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Proofreading FAQs

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What services do you offer?

We provide professional proofreading, editing and transcription services. We provide these services to businesses, governments, students, authors and indeed anyone else who requires them. For more information on our range of services click here.

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What types of document can you proofread and edit?

You name it, we’ve worked on it. We proofread and edit annual reports, marketing materials, website content and even social media posts for some of the biggest companies in the world (and many small firms, too). For authors we proofread and edit novels, poems, short stories and children’s books. For students, professors and universities we proofread and edit essays, dissertations, theses, journal articles and more. It would be quicker to say what we don’t proofread or edit!

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What academic subjects do you proofread?

All subjects! Our team of experienced proofreaders are able to proofread academic documents in all fields. Where possible, we will assign you a proofreader or editor who specialises in your field. This often helps the proofreader or editor understand the context of your writing. Ultimately, however, our role is to focus on your English; there are strict rules against writing/rewriting academic documents for students.

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Do you work during weekends and evenings?

We provide proofreading and editing services 7 days a week. We work evenings, too. We pride ourselves on offering more flexibility than your average proofreading company.

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What file types can you proofread and edit?

We proofread and edit Word docs, PDFs, PowerPoint decks, Excel sheets, Google Docs, MS Word SharePoint docs, Articulate 360 documents – and any other type of document you choose to send us! We even edit InDesign files for our clients if requested (sometimes it’s safer to let us make the changes ourselves to avoid the introduction of new errors).

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Why do you charge VAT?

Any UK business with a turnover of £85,000 or more must be VAT registered. However, we try to keep our rates down as much as possible and, even with VAT included, we charge less overall than many other UK proofreading companies.

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What is the cost for proofreading?

Generally speaking, the cost to proofread your document is likely to cost £14 per 1,000 words, but it can vary depending on factors such as timescale, writing quality and document type. All rates are subject to VAT. 

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What is the cost for copyediting?

Again, we cannot say exactly what the price for editing your document will be until we see it. A ballpark figure, however, would be £16 to £22 per 1,000 words, and once again it depends on the urgency of the project, how much editing is involved and the type of document you are sending. All rates subject to VAT.

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What is the cost for transcription?

Our transcription rate starts at £1.80 per audio minute and may cost more if your audio file is poorly recorded, features numerous speakers or if the speakers are non-native and/or have strong accents. 

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Do you ever take on new proofreaders and editors?

Occasionally we recruit new proofreaders and editors to our team, yes. Our contact page includes a note telling you when we are NOT taking on proofreaders, so please adhere to that before getting in touch as we are otherwise inundated with requests for work. If you are looking for proofreading work we recommend registering with sites such as Freelancers in the UK

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What awards have you won?

Full Proof and Full Media Ltd have won numerous awards, including the Scoot Headline Award in 2014, Bark’s Certificate of Excellence in 2020 and 2021, and Corporate Vision’s Small Business 100 award in 2021.

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How long does it take to proofread?

We can’t give exact timescales until we’ve seen your project, but to give you a rough idea: a 5,000-word document can usually be turned around the same day; a 10,000-word document will usually take us 1-2 days to return to you, a 20,000-word document will take 2-3 days, 30,000 words will take 3-4 days and so on. 

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