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.
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.
The course includes student support in the form of email and also a Facebook group. 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.
Transcript Proofreading: Theory & Practice Course in a Nutshell
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 Facebook group full of useful discussions and information
- 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 start a business and work from 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
- 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.
There is a Facebook group where you can post questions. It is full of useful discussions and interesting information, and it is an active group with constant dialog. There are multiple quizzes and exams you must pass in order to successfully complete the course and 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 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 Court Transcript Proofreading 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
There is a private Facebook group that 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.
You can get questions answered quickly and hear about the practical side of people actually working with court reporters and encountering issues. Help and support from members of Caitlin's team are also available by email when needed.
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
Payment for the course is completed in four levels, giving you a chance to put your toes in the water, make sure the course is for you, and ensure successful completion of each level before making the entire investment.
Below is a brief description of course pricing, but if you want full details, then would be wise to check out the full course details and payment options.
Level 1 – Beginner Basecamp
One payment of $77.00 for 7 Day Access to Module 1 – Introduction to Transcript Proofreading.
Level 2 – Jumpstart
One payment of $197.00 and access to Modules 1 and 2 for an additional 30 days.
Level 3 – NextSteps
One payment of $400.00 and access to Modules 1-5 for an additional 60 days.
Level 4 – Launch and Earn
One payment of $500.00 and access to Modules 1-9 for LIFE.
Successful completion of each level is required before moving onto the next level. The total cost of the program is $1174.00, with a potential discount of up to $230.00 for taking action immediately upon successful completion of each level.
It is possible to recoup your investment in a matter of months depending on your level of commitment and initial marketing success.
If you are interested, Caitlin does have a free 7-day free course on Proofread Anywhere that gives some proofreading basics and marketing tips. She also has a free workshop on general proofreading for those not inclined to read lots of legal stuff.
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 has been the force behind all the course developments and has organized it so that help is always available.
Not only is the course material great, but the support is top-notch. With the active Facebook group and email support, you are covered. I would like to add that, in order to get first-hand feedback for this Proofread Anywhere review, I have been a member of the Facebook group since mid-March, 2015. I have personally seen the geniality and helpfulness of Caitlin's team, as well as the students and graduates with one another. It's definitely a supportive and helpful environment.
Verdict: It is definitely a legitimate anywhere (and possibly anytime) course and career.
If you are interested in learning more about this course, you could read my interview with Caitlin or go check out the course details on her site and look around. If you aren't interested in proofreading legal documents, check out Caitlin's free workshop on general proofreading.
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.