Here it is, folks! The long-anticipated Where Are They Now?-style update you’ve all been waiting for!
We have had TONS of requests from our readers to hear what our “early grads” have been up to, so we asked them!
I am super stoked to, erm, reintroduce you to freelance proofreaders Jacki Berlo, Jennifer Hardman, Keisa Frugé, and Victoria Hubbard — four students we interviewed in early to mid-2015.
From Bali to Vietnam and Dallas, to Puerto Rico and Ecuador, you won’t believe what these PA grads have been up to — and where they’ve been going! — since we last heard from them.
4 Freelance Proofreaders Living the Life of Their Dreams
“Since my interview in July, I’ve traveled to Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, back to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand — proofreading everywhere along the way! I have five regular clients and a few I’ve done one-time or short-term work for. It’s certainly not full-time work, but it’s exactly what I want right now! I haven’t done any marketing or client searching since September since living in Southeast Asia is so cheap and I wanted free time to explore all the amazing places I visited.
I just created a website this week since I’ll be returning to the U.S. in May and hope to add a client or two once I’m settled and not moving around so much. I signed up for the course exclusively to have some income during my yearlong trip, but I’m definitely going to keep at it for the foreseeable future! Before traveling and proofreading, my ‘day job’ was working with children with autism. I loved it, but it was physically exhausting and I’d hardly ever do anything after work because I was so tired. Once I’m back home, I plan to return to that field part time and supplement it with proofreading. (Luckily, the job is very conducive to working part time, and I have an old boss who’s happy to hire me back at any time. 🙂 ) I’ve never been someone who enjoys doing ANYTHING 40 hours a week, so I’m thrilled I found proofreading to complement my other career and think it will be a perfect balance!”
“My husband and I have always wanted to move somewhere tropical. Thanks to Proofread Anywhere, we have been able to move to Puerto Rico. It has been an amazing experience. Being able to work from anywhere has truly helped us reach our goals.”
“Hi, all!! It’s been about a year since I graduated the course, and things have been going very well! I’m still proofing and enjoying ‘the life.’ My business and income have grown (yay!!!), and while my primary focus is still court transcripts, I’ve also had opportunity to expand into other areas, including screenplays and corporate marketing.
One of the things that I’ve really appreciated is the flexibility of this business. Recently, my husband was offered an amazing job opportunity that prompted my family and I to move from Atlanta to Dallas. As we all know, moving can be so stressful!! But being able to control my workflow has been awesome and such a blessing as we settle into this new place.
So all in all, this has been an amazing year, and I’ve learned a lot. Among other things, I’ve learned to pace myself during the crazy busy times and to enjoy the more peaceful times. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say no. And finally, I’ve learned that I’ll never stop learning. With gratitude, I look forward to exploring the possibilities of this business and am excited to see what God has in store! ?”
“Update from abroad! Things are still pretty darn amazing, and proofreading’s a big part of that, so let me bring you up to speed on how work and life is a year and a half out from my training and a year into our adventure in Ecuador.
As so many probably dream and imagine, proofreading was a godsend to my itching feet. Wanting to travel is awesome; worrying about money isn’t. Proofreading bridges that gap and lets me work from wherever I want to. I’m not just talking the doctor’s office or the DMV or even my own couch…I’m talking worldwide!
My goal by June of ’15 was to be bringing in closer to $2k since I was generally around $1k when I left my “real” job in March. Currently, I average between $1,600 and $2,100 depending on what the month looks like and how much work I want to do. If we’re on adventures, I tend to unhook completely because trying to work while on a bus or in the middle of the jungle kind of defeats my purpose for traveling.
Essentially, I’m still working part time. Some weeks I work more than 20 hours; other weeks I barely crack 10. You learn to go with the flow and enjoy the downtimes. 🙂
I still have four or five main reporters with another three to five who send me work several times a month. Referrals have been how I find new clients. My reporters are happy to pass my name along and I’ve picked up about three monthly clients and one regular client through them. I can honestly say that I have the best reporters, and I love working with them. I even count several of those who have been with me since the beginning as personal friends now.
At the end of the day, proofreading is still everything I want it to be, and I love that it can change based on what I want my life to look like. If I want to back off in the future, I can do that. If I want to really put my nose to the grind and make it a job that can give me a full-time salary, I can do that too. The flexibility is what I love the most.
So that’s the update from the southern hemisphere! If you want to travel but also be able to make a little extra money to support your empanada or churrassco cravings (guilty!), I highly recommend the PA course. It’s in-depth with a variety of support options, not the least of which are your own peers. The best part is that with hard work and dedication on your part, it’ll take you wherever you want to go, even if that’s only to the doctor’s office or the DMV. :)”
What else can I say? These ladies have completely rocked the proofreading world and show no signs of slowing down! And yes — we will be publishing more of these as time goes on.
Questions or comments for the fabulous freelance proofreaders featured in this post? Leave ’em some love below!