Jill had worked 20+ years in the healthcare industry, but her workplace environment was toxic. Instead of loving her job, she regularly found herself crying, angry at coworkers, and feeling unappreciated.

Now in her 40s, Jill had a choice to make. Struggle on until retirement or make a change. And she decided to give herself a chance and prove she could start something new.

The journey to becoming her own boss as a transcript proofreader was not easy and it took her longer than she thought it would, but she stuck with it, and today she’s happier and more content than she has been in years.

Join me in this episode to hear Jill’s story. You’ll love her frankness as she talks about her difficulties, how she overcame them, and what her life looks like today because she gave herself a chance. She has a special message for you at the end too. Be prepared to be blessed through Jill’s realness and giant heart.

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Intro: This is The Proofreading Business Podcast with Elizabeth Wiegner. For more, visit The ProofreadingBusinessCoach.com.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Today, I have a very special guest on. It’s Jill. She’s one of my grads, and y’all are going to love Jill. You’re going to love her story, her background, what brought her to proofreading.

And sometimes, some people’s proofreading journeys, you see little screenshots online of their current success, and it’s like oh wow, this is amazing. I just named my business, snapped my fingers, and suddenly I’m exactly where I want to be, making lots of money with clients who appreciate me.

But it’s not always the case that way. Actually, it never is. It always takes work and dedication, and so that’s one of the reasons that I love doing these podcasts is because getting to talk to grads, hear their stories, you don’t just hear mine. You hear theirs. And the fears they face, the places they were at in their life, what they worked through to get to where they’re at, and Jill has just a wonderful story that is going to be a huge encouragement to you.

But I won’t tell her whole story. I’m going to let Jill do that. So, Jill, I’m so glad you’re here. Thanks for taking time to join us today.

Jill Bambauer: Thanks for having me of course. You know, I feel like a celebrity.

Elizabeth Wiegner: You are! I’m going to ask for your autograph when I’m done. All right, so let’s kick it off. Tell me your background. It’s always fun to hear what people were doing before because, obviously, you didn’t start off your career as a proofreader. So how about -- kick us off. Tell -- I mean, you’re a wife. You’re a mom. You’re a full-time proofreader now, but what were -- just tell me your story. How did you get to where you’re at today?

Jill Bambauer: Let’s see. Well, I have almost 25 years in imaging. I am a registered X-ray technologist and CT technologist, board certified. And I have done that for pretty much my whole life. I loved it. I still love it. And as we were talking before we started recording, it never got old looking inside of people all day long. I loved the challenge of getting certain patients through an exam. I loved the challenge of getting the images when people weren’t perfect. The excitement and adrenaline rush of a good trauma, blood and guts and all that stuff, that was always fun.

But as the years ran on, I’ve worked for one place at different locations, mostly hospital setting. So you never knew what was going to come through the doors at any given moment.

And then I got to the point where I had an old coworker who was working at an outpatient facility, and she’s like, hey, we have an opening. I think you’d be a great fit with us. So I’m like, well, what the heck? I like where I’m at, but hey, sure, I’ll apply.

And I ended up getting the job, and I thought, perfect. This is where -- after doing this for almost 20 years, I’m like, this is where I’m going to retire from. I’m going to retire from this place and had been doing that, had been at that facility for almost sevens years or so. And the management came to us, called a meeting for us --

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh no.

Jill Bambauer: -- and said, hey, we are going to -- we had two different sites for outpatient imaging. They’re like, hey, we’re going to move the ER from the one hospital that we’re basically closing down to this medical building over here where our outpatient facility was at. So not only now are you going to have to start working weekends, nights, holidays, you might have to be on call again. And I’m like, what?

And our modality ended up being the one that was affected the absolute most from it, and this is coming off of the whole COVID -- I would say fiasco, but the whole COVID pandemic. And where other modalities in the office -- they didn’t have to work because their modality was shut down, whereas we were still functioning all throughout COVID to help patients. The majority of our patients were cancer patients, and cancer doesn’t stop. It doesn’t stop for anything.

So that was a huge blow to us. It really rocked our world. And that they ended up doing that, that just kind of wears on you. Like we were saying, I could change somebody’s life in a matter of seconds just by the imaging that I would do. And that could be very daunting at times and hard to accept that the person -- the sweet person that you had just talked to is possibly going to die because cancer is everywhere in their body, and anyhow.

But -- so my coworkers at the time and I are core people. There were three of us who had been there pretty much -- not from the beginning of outpatient setting but for quite a while. We had gone to our management and said, these are our pain points. These are our solutions to the pain points. And they told us absolutely no.

And so because of them saying that, we were all like, okay, well, what can we do? They’re like, well, you can go somewhere else. And we’re like, we are trying to actually. And the one person said, you can be replaced. So we’re like, okay.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Wow.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That made you feel real appreciated and needed and valued, didn’t it?

Jill Bambauer: And loved, yes.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Exactly.

Jill Bambauer: Valued. So that was kind of the last -- one of the last straws. That was in October I think we had that discussion with them. By December, I was pretty much coming home every day crying. I had blown up in the office at a coworker, like screaming match at this person and found my manager and said, I’m done. I’m done. I said, I’m done.

And she, of course, came running out, and she’s like, don’t leave; don’t leave. And so I stuck it out for a little while longer, and then my husband finally said, as I’m trying to -- we went to the manager in October. Back in August I had found your course because we’re like, this is all happening. What can we do? And we’re all like, oh, we all need to get OnlyFans pages, and we’re like, well, we can’t do that. I’m still working in our profession.

Elizabeth Wiegner: You need pictures.

Jill Bambauer: So that wasn’t an option. And so I would be scrolling at times on the phone and found your course, and I’m like, is this legit? Is this really legit? And so checked into it more, and yes, it was legit. And I had done phase 1. I was in phase 2 trying to pass my grammar exam -- or pass my transcript exam and going through all this turmoil and toxicity, and I couldn’t focus. I really couldn’t focus.

And my husband is finally like, you have to pick one. He’s like, you can’t do both. He’s like, you have to pick one. If you want to do proofreading, he’s like you have to go all in. He’s like, you can’t keep going like this. He’s like, it won’t matter how much you want it. He’s like, you won’t be able to do it.

