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How This New Dad is Proofreading His Way to Freedom


Updated: August 17, 2017

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  1. Was wondering if Derek say the typo in his first clients email.

    1. I’m very interested in learning more.
      Does a proofreading business of your own allow the flexibility to be good at it even in the midst of a full-time career?

      1. Great question! We have a LOT of students and graduates that proofread alongside their full-time jobs, so it can be done! 🙂

  2. Hey Derek! I am also trying to drum up general proofreading business. I am currently learning to proof legal transcripts, and also trying to get a day job. I am recently separated and want my own home for myself and my three kids. Your story is inspiring! Aim for your dreams!

  3. Hi John.
    I take you point about the typo, althought there is no reason why he should pick up on it, unless he wants to annoy his client, of course. However, I also would argue that there are two corrections to be made: the first, the use of ‘as’ instead of ‘has; and the second, the use of a comma after Spanish rather than a hyphen.
    It could be a stylistic choice, I suppose, but I would argue for consistency insofar as the parentethical was introduced by putting a comma after ‘And.

  4. And in my post also I see a typo, although I suspect it was the computer that changed ‘your’ to ‘you’. Pesky machine!

  5. I have been editing and proofreading for long but for a fee but now want to make a career of it.

    1. That’s a great goal. Plenty of our graduates have been successful in making a career out of proofreading! 🙂

  6. I had done a traing on proofreading way back then but did not use it. I am inspired by the success story of Derek and would like to start making income from it. I hope to enrol for the General Proofreading course soonest. Regards.

    1. Sounds good! Hope you can join us for the General Proofreading course soon! 🙂

  7. I also have a newborn at home (and two other children!) so I am very busy! I do hope to invest in this program in the near future when I can establish a good routine for my family. My hesitation is finding the time to commit to the course and the idea of marketing myself seems very daunting! I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

  8. Good day, Derek:

    It's now 2021 (about 4 years after your first client success story was published on PA). I just purchased the General Proofreading: Theory and Practice course so I will be a newbie at this. However, I was wondering are you willing to provide an update on your success so far in the world of proofreading?

  9. Really enjoyed it, this is my first time hope there will be many more

  10. Hi! You mentioned that building your website was the hardest part. I am also concerned about this. Can you give any advice? Thank you.

    Linda Caplow
    [email protected]

    1. The course contains a basic tutorial about setting up your website. Envision success and you will succeed.

  11. Wow! Super inspiring and oh my goodness, I had no idea that we can also proofread in Spanish??!! I love that! I received a Minor degree in Spanish + studied Spanish abroad in university and have used it professionally in my 9-5 over the past 10 years working with clients so I definitely have always corrected / proofread for both Spanish and English over the years for various content myself or coworkers have created or developed at work – which has always been a lot of fun 🙂

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