I'm Bart and I'm looking for an English native speaker to proof texts written by a non native person. Job is easy because texts are pretty good and they need only a minor changes such as:
- Missing/incorrectly placed “the”, “a”, “an” etc
- Expressions with incorrect wording that may sound funny
- Wrong tenses
I write mostly “story sales copy” for my websites in different niches – there is always one goal – sale or promote. My style is specific and fun – you can call it “laid back surfer dude who tells engaging stories” - add different weird niches to it and I think that your proofing will be rather fun than work.
The goal is not in changing my copy to sound more mature or professional, but just to tweak minor grammatical flaws so native speakers won't recognize that it has been written by a non native dude and that whole copy will flow flawlessly. BUT if you can feel “my style” and you like cooperating rather than coming from the mindset “I hate this, I do it cos you pay me, and even though you pay me it's not enough so I will do it poorly” then I will appreciate your suggestions according to different wording or expressing thoughts in copy – as I'm not a native my dictionary is not as rich as yours.
Here is what kind of a person I'm looking for to do a business with:
- Native English
- Can deliver proofed materials in 24 hours (as I said it will be mostly skimming through and minor changing. Of course I don't expect 24h deliverability for [url removed, login to view] words texts and such – I'm a normal person and don't treat people like robots)
- Contactable via instant messenger
- All round, well read person with 2643 personalities ;) I'm mean that you are professional but laid back at the same time.
- Preferably marketing/seo experience OR interest in this (so proofing will be fun for you)
Here is what I'm offering:
I'm looking for a long term cooperation so you can get extra cash from time to time and I won't have to post more ads. For now it is not a steady text/per day or week cooperation, but it may become like that in the future, if both of us will be happy with each other. Additionally I'm open to extending our venture from proofreading to the other fields if we find need/skill match.
Currently I've got 5000 word of text to proof and we can start with that. As I said there is not much work with it and I estimate that you can do it in around 30 minutes up to an hour. I will send you a .doc, then just add/remove/change whatever is wrong/funny/not quite right and please mark every change on a red color so I can compare it with original. Then send it back to me and that's it.
I would need this appetizer back in 24 hours.
BEFORE YOU BID: Your bidding relates to proofing current 5000 word project BUT please also include how much will you charge per proofed word for our future assignments – if you don't include this information you won't be considered. If your “$/proofed word” will equal less than $30 for current 5000 word assignment you still will be paid $30 for this project.
It would be great if you could:
- Write something about your self
- Include copy/articles written by yourself
- And show me 3 photos of your family
- Previous one was a joke ;)
If you are reading this then probably you are a serious dude that I'm looking for to work with. This ad was long and full of my super funny jokes - if you manage to go through that, you can do anything !
Hope to hear from you