Why do we need your document before a quote, you ask? Here's why...

Some of you may question the rationale behind our asking you to send us the entire document when you request a quote.

We understand your fear of handing over of your document to a stranger. We can imagine the sort of questions running through your head,

"Can I trust them not to misuse my document for other purposes?" 

What if after I've sent them my document they show it to others or publish it or something? 

Relax. We'll never betray our prospects and clients. In fact, we treat your document with respect and will never reveal or expose it to any third party. 

Allow us to share with you what we proofreaders had experienced in the past when we agreed blindly to proofread a client's work without asking for sufficient samples.

Being given only part of a document on which to base our assessment of the rate and turnaround time is not good enough.  It fails to show us accurately of what to expect. What we discovered was that clients' work was not consistent throughout.

They may have very few and only minor mistakes in the few top pages but as we went further down the document, it turned out the document was a level-3 difficulty. When that happened we had no choice but to provide our client with a revised quotation and turnaround time. In some cases, this may be a cause for a misunderstanding. Thus, we find it easier to request from our prospects the whole document before we can give them the quotation.

Likewise, we understand that before trusting us with your work, you'd want a sample too. We have no problem with that. Just ask us for it. After all, it works both ways. Of course, you also want to gauge how competent a proofreader is in handling your document.

That's why we have come up with a simple system for us to determine the level of difficulty of your written work. This can only be accurately gauged if we have the complete document to base our assessment on.

How does it work?
As we have highlighted before, a factor we include to assess the pricing is the difficulty level of your text.

Let us give you a peek at behind the scene of how we assess the rate for a proofreading task.

  • If your work is well written, easy to understand with minor errors here and there, it makes the task of proofreading it a piece of cake, then we will rate it as Level-1.      

But if your written work is a bit hard to understand because of some incorrect use of words, tenses and expressions which may cause our brain to twist in mild agony then that means your work will be ranked at Level-2. 

    • However, if your text is not only filled with technical terms and jargon but also generally badly written, then proofreading it would probably drive us up the wall, or reduce us to tears and tear our hair out, then that means it is on Level-3.

Level 3 - why? why?
So that's what typically goes on when we test-proof your document. Thus, when we charge you a higher rate, it wasn't just for the fun of it or that we're greedy. No. It is because we want to be fairly compensated for our effort and time.

Now that you know, we hope you won't throw a fit whenever we charge a high rate. Just remember that it wasn't done on a whim but after careful consideration. 

Do you understand now why we want your document in its complete form as sample?