Freelance Jobs – Do you want to be a freelance proofreader?

Proofreading is a career that many would love to have. Freelance proofreading is not easy to get into and it always helps to know a few people that could give you the work. But what do you do when you don’t know anyone who could help you?

Practice makes perfect

One of the best ways is to first become a writer and practice proofreading your own work. Freelance proofreading is actually quite difficult and isn’t the easy job people think it is. Not only do you need to be able to spot spelling mistakes, you also need to be able to spot grammatical mistakes as well.

What to check for

Some of the things you will have to look for when proofreading is the structure of the sentence. You have to read every word very carefully, otherwise a wrongly conveyed word or message may slip through. Never trust your spell check as to be brutally honest, it is rubbish! The Microsoft word spell check won’t pick up on wrongly used words, and very rarely does it give you the right option for grammatical errors as well. Freelance proofreaders also have to look for punctuation errors such as colons, commas and semicolons within a sentence.

Training

When you are thinking of becoming a freelance proofreader one of the best ways to do so is to train. A properly structured course on proofreading will ensure that you give your clients the best quality work. Being a qualified freelance proofreader will also look great on your applications or resumes.

There are tons of online courses that are worth giving a go, especially if you are serious about making it as a freelance proofreader. You will need perseverance, dedication and determination to be a freelance proofreader.

Where to find jobs

Personally, I find my freelance proofreading jobs online through freelance websites, through online advertisements or from previous clients. Whether you are chosen or not for a proofreading job will all depend on your turnaround time, your qualifications and your experience. If you lack the experience, you may have to work a little harder in convincing the clients why you are the right person for the job.

Headhunters and Executive Recruiters: Employer and Applicant’s Partners

Any business needs quality employees. These days, it’s hard to authenticate whether an applicant is true or not; or whether that person is qualified or he is who he really says he is. That’s why we have professionals who find the right people. However, there is an issue whether what name to call these individuals: Headhunters or Executive Recruiters? This is important because through this we can trust or not trust the person who approaches us and say they want to recruit us.

Let’s see the difference:

A Headhunter is someone who focuses on guiding. Most particularly, he guides individuals who find jobs and hone them in their chosen profession. What they do is they set up interviews with various high-end employers. In short, they will market you. Of course, they ask for a fee. Some Headhunters take a percentage of the employee’s first pay. Because of this, these people will surely search for the right job for you since they will not be paid unless you are employed.

On the other hand, there are slight differences when it comes to Executive Recruiters. They are basically in-house. What I mean is that they have established client companies and they are the ones who pay these professionals—looking at Head Hunters, you’ll see that it’s the other way around. Some companies are dying to fill their line-up of workers and they want to fill it up with the best of the society. In here, the job of the Executive Recruiters enters. What’s good with them is that they have a list of jobs which are directly provided to them by the companies, jobs that are not posted in any advertising medium, thus, even headhunters do not know about these. By visiting an Executive Recruiter, you might just be surprised that there is a job opening that matches your skills to a T.

We can see now that the two titles are very different from each other. Though they both help you land a job, the difference is the driving force that makes each go into action. One is driven by the demands of the company, while the other is the need for an employee to get a better job. Any which way, both are very helpful resources that an employee should consider approaching for better chances to find a new job, soon.

How to do your homework better

Homework is often hardest to get done because of when we decide to do it…at night. Most people say that they are most productive at night and while that may or may not be scientifically true, it does lead to most people doing their work at night when there is a higher chance of being tired or sleepy. However, getting tired and/or wanting to fall asleep while doing work can happen at any point during the day and can make it hard to complete an assignment. I experienced the most trouble with this particular phenomenon when doing my reading for my Political Philosophy of Plato class a few semesters ago. While Plato is brilliant and has a lot of interesting things to say, reading 100 pages of one of his dialogues is more than enough to put you to sleep. Normally when we feel tired or sleepy and are doing work, we try to get all of the work done before sleeping. However, taking a power nap before or in the middle of work can get rid of that sleepiness and help you finish your work more effectively.


Even after you know exactly what you need to do and have all of your work prioritized, it can still be hard to maintain your focus and avoid getting distracted, especially if you are somebody who is prone to distractions or even if you are just having trouble focusing. We all have trouble focusing at different times for a variety of reasons but the most important thing to do is to force yourself to go back to your work. Try and work in an environment that will provide you with the least distractions possible. For me, this usually means somewhere with very few people because people watching is one of my all-time favorite activities. I usually do work at home in my apartment, because it allows me to avoid the distraction of being around other people in the library and cuts out the extra time (and distraction) of going somewhere else to study. That being said studying at home or in your room doesn’t work for everybody. Regardless of where you study, accept occasional distractions or zoning out as unavoidable when doing work. Allow them to happen and don’t stress out about them too much.

