Think the proofreading market is saturated? Proofreading transcripts is too hard — and too complex — for everyone to be good at it. You’ve heard the phrase, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!” Sorry, but I’m here to tell you: transcript proofreading isn’t easy at all. There’s a lot to learn, a lot that can go wrong, and a lot of work to do to be truly good at it. But it’s still very possible, and that’s why taking the time to learn and practice is your best bet for breaking into this industry.
The work being “hard” is exactly why the market for a career in court reporting will also never saturate. There are many more training programs for court reporting than there are for transcript proofreading (…and there’s only one for that at this time), but no one worries about the court reporting market saturating, and it’s because the work is much too hard. Not everyone who enrolls in my program with utmost enthusiasm will actually finish the program, and not everyone who finishes the program will go on to perform work. The work is there for the taking, but you can’t just sit there with your certificate and then wait for the work to find you. You have to go find it and be willing to get out of your comfort zone to prove yourself as a proofreader. I will never make light of it — that part is hard, and not everyone is willing to put in the work it takes. The people who put in the work reap the rewards.
Think the Proofreading Market is Saturated?
Owning a freelance business is hard, too. For many people, it’s just easier to clock in and clock out, leave work at the office for the weekend, etc., yet at the same time, the idea of being your own boss is very enticing, too. Getting organized as a freelancer is tough at first, especially keeping track of invoices and payments, but it’s worth it. Still, there will always be those folks who just aren’t into the DIY aspects of freelancing. And that’s cool — hey, the economy needs office workers, too!
The demand for court reporters is increasing. You can check out this report regarding the court reporting industry outlook. As demand for court reporters increases, so does the demand for excellent transcript proofreaders.
People screw up. There are untrained, not-so-excellent proofreaders out there — perhaps even folks who’ve read my website and decided to try their hand in this biz on their own — and when they screw up (and they will), trained proofreaders will be there waiting. Many folks think they have what it takes and that they don’t need any training to do this kind of work. They don’t believe the work is hard. So they go look for clients, find some unsuspecting reporter willing to give them a shot (no questions asked), and do some work … but then they miss stuff. A lot of stuff. They don’t have a reporter preference sheet or a checklist to ensure every detail is checked in every job — because they never learned what to look for.
People move on. People change careers all the time. Did you know I paid $6,900 to attend a 4-month training program to become a certified personal trainer? I taught fitness classes and did client sessions for just over three years… then I quit. It wasn’t for me. The same thing happens in transcript proofreading. Not everyone who enrolls in my course, receives their certificate, and starts working will continue to work forever. And that’s fine — it’s not for everyone, and sometimes it’s just a fill-in for a season in life, or a way to fund another dream.