Looking for editing jobs? Dozens of sites can help you find this work and some of it is highly paid. Here are your options.


Two factors make PenguinFreelancers our top choice for freelance copy editors and proofreaders. The first is that Penguin Random House publishes great books, which makes for interesting reading.  And you are paid reasonable rates — $31 to $36 per hour, depending on what type of editing you’re doing. Learn more about PenguinFreelancers here.


Reedsy helps aspiring authors find ghostwriters, writing coaches and all types of editors. The site encourages seasoned editors to apply with a resume and portfolio. If you pass the site’s screening, you’ll create a profile that explains your experience and specialties. You also list the publications that you have edited. You determine what type of editing services to provide — developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, etc. The site will send you appropriate projects to bid on. You decide what to charge based on the length, scope, and difficulty of the project. The site takes a commission on each sale. Learn more about Reedsy here.


ServiceScape connects freelancers in writing, editing, translation and graphic design with people who need their help. The site’s clients can be almost anyone — students and academics looking for help with research papers; business people needing proposals and projects written or edited; and/or writers of books, screenplays and other manuscripts. Freelancers set their own rates of pay, but the site takes half of the money you earn. So, you’ve got to factor that steep fee into your rates. That said, several freelancers that charge steep fees have copious positive reviews. So, it seems as if the prices are not a deterrent from winning work. learn more about ServiceScape here.


Where broad-based work platforms are often tough places to find good work, Fiverr is an exception. The site has evolved from a low-rent job platform to one that allows professionals to charge professional rates for limited-service “packages.”

Freelancers delineate what they do and what they charge, narrowly defining the scope of the work. One freelance editor, for example, says she’ll correct spelling and grammar on a 500-word document for $25. If you want her edit to improve clarity and language, it costs $50 for the same document. Rewriting and feedback costs $75. 


Like many straight proofreading and copyediting sites, Scribendi pays by the job specifications, number of words, and the time you’re given to edit. (Rush jobs pay more.) The site posts a description of each available job, the pay and the deadline. You get to decide whether to accept the work or pass. The faster you edit, the more you earn. Editors here say they earn anywhere from $5 to $50 per hour