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Is There a Demand for Transcript Proofreaders?

Updated: April 9, 2015

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  1. Hi Caitlin

    I am interested in your transcript proof reading course, however I’m from Sydney, Australia and wanted to know if this type of work translates all over the world. I am an avid reader, have worked primarily in communications roles and project roles where my writing and proofing skills need to be of a high standard, but am craving the freedom to be my own boss and have more time with my daughters and their school activities (I was a volunteer reading mum at their school) and would like to continue that in helping children who need support. I lack the confidence to go out on my own, but know that I could do this and enjoy it. Please let me know your thoughts.
    Kind regards

    1. Hi Pauline,

      I don’t know if you’ll even see this message after all this time, hopefully you have reply notifications turned on…. 🙂 but I’m wondering if you ended up taking the course and how you went with finding clients? I’m also in Australia so I’m curious to know.


  2. I understand that you won’t spell this out here in response to this, and I read your annoyance with people who say, “Will you find me the jobs at the end of the course?”, but what I want to know is this: do you offer concrete ideas on how to find clients in your course? Not being connected to the legal world yet, I can see that being a challenge for me. I am a lover-of-language and a grammar-Nazi so I could see this information coming easily to me (I DO understand that it will be hard work and studying, but I know I can do it). I just want to make sure that, once I DO receive the right training, I’ll be able to figure out how to find the work!

    1. Yes, yes, and yes. I go into it in FULL detail in Module 8. Like, WAY more detail than you’ll be expecting. Haha. I fully expect to blow your socks off with the amount of details I’ve provided. I do *NOT* hand out lists of reporters to contact, but I provide instructions on how to find them and what to expect.

      1. Great! I did finally “stumble” across your course syllabus, so that helped. Thank you for your quick response.

  3. What a great post! There is so, so much great info on this site and I am seriously considering this program. My concern is, will someone who does not have a college degree have trouble getting clients/getting into the field? I’m sure having this specific training and certification under my belt will help tremendously. But my “F word” is completing this and my lack of degree will stop me from getting clients. Thanks so much in advance!

    1. No 🙂 I’ve never been asked what degree I have. It matters that you know what you’re doing and can prove that. There are a couple other FAQ posts that address degrees/lack of prior proofreading experience, etc. 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the site. We’ve worked really hard on it!

      Edited to add: I should say, I’ve never been asked if I even have a degree 🙂

  4. I am liking what I am seeing here! After reading many positive testimonials, it is convincing me to consider this opportunity. I am a business major and I have been searching for the right business opportunity to where I can have the freedom or some type of freedom to do things I love doing. In college, one thing that I was good at was writing papers (essays). In my previous job, my supervisor was adamant about any correspondence leaving his desk or by email. He would re-re-re-read things until his eyes turned blue! Literally! But that rubbed-off me and now I am the same way when I write emails either at work or personal emails. Like you said, I may not make millions, but the potential freedom while making a nice living is there. And that is what I am looking for. Thank You!

  5. Caitlin, being a word-o, I must point out a grammar error I have seen in several of your posts: One thing cannot be different THAN another. It is different FROM another. Thanks! Seriously considering taking the full course.

  6. I’m actually just hearing about the role as a “Proof-reader for Court Reporter”; I’m not working right now – and definitely looking for something I can work from home. I’m VERY skeptical of this though as I just hadn’t heard about it ever. AND it’s sound like there some costs involved to become a Proof-reader. I have a degree in English w/Emphasis in Speech Communications. I have published a small book a few years back, I proof for others often – for my church, people needing resumes revised, my husband who has written 2 books, and the list goes on. So, how does it work to get started doing this?

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