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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Editing & Proofreading Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Editing & Proofreading Services?

What is the average price of Editing & Proofreading Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Editing & Proofreading Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Editing & Proofreading Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Editing & Proofreading Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Editing & Proofreading Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Editing & Proofreading Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

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Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

Concentration within the editing and proofreading services market is low. In 2020, the top four firms operating in the United States hold a combined market share of less than 30.0%. This low concentration is primarily the result of low barriers to entry and a large number of nonemployer firms. ... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?


What are your criteria for employment?

On average, how many years of experience do your editors have?

What degree of education is most common among your editors?

How do you ensure that employees are up to date on language and grammar guidelines?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle changes in demand?


How do you internally audit the quality of your work?

What is your standard of error in missing mistakes within a document?

How many editors review a document prior to it being returned to the client?

What is your average turnaround time?

How do you maintain accuracy when working with shorter turnaround times?


What type of subject matter, if any, do you specialize in editing and proofreading?

How much of your business comes from technical fields?

Do you have writing samples relevant to my field?

How do you keep costs related to specialized service down?

How much subject-specific experience do your editors have?

Costs & Fees

If you charge on an hourly basis, is there a guarantee as to the amount of work that will be completed each hour?

What additional fees do you charge for fast turnaround times or technical language?

If a document is poorly edited, how do you rectify the situation, and how quickly can a new draft be turned around? Are there fees?

What amount of work earns a volume discount?

Customer Service

Will I have direct contact with the editor of my work?

How do you track customer satisfaction?

What is the rate of contract renewal or recurring business among your customers?

Can you provide a list of references of current customers? Can you provide a list of past customers that chose not to continue doing business with your company?

How often do you seek feedback from clients?

Amid widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees?

Additional Services

What additional services beyond editing and proofreading do you provide?

What is the benefit of purchasing multiple services from you?

What do the additional services cost?

Are there discounts for bundling services?

What is the largest service, in terms of revenue, that your company provides?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should specify their budget for editing and proofreading services, if available.

Buyers should define payment schedules.

Buyers should request a price list including the various services requested and turnaround times along with their respective costs.

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price and Total Cost of Ownership sections of this report for assistance in creating a budget.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on the viability of their submitted work plan and relevant experience.

Buyers should request references from current and former clients.

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on their value-added services and the ability to bundle offerings.

Buyers should also evaluate suppliers based on cost.

For detailed selection criteria requirements, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should outline when proposals must be submitted.

Buyers should communicate to prospective suppliers when bid awards will be posted.

Buyers should outline the length and terms of the contract and cancellation policy.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The risk of input price shocks or discontinuity of service due to supply chain issues is low in the editing and proofreading services market. Vendors require few inputs to provide market services. As such, the coronavirus pandemic is having a negligible impact on the supply chain in the market. In... Subscribe to learn more.