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5 Reasons to Proofread Transcripts for Court Reporters


Updated: February 19, 2015

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  1. Caitlin, I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and experience. I am becoming more excited to complete the class as soon as possible. In having worked many WAH positions being stuck in a geographical area or in my home office behind my desk, I’m excited about the opportunity of freedom to proofread outdoors, in the park, on the beach, or even on my patio!

  2. Hello Caitlin!
    I read that you are planning on coming down to Cuenca, Ecuador. Well, I just wanted to let you know that I am living in Cuenca right now, since seven months ago and will be a great pleasure to have you as our guest. Please, let us know when you will be traveling…

      1. That is great! and since time flies, that is just around the corner! well, let me know how many of you and whether you need assistance from the airport on. (Are you arriving in Guayaquil?) so we can arrange transportation, etc. We are only three (My wife Betty, our cat Fiorella and myself) and have two guest rooms with a shared bathroom. We are in the southwest of Cuenca (just 20′ of the centro, by bus), sector “Control Sur” near Baños. I am a Spanish Instructor for the ex-pat community and Betty teaches Dance-therápy and slow aerobics. Looking forward to meet you.

  3. Nice connection there, Caitlyn. Seems as though there’s some good networking opportunities out there as well. Hope you all get to meet and have a great time! I couldn’t agree more with Sabrina above. I’ve looked into many WAH opportunities as well and none seem to be a better fit than what I’m reading into here. I feel that there is just so much more flexibility here. No need to be pinned behind a desk at home and near a phone, fax machine, etc. Now that you’ve broken down the earnings, per page, I can really see the advantages to this line of work. Thanks again for sharing and all that you do.

    1. It can really add up! It’s best to focus on being really, really good before trying to build speed. Court reporters do the same thing before they progress to the next speed in school. The main focus is always mastery 🙂 Putting that as your #1 priority will reward you.

  4. Caitlin, I appreciate your good heart to share your knowledge and experience. I am becoming more excited to complete the class as soon as possible though am a fresher and do not know where to get customers or how to start but am very much interested on this job. am gifted in spotting errors so i thought this will be my great oppotunity. thank you so much Caitlin hope one day will be like you.

    1. Amina, I am going to be open and honest with you — you are not a native English speaker, and I do not recommend taking my full course. Please do not invest money in the full course.

  5. Each day after I receive your email I am more convinced that I can do this! Once again, I really appreciate your introductory course to “get our feet wet”, so to speak. 🙂 Looking forward to taking your course!

  6. Caitlyn, thanks for the great site and all the info. I’m seriously thinking about taking the course. I proofread all day anyway! (A sometimes annoying proclivity!) Some questions:

    If the court reporters are checking our work and hiring us on the basis of our accuracy, why are they not just proofreading it themselves? Also, are they paying us out of their own pockets?

    I read somewhere that we also need to purchase software in order to do the proofreading. How much does this software cost? I’m trying to get an accurate tally of the total investment for this venture.

    I do not have a degree in anything. I never went to college. Proofreading has always been a passion, but do I have a chance to make this work?

    Thanks for your help!!!

    1. Hi Alice, yes — court reporters do pay out of their own pockets when you work with them individually. Not all court reporters have time to proofread, or — let’s be honest — the skill, so we really come in handy. We use iPads and a $10 app called iAnnotate. Check out our FAQs section: https://proofreadanywhere.com/category/faqs/ I have FAQ articles for the “no college” issue and more details on iPad + iAnnotate.

  7. Hi, Caitlin!
    I just finished reading this awesome article and Catie, your third responder, above, took the words right out of my mouth when she said, “Each day after I receive your email I am more convinced that I can do this!” This is exactly how I feel! Also, your second responder, above, Kelley O’Connell, says it all, “I’m so pumped!” So, Yes, I will definitely become one of your students–eventually, just as soon as I figure out how to obtain the cash for your training, plus for the mini iPad you recommend. If all goes well, I’ll probably graduate within the first half of 2016–and already working full-time as a transcript proofreader, like you and all your other successful grads! This is a career worth more than the cost of the training. Completely doable!

  8. Hi Caitlin,
    I took your advice, bit the bullet, and finally got a website, now to design it!! I can’t wait to start working in this filed and I hope I can afford to take yours or the other course you recommended on your blog. I’ve been enjoying this mini-course and look forward to each email daily! Since the new one isn’t ready yet, the website listed below is just my old one, my blog (totally different subject) but I hope to share the new one soon.

  9. I was a court teporter for 10 years. I am now a substitute teacher and am interested in proofreading.
    Gabriella Damonte

  10. I’m very interested but before I continue down this path, I’d like to know if any of the proofreading can be done on paper or if it’s all online. In other words, can clients ever give you printed paper that you can mark up with a pen and return or not?

    1. Certainly! Some reporters do prefer that method still, and the course does include a lesson covering that type of proofing method.

  11. HI Caitlin, I just signed up for your general proofreader course. Can one do court transcript proofreading after completing this course, or is it necessary to take the transcript proofreading course?

    1. Hi, Purnima! If you want to do transcript proofreading, you would need to take the Transcript Proofreading course. The niche of transcript proofreading is very technical, and there is a lot more involved that isn’t covered in the General Proofreading course. 🙂

  12. What type of equipment will I need to get started? This sounds exciting. I've always enjoyed reading. The thought of being my own boss excites me. I must admit that I'm scared lol. Or nervous should I say. I think that I may take a chance and do it. I'm single with no children or husband or pets. So no distractions.

    1. Wow, that sounds like the perfect environment! As for equipment, you only need a laptop with an internet connection 🙂 I prefer using an iPad, but a lot of our students prefer using laptops.

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