Here are some candid responses from some of our students and program grads about the flexibility of proofreading jobs:
Hundreds, even thousands of people — like these moms above — are turning to various types of freelance work every day.
Of course, the folks on the ProofreadAnywhere team believe freelance proofreading is a dream job for people with a pair of eagle eyes!
It’s the new way to work! It offers the flexibility to manage your own schedule. It also offers you the unique opportunity to make money doing something you enjoy, from anywhere in the world. You can choose how much work you do, and how much money you make. The sky’s the limit!
Freelancing also allows you more freedom in life! With so many “can’ts” when you work for someone else, the freelance life offers so much. You must work for it, but it’s so worth it.
Here are some of our favorite “cans”!
You CAN escape the 9-to-5, chained-to-a-desk mentality. How many times have you thought to yourself, “It sure would be nice to not have to sit at a desk, doing work I hate, for a company I don’t enjoy working for, for people I don’t even like?” Or maybe you ask yourself, “Why do I waste so much time commuting to work every day?” Life is way too short to be miserable every day. Why are you working, anyway? To pay bills? To save for retirement? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to work as much or as little as you like and set yourself free from the corporate world? You can still save for retirement AND have a drastically improved quality of life. Maybe it’ll take you a while to match the income you made at a “normal” job, but if you’re happier, isn’t it worth it?
You CAN move abroad and still maintain a solid income. Once you’ve established your freelance business, you have the option to relocate to anywhere you’d like, without feeling restricted by corporate locations, politics, or promotions. Maybe you’ve always had a dream of living in Paris. Perhaps you’ve fantasized about working on your laptop in a quaint cafe around the corner during the day, and drinking wine and seeing the city at night. You can make that dream come true! Cost of living in many beautiful cities around the world is also much lower than it is in the United States. Wouldn’t it be cool if your rent was only $350 a month instead of $1400? When you freelance, you can make that a reality.
You CAN stop working to help pay for your boss’s Escalade. Let’s be honest. How annoying, even frustrating, is it to see your boss (or maybe your boss’s boss’s boss) roll up to work every day in the newest, shiniest car? Working for someone else is pretty much investing in someone else’s life. You’re spending your time doing their work, and they are reaping most of the benefits. Sure, you get a paycheck, and it’s “easy” to just show up every day, punch in, punch out, go home and repeat. But oh, how much more rewarding it is when every little thing you do is an investment in yourself. Every bit of training you invest in is for your own personal betterment. Every minute you spend networking is directly benefiting you – not the boss’s new Escalade.
You CAN create your own schedule. Sweet freedom. The best hours of your day — you know, the time when you have the most energy, the time when you feel the most alive? You can spend that time however you want. You want to go shopping at Target at two o’clock on a Wednesday? Spend all afternoon in the library with your little ones? You’ve got more than an hour over lunch to do it when you’re the boss. Maybe you’ve always been a night owl, and getting up early every day is a struggle for you. Maybe you homeschool, or your kids have a busy extracurricular life, and you aren’t able to make it to their events because you can’t get the time off from work. Maybe you want to take more vacations, or just work less. Proofreading is very flexible. YOU have the power to write your own schedule. YOU can say no to work when you are too busy. YOU can take vacation when you feel like it, without worrying about whether or not someone else in your department already requested the same time off.
You CAN work anywhere you want to, including your own home. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to show up at the office in your pajamas? When you work from home, you can do that! You can drink your morning coffee while you’re checking e-mails, instead of grabbing it to go on the morning commute and spilling it all over your pants when the doofus in front of you slams on his brakes.
You CAN spend more time doing the things you love – with the people you love. The biggest benefit to becoming a freelance proofreader is the drastic improvement in your quality of life. Once you’re up and running, you no longer have to structure your entire life around your job.
You CAN finally structure your job around your life, which we believe is really how it should be! That yoga class that you could never get to because your only options were 5:00am or 8:00pm? You can go! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a foreign language, but couldn’t commit to a class for 8 weeks. Now you can! The possibilities are endless!