How to work from home and earn money proofreading. This profession will allow you to work when you want, where you want, for as many hours as you want. So, if you are a stay at home mother, or if you are retired looking for a little extra cash then here it is

How to Become a Proofreader

Caitlin Pyle proofreader

“Caitlin Pyle” has been earning money as a proofreader since 2007. In 2012, she earned a full-time income, earning upwards of $45+. She now teaches others how to start their own proofreading business from home.

If you’re interested in learning more. Caitlin has two free intro-courses, a 45-minute webinar and a 7-Day Course. Find both below.

Caitlin started proofreading back in college while she was a communication major, she studied abroad in Germany and students that would ask her to help them proofread their essays. Then she started working for a court reporting agency after she graduated, court reporters asked her to look over their transcripts to make sure they were free of grammar errors. As she kept doing it, she realized she could actually make a full-time income proofreading… and she has not looked back.

Caitlin is partial to proofreading transcripts for court reporters and states that it is so important to find a niche to proofread in. If you learn to specialize in one area of proofreading, it’s easier to market yourself — and easier to make more money. Even though she started proofreading for college students, when she got to work with transcripts, she realized she had found an area she really liked and could do well in. So she focused all her energy on transcripts.

When you’re starting your proofreading career, it doesn’t hurt to try proofreading anything and everything as you’re practising your skills and seeing what you enjoy the most. But once you find your niche, really learn how to hone your skills to that particular subject.

  • Are you interested in medical writings? Learn medical terminology.
  • Want to proofread for financial bloggers? Study financial lingo. You get the idea!
  • Typically, a niche you want to focus on will be one you already know something about, so it’s much easier (and more enjoyable) to study.

How did she get her first client?

She got her first consistent clients while she was working for the court reporting agency. She kept those clients on as she got started on my own proofreading business in 2012. Her proofreading business kept growing from there — so much so that she could make a full-time income working anywhere she wanted.

What type of inherent skills do successful proof-readers need?

  • You need to have a natural knack for spotting grammar errors and typos. Not that you can’t learn all those nerdy grammar rules! But it makes it so much easier to get into proofreading if you can naturally spot errors (and have that irresistible urge to correct them).
  • You must be attentive! Proofreading is all about focusing on details. If you’re a skimmer or if “the little things” just don’t bother you, chances are, you are going to have a hard time forcing yourself to notice errors as you’re reading through your project.
  • Another skill that’s a must is being willing to do your own research. If you focus on one particular niche of proofreading (like transcript proofreading!) and you study for it, you’re still going to run across topics you’re just not very familiar with. Instead of sending it back to your client saying you didn’t understand what a word meant or how to spell something, you will need to do your own research. Google will be your best friend, along with finding a supportive group to help you out. One awesome perk of both my proofreading courses is the private student and graduate Facebook groups, where proof-readers can ask questions and get advice (students often say it’s their favourite part of the course!).

What is there to learn in your free 7-day intro course?

Caitlin – My free 7-day intro course is all about finding out if transcript proofreading is a good fit for you! I cover the most common questions (and struggles!) you will face as you build your proofreading business. I’ll go into how much money you can make as a proofreader, mistakes new proofreaders should avoid, and some proven marketing tips for your new business.

Even if you aren’t a good fit for transcript proofreading, in particular, you could still make an awesome proof-reader — and I’ll be upfront and tell you too! I’d hate for you to get into a freelance career you aren’t happy with. There are plenty of proofreading topics to focus on, and I’m here to help you get started!

Caitlin currently has two free intro-courses, one 45-minute webinar and a 7-Day Course. Find both below.

Thanks to Caitlin Pyle for sharing this!

Does proofreading sound like a job you’d like? Take the next step by signing up for Caitlin’s free seven-day mini-course.

Caitlin also has her own website called www.caitlinpyle.co/hero if you are seriously interested in investigating this option and becoming a work at home hero.

Source – https://www.thewaystowealth.com

Coucka’s conclusion

I have worked at home as a Medical Transcriptionist and I can honestly say the money in Transcribing unbelievably bad. For all the training I did in pharmacology, medical terminology, body systems and transcription industry standards, you would think I would be able to earn more than someone that serves hamburgers at McDonald’s. Sadly you would be wrong. I was averaging between $3 and $4 an hour. (Makes me cranky thinking about it)

Proofreading does seem to be more lucrative and much less frustrating. I intend to look into the 7-day email course to see if it is possible to do Medical proofreading. I spent all those years learning Greek and Latin medical terminology not to mention editing and grammar, it would be a shame to waste it.

I hope this look into Caitlin’s life as a proofreader is something you can relate to. I certainly can.

Cheers for now Coucka




Coucka Couchman


  1. This is something I had not considered, but should have. I am constantly reviewing post for people and it drives me insane with all the grammatical errors and sentence structure mistakes, along with all the punctuation mistakes. Sometimes I don’t even leave comments because I just can’t get past the mistakes.
    I would be good at proofreading, as long as people can handle constructive criticism. I am good at that.
    I appreciate this information and I am actually going to look into this as a side income.

    • You sound like the perfect candidate for a proofreader. The lady in this post also works for Fiverr but I think you will be paying a little more than $5 for Caitlin Pyle. Good luck and let me know how you go?
      Cheers Coucka

    • Thanks Steve,
      I am following up with the 7-day free course and so far it is teaching a lot of the stuff I learned when I did my transcription and editing degree.
      Have a great day.
      Cheers Coucka

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