. It's all right as a way of making a little bit extra in your spare time, though. I'll send you an invitation if you're interested.

You are definitely good in spellings, like you are suppose to!

Date: 2011-04-16 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluesilverkdg.livejournal.com
Sure! Hook me up. A little extra in my spare time is really what I'm needing. I have no such notions of making a killing sitting in my living room. :-)

You're pretty good at spellings, yourself!

Date: 2011-04-15 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pallid-regina.livejournal.com
So deeply wrong.

Or should that read: So's deeplie rongs.

Date: 2011-04-16 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluesilverkdg.livejournal.com
It's a grammarwhore-fest waiting to happen.

Date: 2011-04-16 03:40 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-16 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simplylaura.livejournal.com
I'm good with me spellings, too! XD That is priceless.

Date: 2011-04-16 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceofkittens.livejournal.com
Check out Elance.com and CloudCrowd.com — both are legit.

Date: 2011-04-19 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bogartbabe78.livejournal.com
lol now that would be an ideal job for you, proofreader. Thats too funny thought ..heck I was able to spot a few errors! Geez.
Good luck, I tried to find a second job doing stuff at home.... could never find anything that sounded legit!

Date: 2011-04-28 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheeze.livejournal.com
having spent most of my life getting stuck on mistakes in published books, i get this feeling that maybe i should look into this whole "proofreads for hire- can has good spellings" business...

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