You did it! A HUGE congratulations on passing your exam!

Now it’s time to learn how to turn your new skills into bills so you can…

  • Work whenever, wherever you want.
  • Work with clients who appreciate you.
  • Have the opportunity for consistent work.
  • Set your own hours.
  • Read about real-life crime.

Ready? Let’s do this!

You did it! A HUGE congratulations on passing your exam!

Now it’s time to learn how to turn your new skills into bills so you can…

  • Work whenever, wherever you want.
  • Work with clients who appreciate you.
  • Have the opportunity for consistent work.
  • Set your own hours.
  • Read about real-life crime.

Ready? Let’s do this!

Start Your Business in Just Three Steps

Learn everything you need to know to learn how to proofread transcripts and be the proofreader
court reporters want to work with…all on your own timeline.

Phase 1: Introduction to Transcript Proofreading

Ready to learn about transcript proofreading and see if it’s the right money-making side hustle for you? Phase 1 is for you! Inside, you’ll get the foundation you need to start a successful business.

Phase 2: Build Your Skills

Learn the ins and outs of proofreading transcripts including detailed how-to videos and real-life transcripts so you get the practice and experience you need to be confident and successful as a transcript proofreader.

Phase 3: Turn Your Skills into Bills

After you’ve passed your exams in Phase 2, it’s time to learn how to make money with your new skills! Learn exactly how to manage your business and get clients so you can have the proofreading business you want.

How’s it work?

Enroll in Phase 1, work through the lessons and assignments, and move on to Phase 2 whenever you’re ready.

After you pass your grammar and proofreading exams in Phase 2, move on to Phase 3, get featured in the graduate directory, and go get clients!

Everything’s on your timeline — move through the phases as quickly or as slowly as your schedule needs. No expiration dates. No obligation to continue. In other words, do what works for you!

Plus receive unlimited support and encouragement from day one from myself and your proofreading peers inside my private, zero-drama transcript proofreading community.

Phase 1: Introduction to Transcript Proofreading -- Get started for just $97!

Ready to learn about transcript proofreading and see if it’s the right money-making side hustle for you? Phase 1 is for you! Inside, you’ll get the foundation you need to start a successful business.

 

  • Join the zero-drama private learning community
  • Set yourself up for success
  • Understanding CRs and transcripts
  • The types of CRs you can work with
  • The life of a transcript
  • The types of transcripts you can proofread
  • What your job as a transcript proofreader is
  • Common legal terms + definitions you need to know
  • Name your transcript proofreading business
  • Create your business email
  • Create your business page
  • Form your business entity

Phase 2: Build Your Skills -- $347

Learn the ins and outs of proofreading transcripts including detailed how-to videos and real-life transcripts so you get the practice and experience you need to be confident and successful as a transcript proofreader.

 

  • The Grammar Masterclass for Transcript Proofreaders
  • Devices to proofread on
  • Proofreading styles + software
  • How to use your proofreading software
  • How to research like a pro
  • Working with CR preferences
  • The anatomy of a transcript
  • How to proofread transcripts
  • Common annotations and what they mean
  • Proofreading tips
  • Transcript confidentiality
  • Confidentiality 
  • Practice proofreading transcripts
  • Grammar exam
  • Hand-graded transcript exam

Phase 3: Turn Your Skills into Bills -- $597

After you’ve passed your exams in Phase 2, it’s time to learn how to make money with your new skills! Learn exactly how to manage your business and get clients so you can have the proofreading business you want.

  • Join the zero-drama private marketing support community
  • Taxes and your business bank account
  • Insurance
  • Rates and turnaround time
  • Setting up payment methods and your invoicing software
  • Invoice terms
  • Onboarding a new CR
  • A proofreader’s job from start to finish
  • Conduct and communication with your CRs
  • Staying organized
  • Managing your workload
  • Scheduling your proofing time
  • Taking time off
  • Focus on the CR
  • Infusing value into your business
  • Your skills, experience, interests + a secret ingredient
  • Help statement
  • Tagline
  • Info sheet
  • Email signature
  • Marketing online to get CRs
  • Posting and commenting online in groups and boards
  • Responding to a request for a proofreader post
  • How to write a killer connection letter
  • Best places to market online
  • Unique ideas to market offline
  • Referrals
  • Posting to your Facebook page
  • Good Facebook page posting guidelines
  • Final marketing thoughts 
  • Graduate directory

About your instructor

I’m Elizabeth, The Proofreading Business Coach. I’ve proofed in a lot of niches since I started proofreading in 2006 — and working with court reporters is the BEST. My clients are wonderful and reading real-life crime is a dream come true!

I love proofreading and all the freedom and flexibility it lets me have, all while getting to read for a living. But it didn’t happen overnight! I went through a LOT of trial and error as I tried to learn how to get clients and manage my business. 

There’s no reason for you to have to start from square one like I did! I want you to have the awesome proofing life I have without having to figure it all out on your own. Stand on my shoulders and GO!

