Did you know that you can be a proofreader with Amazon or third-party sellers that work with Amazon?
If you have ever purchased an item on Amazon, then you’re probably fully aware of the product description when you buy a product. This description is crucial as this is what sells the product.
Now, if this description is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, how do you think this reflects upon the manufacturer? Not good, right?
This is where you can come in.
Known as a proofreader, Amazon has invested in proofreading jobs, all of which you can find here officially, but I want to cover this position more in depth if you’re looking for a proofreading job online, whether it’s with Amazon directly or a third-party working on the Amazon platform.
In today’s guide, I will discuss the experience needed, the pay as well as how you can find these jobs. As always, I’m 100% honest and only recommend what I feel is worthwhile.
Is Experience Necessary?
For the jobs I have seen posted on the official Amazon website, most do require some sort of experience, usually about three to five years plus college education. I have seen other blogs noting that no experience is required, however, this isn’t the case if you’re looking to work directly with Amazon. Most of your professional jobs on Amazon often require at least a four-year degree, but as for which degree you need, Amazon doesn’t specify directly; rather, they are often broad in what’s expected. For example, they ask for an English degree, etc. They aren’t too picky.
Now, if you’re working with a third-party opportunity, then what kind of experience that’s necessary will be at the job poster’s discretion. Usually, what I have found is that most opportunities require some experience, however, a lot don’t require a college education. Most just want to know what kind of work you have done in the past. It’s important to save your work samples whenever you’re working so that it can be used as a future reference.
If you’re just starting out as a proofreader, I will warn you that it will be harder for you to get a job, but don’t let it startle you as there will be people who are willing to work with you if you can prove your worth. As a proofreader, it’s essential to know the basics in spelling and grammar, of course, but it often needs to go above and beyond that. Some may ask you to tweak a description, often making you a copywriter, while others may want you to have advanced spelling/grammatical knowledge. It varies.
The lesson here is that experience just depends on who you’re working with. As long as you can read the description and understand what’s expected of you, then you shouldn’t have a problem finding an Amazon proofreading job that fits your skill set. The more experience you have, the better.
How Much Do Amazon Proofreaders Get Paid?
This is going to depend on who you’re working with. If you plan on working directly with Amazon, then the average pay range seems to be in the $25 to $45 per hour range, at least according to Glassdoor.
This will often be a full-time job with benefits, so your hourly rate will effectively be much more in value.
Now, if you’re going to work with a provider outside of Amazon, then it will often be priced upon the job. This can often range anywhere from $20 to $200+ per description written. In many cases, you will be asked to write the product description as well as proofread it after it completes. I will get into how the third-party proofreading jobs work shortly.
What Kind of Amazon Proofreading Jobs Are There?
Not all of the jobs I’m about to mention allow you to work directly with Amazon. Rather, in some cases, you will work with third parties who work on the Amazon platform, and this can include the following.
Amazon Product Listing Proofreading Jobs
As mentioned, whenever you find a product, there’s always a description attached to it. In many cases, a company will need someone to write this description and then have another person proofread it. This allows the company to ensure that they have a product description that’s not riddled with errors to make themselves look bad. Simply put, you will proofread, recommend vocab words or even add to what’s already written.
Amazon Kindle Proofreading Jobs
This one can be much more in depth as Kindle books, often written by independent authors, can take weeks since most books are hundreds of pages long. In this case, you will be expected to read a rough copy and make edits where you feel it’s necessary. In this case, you won’t be asked to write the book; rather, you will be asked to proofread and then offer your spelling/grammar recommendations.
Amazon Blog Jobs
Online, affiliate marketers often create blogs/websites that cater around Amazon products. Here, you can be asked to proofread blog posts that were already written. This is a stretch, I know, but I do find that these jobs are aplenty on the job resources I’m about to mention.
Websites to Find Amazon Proofreading Jobs
As mentioned, Amazon won’t always be hiring, but you can work with third parties that work on Amazon. This is where these third-party websites come into the picture.
Listed below are some of the best options to find proofreading jobs. And, again, these are very reputable websites to help you find work.
I would say FlexJobs is one of my favorite options if you’re looking for any remote work.
Here, you will find almost any remote job, whether it’s entry-level or one that pays six figures. There’s something for everyone, and this is one of the main reasons I like to promote it every so often on my posts.
The nice thing about this site is that they source jobs from reputable companies, many you may have heard of, including Amazon. Just set up an alert if it’s an Amazon proofreading job you’re interested in and you’re on your way to getting a potential job when it posts.
Now, the difference with FlexJobs, in comparison to the rest I’m about to mention here, is that they charge a small monthly fee. They charge this fee to provide you with spam-free results and to pay their staff. It’s one of the few companies I mention that charge a fee, but I truly think it’s worth it. If you don’t like it, they offer a risk-free guarantee, offering your money back if you’re not satisfied.
Even if you can’t land an Amazon proofreading job, you can find hundreds of other options that may be just as good. It’s a great option for those who are looking for either a part or full-time job.
- Website: FlexJobs
If you don’t want to pay for a service or maybe you don’t want a part/full-time job, then Upwork would be your next best option.
If you’re not familiar with Upwork, it’s one of the largest freelancing websites on the planet that allows you to connect with providers who need just about anything, including proofreading Amazon listings, etc. Take a look at that picture above to see a job description example I found while searching for Amazon proofreading jobs.
Today, the platform has more than 5 million clients and the number continues to grow daily.
To get started, all you need to do is create a profile, fill out an application detailing your skills (picture it like a resume) and then start applying to the jobs. You can also wait for people to contact you after you complete this profile, but honestly, most of your work will come through applying on the site via the many jobs posted.
Upwork is extremely easy to use and it’s highly recommended for freelancers in any category.
- Website: Upwork
PeoplePerHour is another job that works just like Upwork. You will be asked to create a profile and then bid on any jobs you feel you can perform. Every job will have a description, as well as a budget, as to what’s expected of you.
Before you sign up, you can view the jobs currently available to see if it’s anything of interest. These jobs consistently change, so what you see today may be different tomorrow.
And, while you won’t find a ton of Amazon proofreading jobs on this platform, some pop up on occasions. It’s the reason I want to bookmark it here.
If you want to work as a proofreader with Amazon, then you will want to follow this link as this is where they will post the jobs anytime an active listing is available. However, if you like the idea of writing/proofreading Amazon descriptions, then there are plenty of other opportunities to work with people who work on Amazon. This is where those third-party websites come into the picture. Either sign up for FlexJobs to be alerted any time a job posts or consider Upwork to find jobs posted today. It’s going to take some work, but if you work on getting reviews and building a reputation, you could soon find yourself with a lot of work.
Let it be known that Amazon proofreading jobs are entirely possible. You just need to know where to look. I hope these resources get you on the right path.
That’s going to wrap it up for now. As always, if you want to add to what I have already written or you want to recommend a resource, you’re more than welcome to add to the comments below.
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