[February 2017 edit: be sure to check out this post from a 69-year-old paralegal turned proofreader and this post from a 63-year-old Air Force veteran who started his own proofreading business. Links will open in a new window/tab!]
“Am I too old to make money proofreading?”
We get this question quite often, actually — someone writes in and they’re worried no one will hire them because they’re too old.
The last time someone wrote in with this question, they asked if I could offer them any reassurance from students in their age group who are taking and have completed the course.
OF COURSE I CAN!
I polled our student group on Facebook and asked them to chime in on the role their age played in their decision to enroll in Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™.
We got an overwhelming response from the community!
Check out these amazing responses from real students:
(We did have some responses from those outside of the prospective student’s age group, but these responses were also welcomed in my poll!)
You can do it!
“Age really doesn’t matter as far as I have found. I’ve never had a CR ask my age (I’m 23, by the way!) And I really believe I’m doing very well after the course: I made $1,300 in my first month. Plus, the PA group is the most helpful, supportive group. They are truly there to help you succeed! You can do it!”
The only things that matter are doing a great job and having a good attitude.
“All the CRs I work with mentioned that they had formerly worked with other proofreaders and that some issue had arisen that caused them to be unhappy with those other proofreaders, which is why they came to me. Fortunately, they were happy with my work. So the only things that matter are doing a great job and having a good attitude.”
If you have a knack for this sort of thing, there is no reason in the world that you can’t do this.
“I’m 55, still working a full-time day job, I loved the course, and I am excited for a future of not having to rely on SS exclusively when I retire. If you have a knack for this sort of thing, there is no reason in the world that you can’t do this. No one so far has asked my age. I got my first job last week, and I have two more jobs in process right now. Personally, I think a little “seasoning” is an advantage for working with words, because experience with “old sayings” and other adages is a plus. You can do it!”
I learn tons along the way.
Being older and having an empty nest is actually an advantage in completing the course.
I feel that my age doesn’t matter at all.
I believe there are enough professionals in the over-50 club that it should not be a concern.
“I also think something to be noted is that CRs that work for years want to scale back their professional time commitment and go into retirement proofreading. They don’t want to have to leave home but want to stay involved. I think there are many professionals that are 50 and older providing proofreading services. Some were already in the field, some joining anew. I believe there are enough professionals in the over 50 club that it should not be a concern.”
I know what I am capable of doing and I will not let my age hold me back!
I don’t think age matters at all, it is the quality of your work.
“I am 64 and collecting SS, and the reason I enrolled in the course was to find something I can do at home to supplement my SS. I am still in the training stage, because one of my sons had some health issues that I had to help him address but I am progressing through the course slowly but not giving up. I don’t think age matters at all, it is the quality of your work. Best of luck to you.”