Just STOKED to have Jerrica as our featured success story today!
She literally got her first client within 20 minutes of starting her marketing process post course completion. We think that’s a record! She has gradually increased her earnings each month since.
Jerrica’s not just earning a nice chunk of change as a proofreader now — her clients are super happy with her work, too!
Here’s Jerrica’s story. Feel free to chat with her in the comments below!
Tell us a little about your background, Jerrica!
I have a bachelor of science in paralegal studies with a specialization in litigation, and I’m finishing up my master’s in library and information science with a focus on museum studies. I have been working in the legal field for 5 years, and I love it, but I was a little restless (hence my master’s degree). While working on my library science degree, I realized I also wanted more flexibility to travel. My husband and I had to cancel our first trip to Europe three years in a row due to work schedule conflicts. I decided enough is enough and I began searching for a way to accomplish our traveling goals.
When did you start proofreading transcripts, and what made you decide to learn how to proofread transcripts?
I was browsing Pinterest one day in search of a way to either travel on a budget or make extra money for my traveling fund, and I stumbled across ProofreadAnywhere. At first it seemed too good to be true, especially being a combination of my two favorite things!
My current job does require me to do some proofreading of legal documents, and it is my favorite task at work. It was like someone made this job for me. The more I looked into it, the more excited I was. Not only could I make extra money for traveling, but I could eventually quit my job and travel as much as I want! I’m pretty sure I did nothing else the rest of the evening. 🙂
I officially started the proofreading course on April 24, 2015.
What was the most challenging part in getting started?
The biggest hurdle for me was actually deciding that I can do this, and that it is worth the course fee. I don’t like to spend money on myself, and I’ve watched others try to create their own business but ultimately fail. It was definitely a mental stumbling block that my husband had to help me get over. So after two or three, or ten, pep talks with my husband, I bought my iPad, paid for the course, and dove in. I promised myself if nothing else, I would pay off the course fee and the iPad. I have more than tripled that amount so far!
What was/were the most valuable thing(s) you learned during the course?
Honestly, the entire course is so valuable! I’m very Type A, so for me it was great to know in detail how a transcript is made, to be able to work through all the practice transcripts, and even have examples of what to say to clients.
How long did it take you to find your first client? How many clients do you have now?
Now, I don’t want to set unrealistic expectations, but I found my first client within 20 minutes of completing the course! It was all timing.
Since I am still working at a law firm full-time (for now), I wanted to take things slow. My first month I made $600, the following month I made $750, and this past month I exceeded $1,100! I haven’t done any marketing since my first month and I’m still gaining more clients. 🙂 Currently, I proofread for six reporters and one agency. I would say I only get steady work from 2-3 reporters while the rest send me one-offs throughout the month. I just started proofing for the agency this past month too, so I’m excited to see where that will lead.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about enrolling in the course to proofread transcripts? Is it worth the money?
It is definitely worth the money! If you already have an eye for errors and if you are willing to put in the work, it is so worth it. Be forewarned, proofreading is a little addicting. 🙂
Anything else you’d like to add?
I just wanted to thank Caitlin for all the hard work she has put into this course and her willingness to share this awesome opportunity. If I’m able to quit my job and support myself by proofreading while traveling the world, and it looks like I’m well on my way, that is truly life changing! Thanks to proofreading, we have a vacation to New Orleans paid for and our trip to Europe has expanded into a three-month adventure next fall!
If anyone would like to contact me, whether you have questions about my experience with the course or if you are in need of a proofreader, my e-mail address is schaferproofreading[at]gmail.com.
What Are Jerrica’s Clients Saying?
We asked Jerrica to send in some screenshots of emails she’s received from happy clients. Here’s what they’re saying about her work! [Names have been redacted to protect reporters’ privacy.]
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