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Proofread Anywhere Review – an Online Proofreading Course that Delivers — 67 Comments

  1. I notice there have been no posts since 2017. Are you no longer affiliated with or active in Proofread Anywhere. I have not been able to find many negative reviews about this online course. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. One review claims the information is outdated and has many errors and inconsistencies in the provided materials. Has this been fixed/updated? Is the information provided on proofreading rules, iPad use, iAnnotate app, 2018 payrate, and how to find clients all up to date or is it all still the same information from 2015?

    I am a medical transcriptionist and I am very interested in getting into Transcripts Proofreading because I have had a hand/arm injury that prevents me from typing as quickly/accurately as I used to. But I really don’t want to pay for outdated information/materials.

    Thank you

    • Happy to have a fresh post, Keri! I received a lot of posts and questions when I was on the top of the first page of Google. But since my position dropped down, I haven’t received any.

      I am still affiliated with Proofread Anywhere and to the best of my knowledge the course continues to be a good one. I haven’t seen any such complaints in the FB group, though I’m not in there a lot. I updated the review in June, changing outdated information and confirming that the other information I was providing was accurate. Caitlin and her team have always been helpful in this way.

      In any case, I’ve sent out a few emails to graduates of the course who helped me in the beginning with their opinions and feedback on their own experiences with the course. So I’ll let you know if I find out any other helpful information.

      Given your situation, proofreading does sound like it would be more practical for you. Are you particular to work on court transcripts? If not, Caitlin’s course on general proofreading is also quite good.

      Hope this helps,

      • Good news, Keri!

        The Transcript Proofreading course has been updated many times in the last few years. The updates include more practice transcripts, new word skills test, updated social media marketing training, a new unit about Facebook, updated methods of proofreading, updated info about iAnnotate, more ways to mark up transcripts, etc.

        From what I gathered, there are few complaints about the course.
        Let me know if there are other specific details you need,
        Robin

  2. I’m seriously considering taking the proofread anywhere course. I found your review through a Google search. Of all the reviews I’ve read yours is the most thorough, detailed and informative. I’ve also gained a lot of information from reading the conversations in the comments. Thank you for this detailed review. I’ve already completed the free 7-day course and I am going to sign up for the first part of the course soon.

    I have been doing a lot of research on this course and the legal transcript proofreaders. I think it is something I can do well if I get proper training. I’ve always been very detail-oriented. I’m a fast reader and I notice errors in various texts all the time.

    I like that Caitlyn Pyle and many of her former students are realistic and honest about the possible benefits of this course. It makes me believe that it not a scam.

    Thanks again for your review and the great discussion it created.

    • I’m happy you found it useful and informative, Shani – that’s my aim! 🙂
      It does sound like it could be a good match for you.
      All the best,
      Robin

  3. From the comments I’ve read here, it looks like a lot of people do like the course. I would be interested though, if some of the moms who took the course more than a year ago (like Kellan and Keisa who wrote some of the early comments on this review) still find that it works for them. I mean, is it a realistic long term option for stay-at-home moms?

    • Last I heard, Keisa was still at it. I haven’t heard from Kellan in a while. A number of the graduates of the course are work-from-home moms who are continuing to use their proofreading skills to supplement their family income.

      Robin

  4. I catch typos and notice mistakes all the time, I love to read and have a pretty good grasp of grammar. But I detest Facebook which appears to be the main source for support for this course. Will I get the support I need just using email and the forum?

    • My guess, Kimberly, is that you will probably get your answers through the forum and email, but the process will not be as easy and quick. I correspond with a number of the graduates to keep this review up-to-date and some who have that same feeling have expressed that they resisted the Facebook group for as long as they possibly could. But looking back, they wished they would have joined sooner.  It would have saved them a LOT of frustration. The Facebook group is alive, vibrant and active – you can ask a question from a real job and have an answer five minutes later from three different people.

      Hope that helps you decide,
      Robin

  5. It really is a fantastic course! I was skeptical in the beginning, but I read as much as I could find about it, including the testimonials from graduates of the course, and I decided to take the plunge and find out if it would work for me as well. I joined in May of 2015 before the course really exploded, but I’ve gone back and completed most of what’s been added since I earned my certificate. (I’m still working on finishing when I have time in between proofreading jobs!) The course was great to begin with, but Caitlin has added SO MUCH quality content that it really is worth every penny.