So I quit my job and decided to go all in on the proofreading, and once I did that, it took me a little while yet, but once I did that, then I finally passed and…

Elizabeth Wiegner: Y’all, we were all celebrating when Jill passed hers, so excited for her. I can tell you that. So tell me, transcript proofreading is very different than being an X-ray tech. So how -- when you found it and you confirmed it was legit, what attracted you to it and made you feel like I can do this?

Jill Bambauer: So my one coworker and I, we would always be the ones that would be like, hey, is this spelled right, Jill?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes.

Jill Bambauer: And we didn’t have to really worry about too much punctuation in our jobs, but I knew I could do it. I’m not the best at punctuation or the best grammaritarian, I guess you could say. But I can do spelling pretty well. And so -- and I love, of course, true crime. That’s like, you talk about Law & Order: SVU marathons, I’m all there.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Same.

Jill Bambauer: And we love -- our whole family loves true crime and mystery TV and stuff, so when they had the Murdaugh stuff on there, it’s like, oh yeah. We were watching all those documentaries and stuff.

And so, yeah, it just kind of felt right. I’m like, hey, this is something I could do. And I’m like, well, I don’t even have to leave the house to do it. I’m like, perfect.

Elizabeth Wiegner: So when you finally decided to go in and do it, transcript proofreading with your current job as being an X-ray technologist, how long did you do -- work on them both together while you were in the process of trying to juggle both?

Jill Bambauer: So I started phase 1 in August, and then I tried doing both of them until February, so I just came up on a year of being away from the hospital setting just this past weekend actually. It marked a year of leaving that job.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Wow.

Jill Bambauer: So it wasn’t until February that I had not done both of them. So it took me a while to be able to step away only because I had to. If I could have found a way to do both jobs, I would have kept doing it. But there was no way I was able to do that, and that’s just me personally. Others can do it, but there’s no shame in not being able to do it either, none at all. And there are different parts of this that you’re like, you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, and I think that’s just the nature of the beast of being a human being.

But I -- that’s the one thing that I’ve really tried not to do once I finally graduated is I tried really hard not to compare myself to others, and I think that really started to click, finally, finally this past fall.

But it wasn’t until after February that I was able to focus only on proofreading only. And then I didn’t pass the transcript exam until May.

Elizabeth Wiegner: So it took you a little bit to get to where you wanted. So you started in…

Jill Bambauer: It took me until April to pass the transcript exam, and then May was when I actually started being able to get out there and get clients.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Market. So you started back in -- so it was August that you started, and then you didn’t start marketing, so you had a bit of a journey from August all the way until May then on your proofreading journey.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah.

Elizabeth Wiegner: So did you -- what kept you motivated through all that? Because, you know, a lot of times -- and like you mentioned human nature. It’s human nature to see something, want it, and then that instant gratification, want it now. Like I should be able to name my business and suddenly be making all the money that I want or have all the clients I want.

So tell -- it’s good to hear that it’s not something -- I say this all the time. It’s not a get-rich-quick-doing-nothing business. You have to put in the work. But there is -- you have to have the stamina to do that. So what kept you motivated and going and was like, I’m going to do this? It’s not easy, but I’m going to do this.

Jill Bambauer: I just knew I wanted to do it because I’m like, I’m either going to have to find a different place to work, and at that time, that was not an option. And so I’m like, okay, well, if I’m going to do this, I’ve already invested some money into it, so why not keep investing in myself and putting the effort into myself, doing something to make myself better?

And I was so bitter and angry from what had happened at my job that I’m like, you know what? I need to prove that I can do something else. Who am I besides being this CT/X-ray technologist? Who am I outside of there? I had no idea who I was anymore. I had been that person for so long. That’s all I recognized myself as. I’m like, well, what else can I do? What else -- what other skills do I have?

So I’m like -- and I just wanted this so bad. I’m not a person who fails at things, and that was hard because it’s like -- and I think a lot of us in this program are not used to not having things come easily and not having things be right at our grasp. There’s so many people in here who have so many different backgrounds of English, in communications or journalism or things that would be right in this wheelhouse, and mine was not in the wheelhouse. So I’m like, what the heck am I doing here?

But I wanted it. I wanted it so bad that I was not willing to give up even though everything was like, nope, nope, nope. And you had to make more tests just for me. So anybody who’s out there that’s worried about failing more than twice, don’t worry. Elizabeth has got plenty of tests.

Elizabeth Wiegner: We have much to thank Jill for.

Jill Bambauer: Okay, it’s not that many more.

Elizabeth Wiegner: No, it’s not.

Jill Bambauer: But…

Elizabeth Wiegner: I love how you said -- you said two things that I was just like, yes, investing in yourself and proving to yourself that even -- because you’re not right out of college. I mean, you’re not retirement either. You’re middle-aged. And it’s -- and that’s one thing that I talk a lot about with students is -- and I love how you highlighted this too that we’re so used to -- because we have our careers, we’re good at what we’re doing, to learn a new -- learn something else new. It’s like, oh, I’ve got to go back to something I haven’t done for, like, 20, 25 years and learn something new.

But I love how you said you wanted to prove to yourself that you do -- it’s almost like you’re creating almost a new identity. You’re still you, but you’re showing that, just because you’ve done something for so long doesn’t mean you have to stick with it if you don’t want to. You can do something else and be happy.

Jill Bambauer: You can always start over. Isn’t that one of the things that you can read anywhere, any time like for motivational things? You can always start over. Tomorrow is always another day. It’s your second chance. Your second chance is tomorrow. There are so many -- and I kept trying to figure out is this what I should be doing? Should I really be trying to pursue this?

And your feeds on Facebook and Instagram will show you what you’re used to looking at and everything. But after a while, I took them as signs of -- I don’t know -- signs from God saying, yeah. I mean, just the different motivational things that would pop up. I’m like, yeah, he’s telling me I’m supposed to do this. So he led me to Elizabeth for a reason. So I hate to say it like that because --

Elizabeth Wiegner: No, I like that.

Jill Bambauer: -- I don’t like to put my beliefs out there for people because people don’t always align with that, just like when you’re talking about politics.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes.

