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Editor Profiles: Alanna (Living a Simpler Life)

Is the modern world overwhelming? Wish you could live a simpler life? If so, proofreading from home could be the perfect career choice. To find out why, we’ve spoken to a Proofreading Academy graduate, Alanna, who is now enjoying the freedom of freelancing.

Hi, Alanna! What made you consider Proofreading Academy?

Before I started the course, I had been in sales and operations management for over a decade. I would leave home every day before my wife and son were awake and then come home every night right before bedtime. But I wanted to focus on the important things, so I started looking for work-from-anywhere opportunities. Then I found Proofreading Academy.

Was there anything particularly challenging in the course for you?

I am an avid reader and once pursued a master’s degree in English literature. Grammar and punctuation, however, are different creatures, and the parts on hyphens and dashes were a bit of a struggle. But the course helped me get a great handle on the English language.

How have you found the transition to working freelance?

Proofed makes it easy to transition from the class to working for real. So far, everyone on the team has been easy to communicate with, willing to help, and provided excellent feedback to continue my growth. This is also my first time being self-employed and I highly recommend it.

How has life changed for you now as a freelance proofreader?

My family and I want to live a simpler life together, and we hope to travel more one day. Now, I have the freedom to choose my working hours, which will help us reach those goals. And my income from proofreading will give us the freedom to live our best lives before retirement age.

What is your day-to-day work like? And where do you work?

Right now, I wake up and spend the morning with my son. Once his school is done and my wife is home from work, I take a document to work on for the evening. And I am usually done early enough to spend time with my wife, so it has let me see much more of my family.

In addition, once COVID-19 is over, we will be able to end our days at the same time and enjoy the lake and woods around us in the evening! For now, though, the freedom to choose my schedule ensures I am available for my son when he needs me, and we can stay safe.

Alanna's view from the office.
Alanna’s view from the office.

What do you enjoy most about proofreading?

I love getting to grips with different types of writing. I have proofread poems, essays, personal statements, cover letters, and resumes. No two days are exactly the same!

Are you proofreading elsewhere in addition to your work at Proofed?

Not really. Eventually, my goal would be to proofread for Proofed and coach people towards living simplified lifestyles. Keep an eye out for Simplified by Alanna!

What do you do when you aren’t proofreading?

I help my son with remote learning, spend time outside camping in Texas and Arkansas (in the future, this will be across the United States), listen to music with my two cats, read fiction and historical fiction, and continue dreaming with my wife.

What has been the single best benefit of having done the course?

The confidence of knowing I can do something other than go into an office every day. If you are thinking about taking a different path and are passionate about words, take this course. You can’t put a price on something that provides you the freedom to choose your own path.

Do you have a website or LinkedIn profile you want to share?

Sure! You can find me on LinkedIn here.

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52 Comments

  1. Very interesting! sparks my interest in the course even more. Appealing! I know I am on the right track to becoming a Freelance Proofreader.

  2. Interesting! I’m coming up to retirement and want to supplement my pension.
    I definitely think this is the way forward.

  3. I hope this will be an opportunity to get out of the job I am doing and into something else where I can make the money I need and not work in a dangerous place.

  4. Very interesting! with a new move and retirement on the horizon, i’m keen to learn more!

  5. This is a very inspiring, and encouraging story. It validates the fact that, with vision, dedication, and determination, anything is possible.

  6. I am a worrier. I wonder if there is enough work to go around. I know I would be good at this because I have proofread in many venues. I want to earn some Money to supplement my Social Security. I am retired and have more than enough free time. I would like to specialize in reading for the Christian Writers’ Market. Books would be Wonderful.

  7. Alanna followed through on his vision, and it paid off! I am currently studying at home on my own, but feel I need a bit of community where I can get some feedback to build skill and confidence. Alanna has definitely confirmed what I believed to be true about proofreading remotely for income. I like the goal of working with proofed as well.

  8. I have always enjoyed reading and I am looking forward to learning new skills. Also looking forward to a new source of income. Looks like a great way to do it!

    Sharon Evans

    1. Hi there. It was because you had entered it as your name in the comment fields. Have now removed in case you didn’t want it public.

  9. Good, interesting, and awesome, I can’t wait to join the class before the month-end.

  10. It would be nice if there is a clear way to leave this page and go on with the trial. But every turn (or maybe I should say click) there doesn’t seem away get off this screen. I sent other messages in this message block and still stuck on this page. It’s frustrating.

  11. I would like to test my abilities and knowledge to become a proofreader. Hopefully at the end of this trial lesson.

  12. Definitely an inspiring story! I was a freelance proofreader years ago and really enjoyed it! I only ever did it the old-fashioned way though (on paper), so I am looking forward to learning the modern, more relevant way of doing it electronically. Hoping the course sets me on a more beneficial career path that can also take me into retirement (and allow me to work anywhere–preferably the beach!).

  13. i live in Africa. Has any African done this course and given feedback of getting jobs?

    1. Hi, Iheoma. We have had people from Africa take (and pass!) our course. To work with Proofed, though, your country needs to have a tax treaty with the US, so it depends on where exactly you live. You can find a list of countries with tax treaties here https://www.irs.gov/businesses/international-businesses/united-states-income-tax-treaties-a-to-z. But even if that isn’t the case, you may be able to use what you learn on the course to source your own freelance proofreading work.
      To answer your other question, the course does teach both proofreading and copy editing (as well as some of the differences between them), as modern proofreading often combines elements of both. We also have this post that details the differences between them: https://www.proofreadingacademy.com/advice/copy-editing-vs-proofreading-what-you-need-to-know/. Hope this helps!
      If you have any other questions about work prospects or the content of the course, please feel free to contact our customer service team https://www.proofreadingacademy.com/contact-us/. They are always happy to answer any queries you might have!

  14. I have worked in childcare for 15 years and would like to start a new career change working for myself.
    I love to read and this course seems very interesting.

  15. The selling point for me so far is the guarantee of work when you finish the course. That is still the case, isn’t it?

  16. Really inspiring . I am from Malaysia and I noticed that my country does not have a tax treaty with the US. Does that mean I cant pursue a career with Proofed after i have finished the course. Is there any other way for me to work with Proofed The work guarantee after the course is the appealing factor here.

    1. Hi, Sujatha. Unfortunately Proofed is a US company and requires payments to its editors to be compliant with US regulations. So in order to work with Proofed, you’ll need to prove that your country of residence has a dual-tax treaty with the US (you can check whether your country has a treaty on this site https://www.irs.gov/businesses/international-businesses/united-states-income-tax-treaties-a-to-z; this list is maintained by the IRS and is regularly updated). If you have any other questions about the course or work guarantee, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team here https://www.proofreadingacademy.com/contact-us/.

  17. Hi,I am from England and interested in doing a more flexible job.
    I noticed that having a lap-top is recommended,I only have an IPad at the moment.
    Is it possible to do the course and progress before purchasing one?

    1. Hi, Tracy. You can read the course content on an iPad, but we recommend using a computer as Microsoft Office lacks full functionality on tablets and you will need access to the full version of Microsoft Word to successfully complete the course. You can find out more about the resources required for the course on our FAQs (‘What materials and computer tools do I need?’): https://www.proofreadingacademy.com/faqs/

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