    For me, the best part about the course is that it is self-paced. I’m a mom with a full-time job, so my plate was already pretty full. In the back of my mind, I had always had the idea of adding to our income with freelance editing of some sort, but until I discovered this course, I really had no idea where to start. I loved that I could work my way through the modules as time allowed, without any outside pressure or deadlines.

    • Exploded is a good word, Erin! I think the course content has probably doubled since I first reviewed it last year. 🙂

      Yes, the self-paced aspect is something that many people have appreciated about the course. And if I may add, the fact that you have lifetime access, thus you were able to take advantage of all the additional material Caitlin added!

      I’ve tried to get a number of graduates to give me some cons about the course, but no one has yet given me a real downside!

      Robin

  6. Hello Robin,

    I was thrilled to come upon this thread. I have been considering the program for quite some time. After significant research I would say, for the most part, I am ready to move forward with the course. However, I do still have one major concern causing me to pause – that being the fact that I feel unsure about the ability to obtain clients/steady work upon completing the course. Is there honestly a significant need for qualified proofreaders in this market? Plainly stated – I have the required time and the desire to put in the work in order to make money…but is the work out there?

    Thank you for your insight!
    Sara

    • Yes, Sara, there is definitely work out there. You’d be surprised to know that the demand for court reporters is only increasing – and the demand for more court reporters implies demand for more proofreaders. 🙂 And… from what I’ve understood there aren’t enough great proofreaders at all. I use the word “great” because that is what Caitlin trains her students to be – that is how you get and keep clients.

      This is just a very general answer, but if you’d like more detail, head over to the client FAQs on Proofread Anywhere. There are quite a few articles that should answer this question in more depth.

      Let me know if this satisfies you,
      Robin

  7. As a course grad and part-time proofreader, I can tell you this course is legit. Caitlin is very open about that fact that you will work, HARD, and she’s not kidding. I have a bachelor’s degree in economics, so I know what hard work is. This course is as rigorous as any of the college courses I’ve taken.

    That said, I will never be able to proofread full-time like others do, nor will I ever make a thousand bucks a month. It took me a good half year of paid work to make back my investment in the course, iPad, and reference books. That’s okay, though, since I wasn’t looking for a full-time job to begin with. My goal was to pay for our new family van. I’m working hard, but I’m well on my way to doing that. I have never been a fast reader (I tell the facebook proofreaders that I’m like a turtle stampeding through peanut butter) and will never even come close to speed others seem to have, but I have feedback from actual jobs letting me know that I did the job right, and to me, that’s more important. I am proud of what I have accomplished after taking this course.

    I had no knowledge of the legal system or court reporting when I began. I have learned a lot, but there is always more to learn. You will not graduate from this course knowing it all, but you will know how to find the answers for your jobs. It’s a classic teach-a-man-to-fish situation. Caitlin will teach you how to fish in the proofreading pond.

  8. I love reading and am quite interested in this course. But could you tell me how much you actually have to invest to get started? I mean, besides the cost of the course, what other costs will there be?

    • It is possible to get started only paying the cost of the course, Patti. Caitlin recommends having an iPAd, but she teaches how to proofread with and without it. And some students do it without one. But… having an iPad with iAnnotate (an app) is much easier and more time efficient. Caitlin explains why in this article.

      Additional reference books are not required, but they do help. Caitlin suggests one that is under $100 (for proofreaders). Many of the students and graduates use the Facebook group to get answers from others before they get reference books of their own. This article provides extensive details of the course and what you need.

      Hope this helps,
      Robin

  9. When I first learned about the course, I was just looking for an easy way to work from home. I wasn’t ready to invest my time and money to learn something new, but it always stayed in the back of my mind. After several months, I decided to take the plunge, and I am so glad I did. It has worked out great for me.

    Pros:
    I could work through the material at my own pace. Be sure to give yourself enough time, particularly if you have a full-time job (and/or kids).

    The Facebook group is an undeniable source of support. There are so many experienced proofreaders there, but the best thing is their willingness to help and answer questions.

    The training and support are thorough and take you from the technical to the strategic so that you come out ready to work. If you don’t know what a court transcript looks like, you probably won’t be successful as a transcript proofreader. This course addresses the very specific nuances of this niche.

