Well, yes you can but as the writer / author you are too closely attached to the work and your eyes will only see the words that they want to see because you have written them. More often than not, no matter how many times you read it, you will miss tiny, yet obvious, errors.
A spellchecker is only as good as your knowledge of the English language. It will not pick up any words that have been spelt correctly but have been typed incorrectly. For example, how costly could it be to your business if you typed the word ‘naked’ into a promotional leaflet instead of the word ‘named’, and then you relied on the spellchecker. Ouch…!
I’m a trained proofreader and when I read your work, I won’t have seen it before. Yes, I’ll check for spelling, grammar and punctuation but I’ll also check for a lot more.
Consistency is a key aspect of a proofreader’s work. I’ll make sure that the layout of your work and the fonts you are using are consistent. If you are using headers and footers with page numbers, they must be consistent, so I’ll be checking for that too.
A spellchecker won’t do that for you, but a proofreader will.
A business that produces written material that contains spelling and grammatical errors is less likely to attract new customers. during the time you’ve been in business, you’ve been building up your reputation, so why throw all that hard work away by publishing sub-standard writing. If you can’t be bothered to get your work checked then that reflects badly on your business. It’s careless. You only get one chance to create that all important good impression. So, let’s get it right first time.
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It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t cost very much but it could be very costly to your business if you don’t do it.
If you think I could help you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org