Jill Bambauer: So I try and keep God out of it. But I’m a faith person, and he has gotten me through a lot of hard times, and things where you never know -- you never thought you would be able to get through things. But you can, and I’ve had to reach down and trust in that process even after I graduated. So I just -- I don’t know. I was led to by a higher being.

Elizabeth Wiegner: And he knew what he was doing.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, absolutely.

Elizabeth Wiegner: He always does.

Jill Bambauer: Absolutely. His timing is never wrong.

Elizabeth Wiegner: No, it’s not.

Jill Bambauer: It might not be on my time table.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It never is.

Jill Bambauer: Because I always wanted it five minutes ago or five days ago. It’s never on Jill time. It’s always a different time.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It never is, ever.

Jill Bambauer: Nope.

Elizabeth Wiegner: So obviously -- I have one of the things we were going to talk about was some of the struggles that you faced as you were learning to be a proofreader, and one of them was trying to juggle a very toxic, stressful work environment. You’re also -- I mean, you’re a wife.

You’ve mentioned your husband. You have kids and then trying to juggle learning a brand new skill. You are very active inside the Facebook communities, the private support communities. So tell kind of how the course along with the communities, how did those help you get -- because I know it’s a big -- it’s been a very big part of your life, being inside the communities.

Jill Bambauer: You know, I was so scared to post anything for such a long time, which I know all the new students feel that way, and even sometimes as a grad you feel that way. You don’t want to ask questions because you’re going to feel stupid. But if you don’t ask the questions, you’ve never going to know the answers to them if you’re struggling.

And you had said get in the group, start asking questions. You’re like, you need to become active in the group, and you’ll learn and you’ll grow from that. And I’m like, yeah, well, mm-hmm, sure. What does she know about that? She’s got the successful proofreading business and courses going on. What does Elizabeth know about that?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Nothing, nothing at all.

Jill Bambauer: Nothing, nothing at all. So I -- oh my gosh -- the dog is going nuts.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh, I can’t hear him. You’re good.

Jill Bambauer: Okay, good. I was like, what is going on out there? So I did that. I took your advice, got in the groups. And then, as you said, even though I wasn’t a graduate, when people had questions, if I knew the answers, I would put it in there. Or even if I didn’t know the answers but kind of was down the right path, it helps. It helped to build my confidence, as you say. It helped others. It helps just to build community with the other members because they’re like, well, if that person is willing to help me, then maybe if I have another question, they’ll feel comfortable enough to reach out to you again.

Or when you’re a graduate, you’ll have them reaching out to you and be like, hey, I have this client. Are you able to -- I can’t get to them. Are you able to help me out? Are you not able to help me out? It’s just building on that, but I was. I was so afraid to post anything because it is -- it’s overwhelming, and it’s just daunting. It’s just like, holy cow. There’s so many smart people in here. What am I doing [indiscernible].

Elizabeth Wiegner: You’re a smart person too. But once -- I know you talked about it was hard to sit and focus and to really dig in and do what you needed to to get to where you needed. But once you did, once you turned that road of, okay, I’m going to follow the feedback that I’m getting and follow the steps inside the course and start interacting inside the communities, not just asking your questions but supporting others as well, it was like a 180 for you.

I could just see the 180 happening inside as I started seeing your questions and started seeing you think through things. And then when you took your final exam, it was like, she’s got it. She knows what she’s doing. Tell me how you felt when you passed.

Jill Bambauer: I’m pretty sure I was crying, pretty sure I was crying, happy tears of course.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes.

Jill Bambauer: But yeah, and my husband just -- he’s been phenomenal through all this, and he still is. He’s my biggest supporter, and I don’t know what I’d do without him. But he’s like, if you want to do this, do it. He’s like -- he didn’t tell me no. He didn’t tell me, well, maybe you should rethink this since you haven’t been passing.

But he’s like, well, if you want to do this, you need to get studying, do what you’ve got to do, and go for it. But yeah, that was seeing that email -- it was life-changing. We’ll just put it that way. It was life-changing, as I’m sure others would probably feel the same way. But for me, it was definitely life-changing, and then I’m like, oh no. Now I’ve got to do more stuff. Now I’ve got to really make it work.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That’s such a good point, Jill. Life-changing, yes, because now it means that you are -- because that’s one of the things about having such high standards with the exam is you are ready to work with court reporters when you graduate. But that is such a good point because after you graduate, I mean, then you have a business to build, which you’re not by yourself in that either, but it’s also like, okay, I’ve got to keep going.

So tell me kind of what -- well, part of it is -- I just saw one of my questions I was going to ask you in that transition into it because you had to switch from -- so you quit your job that you were in as an X-ray technologist for so long, and then you really had to focus in on building your skills, and you finally passed the transcript exam, and that was really exciting.

Tell me, as you transitioned to owning your own business and getting clients, tell me how you switched from a traditional job in a hospital setting, in a healthcare setting, and then you switched to freelance where you’re your own boss. Tell me because that’s not easy either because that’s a whole -- I mean, you just learned a brand new skill, but now you’re also learning how to -- oh, I don’t have to, oh, I work from 8 to 5 or I’m on call or whatever. Tell me -- because I know that wasn’t always easy for you. So tell me your [indiscernible] on that.

Jill Bambauer: That’s -- getting used to freelance life, number one, the hardest thing was passing the transcript exam for me. The second hardest was wrapping my mind around being a freelance worker. I’ve always had that 9-to-5 job or some kind of shift because I’ve worked all shifts. I’ve worked day shift. I’ve worked second shift. I’ve worked third shift. You name it, I’ve done it. I’ve come in in the middle of the night out of a dead sleep. Hey, come in. We’ve got a, you know.

So that was hard because I had that steady paycheck. I had that -- I knew what it was going to be. I knew this X amount of dollars is going here. This was going there. I knew exactly what it was going to be. But that was hard because when I quit my job in February, I didn’t have a paycheck. I didn’t have a paycheck. And so that was another driving force of, okay, I have to make this work.

Elizabeth Wiegner; That’s a good motivation.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, it is. Money is a good motivator.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It really helps.

