According to Wikipedia:
A beta reader is usually an unpaid test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing, who gives feedback from the point of view of an average reader to the author.
Note: A beta reader is not a professional and can therefore provide advice and comments in the opinions of an average reader.
Let me make this clear, to publish or become published, you don’t need to have a beta reader.
Let me also make this clear: beta readers are a tool and Shekinah Glory Writing Services is a fan of beta readers!
Beta readers are a great, living addition to your writing tool kit. They can give honest opinions and observations about what you’ve written. They can be just as passionate about your characters as you are. They can ask questions of you to pull out more story–sometimes parts you didn’t think about!
Beta readers are the unsung heroes of revising and drafting! Don’t believe me? Ask Stephen King. It was his wife, Tabitha, that rescued a novel from the trash because she liked what she read! That novel was Carrie.
Keep writing dear ones!