Why use a proofreader?
Have you spent hours making changes to your document, perhaps moving different sections around? Have there been several people contributing to the content, all with their own styles of writing? Has the document been rushed in order to meet a deadline, or has some material been added long after the rest of it was written?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, your document could well benefit from a fresh pair of eyes to smooth everything out so that the message is clear, tidy and unambiguous.
In a recent survey, 59% of over 1,000 UK residents said they would not use a company which had obvious spelling or grammatical mistakes on its marketing material.
It can be very difficult to proofread material you have written yourself because your brain automatically reads what it expects to see, rather than what is actually there. A poorly checked document reflects badly on its author, making them look careless, rushed and sloppy. It can also be incredibly damaging to the credibility and clarity of their message. A proofreader will give your work a final polish to make it clear, consistent and professional, enabling you to be taken seriously.
Businesses with well-written marketing material are more likely to attract new clients and avoid possible reprint costs.
Students are awarded marks for correct spelling, punctuation and grammar in their dissertations.
Employers are more likely to hire staff with clear, well-presented applications.
‘Can’t I just use a spellchecker?’
Proofreaders check far more than just spelling (see my Proofreading Services page) and while spellcheckers can pick up some typing errors, they cannot pick up all of them. Just for fun, here are some examples of rather embarrassing – and potentially dangerous – mistakes a proofreader would correct but a spellchecker would not!
‘Now’ instead of ‘not’
‘Manger’ instead of ‘manager’
‘Pubic’ instead of ‘public’
Bad word breaks:
‘The- rapist’ instead of ‘thera- pist’
‘Men- swear’ instead of ‘mens- wear’
‘Woman without her man is nothing’, or should it be ‘Woman: without her, man is nothing’?