Tips are usually all aimed at helping you complete tasks once you know what they are and have them written down, this last idea is to help you organize and stay up-to-date with all of your homework at any given time. There’re different iPhone apps that organize homework and assignments and send you notifications and reminders about them. That old paper agenda that you get each year can instead become digital and you can access everything on your phone. The five apps that they mention include everything from helping teachers keep track of their students grades to helping students consolidate and share their notes from each class. I think getting notifications of assignment on your phone like you can with the first app iStudiez Pro could help you stay organized and remember all of your assignments. These apps really just make your regular to do list more portable, but given how much time we all spend on our phones these days, one of these apps might help out a lot.

Tell me your own experiences with managing homework and things you do to finish your to-do list.

Closet Clips

When it comes to fashion, I am a bit of a sissy. I do not lead the pack and revel in my bold style decisions. I do not wear plants on my head like Sarah Jessica Parker, hobo-chic body sacks like Mary Kate and Ashley, or full swan costumes like Bjork (though I admire any woman who can ruffle feathers). Rather, I adopt the safe, mainstream trends that, on a good day, earn me a sidewalk compliment, and, on a bad day, go generally unnoticed.

For this reason, I am thrilled to have a fashion book on our list this fall. Closet Confidential: Style Secrets Learned the Hard Way is the gift book of the season, penned by Daddy Likey blogger Winona Dimeo-Ediger. In her guide for the fashion wary, Winona shares fifty style lessons that are refreshingly accessible (for those of you who prefer your plants in a garden) and more addictive than peanut MMS. This is just a sampling of my favorites.

STYLE LESSON #2: The constitution guarantees freedom of speech, press, religion, petition, assembly, and to wear any style of jeans we want, so try something new you might be pleasantly surprised.

Boot cut jeans (aka Jeanus versatilus) are the most frequently occurring articles my wardrobe, which I credit to both their extreme versatility and my unsubstantiated fear of jeans that aren’t boot cut. I realize this makes me to use Winona’s words a complete style snore. So, last month, I finally summoned some retail bravery and headed to T.J. Maxx with plans to avoid familiar denim territory. Two trips to the dressing room and three unflattering try-ons later, I emerged with my first pair of skinny jeans (aka Extreme intimidatus). Despite the blue sparkles on the back pockets that were probably intended for pre-teen fashionistas, they were exactly what I didn’t know I’d wanted all along.

Stay tuned for the second part of this post to read the second part of this review!

Washington Doodles: Thinking (and Coloring) Outside the Box . . .

Most days I have a sidekick at the office. Usually, it’s my dog, who snoozes away the workday contentedly. But occasionally, it’s my chatty six-year-old, whose school seems to have an inordinate number of “professional development” and “report card writing” days. She stays busy (and quiet) with a box of art supplies I keep stashed on a shelf that she labeled with her name and “artist editor” beneath it. Because I occasionally bring home manuscripts for kids’ books and read them to her, she considers herself our children’s book editor. She even asks me to pass on her comments about manuscripts to our publisher because she is sure he will want to know what she thinks. So when John Skewes, author of the delightful Larry Gets Lost series, agreed to illustrate a Washington state–themed kids’ doodle book, I was excited to “test drive” the roughs with my daughter who, when she’s not reading a book, is doodling in one.

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Washington Doodles sparks the interest and imaginations of kids who live in our beautiful state or are just visiting it, with doodles about things they might see here (whales, Mt. Rainier, salmon jumping!), to (ski, hike, climb, swim!), or places they might go (the Olympic Sculpture Park, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market!). What I love about Washington Doodles is that kids aren’t just coloring inside the lines. They’re creating their own pictures, telling their own stories, and having fun learning along the way. As my daughter said, “you can really spread your imagination around.” As a parent, and as someone who helped this book come together, I couldn’t hope for more.

Have you checked this one out yet? I totally recommend it! If you try it, write me a comment letting me know what you think, I am really interested in your feedback! I hope you liked this post! Love you all! xoxo

Innovate 2013

Innovate 2013 marks Graded School’s commitment to re-imagine the school that best serves and inspires students for tomorrow.  Please join us and innovators from across the globe to engage in a dialogue designed to ignite new ideas resulting in building a foundation for the change our students deserve.

In partnership with Un-Plugged at the American School of Bombay, theLausanne Laptop Institute at Lausanne Collegiate, the European 1-1 Learning Institute hosted by the Frankfurt International School, and the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), Graded School is honored to launch the conversation in South America.