This is a question I get asked quite often from potential clients. My reply is that, for me personally: typos, spelling errors and grammar uhohs detract from the “feel” of professionalism when I read a book or newsletter, visit a web site or blog or frankly anywhere else that a professional persona is being sought after.
I have read some outstanding writings and documents but am seriously distracted when the writer either did not KNOW how to spell a word or used bad grammar. I literally halt in my tracks and correct these things mentally and do believe that most people with strong English and spelling backgrounds DO notice. I cannot even read a book for pleasure without at least mentally correcting the errors … Why take a chance on your business pages and documents when help is so readily available?
You can find professional proofreaders and editors who only do this task or find a Virtual Assistant or team who can offer this service. Frankly, having priced both options, it is clear that over-all, hiring a Virtual Assistant or team of them to do this on a sporadic or regular basis is a much better bargain for your budget. Plus you have the added bonus of your helper learning your style with each document she polishes up for you making her job easier and quicker each time and saving you more money.
It is a known fact that each of us can usually spot someone else’s mistakes but may miss our own. Put your credibility and professional reputation in the hands of a proofreader and/or editor today and just enjoy writing your wonderful documents.
Jan Tallent is a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance! The Tallent Agency, an online and offline office services enterprise, has been in business for 13+ years. http://www.tallentagency.com/