Jill Bambauer: It definitely helps, especially to put food on the table and the lights on.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Just details, little details.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, minor details. But that has been the hardest thing to wrap my brain around, and I’ve finally made peace with it just back in the past fall because when you have that steady paycheck and then you no longer have a steady paycheck, you’re like, oh my gosh. And then when I started getting clients, they would just be like sometimes just a one-time job. And then it’s like, okay, well, that was only $10 for that short one.

Elizabeth Wiegner: They’re short.

Jill Bambauer: You never know how many pages it’s going to be sometimes, and you can’t be like, oh, I don’t want to take this 10-page job because there could be another one that’s 250 pages down the road. You don’t know, so you can’t bank on that, and you can’t just pass things up sometimes because you don’t want to do a short one. I had to build -- number one, I had to build a practice of doing things for clients, and then number two, just getting used to, okay, these are my deadlines.

But I got into -- the kids were off during summer, so that was kind of hard to kind of gauge what do I want to do what times. And I’m like, okay, well, if I have clients, then I’m going to be doing it from this time to this time. And they were good. I mean, they’re teenagers, so they were like in their own little world doing their own stuff. And they’re self-sufficient, so it’s not like I had to get a whole bunch of stuff, help them get food or anything like that. They’re able to do that thankfully.

Elizabeth Wiegner: They can survive.

Jill Bambauer: Right. But once they went back to school, I’m like, okay. So my usual routine is I take them to school in the morning because my 16-year-old -- our school is fairly larger compared to some, but they don’t want to drive to school and mess with all the traffic of the school kids, which I can’t blame them. They don’t want to ride the bus because the bus is horrific.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yeah, I don’t blame them there either.

Jill Bambauer: It’s super packed, and that was not -- they did that at the beginning of the year. That didn’t go over well. So I usually take them to school, drop them off, and then I come home and do a few things. And by 9 o’clock, I’m working. If I have clients, I’m working right away at 9 o’clock. I set that for myself.

And then time can just kind of pass. You just sometimes don’t realize how long -- so I usually have to set a timer for myself, like an hour. Okay, get up; get a drink; get a snack; get -- stretch your legs at least. So I’ll do that. I might have some lunch later on.

But then by 2:30, I’m going to pick the kids up, and I could take work with, and I could do that while I’m waiting for them, but I usually don’t. I usually do my rabbit holes of Facebook and Instagram at that time and have a little me time. But I also try and make sure that I get outside too in the morning. I’m usually with the dog. I don’t know if you could hear him barking his head off. But he loves it when we go out. And so we’ve kind of got a routine down with that too.

With wintertime, we get out a little bit later because it’s a little cold here in the midwest. I live in Illinois, Central Illinois pretty much, or Central West Illinois. So it’s -- I’ve kind of got that routine down, and then we’ll do dinner. We eat early here at our house because my husband is out the door by 4:30 in the morning.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That’s early.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah. If not earlier. He was -- he’s working at the office that I was working at. He used to work at the hospitals too. He’s in imaging also. He just does something else, and no, he’s not a doctor. He’s my doctor. No. He’s an imaging technologist also. He does nuclear medicine imaging, so he’s PET scans and HIDA scans and a whole different modality than I did. But yes, that’s how we met, and I won him over with cookies and…

Elizabeth Wiegner: Always cookies.

Jill Bambauer: Right? But he opens up the building in the morning because his patients start earlier than some of the other modalities there. So he gets the office open and turns the lights on and the machines on and different things like that. And so he’s home by 3:30, but his schedule is so jam-packed tight that he doesn’t usually get to eat lunch most of the time. As he says, I hardly ever even get to go to the bathroom let alone eat. He’s like -- so by the time he gets home like 3:30, 4 o’clock, he wants to eat.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That makes sense.

Jill Bambauer: And the kids are coming home from school, and they’re hungry because school lunches are ridiculous. So I’m like, okay. So I’m making the dinner and getting that all going. And after that, sometimes I’ll proof at night depending on the size of the job and [indiscernible]. But that’s just kind of how I have it set up. But the majority of my work comes on the weekends by my choice. Well, I shouldn’t say by my choice, but I choose to work on the weekends. And a lot of times, they -- the majority of my work comes over the weekend, and I don’t mind. I don’t work all weekend long unless it’s a huge job that has to be expedited by the end of the weekend. But I do make time to make sure that I do stuff with my family.

And the good thing about proofreading and having your own hours and stuff is I might be proofing, and then I can run upstairs and throw a load of laundry in, or when that gets done, I can throw another one in, or I can take time and be like, okay, well, I want to take a half hour and clean some of my house or just a little break here and there so I can stretch my legs and get what I need to get done.

And it’s not a secret that my daughter had some issues not too long ago, and so I was able to be with her during that time and take her to appointments and stuff, so that way she could get the help she needed. And then I could still be working when I could. So it just -- it was nice having that flexibility, and as other people have said, not having to call into work, not having to explain a whole bunch of stuff to your boss or to your coworkers or whoever. You didn’t have to worry about having somebody cover your shift. So that was a huge blessing, a huge, huge blessing.

But if I’m not somebody who wants to get up real early in the morning, which I might when summer break comes. Who knows?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yeah, I don’t blame you on that one.

Jill Bambauer: Right?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes.

Jill Bambauer: But I’m not a night owl though. I only was a night owl when I had to be for work, and now that I don’t have to be, it was always a running joke here on our block that we live on. Oh, the street lights are on. Oh, Jill is in bed. So that was always the running joke because we always had to be up so early in the morning to get out the -- I had to get out the door a lot of times by 6 o’clock in the morning to get to work. And so that was just kind of the running joke. Oh, the street lights are on; Jill’s in bed.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That would be -- for me, it’s like, oh, the street lights are coming on, that’s about the time Elizabeth is going to be sitting down to work. But see, that’s the beauty of freelancing, and I love how you -- you shared how your family is -- you have teenagers. You need to take them to school, but you want to be there for them when they get home.

Being able to be present with your daughter when she really needed you, your husband. Most people aren’t eating at 4-4:30, but you’re able to be like, hey, let me hit pause on what I need to, and I can make dinner. We can sit down and have dinner together. And I don’t mean to say little things as in, oh, you just have these little details in life, but it’s truly the little things that add up to make -- you can’t have those things as much as you want to have them when you’re stuck in an 8-to-5 schedule or second shift or third shift.

