[Updated: Oct 14, 2016]
Do you have an eye for detail – eagle eyes as they say? Do mistakes on the page jump out at you? Do you like proofreading? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might be interested in this Proofread Anywhere review.
Proofread Anywhere has an online proofreading course, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice, that can equip you with all the tools and experience you need to create a part- or full-time income stream from home, the park, or wherever you please.
Name: Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice
Creator: Caitlin Pyle
Introduction to Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice
Caitlin Pyle, the creator of the course, started proofreading court transcripts pretty much by accident. She was doing it on the side, but soon realized she was making more from proofreading transcripts than she was getting from her day job. Over time she learned all the tricks of the trade. By trial and error, she figured out what worked best, how to make the process the most time efficient, how to put it in a format the clients appreciated and other techniques that made her a sought-after court transcript proofreader. On top of that, she found she could make a full-time income working part-time.
She shared her knowledge with others and soon put together a short course consisting of an eBook and a practice transcript. But people sent her so many questions and requests for further help, that she developed the course into this full-blown course that teaches literally everything you need to know about court transcription proofreading. She launched the online version of this intensive transcript proofreading course in February 2015. It started out as a self-assessed course but has now developed into a manually graded course with quizzes, exams with feedback and a certificate at the end. Caitlin continues to improve aspects of the course frequently.
In the beginning, the support was mainly in the form of email and a Facebook group. But now there is also a forum. You can start knowing nothing and still succeed. This course teaches you a skill, how to market it and how to make your own business with it – every detail is included.
First, the pros and cons of the course:
- The course covers every detail from getting started to getting clients and keeping them
- You can start out knowing nothing about proofreading or court transcription
- You don’t need an English degree, just a good knowledge of the language and the ability to spot errors or inconsistencies
- The course is self-paced
- The support is prompt
- It has an active forum and a Facebook group full of useful discussions and information
- The course format and content are continually updated and improved
- Not only do you start the course in a supportive community of other students and proofreaders, but you end up as part of a network of proficient transcript proofreaders
- The course is rigorous enough to make you into a proficient proofreader – there is plenty of practice material and it’s not just a self-assessed course, you undergo actual testing and evaluation
- The course provides top-notch resources for the student who takes advantage
- Not only does the course teach you how to get clients, but referrals sometimes come through the Proofread Anywhere site
- The course allows you to obtain a part-time or full-time job, depending on your own schedule
- It provides you with a job you can do anywhere
- It provides you with a real career
- You can start making an income soon after successfully completing the course — be aware, of course, that it takes time to build up speed (without sacrificing accuracy) and a client base in order to achieve a full-time income
- You have lifetime access to the course material and support – you can always message Caitlin or one of her VAs with a question or a concern
- While the training is thorough, if you don’t already have a decent understanding of grammar and an eye for detail, you probably won’t do well – it’s definitely not for everybody
- Some of the rules and style preferences are particular to court reporting – if you’re well versed in another style of proofreading, the shift can be challenging (though not impossible!)
- It takes a lot of hard work to get through the course
Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice Overview
This course is a self-paced multimedia online course that teaches all aspects of court transcript proofreading – what it is, the spelling, grammar and punctuation you need to know, the process, the technology, how to get and interact with clients, and billing and accounting. Caitlin uses videos, screencast demos and many pages of content to teach you the skills you need. In addition, there are worksheets and annotated practice transcripts to sharpen these skills along the way.
You can join the forum to get answers to your questions. There is also a Facebook group which is full of useful discussions and interesting information. Though the forum is categorized and archived making it easy to search for answers, the Facebook group is more active with constant dialog. There is a quiz midway and an exam at the end which you have to pass in order to complete the course and add it to your résumé. There is an additional exam you can take in order to get a certificate.
The full course generally takes two to four months to complete depending on how much time you put into it. You have lifetime access to the course, the forum, and the Facebook group.
Though the transcripts are court transcripts, previous legal knowledge is not a prerequisite. You’ll learn as you go along.
Here is the Course Syllabus and Objectives if you would like more details of the course content.
You can watch a video tour of the course here if you would prefer to see more than just screenshots. 🙂
Who is Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice for?
This course is for stay-at-home moms, retired people or actually anyone who:
- Has good language skills
- Has an eye for details
- The willingness to study hard and learn new skills
- Wants to work online part time or full time
- Wants the flexibility to work around their own personal schedule
- Wants a real career from home that pays
Regarding stay-at-home moms who have limited time, you probably would have a hard time succeeding if you only have an hour a day. Two to three hours a day (not necessarily all at once) is more realistic.
This course is definitely not for those trying to make a quick buck without doing much work. The job takes hard work and attention – you can make money soon after completing the course, assuming you put in the effort to get it.
