If you’re already doing freelance work, proofreading can be a great way to supplement your income from other projects. Our Becoming A Proofreader course offers everything you need to get started as a freelance proofreader, including guaranteed work – with flexible hours to suit your schedule – for those who pass with distinction. Speaking of flexibility, let’s check in with Proofreading Academy graduate and yoga teacher Orla!
Hi, Orla! What made you consider the Proofreading Academy course?
I considered the Becoming A Proofreader course because the reviews on Trustpilot were so positive and complimentary toward it.
What were you doing before you started the course?
I have been self-employed for 16 years. I was working as a yoga teacher, and I hope to combine my freelance proofreading career with teaching as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased here in Ireland.
What has been the single best benefit of having done the course?
It has given me access to a new career and additional income at the ripe old age of 53! I love this work and wish I had started it years ago.
Was there anything surprising or particularly challenging in the course for you?
I was pretty poor at formatting! However, the course was so well explained and had such excellent training videos that I eventually got through it.
How has life changed for you as a freelance proofreader?
The flexibility of working freelance is wonderful and allows me ample time for family and hobbies.
When I taught yoga it was mainly in the evenings, which wasn’t much fun on cold, dark winter nights. Now I mainly work for a few hours in the afternoons and have my evenings free to get in my own yoga practice!
Are you making enough money?
I will make enough money when I go back to teaching yoga, as well as proofreading. I also know that the faster I get at editing, the more money I will make.
What do you do when you aren’t proofreading?
Like every proofreader on the planet, I read voraciously! I do lots of yoga and walk in the countryside where I live. I also sing in a community choir and I am a member of a meditation group.
Is there anything else you want to share?
I would recommend freelance proofreading to anyone who loves working with language and making words flow on a page. It is also a great job for independent-minded people who would like to earn extra income and set their own hours.
Becoming A Proofreader
If you’re a freelancer like Orla looking to earn some additional income, our Becoming A Proofreader course might be perfect for you. Sign up for a free trial today.