You have to show up because your boss is requiring you to, and that’s just part of it. But when you’re your own boss, yes, the transition is hard, but like you said, once you get used to your routine, you get -- you start noticing all the things that you can do in your life that you didn’t get to otherwise.

Jill Bambauer: You know, and now that my kids are teenagers, I’m looking back, and time is a thief. It really is. My kids got raised by people at daycare, and I don’t say that in a nice way. I mean, we had great people taking care of them at their daycares. And my kids formed bonds with them and stuff, but I sometimes wish -- I shouldn’t say wish. I wonder what it would have been like if I would have been able to stay home now when they were younger.

But you can’t take it back. You make decisions at the time that you feel are the best, and you try and work with what you have. And with not having the steady income that I used to have, I am finding that I don’t need as much as I thought I needed in life. I’m finding that I need a lot less.

And yes, the small things are the big things for me. It’s not necessarily taking a big trip with my family for vacation. It’s, well, let’s just do a night or two here or there and somewhere halfway close to home, or let’s just go take a walk at the nature preserve down the road or whatever. So I’m content with that now. It took me a long time.

Riding that roller coaster of freelance life, that was hard to wrap the brain around, oh man. That was super hard, and seeing other newer graduates this past summer get work right away, and it’s like, well, where’s my work? I’m only getting these hit-and-miss things. Where’s my steady? And my husband is like, you know, he’s like, just keep at it. He’s like, you haven’t even been at it six months. He’s like, just keep at it.

He’s like, you never know. He’s like, in a year -- he’s like, let’s give it a year. He’s like, let’s give it a solid year. He’s like, if things aren’t happening in a good, solid year where you feel like you’re making progress, that you’ve got steady clients, he’s like, then we’ll worry about you finding another healthcare job. He’s like, but, he’s like, you haven’t even given this a chance.

Elizabeth Wiegner: I love him. I’ve never even met him, but he’s amazing.

Jill Bambauer: I know. He’s so reasonable. Geez.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Isn’t that annoying how they are sometimes?

Jill Bambauer: It is. And yes, he was right.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh, and that’s even worse to admit, isn’t it?

Jill Bambauer: I know. I know. He was right; he was right. But no, I am -- his -- like I said, his support has been unwavering. He just -- he’s just been there the whole time and just been my cheerleader. I like to be everybody else’s cheerleader, but he’s been my biggest cheerleader. And I have finally told -- found out and rode the roller coaster enough to know, okay, just because I’m not busy now, it’s going to happen again. I started getting the steadier clients, and I have my routine clients now. And I lost one of my routine clients because she’s like, hey, I want to stay home and be a grandma.

Elizabeth Wiegner: And how can you be upset about that?

Jill Bambauer: I’m like, yay! I’m like, absolutely. Go for it! I said, you can’t get that time back. I said, perfect for you. I’m like, oh gosh. Do I have to start marketing again? I’m like, will I have to start marketing again? So far, knock on wood, I haven’t had to do that yet because I’ve been getting enough work from my -- I have three routine clients or regular clients, and they’ve been giving me enough work to keep me happy where I’m not overwhelmed and stressed, and oh my God, the sky is falling, but enough that I’m like, okay, I’m getting still my -- pretty much my steady income. I like getting that four figures, but that doesn’t always happen, but it’s been consistent since about October of last year.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Nice.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, so once October hit, I kind of felt more secure, and I get together with a few of my coworkers from imaging, my close coworkers, and I was like, do I want to go back? Do I not want to go back? Do I want to go back? Do I not want to go back? And then Samantha had said -- she’s like, well, what’s your why? She’s like, you’ve got to remember your why. It’s okay to have those thoughts, but she’s like, why did you want to do this in the first place? And she wasn’t wrong. She was -- she hit it right on the head, and she helped me more than she knew at that time.

And I was like, yeah, why did I want to do this? And I just was like, I wanted to try something new. And I needed to find out who I was outside of healthcare. And my physical, emotional, mental, my whole being, was so not me. I was so negative when I came off of the healthcare job. I was unhealthy basically period, so I’m finally getting into a better routine of -- I’m happier now. I’m happier now. I love being able to say that. I’m happier now. And I haven’t been happy and content for a few years now. So I’ve seen that change, and I’m just like, wow.

So when Samantha had said, well, what’s your why, remember why because I think a few of us were saying that in the Facebook post, like oh, should we be doing this? Should we not be doing this? And Samantha was like, well, what was your why? Why did you want to do this? And that helped me so much.

And that’s a -- everyone kind of poo-poos that when you have it in your beginning, and I did too. I was like, yeah, whatever. But yeah, you’re not the only person who says that in their teachings. I follow somebody else for budgeting and financial stuff, and she has that for her course. She’s like, what’s your why? She’s like you have to find your why to know your purpose of why you want to be doing something. She’s like, because if you don’t have that purpose or your why, you’re just kind of flying.

And once I got back to it, I’m like, well, why would I want to go back to healthcare? It’s like do I miss healthcare, or do I miss the people that I worked with? And I miss that group of people that I worked with because we had so much fun, and we would laugh, and we’d have a good time. And I guess that’s kind of why I love the lives that you do, the Facebook lives, our grad lives and stuff, our Zooms because we have fun.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes.

Jill Bambauer: We have fun. We’re laughing. We’re -- and I feel that connection even though I never really “met” everybody. But I feel that strong connection to my new coworkers. That’s what I call you all. Y’all are my new coworkers. And that means the world to me, finding a community that is supportive and I have fun with and I laugh with. That makes it all worth it. So it does. There’s, I think, a Dr. Seuss quote, something to -- hold please.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh, I’m always having to Google my quotes. I’m like, I have a really good quote I need to share, and then it’s in my head and can’t come out.

Jill Bambauer: It’s a Dr. Seuss quote which happens -- his birthday happens to be my daughter’s birthday.

Elizabeth Wiegner: How neat is that!

Jill Bambauer: And it’s March 2nd.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh, coming up.

Jill Bambauer: Yep, it’s coming up. And it says: You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. So yeah, I kind of feel like I’ve finally got that at the moment.

Elizabeth Wiegner: That’s good.

Jill Bambauer: It couldn’t have come at a better time.