It is not worth it for those who don’t have good language skills to start out with. You may be able to study and practice enough to compensate to a degree. Since you get paid by the page – accuracy and speed are vital. If you spend much time checking or looking up things, you won’t gain much financially.
Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice Training & Tools
The training is divided into 9 modules. Caitlin uses videos, screencast demos, content articles, printable reference handouts and interviews to teach the basic content, and worksheets and annotated practice transcripts (PTs) to sharpen your skills as you proceed through the course. The PTs are what make this course successful as a teaching tool. Without them, the course would be hollow and the marketing section would be useless – you can’t market a skill you don’t have!
She also provides an action plan to start getting clients which includes scripts, strategies and practice ideas.
In addition to the course material itself, Caitlin posts blog articles on her site, Proofread Anywhere.com, which are beneficial to students and prospective students alike.
Support at Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice
The course has its own forum. It is organized into categories and has a good search function making it easy to search for answers before asking questions. There are several moderators answering questions.
There is also a private Facebook group which is quite active with ongoing discussions, helpful reference sites and just plain moral support! Course graduates and students participate making it a quite dynamic environment to learn in.
The students going through the course initially used the forum more as they dissected the practice transcripts more on the forum. But presently the Facebook group is more active – it is where the graduates live and where you can get quick questions answered and hear about the practical side of people actually working with court reporters and encountering issues.
Besides this, there is also a second Facebook group that is excellent though it is only accessible for graduates who have passed the final. The members bounce ideas around, refer clients to each other if they have a vacation or a time when they are unavailable, and help each other work through client challenges. It’s especially helpful for new graduates who have many marketing questions.
Educational Qualifications and Skills Needed
There are no required qualifications, but the following skills are essential:
- Excellent (native) English language skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to spot errors or inconsistencies, or know a potential error when you see one so you can look it up to verify
- Ability to concentrate
- Willingness to work hard to learn a new skill (you’ll need to forget what you think you know about proofreading)
- Computer (or tablet, preferably iPad)
- apps (iAnnotate or other)
- If you decide to take this on as a serious career, you will eventually want to buy your own reference books
Price for Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice
There are various payment options, but everyone now starts with Jumpstart to put their toes in the water and make sure that this course is for them. On completion of Jumpstart, students can upgrade.
Below is a brief description of the options, but if you want full details (which there are a lot of!), the would be wise to check out the full course details and payment options.
$197 for access for 30 days to the theory portion (i.e. the first two modules consisting of 15 lessons) of the course, the Facebook group, and the forum.
$400 upgrade (from Jumpstart) for access for 60 days to the theory and transcript portions (i.e. modules 1 – 5) of the course, the Facebook group, and the forum.
The FULL COURSE:
$400 upgrade from NextSteps ($997 total tuition) for lifetime access to the full course, any course updates, lifetime support via the forum, the Facebook group and more.
For an additional $100 ($1097 total tuition), you can get everything in the full course + personalized one-on-one marketing guidance directly from Caitlin via e-mail. She will help you polish your résumé, find leads and so on.
VIP Coaching Package:
For an additional $300 ($1297 total tuition), you can get the perks of the PLUS package + two 30-minute, full-access, one-on-one coaching calls with Caitlin via Skype. She is ready to discuss and answer questions on the practice transcripts, getting clients, dealing with clients and billing and anything else relevant to such a business. You will also have access to a library of recorded calls with other students.
It is possible to recoup your investment in a matter of months depending on your level of commitment and initial marketing success.
My Final Opinion
For someone who is really interested in pursuing proofreading as a career from home, I would recommend this course any day! It is thorough, current and is guided by an enthusiastic, successful person in the form of Caitlin Pyle. She is the force behind all the course developments and has organized it so that help is always available. (I’m not sure where she fits in the time for her own proofreading!)
Not only is the course material great, but the support is top-notch. Between the forum, the Facebook group, and email, you are covered. Lack of support is never a problem.
I would like to add that, in order to get first-hand feedback for this Proofread Anywhere course review, I have been a member of the Facebook group since mid-March, 2015. I have personally seen the geniality and helpfulness of Caitlin and her team, as well as the students and graduates with one another. I have seen Caitlin’s notices announcing changes and improvements in the course, explaining why she made the change or how adding a particular topic will improve the standard and professionalism of the graduates. She was delivering a great course even back in April 2015. But she hasn’t stopped improving it- she continues to share anything and everything that she thinks will help the students.
Verdict: It is definitely a legitimate anywhere (and possibly anytime) course and career.
If you have any questions about this course, fire away! And if you have ever tried it, we would love to hear about your experiences as well.