    Cons:
    It’s not for everyone. I think proofreaders are a special bunch. Many of us already knew that we had “eagle eyes” before finding this specific industry. If you don’t have a sharp eye for these types of errors, consider the free course or one of the smaller packages first to get a feel for the type of work this entails.

    It is hard work. It took me about six months from start starting the course to landing my first paid job because I have kids and I really wanted to understand the material. I have bought extra resources to supplement what the course offers. There is a definite learning curve in this line of work. The course can’t make that go away, but it can guide you through it.

    I am really enjoying my career as a transcript proofreader, and the ability to work from home has been awesome for me.

    • Thank you, MJ.
      It is quite interesting to hear the pros and cons from someone who has actually done it and to know that it is a mom who is saying that it is real career that moms can do from home around their family responsibilities.

      Robin

  10. Hi all,
    I’ve taken the course before a lot of improvements were made and content was added, and I have still managed to make a nice part-time income. There is a lot to learn, and work is required to be successful. The best part about this line of work is that you can work from home, and the worst part is the feast-or-famine nature of it. If you enjoy reading, can organize yourself, and are willing to study, it is a good investment.

    • Great to hear some feedback from a course graduate!
      Has the feast-or-famine part been a problem? Or it is just a matter of getting used to it and adjusting to it? Have you had too many feasts or famines?
      Thank you,
      Robin

      • Hi. It’s an issue that people mention as being part of the work. It can be irritating, but it is what it is. It’s not going to be like a regular job in which you know what hours you’ll be working the coming week. There’s no way to predict it, probably much like any other service-oriented business.

  11. Hey, there it’s Alexey. This course looks like something very professional. I liked your review – It gave me all the right information. I honestly think that something that requires hard and consistent work is not a con – It is good, meaning that it will develop a new person 🙂

    I like tough things – they make me grow stronger. It’s always good to read about an awesome program. Thanks for the share !

    • Glad you liked it, Alexey. The course and the subsequent proofreading work definitely takes hard and consistent work. BUT…. you can do the course at your own pace and then you can take on as many clients as you can handle. So it is a win-win situation from my perspective.

      There are quite a few work-from-home moms doing it and finding it quite doable. As far as developing a new person, a number of moms have expressed that this course has given them new opportunities, which I guess makes them into new people! That is one way to look at it. 🙂

      Robin

  12. I was very happy to come across this site. I’m very interested in this course however I live in Canada. Is there work for this kind of proofreading in Canada or would I have to pursue American clients? Is it possible to live in Canada and have American clients (ie: income tax reporting)?
    Thanks,
    BJ

  13. For anyone who is wondering if this is a viable option for an income, I want to let you know that it absolutely is. I graduated in August and have been happily working for court reporters ever since. It wasn’t hard to get clients at all, in my experience.

    The course is very thorough and ever evolving. Caitlin, the creator, adds new content regularly and is always working to hone and evolve the course. The best part is that students have life-time access. You know what that means? If this course ever becomes accredited, which I think it will inevitably be, we as students will still have access to the new content. That is a fantastic deal.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something at the ground level, receive excellent training, and benefit as it grows. There really isn’t anything to lose for those who really understand you have to work hard, study, and apply what you learn. 🙂

    • No, it’s not, Cara.
      A scopist needs to know steno, and they use the same software a reporter uses to edit the file directly. They use audio as they edit the file. Scopists may or may not be good proofreaders.
      Hope this answers your question,
      Robin

  14. Once I see court reporters commenting on their experience with these graduates, I may start giving some credence to this. The 100 pages per hour . . . I would NOT hire any proofreader who claims to do that. There is no way — NO WAY — good work can be done at that speed.

    • Hello,

      I agree that there is no way that good work can be done at a regular rate of 100 pages per hour. But I don’t recall making any claim in my review that graduates of this course read 100 pages per hour and I haven’t heard graduates claiming that either. Of course if there was a transcript that was all short questions and yes/no answers, then who knows how fast an experienced proofreader could get through it. But that isn’t the point.

      If you are interested in reading some comments of some court reporters on these graduates, then go to https://proofreadanywhere.com/# and scroll about two thirds down the page. Below the heading “I’m a Court Reporter. Why Bother Training Proofreaders, and How Can I Know They Really Know How to Proofread?” you will see several comments of court reporters regarding the work of graduates of this course.