Elizabeth Wiegner: And it’s all because you stuck with it. You had a good reason for it. You had a great, supportive husband, a supportive community, and you believed in yourself.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah.

Elizabeth Wiegner: You had others believing in you, and you did it.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, I did it. Woo hoo! I’ve got to throw that in there because I’m a cheerleader, you know. I’ve got to cheer. And so when I saw everybody else’s success over the summer, I’m like, you know what? No, you’ve had success. Trust in the process. It’s going to happen. Just because it’s slower today or tomorrow doesn’t mean that the next few days are going to blow up, and it usually does that. So it’s like, okay, I’ve got to just put that safety belt on, snitch it as tight as I can, and let’s just ride this roller coaster. And I do love roller coasters.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Same.

Jill Bambauer: So that’s kind of fun, but -- so if somebody is out there struggling like can I do this or not, do it. Like you said, what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t try it, you’ll never know. And my husband is like, well, should I do this or not? I’m like, well, you’re not going to know if you don’t try it. I’m like, what’s the worst that can happen? You can always say no. They can always say no, but you don’t know until you ask. Like I tell my son, you don’t know until you ask.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Y’all can’t see me on the podcast, but I’m nodding -- my head is going off; I’m nodding.

Jill Bambauer: I can see you.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It’s like -- it’s -- there -- and I face this too. I mean, even as an entrepreneur and like if you decide, like, a lot of proofreading, I call it kind of like -- is it wrong to say the gateway drug to other businesses that you can go into because it’s like once you learn that you can learn a new skill and make money off of it and run a business on your terms with the people you want to work with doing stuff that you enjoy, it really -- it just -- like you said, it changes your whole mindset.

It teaches you that what’s -- I mean, if the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work, well, you’ve still learned something, and then you go -- or you don’t like it, then you go apply it. You can still go do something. I mean, I’ve tried a million things thinking I would like it and didn’t. But it’s never a regret. It’s like I’m glad it didn’t work. And the things that did work, it’s like, this is amazing.

Jill Bambauer: Exactly. I mean, because you just never know where life is going to take you, and so yeah. So I just had a lot of faith over the summer, and everything started really clicking I would say October. And I stopped comparing myself to other people in the grad community, their success, and I just focused on myself and what I could, what I can control.

And I just remembered my why, and things have really been how they’re supposed to be I guess. I don’t know how else to put it that way, but I don’t fear when I’m slow anymore because I’m like, okay, well, if they don’t -- if the court reporters don’t come back, well, then there’s more out there. So there’s lots more out there. Just keep plugging away. Keep -- I’ve just got to get in on the market and do my thing. And if you build it, they will come.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It is -- honestly, it’s true, yes. It really is. And you know, you mentioned…

Jill Bambauer: And you’ve probably seen that yourself in building this course. You’re like, am I even going to have people be interested in this? You took that leap of faith too, and wow. I mean, holy cow. This has, like, blown up since this past fall. I mean, wow. I’ve been in the course now for a little -- not quite a year and a half now, not as a grad, but just in the community itself. And I have never seen this much interest ever in the whole thing. So it’s like…

Elizabeth Wiegner: It’s exciting.

Jill Bambauer: It is exciting.

Elizabeth Wiegner: And you get to share your story. I mean, like, y’all, if you just -- if you’re inside the community now, you know -- I mean, you know Jill. As soon as you heard her name come up on the podcast, you’re like, oh, I’ve seen her posts. She’s been talking to me.

And for those who are thinking about transcript proofreading or looking for a supportive place to be, not just -- my goal wasn’t to create just a course that taught you how to be a transcript proofreader. It was to create a community where you felt supported and safe, and when you join, you’ll know Jill in, like, two seconds because Jill is very active inside of it, very supportive.

And even -- you mentioned not comparing yourself to others inside the grad community and their success because everybody’s success happens at different rates. But you were still -- anytime somebody had a win, you were right in there. And I feel like just about everybody is this way, right in there, being excited with, and taking that as inspiration but also not being like, well, I’m not to where I want to be yet, kind of thing, it’s just very -- you’re excited for everybody, and that was so good to see.

Jill Bambauer: I’m genuinely excited for everybody now. I couldn’t tell you that at the very beginning of my journey with this because it’s all brand new, and there are so many uncertainties. But we need to build each other up so we can all win. I want us all to win. I don’t want just me to win or you to win or Samantha or Janet or Bess or whoever. I want us all to win.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Same, yes.

Jill Bambauer: I mean, we have to keep building this great, positive community that you started and keep building on that because then more and more people want to come and do this. And then we can all learn from each other with all of our knowledge because, like you said and like I’ve said, we have so many intelligent people here with so many different backgrounds that it’s just mind-blowing. It’s like, oh, well, you did that? Oh wow. You did that? Holy cow! Where? How?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes, I know. It’s amazing.

Jill Bambauer: We need a little convention just for our community so that that way we can all really get to know each other or possibly see each other and stuff. And it’s just like, I don’t know. I don’t know. But it’s -- it really is the best community that I have been a part of, hands down, ever. Because --

Elizabeth Wiegner: That’s saying a lot.

Jill Bambauer: It is. I mean, seriously. I mean, you can’t say that about everything that you belong to.

Elizabeth Wiegner: No.

Jill Bambauer: I mean, you just can’t. So no, I -- this is -- the community to me is priceless. It really is. You can’t put a price on that. It’s one of those things. It’s just -- yeah.

Elizabeth Wiegner: There are some amazing people in there and just -- not just -- I mean, the student community where you haven’t gotten your clients yet. You’re working on learning, amazing people there, and then the grads like you said too about sharing the wins and also their struggles too. I mean, it’s both sides.

And speaking -- you had mentioned it was like sharing wins and being excited for other people, but just the -- you started -- you said you started. You graduated in April. You started really marketing in May. The fact that you’ve built up your -- I know it seems like a while when you’re in the middle of it, like it’s you personally in the middle. It’s always easy -- it’s kind of like when someone says, oh, you’re eight months pregnant. It sure has flown. And the mom is like, absolutely not.

