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What’s the difference between the General Proofreading and Transcript Proofreading courses?

Updated: April 25, 2017

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  1. Ok, Caitlin! Now, you know that I was saving up to move on to Level 3 of the Transcript Proofreading program…and then you come out with this!!! Dang, it. Now, I am going to have to decide on whether I want to start with the General and then work on focusing down to transcripts or just keep going with the transcript proofreading. This new course looks awesome! I’m eager to learn more during the workshop.Decisions..decisions…

  2. Hey Caitlin,

    I’ve watched the webinar and I’m really excited! The general proofreading course looks like a good fit for the other skills I’d like to eventually offer as a freelancer: copy editing and indexing. I’m planning to start this fall after my current gig ends, and am very much looking forward to it.

    Quick question: will Ignite Plus remain as an option, or is it a temporary offering?


    1. You can upgrade to Ignite Plus at any time during the program. 🙂

  3. Hi Caitlin,

    I am hoping you could give me some guidance. I am currently working as a medical transcriptionist and have been dreaming about beginning a second career as a proofreader. I would love to be able to find work that incorporates my medical knowledge as it is a passion of mine and I do plan on continuing to work as an MT. I have had my eye on your Transcript Proofreading course for some time now and understand the importance of finding a niche, so with the launch of your General Proofreading course I am left wondering which of the two would be a better fit for me. I do have a strong interest in the legal field, although I am wondering if I might find more success elsewhere.

    Thank you for your time!

      1. Hello again Caitlin,

        Thank you for your input! I have done some general transcription in the past. Judging from the blog post linked above and the links to posts on Transcribe Anywhere there is much more for me to explore.

  4. Hi Caitlin,
    I am enjoying the content in your 7 day course and I would absolutely love to move forward with the complete program. My goal would be replace my current job with this and I’d like to do it more on a full-time basis. It sounds like a good transcript proofreader working approximately 40 hours a week makes $40,00 (give or take a few), is this correct? I’m trying to figure out of this opportunity could replace my current salary.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi, Stacy!

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the 7-day course and that you’re interested in moving on! 🙂 There is an obvious demand for proofreaders, both for general proofreaders and transcript proofreaders. Transcript proofreaders are paid per page, and the rate varies depending on the turnaround. General proofreaders can negotiate a rate per page or per project, so it definitely varies. Hopefully, you can see why I can’t say proofreading this way will make you X amount while doing this will get you X amount. It all depends on you. 🙂 There are people who have completed the course who’ve been able to replace their full-time salary, but, again, I can’t guarantee anything because it all varies so much.

  5. Hi Stacy,

    I live in South Africa and I’m interested in the course you are providing but I’m a bit nervous as I’m not sure if I will be able to do the transcribing from South Africa as well as getting paid to my South Africa bank account? Is this at all possible?

    Many thanks.

  6. Hi Kim,

    Have you signed up for Caitlin’s free introductory course to become familiar with what freelance proofreading entails? I’m also in SA, and my biggest challenges are when the electricity goes off (I recommend having a friend or family member in a different suburb where you can go and work during long blackouts 🙂 ), and when the Internet is down (I buy a data bundle on my phone with my debit card, then use my phone as a modem).

    Regarding receiving payment for services rendered, I use PayPal + FNB Smart Account with Internet Banking to withdraw to Nedbank. FNB is currently the only bank in the country to offer PayPal functionality, but once signed up you don’t have to deposit the funds in your FNB account, you can nominate an account with another bank.

    Also, I’m not a member of the mybroadband.co.za forum, but have found lots of helpful discussions on there about overcoming these types of challenges.

    Best wishes,

  7. Hi Caitlin
    I will keep both programs and work at one at a time. Thank you for send me the above information.

  8. This is a really helpful comparison! Thank you. My mind is now made up. As Julie Andrews sang in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, It’s a very good place to start…”

    1. Wow! That’s a great song and a perfect allegory to refer to, Sheena! If you have any questions about the course, please write to us at [email protected]. The PA Support Team will be happy to help!😉

  9. I'm looking at starting a business for editing dissertations. Would the Ignite Plus work for this?

    1. Our proofreading course is great if you want to polish up your English skills, but no, we don’t teach students anything in regard to editing or starting an editing business. Our courses are all about freelance proofreading and teaching you how to start your own proofreading business. I suggest you do some more online research to find an editing course that is dedicated to a niche like yours. Ask a lot of questions to get the best course available that will be the best fit for you!

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