Like I said in my previous post, I choose the cheapest proofreader for my dissertation because at that time, I value money more than time. Now, if I am doing my dissertation again or thesis, I will go for a more expensive one because my time is worth more than money. A good and high quality proofreader can edit your document in a short time, usually less than 10 business days for a dissertation with less than 25,000 words. It should not be more than a month.
Why? Because professional proofreader and editor has a lot of experience and knowledge in their work. Furthermore, they did edited a lot of documents, thus they are more familiar with the flow, style, and they understand what clients or students like us know.
In editing or proofreading, being a fluent in English alone is not enough. They must be knowledgeable and able to work with tight dateline. I am sure you as as student understands how it feel when our submission dateline is so tight. Thus, it is important for you to go for a professional native English proofreader or editor.
For assignment, yes, maybe you can choose a cheap and junior editor who are new in editing jobs. But when it involves your baby (your research paper, your dissertation, your thesis).. I suggest just go for a professional editor.
Their rate probably higher, but it is worth the money you paid them. Plus, editing is not an easy work. The editor did not sit there just to edit your paper or do correction for the grammar. But they have to read and understand what you are trying to tell, and make changes without changing the meaning of the sentences to make sure your document or writing sound perfect, without errors, more fluent, clear and easy to understand. See, being good in language alone does not mean you can be an editor. It need a special kind of linguist to be a good editor to edit your idea that you express in maybe.. 200 pages document.
I noticed nowadays there are many new young non native English editor in Malaysia working remotely online under a few agency. I have no idea about their experience and their background, but when the price is about RM 2 per page, I will think twice to send my documents – especially when it involves research that has not yet been published. Unless if they are willing to sign an Non Disclosure Agreement, that’s another thing. But I doubt it. It not worth their time to do that unless they really need that project.
Nowadays, proofreading rates in Malaysia are charged either based on number of pages or number of words. I think, you should go for an editor who give you a quote based on number of words because it is more fair for both of you. So you will not be charged full page rate for partially full page, page with images, tables or graph. If you choose editor that charge you based on number of pages, it is better if you remove all images, tables, figures that don’t require editing or proofreading before requesting a quotation.
The rate for a good English proofreader in Malaysia nowadays is between RM 30 to RM 50 per page. I did some quick research before, there are also English editor in Malaysia that charged in US Dollar. I assume, the editor who work with that agency lives outside Malaysia. So depending on the currency exchange rate, you may be charged higher when Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is weaken. But if Ringgit Malaysia get stronger, you will pay a little less. Foreign editor usually charged between USD 8 to USD 15 per 1000 words depending on the urgency, and difficulties of your document.