I love to call beta readers personal superheroes.
Beta readers are the those special group of people whom are anxious to read your work, with no other motivation than to read. It is glorious!
As a writer, beta readers can become your allies and secret weapons! Don’t discount them! They can be the difference between a wonderful revision or a barely tolerable rough draft.
As a writer, it is easy to think (and believe) that the only person whom needs to read your work is you. It is easy to think that drafts, freewrites only need to be seen by your eyes.
This is a two-edged sword.
On one hand: there are certain projects you may not want to be seen or read yet. They may not be ready, complete or even read over (Every writer is guilty of drafts that we forget are there!).