      I hope this gives a bit of clarity,
      Robin

  15. Hi! I am a WAHM, my boys are 3 and 22 months. I went to school for accounting, have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in it, and have ran my own accounting and tax prep company from home for the last five years. I recently decided that I wanted to focus more on the tax side – it’s my intellectual love, and thus I don’t have a lot to do after May. I was look around for something to do for the rest of the year when I stumbled upon a post on Penny Hoarder about Caitlin and her course. I spent some time researching and emailing with Caitlin – she actually answers all the emails that she receives – and decided to signup for the course.

    My kids are used to the insanity that is tax season, so they’re use to playing while I’m working which is how I was able to finish Caitlin’s course in three weeks. The work is not only interesting but challenging. I finished the course about a week ago and am working on the marketing piece now but with the holiday being tomorrow I’m not expecting many replies, much less any work, until next week.

    The whole course is great from the curriculum to the community of students. I would, and am, recommending this to my SAHM friends.

    • Wow, Kellan! You finished the course in three weeks? That is impressive. You must have put a lot of time into it. It sounds like your boys do help you out though. 🙂 It is a convenient occupation for moms who want to fit their job in around family time.
      I think you named my favorite aspects of the course – Caitlin’s support, the great curriculum and the student community.
      Best of luck!
      Robin

      • Thanks!

        I worked on the course about 8-10 hours a day in intervals. The breakdown was 2-3 hours in the morning (my kids take 3-4 hour naps), 2-3 hours in the evening, and then an hour or so before I went to bed. It was intense but worth it.

    • Hi Kellan!
      I found Caitlin’s course via Penny Hoarder as well! I have been researching it since then and am on the fence. It’s a lot of money for us right now, but I am encouraged by the fact that you were able to complete the course (and so quickly!) with two children. I have one nine month old, so that is important to me! Just wondering how strongly you would recommend the course and if you have been able to find clients yet?
      Amy

      • Hi Amy,
        I’ve contacted Kellan asking her to reply to your questions.
        Did you see that there are now several payment options? I don’t know if that would help your decision.
        Everyone I know who has taken the plunge hasn’t regretted it.
        I don’t know if you saw the FAQ page for stay-at-home moms on Caitlin’s site:
        https://proofreadanywhere.com/how-flexible-is-proofreading-for-court-reporters-can-i-work-around-my-kids-schedule/
        Let me know if you have any other questions,
        Robin

      • Hi Amy!

        I would, and do, strongly recommend the course to my close friends. I think it’s well worth the money, if you dedicate yourself to making it work. I found my first client about two weeks after I finished the course and have done three assignments for her so far. I’m still looking for clients – I took last week off, but I have been getting good pretty responses, which is encouraging. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that this takes work – it takes time to build up to where Caitlin is so you need to have realistic expectations. Hope that helps.

        Kellan

  16. Robin,
    What a great review. So informative and thorough. Loved the screenshot examples, gives a good feel of what one would be looking at should they take the course. Being an avid reader and former medical transcriptionist, I am always looking for mistakes in grammar and punctuation – would love to give this course a try now that I’ve read your take on it.

    This was a wonderful article and I look forward to investigating the rest of your site. Thank you for a job well done!

    A new follower,
    Traci

    • Hi Traci,

      One nice thing about proofreading transcripts is that you don’t have to worry about the grammar – it is a transcript that has to be preserved as it was said in court. On the other hand there is still plenty to have to look for in terms of spelling, punctuation, format, etc. Many of the graduates have commented that you have some unlearning to do, if you were previously a proofreader. 😀

      Please do look around the site,
      Robin

  17. Hey Robin,

    Wow! Fantastic, detailed review about Caitlin Pyle’s course.

    I do love reading, but proofreading is something I could not do. I’m a right brain kinda guy and this seems to lean towards the left brain, the analytical side.

    But with that said, this is one heck of a course if someone is into doing proofreading as a part time or full time gig. She seems to have everything covered so you can make a real go of it.

    Have to say, not to many online courses do that.

