That’s exactly what I said when I read this email from student Adrienne Luedeking:
I can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Seriously. Holy cow. $3,200 is more than double what I made my first month ($1,300)!!
Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I emailed Adrienne back and asked her to submit her success story for the blog.
Ain’t no way I am keeping her story a secret. I’m so proud of Adrienne and her drive to succeed!
Here’s what Adrienne had to say about her journey:
Congratulations on your success, Adrienne! Tell us a little about your background!
I am an undergrad in college studying the performing arts. I am a voice-over artist. I’m from Miami and now live in California.
When did you start proofreading transcripts, and what made you decide to learn how to proofread transcripts?
I was leery of the stereotype that all LA artists are waiters. I wanted a job where I could make my own hours, be my own boss, work from home, and earn enough. I wanted something like this so I could continue to pursue my dreams.
What was the most challenging part of getting started?
Making time for this. I was so busy with class, independent projects I had taken on, and the horrid part-time job I was already committed to.
What was/were the most valuable thing(s) you learned during the course?
It’s hard to isolate one or two things. Each aspect of the course was immensely valuable. I loved learning how to use an iPad to proofread. I love that freedom and that efficiency. The entire module on dealing with clients was so helpful; I refer to it all the time.
How long did it take you to find your first client?
I had actually set an exact day for when I would be officially ready to work and when I would start sending my solicitation materials. Two days before that day, I saw a request for a proofreader on Facebook and I couldn’t help myself. That was my first client. I’ve made more than $3,200 in my first month.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about enrolling in the course to proofread transcripts? Is it worth the money?
It’s worth every penny you put into it. I made back twice what I paid for the course in my first week of proofreading. If you’re thinking about enrolling, I recommend you take the free 7-day intro course. It’s what I did because I wanted to vet this first and be certain it was a good fit for me.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Proofreading transcripts for court reporters is a wonderful job. The friendships you make with your colleagues and clients are so rewarding. The transcripts are usually a lot of fun!
If you have any questions or concerns, I’m happy to talk with you.
[Editor’s Note: you can leave a comment for Adrienne right here on this post!]
What are Adrienne’s clients saying?
This screenshot of an email (redacted to protect reporter’s privacy) says it all:
***UPDATE: Adrienne’s latest update is amazing! As of August 2016, Adrienne reports making a total of $30,000 in 10 months as a proofreader! Check out her full interview on The Busy Budgeter here. Way to go, Adrienne!
Questions for Adrienne?
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