But for me, looking outside in, you started in May, and yes, some people quit their jobs within the first month because they’ve built up their business enough and that’s what’s worked for them. But really, May to October to find your groove, to get used to 20-plus years in a traditional healthcare setting and having a really toxic environment and learning a brand new skill. I mean, you’re good at spelling, but -- and transcript proofreading is important for that, but there’s so much more to it.

And the fact that you went from I’ve got a -- I’m working on this. I’m starting brand new on this, to you’re happy where you’re at in October, that is not very long, all things considered, and the difference that it’s made in your life. That’s amazing. That is really amazing.

Jill Bambauer: You really are right. It really wasn’t a long time, but, like you said, when you’re in it, it feels a lot longer. It feels like it was years. No, but it really wasn’t, and that’s what my husband tried to keep reminding me. He’s like, you haven’t been doing this even six months. He’s like, just give it some time. He’s like, geez. He’s like, you do this all the time. He’s like, once it doesn’t happen right away, he’s like, you kind of feel like you’re not succeeding. He’s like, give it a chance.

Elizabeth Wiegner. I need him to come talk to everybody. But it’s so true, and I feel like that’s -- I talk about that a lot on the coaching lives about it’s not take your own -- go at your own pace, and yes, I know you wanted it yesterday. I am the same way. Patience is not my middle name. I’m -- but when you stick with it, you follow the course, you show up to the lives, you ask questions, you invest in yourself, and you give yourself a chance because that’s really what it is. It’s like, and I say it, and you’re this way inside the community too.

If somebody is feeling like it’s taking a while, you’re not going to go up to them and be like, yeah, you’re taking a long time. You’re going to sit there and be like, you’re doing amazing. Look how far you’ve come in just this amount of time. You have to turn around and talk that way to yourself too, and it’s the hardest to do that to ourselves sometimes because we’ll be so gracious to others.

Jill Bambauer: Absolutely. I can talk a good game to others, but when it comes to myself, I have a hard time talking that good game to myself. But I’m getting better at it.

Elizabeth Wiegner: You are.

Jill Bambauer: I’m slowly creeping along. I’m getting better at it. I just -- I look back at last year at this time to this year at this time, and it’s night and day. It just is. It’s night and day. And I can’t believe that it’s like this. I know unless I am going to really work night and day, I’m not going to be making what I made in my 9-to-5 CT/X-ray job because I made good money. I’m not going to lie. I made good money.

But the flipside of it is I got to be there for my daughter when she needed us. I got to be there -- I get to take my kids to school and pick them up. I get to be able to be there for my husband when he gets home from a really hard day of work. I get to take the dog on a walk every day. I get to do so many things, and monetary sometimes is not the end for everything. I think -- I don’t know. I think Samantha posted something on her Instagram. I keep saying Samantha.

Elizabeth Wiegner: She’s around a lot.

Jill Bambauer: She is too. And she -- now there’s somebody. Holy cow. You’ve had her on here I know, but anyhow, it’s just -- she has a lot of inspiring things that she posts too, and she had put on there something about money isn’t everything. Freedom is. And yes, this definitely gives me more freedom to do what I need to, what I want to, what I aspire to. So -- and I might have a side hustle that I’m working on yet. I’ve got to -- it’s not anything related to proofreading at all. It’s something that I’ve been interested in doing before. It has to do with budgeting and financial stuff and everything.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Nice.

Jill Bambauer: Anyhow, but that’s slow going. I only do that when I’m slow, and let’s put it this way, I haven’t been very slow very much. So it’ll get done when it gets done. It’s not a necessity, but -- and if I make some money on it, fine. If I don’t, it’s okay too. So maybe my entrepreneurial claws are going into something else. I don’t know.

Elizabeth Wiegner: See, that’s one thing that -- I say this about everything about proofreading. I’m always like that’s one thing I love about proofreading, and I have a million things. But it really is -- and I just mentioned this earlier.

Once you realize you can do something, turn it into freedom, into money, into whatever goal you have with your business, it shows you that you can do -- it’s like the sky’s -- the sky is not even the limit for what you show yourself because once you get to that point where you realize you can invest in yourself and you prove to yourself you can do this, which is what you talked about at the beginning, you start seeing, I mean, all the other things that you could do.

I never imagined in a million years I’d be sitting here talking to you about your transcript proofreading business when I started my transcript proofreading business. But it’s amazing the things that -- whatever -- there are just so many different directions you can go in. You can stay with proofreading, or you can add more to it, and it’s -- doesn’t it feel good to know you have options while still loving the life that you’re in?

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, and your empire that you’re building, your empire that you’re building, Elizabeth, and I say that half way jokingly but not half way jokingly because you really are building this -- I can’t really say legacy, but you’re building this community for everybody, and it’s taken off so much, and you’re meeting -- you’re being -- you -- I’ve noticed you are recognizing how much you are delegating more things out I think.

And I feel that that’s a great thing for all of us to realize what our limitations are along with what our dreams and our aspirations are. What are our limits? And you talk about it: boundaries. What are my boundaries? And what do I have to do to keep my freedom that I want but to also coincide with the dreams and the aspirations that I want to build? And how do I do that and make myself happy as well?

And our mental capacity, our mental health is so delicate and fragile. Nobody wants to own up to not having good mental health a lot of times, but our mental health is -- if our mental health isn’t good, then our physical health isn’t good and on and on and on and on. So I have seen that change in even you this last year of being in the community. And I’m like, wow, I’m loving this because, seriously, when you -- well, I guess I’ve got to talk -- if I’m going to talk about it, I’ve got to show it to my family too.

So if I’m going to walk the walk, I’ve got to -- or talk the talk, I’ve got to walk the walk. So -- but everybody just needs to put their oxygen mask on first before they help others, and that’s so hard to do when we’re people pleasers, when we’re used to just having a goal and trying to get there. But it’s like, okay, what do I need to do for myself to be able to get there? So I -- like I said, I’ve seen a change in you.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh, well, thank you.

Jill Bambauer: Nobody can see me, but I’m pointing at you.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Thank you. It has been a work in progress, and really feeding off of y’all and seeing how you’ve succeeded and I mean…

Jill Bambauer: Like we’ve talked about, we want everybody to win. We want everybody to win, not just us. We want everybody to win. Why can’t we all win, right?

Elizabeth Wiegner: I know. And really, you’ve won by…

Jill Bambauer: What’s wrong with that?