    Cheers
    Leo

    • Yes, Leo, Caitlin does seem to have covered all the bases. Her thoroughness has made a great proofreader and she is using those skills to make a great course. And she is still working to improve it so that the graduates really know as much as she does by the end. Pretty neat!
      Robin

  18. Hello Robin, a well done and comprehensive review of the proof reading course. I worked as a free lance court reporter for several years in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. My proofreader saved my reputation many times.

    I will never forget a potentially embarrassing error while covering a fast-paced daily transcript trial. I used a stenotype machine and was just getting started with computer translated transcripts. Every time I keyed shorthand for ‘hit and run’, the computer transcribed it as ‘shit and run’. Imagine having that show up repeatedly in the transcript! Funny, yes, but it would have been embarrassing if my trusted proofreader had not been on top of it.

    I enjoyed browsing your website and look forward to reading more.

    ~Jude

    • Funny now, Jude. 😀

      But as you say, not if it had gone further than your proofreader! I’ve heard a few other similarly funny stories from some of the graduates of this proofreading course. Those types of things are always funny after the fact.

      Glad you enjoy the site,
      Robin

  19. Hello Robin,
    Thanks for this eyeopener. Transcript Proofreading sound like a legit way of making money from home. The only negative there is for me, it is in English. An I am not a native English speaker, nor do I control the English language fully. But I will dive into this in my own country, to see if there are opportunities in my own language too.
    Greetings, Loes

    • Hi Loes,

      It was an eyeopener for me too. And proofreading without having to correct grammar – that’s neat. Of course there is a ton of other things – spelling, usage, format, etc. The thing I like about this course is that it is all inclusive – Caitlin has really included every single thing you need to know including figuring out how to deal with the one odd thing that hasn’t come up before.

      If you do find opportunities in your country, please do come back and post about them later. It would be interesting.

      Robin

      • Hi Robin,
        Thanks for your quick reply. I will sure tell you all about it when I have found something similar, if it is in the right price category. The only courses I have found in the Netherlands are way over the top with their fees.
        Hope to come back later with good news:) Loes

  20. This sounds like a good way to earn some income from your home computer. I didn’t see anywhere if they actually point you where you can find proofreading jobs?

    • There is a whole module at the end of the course on how to get clients. In this line of work – court transcription proofreading, if you are a great proofreader, your clients will stay with you for as long as they need a proofreader. So the module on getting clients is at the end of the course.

      If you try to get clients before you have mastered the skills of transcription proofreading, you will lose them as soon as you get them. On the other hand, if you prove by your work the first time that you are worth it, you won’t have to keep looking for new clients.

      You can read more about getting clients here.

      Hope this answers your question, Maureen. 🙂
      Robin

  21. I must be meant for this because your article has a typo — “If your interested in learning more about this course…” It’s you’re. 🙂 Still love your article!

  22. Hello, Robin

    Transcript Proofreading sounds like a great job for those with a good eye for detail and want to earn a little extra income. This is a very thorough post that will help anyone who is looking for this kind of work 🙂

    Thanks for this. Neil

    • Glad you liked the post, Neil. Eye for detail is a must! 😀 But the great thing is that if you do it well, you can make more the just a little extra income even working just 2 1/2 or 3 hours a day. Pretty neat for those that can do it!
      Robin

  23. Maybe I missed it, but what can you get as a return on your invested time by taking the course? What job prospects can this course prepare you for?

    • To answer the second question first, Sarah: This course prepares you to be a court transcript proofreader – a job which you can do remotely from home.
      As far as how much you can make – that totally depends on you: how good you are both in speed and accuracy, how many hours a day you work, how many clients you get and so on. But the creator of the course makes above $40,000 a year working part time. Hope that answers your questions! 🙂
      Robin

  24. I’m a stay-at-home mom who just started the course a few weeks ago, and it has been great! I’ve always loved reading and had an eye for all things grammar, but I’m learning so much. Specifically, the course is really preparing me for what it takes to proofread transcripts, which is a little different from general editing or proofreading. Also, I’m enjoying the camaraderie and support, not only from Caitlin, but from other students who are also on this journey; it’s really invaluable. My plan is to complete the training in the next couple of weeks. I’m so looking forward to building a successful business with the knowledge and tools that this course has provided.

    • That’s good to hear, Keisa. In my opinion, the camaraderie and support here are nearly as important as the course material itself – it is a lot easier to learn and absorb with such a supportive environment. Let us know when you are out there doing it! 🙂

      Robin

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