I am slowly starting a proofreading business. Right now, it will only be digital (preferably in Word format) and won't involve 'hard copy' at all. This is mostly because I really do not have a place to work on a hard copy at home :)
I have finally come up with some rates..... took a little bit of looking, and I really hope that I'm within the realm of reasonable.... Anyway, here are the rates:
If your work is already complete, but you're nervous and would like to make sure there are no errors:
•$1.95/page for corrected file copy
Includes proofing for spelling mistakes, typos, punctuation,
capitalization errors, and awkward grammar.
•$2.50/page for corrected file copy
Extended Proofreading / Line-by-Line Copyediting
Includes everything that comes with the basic service plus proofing
for general structure, clarity, sense, word choice, redundancies, and
inconsistencies in narrative voice.
•$3.50/page for corrected file copy
In the case of this last one, I would mark a copy in red and seek
approval before making changes.
Standard page is 250 words (divide total word count by 250 to get
number of pages). If there is a "rush" there would be an extra charge
determined on a job-by-job basis
I'm thinking I should have a 'minimum charge' but I'm unsure of what it should be. Suggestions are welcome.
Payment accepted through PayPal
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org