One of our subscribers wrote in and asked:
If I have never proofread for money and have no past clients, how do I get the first client?
GREAT QUESTION! So what’s the verdict? Can you get clients as a newbie?
YES, YES, a THOUSAND TIMES YES! ALL of my students so far who have successfully completed my course had never (EVER) seen a transcript before training with me. And now they’ve got clients and are earning regular income from their work. I am always learning new things, as are court reporters, so you’ll regularly come across things you’ve never seen before. How to deal is part of what you learn in the course.
This course plain works. It is designed to get you clients fresh out of the gate. By the time you complete it, you will have learned more than I knew when I first started (assuming you take your time and really absorb it — hurrying through is not recommended).
The course includes an entire module dedicated to helping you find clients, including exactly what to say to them when you first contact them.
PLUS — all students get access to the private Facebook group where you can talk to other students, help each other with resumes, ask grammar/punctuation questions, and share success stories.
By completing this course, you earn the right to make it part of your resume.
This is not a drop in the bucket, get-rich-quick, gimmicky course you may find elsewhere on the internet.
This is (literally) the only course teaching this information available anywhere. That says something.
Before this course existed, transcript proofreaders had to wing it — and to this day, I’ve never met anyone proofreading transcripts that earns as much money from it as I do.
And most of the time, their methods are slow, inefficient, and outdated.
Actually, the way I learned to proofread was on paper. But I wouldn’t have had the success I’ve had if I’d continued to do it the way I was initially taught. I know what I’m doing. That’s why it’s a HUGE PLUS for you to learn from someone who knows the ropes as well as I do.
Because I started from scratch as a proofreader, and have been through just about every scenario imaginable, I’m able to include all of my experience and expertise over the years in bite-sized chunks within each module of the course. From various client scenarios (what happens if you miss something?!) to how much to charge, the course covers every aspect of the business — from A to Z.
Just Not Sure You’re Good?
NOW… if you want to take this course, and you’re not sure whether or not you are a good proofreader, you probably should not take this course. At least not all of it (students go through the course in sections, not all at once).
On the other hand, if you’ve grown up most of your life with a love for words and an undeniable eye for spotting errors (where your people know they can trust you to proofread stuff for them), and you’re looking for a good way to monetize your skills, I urge you to get started.
I’ll say it bluntly: This course can’t make you good at seeing errors. If you are NOT a spelling person, or a grammar person, or a words person, please don’t invest in any portion of the course beyond Module 2 (Word Skills). Either you’ve got the eye, or you don’t 🙂 Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve got the eye, but I like to be as straightforward as possible.
Still not convinced newbies have a shot?
Check out the post “How Do I Know You’re Not the Exception?” in which we go into detail about how well the course prepares even those with no experience for proofreading transcripts. You’ll hear from student Alicia, who earned over $1,100 in her very first month as a proofreader — despite her full-time job, two kids, lack of experience, and lack of an English degree!