Kimberly is a mom of four kiddos who wanted more freedom in her monthly budget. After discovering she could use her talent with words to earn money from home as a proofreader, Kimberly’s life changed for the better. They’re no longer scraping by each month! Learning to proofread transcripts changed her life.
This is her story.
While many students take the PA course so they can quit their old jobs, I enrolled in it so I could afford to keep mine. I’m a stay-at-home mom of four young children, and my husband is a grad student, so money is tight for us. I only proofread a few hours a week, but my income has allowed us to go from barely scraping by to having some breathing room in our budget. It has been a godsend for our family.
When did you start proofreading transcripts, and what made you decide to learn how to proofread transcripts?
I was introduced to the idea of legal proofreading about a year ago by an acquaintance who is a court reporter. The career intrigued me, and I loved that its hours would be so flexible, but I was reluctant to pursue it seriously because I felt like such a clueless rookie. I had a solid grasp of grammar and spelling, but felt like there were lots of ins and outs of legal proofreading that I just didn’t know, and wasn’t sure how to learn. A few months later I happened upon Caitlin’s website and realized her course was just what I needed to fill those gaps.
What was the most challenging part of getting started?
Deciding whether this course would be worth the investment of my limited time and money, and believing I could truly succeed after I finished it.
What was/were the most valuable thing(s) you learned during the course?
It took my proofreading skills up a notch or two and gave me the hands-on practice I needed to feel confident marketing myself as someone prepared to do quality work.
How long did it take you to find your first client? How many clients do you have now?
About a month. Marketing doesn’t come naturally to me, and it took me a while to find my groove. Once I did, though, I quickly connected with several clients that I’ve enjoyed working with. I now have three regular clients and a fourth who occasionally sends me expedites. I make just over $400 a month, on average, and I’m sure I could earn more if I decided to connect with additional clients. Right now there’s only room in my busy schedule for a few hours of proofing a week, but I may choose to take on more work in the future when my youngest child starts school.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about enrolling in the course to proofread transcripts? Is it worth the money?
It is definitely worth it if you’re willing to put in the effort. If you have a talent for proofreading, this course will polish your skills and you will come out prepared to succeed in this line of work.
Anything else you’d like to share about your journey?
The most satisfying part of this journey has been that I attempted something new and intimidating to me, and I emerged successful. Some parts of it came easily, but there were other times when I had to step outside my comfort zone and wrestle with self-doubt. That made it all the sweeter down the road when I realized that I was succeeding in a career that once seemed beyond my reach. I’m proud of myself, grateful to Caitlin for designing this course, and grateful to God for leading me to it right when my family and I needed it.
Congratulations, Kimberly!! You identified the problem and took specific steps to change it. Nothing is beyond your reach.
What are Kimberly’s Clients Saying?
Here’s a screenshot of an email from one of Kimberly’s clients. To protect their privacy, we’ve blocked out their name and other identifying information.