What's the biggest challenge for you when hiring a proofreader?
I'm hiring proofreaders now and I wonder what are some of the things you look at. Have you ever encountered any problems working with proofreaders? For example, they may ask too many questions and be depended on your "expert look" when, in fact, you just need your text to be readable, good-looking and ready for uploading.
Also, some tips on hiring freelancers would be appreciated.
Every single person or company who produces content for an audience needs a proofreader. So what makes an exceptional proofreader?
You can probably guess the first part -- you need to be an English nerd. You need to have a working understanding of grammar and punctuation rules and an eye for misspellings and proper word choices. Anyone can look up grammar rules or how words are spelled, but a really solid knowledge of these concepts makes you a much more efficient proofreader.
Along with a love for words, it’s important to have a solid attention to detail. As a proofreader, you’re going to need to keep track of the small details that go unnoticed by the untrained eye. For example, if you’re reading a novel, you’ll need to keep track of things like character names and spellings or hair and eye color to make sure they stay consistent throughout the story.
This is also where great note-taking skills will come in handy. It can be difficult to remember tiny (but vital!) details, so keeping notes on the important elements will help make you a solid proofreader. And I could probably list a dozen more traits. You ask the questions and you'll find the perfect fit.
Too many errors make the site seem illegitimate so you should hire a proofreader who knows the language well. This is the reason why it is recommended that you choose someone whose native language is the one you speak. You should also ensure that you choose someone who has some experience with the subject matter of the writing. Getting someone on board who has the right knowledge is also important, which would save you valuable time.