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[Student Spotlight] Victoria H. says with PA she’s “got the Holy Grail”

Updated: December 19, 2014

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  1. Do you just advertise on social media by stating that you proofread? Is there a pay rate that should be asked? Or is there a standard rate that writers are willing to pay? I’m very interested in doing this once summer starts.

    1. Hi Michelle! There are a lot of things to do to get clients as a transcript proofreader. Part of it is social media, but there are many other ways, too, all of which are included in Module 8 of the transcript proofreading course. 🙂 We also discuss pay rate — it does vary by state and by reporter and what they’re used to. Agencies tend to pay less than reporters, but they may be able to offer a higher volume of transcripts. You can feel free to enroll at any time, even before summer starts — it does take time to learn the craft. It’s NOT like “everyday” general proofreading. It’s not all about spelling and grammar, and 90% of the time, what you are looking for isn’t improper sentence structure. It’s an ART 😀

      1. Do you have to be a “speed reader” to be good at proofreading?

        1. Speed reading is not needed and not recommended. Speed readers don’t read every single word — and you have to read every single word when you’re proofreading transcripts! If you rush, it can come back to bite you! 🙂

  2. I like her story. This seems realistic. Not getting clients off the back, then going in and trying it again. Okay I am convinced. Once I finish paying for my daughter’s upcoming summer camp, I am enrolling!

    1. Victoria’s story is awesome. She is still going strong, too. She’s been living in Ecuador a little over a month now and is working her way to $2000 in one month this month by continuing to employ the same methods that got her started.

  3. I don’t like the idea of putting my photograph on things like Linked In and Face book, with my full name for privacy and safety reasons. Is it possible to still do this work, or a way to work around it?

    1. We have some students who use aliases on Facebook. As for LinkedIn, I don’t know anyone who uses aliases on there, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. Your clients would need to know your full name, of course. Real photographs, however, lend a lot to your credibility as a professional, though. I’d at least put a photo up.

  4. Does it cost money to seek clients? I’m trying to see how much it will cost in total to start this business.

    1. It costs money only if you’re paying for advertising or to be part of special online networking clubs. Online networking and pitching clients is totally free.

    1. That sounds like a good plan! I hope you will be able to join us for one of the proofreading courses soon! 🙂

  5. I want to do this so bad but I don’t have the funds to get started. Saving for it will take a while but I’m going to do it!

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