It may seem simple but, many people, especially natives of a language, don’t see the need to hire professional proofreaders. If you’re a native speaker, why would you need another native to tell you if your writing is correct, right? Wrong. As it turns out, natives are just as prone to language errors as any other person. Grammar rules are sometimes difficult to understand and follow. That’s where a professional proofreader steps in, as they are trained in the correct rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Getting your paper checked by a professional proofreading service is one of the best things you can do for your work.
Whether you are a native speaker or you are fluent in a language, proofreading and editing your work on your own is never a good idea. Why? The answer is simple. It is very difficult to recognize your own errors. Therefore, even though your knowledge of the language may be great, you may still make errors that you do not recognize—even after reading through the work multiple times. This can be detrimental, especially if you make the same error consistently.
THE PROS AND CONS OF SELF-EDITING
Although self-editing may not be all cons, we must admit the cons outweigh the pros.
Here is a list of the pros and cons of editing your work on your own.
- You can do it quickly and within your own timeline
Because you have the work with you, you can proofread whenever you have the chance to. In addition, because you wrote the paper, you can read through it quickly.
- You don’t have to pay someone else to do the work for you
If money is an obstacle, self-editing is free.
- You know the subject matter
It’s your field of expertise, so you know exactly what you’re writing about. However, this is also something a professional proofreader might have in common with you.
- You can do it quickly but not necessarily correctly
Because you wrote the paper, you have a higher margin of error because you wrote the sentences, know where the argument is going, and can basically predict what you are going to say. Because of this, your mind automatically fills things in, causing you not to see the errors even though they are right in front of you. This is where a professional proofreader is helpful. As they have never read your paper, they can offer a fresh set of eyes to review your work.
- You may not know all the language rules
Even if you feel highly competent in a language, if you have not studied or completed courses in proofreading and editing, there is a high chance you will overlook some spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes. A professional proofreader, on the other hand, would not overlook such errors.
- You won’t know where you stand
Without having a professional proofreader go through your work, you can’t be sure your work is error-free. Having friends or family read through your paper is not enough. In addition, a professional proofreader can help you recognize your problem areas and eventually improve your written language.
Proofreading and editing is not easy. That’s why we’ve amassed and trained our editors and proofreaders who have dedicated their lives to the profession. It’s what we do for a living, and we do it well! If you’re still wondering whether using a professional proofreading service is the right option for you, you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We’re always happy to help.