One of our MOST frequently asked questions deals with how long it takes students to find proofreading work after finishing one of our proofreading courses.
I’ll let my students handle this one. Where better to get the answer to this question than straight from the horse’s mouth! 🙂
(Oh, make sure you read our student success stories here on the site too. One of the questions we ask ALL the students we interview is “How long did it take you to get your first client?”)
First, a student who preferred to remain anonymous wrote in and said:
Next, Lona, a 66-year-old grandmother who makes money proofreading transcripts while traveling the world, says it took her about a month from when she started to advertise to when she got her first job. A fellow PA graduate passed her name on to a court reporter in LA who was looking for a proofreader. Lona completed ten jobs for that court reporter within a month, with the promise of more to come.
That’s just one example of how great our PA community is. Everyone works together to help one another and we all love to see each other succeed.
It also took about a month for Allison to get her first client. She does both transcript proofreading and general proofreading. Eight months after graduating from the transcript proofreading course, she had four regular clients and four who send work sporadically. Now that she’s quit her job to proofread full time, she’s got lots of proofreading job offers coming her way!
For all you busy stay-at-home/homeschooling mamas out there, the next story will inspire you. Kim took on the General Proofreading course, even though she was SUPER busy homeschooling three boys and settling into a new city and state! Her first client hired her to proofread three one-page websites about five weeks after completing the course. At the time we interviewed Kim, she had had fifteen clients and was maintaining ongoing contracts with five of them.
It’s not just mamas who are killing it in the proofreading world. We’ve got some dads too! Derek graduated from the General Proofreading course and was able to land his first client within days of marketing his business.
Linsey is another of our graduates who completed both the Transcript Proofreading and General Proofreading courses. She got her first transcript proofreading client three weeks after she started marketing and currently has six full-time court reporters who send her work. She found her first general proofreading client through a random Facebook post! But brace yourself for the best part… Linsey makes almost double proofreading than what she makes at her day job, and she’s ready to leave the 9-to-5 behind after only SEVEN MONTHS of freelancing.
One more story that will blow your mind: Allie got her first client on her very first day of marketing!
Wow! I love hearing how well my students are getting on. It’s so inspiring how they’re changing their lives through proofreading. And the best thing is, it didn’t even take them that long!