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Begin a career as a freelance proofreader by taking on volunteer proofreading work. Even if you only take on a few projects for a local newspaper or school journal, you may receive a small byline which is a great first step. A byline looks something like this: "Proofread by (insert your name here)."
It's also a good idea to begin a portfolio of your proofreading work. It will come in handy when you start looking for paid work!