I know how it is because I’ve been there! You’ve probably been all over the Internet looking for proofreading work. Or maybe (hopefully!) you got lucky and found this website first. Whichever situation you may be in, you’re here now looking for a way to change your career path and start earning what you’re worth.
Proofreading for court reporters totally trumps other forms of proofreading–and hopefully this post will get you pumped up and motivated to start working your way towards a piece of the pie. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it… and here’s why!
Proofreading transcripts rocks because…
1) You’re paid per page! The #1 difference in proofreading transcripts vs. proofreading website copy, college theses, term papers, journals, etc. is how you are paid. It’s not hourly, like most (not all!) gigs you get in the proofreading world. Court reporters are paid per page, and so are you. You get to set your rate (we’ll go over rates later). The amount you earn is directly affected by how focused you are, how efficient you are, and how quickly you turn work around.
For example: I receive two transcripts, each about 100 pages in length. I bill $0.40/page on each job. When I read Job A, I have laser-sharp focus and I’m done in an hour. How much did I earn? $40. But, when I read Job B, I’m hungry, have already read 300 pages that day, and have gotten distracted by my husband arriving home from work. It takes me 2.5 hours to read the same work. How much do I earn? $40. But what’s my hourly rate? $16. WOW! That’s how much I got paid per hour at my last (and final!) desk job!! Do you see what I mean? Efficiency pays off. That’s why I created this course, to help you make yourself into a well-oiled machine, ready to increase your bottom line and crank out awesome work.
Not to mention, when you’re distracted, not only does it take you longer, your brain isn’t as engaged in the work as it may be if you were more focused and reading faster. One might think you would miss more errors if you read faster, but the truth is, you can read slowly and be thinking about three other things and miss a lot more errors than if you had precision focus and read very quickly.
If you’ve been reading my blog, ProofreadAnywhere, you know how much I love what I do. But I don’t love it because what I read is always exciting or enamoring in some way, I love it for what it allows me to do with the rest of my life.
2) Proofreading is remote. If you do it using my method, you can pack your bag and take your tablet and off you go, into the wild blue yonder (as long as you have Wi-Fi, even if only sporadically). Working abroad is simple! My husband and I are planning a year-long stay in Cuenca, Ecuador, where the essentials are cheap and the livin’ is easy. Our rent (including utilities and Internet) is only $350! We are just giddy with excitement at what a location-independent career allows us to do.
3) It’s CHEAP! Compare the cost of this course to going back to school for an MBA, or even court reporting school (average of $25,000 to $57,000 for a two-year program). On average, students finish the course in about two months’ time or less, depending on the time you’re able to put in each day, and they’re able to get clients quickly after that, enabling them to earn money quickly and recoup the cost of the course fee and any equipment they buy. Repeat overhead costs are super low, too–paper, printer, not even a car is needed! One-time course fee, one-time purchase of iPad (if desired) and any software and you’re set– just don’t forget to pay your internet bill!
4) Court reporters are repeat customers. That’s right! No more scrounging for work on craigslist! If you’re good, your reporters come back to you again and again. My clients even ask me if I’ll be working on vacation–they hate having to use another proofreader. Work hard on your development in this course and before you know it, you’ll be indispensable. You save them lots of time, too — the best reporters know they need proofreaders to really be good. You proofreading their jobs frees them up to do more reporting, for which they earn more money. A side benefit of your clients being repeat customers is that they’ll start sending referrals your way, too, which is the best way to build your business. Your clients literally start marketing for you!
5) It’s flexible! This kind of work is great for night owls, too! Clients often stay up and work late into the night. I often receive jobs at two in the morning! There’s also no need to request time off, either, since you’re your own boss. Just let your clients know you’re heading out for a few days or a week, and let them know when you’re back. Lastly, unlike traditional careers, you never have to be in a certain place at a certain time–all of your work gets done whenever you want to do it.
There you have it — don’t even think about trying to change my mind! I am a huge nerd and I will forever be loyal to transcripts and the court reporters in need of an eagle-eye! 🙂 Do you proofread transcripts? I bet you’ll agree with me, there’s no better way to earn an income proofreading.