Today we’re featuring Alicia Ritmaha, a fabulous student of the proofreading course Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™. Alicia enrolled in January 2015 and in her first month after completion of the course, she was able to earn $1100 worth of proofreading work!
Alicia and her hard work were also featured in this awesome post (opens in new tab/window) where I actually uploaded a screenshot of Alicia sharing her proofreading work success with us in our students-only Facebook group.
Hi, Alicia! Tell us about your background.
I’m just a normal person who likes to read and take on new challenges. I am married with two kids. I have a BA in Accounting, and I work full time in banking.
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When did you start proofreading transcripts, and what made you decide to learn how to do proofreading work?
I signed up for the course in January after I read an article on LearnVest.com about Caitlin and how she started a course to teach people how to proofread transcripts. I have the goal of being 100% debt free and this is a way for me to make extra money from anywhere. I commute about 90 minutes each way and was using that time to read. Now I use that time to proofread and earn extra money for my family.
What was the most challenging part in getting started? How hard is it to find proofreading work?
Finding clients is intimidating at first. Then, once you have clients, you have to know how much work you can realistically take on. I took every job that I could get for the first month. I made over $1,100, but I spent pretty much every waking moment that I wasn’t at work proofreading, even staying up until 2 am to finish a job when I had to go to work the next day!
I now have 2-3 reporters that send me work pretty regularly, and I haven’t been looking for new clients. I know that I can make great money doing this work, and look forward to the day that I can have the freedom to do it full time.
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What was/were the most valuable thing(s) you learned during the proofreading course?
I learned everything from the course. I am an avid reader and a decent writer, but I don’t consider myself particularly skilled in grammar and punctuation. So all my success I owe to the course. Caitlin is phenomenal!! I swear she doesn’t sleep. She is always available to answer questions and provide support. We also have a very active Facebook group for students where we can ask any questions any time.
How long did it take you to find your first proofreading work? How many clients do you have now?
It took me a good three weeks of trying to get my first client. I have a story about my first job.
I bid on a 50-page rush that she needed back in two hours from my phone, as [my kids and I] were finishing up at the park. She accepted my rate and asked how to send me the file. She didn’t know how to convert her file to a PDF so I went to the course content, copied the instructions and pasted them into an e-mail; within five minutes I had the PDF. I, of course, was so excited that I forgot that I had a massage appointment in two hours (an anniversary present from my husband, and an unusual event, which probably was why I didn’t think about it). The job was a little technical and I was nervous. I spent a lot of time looking up medical terms, but I used what I had learned and got it in just in time.
BEWARE — you will be very slow when you start out!!
I literally sent out the file, grabbed my keys, and headed to my appointment. I didn’t get a response from the reporter before stripping down and getting on the massage table, but I heard my e-mail pinging as I lay there. It was hard to relax (during a 90-minute hot stone massage, I didn’t even know that was possible). After my massage I sat in my car and read the e-mails she sent me. I had caught some spelling and format issues on the medical terms using Google, and she was thrilled with my work. She asked me if she could send all her work to me. Of course, I said yes. She is a very busy reporter and keeps me on my toes.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about doing proofreading work and enrolling in our course? Is it worth the money?
It is definitely worth the money! I made my money back for the course and my new iPad mini in the first month. However, this is work, not a get-rich scheme. You will get out what you put into it. I would also mention that once you get started you do get a little obsessed and will think about proofreading nonstop. You will also start to notice and point out errors everywhere, if you don’t already.
Congratulations to Alicia! She hustled and is now making great money doing proofreading work! With some hard work and effort, you can make real money with just a few clients. As she confirmed, it is not easy at first. Not everyone is cut out for it.
If you’ve got the eagle eye and you’re willing to work hard to learn this craft, the proofreading work is plentiful, and we can teach you how to do it. Enroll in the 7-day intro course below to learn more — it’s totally free!