Elizabeth Wiegner: Absolutely nothing. But I mean, one huge win is just deciding, like when you decided in the middle of a lot of stress that you were going to put, speaking of oxygen mask, working at a very stressful job, that you were going to do something for yourself, which in turn blessed your family, is blessing your court reporter clients.

It’s blessing those who are listening to this podcast and need the encouragement. It’s blessing your interactions inside the student communities with the grads. You like to post motivational quotes. I’ll share Jill’s handle, her social media handle inside the show notes here.

But it’s amazing that when you choose to do something for yourself, which there’s nothing wrong with doing something just for yourself, but it’s amazing when you pour into yourself and you don’t give up and you keep the right mindset and your goal -- it’s amazing how much you end up blessing others too, which always comes back and blesses you. And it just -- it’s just this cycle of blessings on top of blessings. And you can’t not be happy when you’re getting to bless other people.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, never. That’s what I’ve always done. That’s what I know is to help others, and I love it. It’s one of -- I guess you say it’s helping others. I think something -- it’s one of my love languages. It has to be. I don’t know. But it’s just what I know. And I will always be somebody’s cheerleader. Even if I can’t cheer for myself, I’ll always cheer somebody else on because why not? Just because I’m not winning doesn’t mean that I don’t want them not to win. But no, I want us all to win, and I’m learning how to cheer for myself more and more and more.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Which is so good, so good.

Jill Bambauer: It feels good.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It does, doesn’t it? It’s like -- and it’s not like a, look at my, everybody. It’s a, I’ve worked really hard for this, and I got what I worked for, and it feels good.

Jill Bambauer: Yes, and people who see your -- being a genuine person, they’ll see that. There’s always going to be haters that will be like, oh, well, look at them. Yeah, uh-huh.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Always.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, if they only knew what we had to go through sometimes to get to where we’re at. Nobody -- it’s always that whole don’t judge somebody by where they’re at now because you don’t know what they had to go through to get there, or you don’t know what somebody is going through today. So instead of judging them for how they’re acting or whatever, what can I do to help? What can I do to help? What can I do to make it better? What can I -- what do you need? Not necessarily what can I do to help. What do you need? What do you need so I can help you succeed? Or what do you need so I can help you have a better day or whatever it is.

Elizabeth Wiegner: And it feels good. It feels really good.

Jill Bambauer: It does, always.

Elizabeth Wiegner: So tell me, if you could, to wrap up, you’ve shared so many nuggets throughout, but to sum up, what would you say to someone who’s thinking about wanting not just to become a transcript proofreader but wanting to become a transcript proofreader because they want their life to be different, not because they want to just be rolling in a bathtub full of cash because that’s not what transcript proofreading is. You’re not going to be a multi-millionaire by any stretch.

But you’ll be able to make money. You’ll be able to have freedom. You’ll be able to invest in yourself, prove to yourself, show yourself that you can do this, bless others. What would be your encouragement to somebody who’s thinking about it, who’s on the fence, really wrestling with a lot right now. What would you say?

Jill Bambauer: There’s a reason that you were brought to this entity I guess you could say. There is a reason that you were brought to looking into this career path, and if it intrigues you, get some more information. If it still intrigues you, go for it. What’s the worst that can happen? The worst that can happen is you get in it and you realized, oh, this isn’t really what I want to do. Okay, so you might be out a little bit of money. All right, well, you know what? If you don’t take a chance, you don’t have a chance. And like Michael Jordan -- oh, now I’m really aging myself -- but…

Elizabeth Wiegner: He was a great guy.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah. So many -- and even I think Kobe Bryant and stuff have said, most of their shots they never made. But if they didn’t take those shots, they couldn’t even make them. So if you want to do it, just try it. There’s nothing wrong with trying something new. You can -- like I said, you can always start over. You can always do something else. You can always -- it’s not necessarily starting over. It’s pivoting. There we go. We’re going to pivot.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Yes, and if you keep with it and not give up on yourself, like if it’s something you truly want to do, then it’s worth sticking with it, and you’re a perfect example.

Jill Bambauer: Yeah, I’m one of those things. I’m like a bad rash. You just can’t get rid of me sometimes.

Elizabeth Wiegner: This is the only bad rash that I want to stay around then.

Jill Bambauer: Watch out for me. I’ve got really bad jokes. I’m only playing this revenue once though, okay? This venue, not revenue. I’m only playing this venue once, so I’ve got to get my jokes in while I can.

Elizabeth Wiegner: Oh my gosh. Well, y’all…

Jill Bambauer: [indiscernible]

Elizabeth Wiegner: Well, Jill, thank you so much for sharing the fun side of proofreading, the part that you absolutely love, the parts that were hard, the struggles that you had because it’s so important to see both sides because, like you said, you see people posting their wins, and it’s like -- and you mentioned you never know what it took somebody to get there, even people who have what feels like overnight success or seems like overnight success really isn't.

I mean, it took so many hours of working and putting themselves out there and being scared. But it’s worth it in the long run if this is really what you want to do, and you’re -- you’ve proved that. You’ve shown that, and you continue to encourage people inside the communities.

You encourage me by showing up and being there, so thank you for sharing your story because I know I loved hearing it. I know it’s going to be an encouragement to everybody who listens. So thank you so much for taking time out of your -- because I know this is your usual dog-walking time or proofreading time. So thank you for -- see, that’s part of the beauty of having a flexible schedule. It’s like you can set it and do it. So thank you so much. I really appreciate you, Jill.

Jill Bambauer: You’re welcome. Thank you for having me. I appreciate this.

Elizabeth Wiegner: It was fun.

Jill Bambauer: It’s been fun, yes, absolutely.

Outro: Want to learn more about transcript proofreading? Then check out my free workshop “Is Transcript Proofreading the Right Money-Making Business for Me?” It’s less than an hour, and it answers lots of FAQs around transcript proofreading so you can decide if this is the perfect side hustle for you. You can check it out on TheProofreadingBusinessCoach.com/workshopregistration.

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Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wiegner is a work-from-home proofreader and business coach who teaches other readers and typo fixers how to build a life of freedom as a proofreader. Her energy, love, and personalized support are second to none in the proofreading world.