What Court Reporters Are Saying

See what some of my CRs had to say when I told them I was launching Learn How To Be a Transcript Proofreader!

“I am glad you are doing that…I get asked for the name of a good proofreader all the time.  ‘Good’ proofreaders like you are hard to find!” 

“That’s so cool! …it’s SO hugely important that great proofers (like you! <3 )  pick up on and notice those little things for us…that’s great you’re training proofers on this!!! You go, girl.”

“That sounds so fun! Good for you!”

“That is great and much needed…I think it’s fabulous! Any way I can help I will.”

It’s busy right now!

With many attorneys now using Zoom to conduct legal proceedings, they are able to fit more appointments in. That means more work for court reporters — which means more work for you! It’s not unusual for me to get 20 files a week (I’m a full-time proofreader. Your workload will vary depending on what you want to work for you.).
There’s work out there for good proofreaders. Court reporters need you!

FAQs you should read

What happens when I enroll?

As soon as you enroll, you get immediate access to Phase 1 and can start working through it right away! The units are divided into weeks to keep you on track to have your business ready to go in 8 weeks, but you can work through the course as quickly or as slowly as you like. There are no live elements or feedback to the course. Join myself and your other coursemates and grads inside The Transcript Proofreader’s Learning Community for support and motivation!

Who is this course a good fit for?

Anyone who gets excited about reading true crime, fixing errors, and creating a business for themselves. Beyond that, the ideal intensive course student is dedicated to showing up for themselves, open to learning, receptive to feedback, loves to research, and isn’t afraid to work hard. They are determined to make this work for them. Those who go above and beyond and are looking to really make this work and make a name for themselves in the CR world will be ready to work with their peers, contribute to group discussions, and bring a positive spirit to the community.

What do I need for the course?

• Internet
• Laptop or iPad
Proofreading software*

There are other optional resources you can purchase but are not required (additional grammar books/online subscriptions) that I’ll mention inside the intensive course if you decide you want extra resources.

*I’ll cover your options with you inside the course. Pricing ranges from free to $9.99 depending on what you prefer to use (I use the $9.99 option but you can pick what works for you!). You do not need software until Phase 2.

Do you offer payment plans?

I offer payment options through credit card or PayPal. With PayPal, you can create your own no-interest payment plan through PayPal Credit, which offers 6 months no interest (I’ve used this option myself before and it works great!). Start the course off with as little as $0 down payment through PayPal Credit.

I’m already a proofreader. Do I still need your course?

Even if you already know how to proofread, you’ll need to understand how to proofread transcripts, which is a very specific type of proofreading.

Do I need to know how to proofread before taking this course?

Nope! I’ll teach you how — and you’ll get plenty of practice on real-life practice transcripts (answer keys included!).

What are the exams like?

The grammar exam is a multiple-choice exam covering grammar and spelling rules discussed inside The Grammar Masterclass for Transcript Proofreaders. The transcript exam is a transcript you will proofread to demonstrate you are comfortable proofing transcripts. The transcript exam is hand graded and returned to you with feedback.

You will have two attempts to pass the transcript exam. Any additional attempts will involve an extra charge and I highly recommend taking time to go back to practice before continuing attempts.

What if I can’t pass the exams?

I don’t believe in making exams that are impossible to pass if you know what you’re doing — the exams are there to demonstrate you know the practical, real-life skills you’ll need as a proofreader. I’d be doing you and CRs a disservice to teach you how to get jobs if you aren’t ready to get jobs! Because the course is self-paced, you can practice as much as you like before taking your exams. You will have plenty of practice material leading up to the exam and support from myself and other students and grads, so plan to apply yourself from day 1 and I’m sure you will do well!

Will you get clients for me?

After you complete the course, I will send referrals your way as I receive requests for proofreaders and I’ll ask if you want to cover for me when I go on vacation or need time off. I’ll also teach you how and where to find clients. Grads also post in the community when they need coverage over vacations or if they got a job they don’t have time to proof.

It is up to you to apply yourself to learn to be the best proofreader you can be, build a trustworthy business, and go after the opportunities you’re provided. A proactive proofreader is a successful proofreader. Create your own success — I’m here to support you while you do!

How much money can I make a month?

That depends on the number of clients you have, how busy those clients are, what kind of turnaround time clients request, how many jobs are technical — in other words, there are a lot of variables. On top of that, it’s up to you to decide how active you want to be getting clients. Most prefer to be part-time proofers (or at least start off that way) and can earn $100, $500, or even $1,500/month. You can grow into a full-time business and make over $4,000/month. 

How fast can I get clients?

That’s up to you! We start building your business in the first week, and after you pass the exam, we start on how to get clients within the seventh week.  From there, whenever you want to go get clients is up to you! Everyone’s progress and success rate is different. You could land a client within your first week or never if you never put any work into it.

Do you guarantee I’ll get clients?

I don’t because your success is up to you. I will give you all the training you need to get clients and be successful, and I will be excited to share referrals inside the private business building community if you show up and excel. But it’s up to you to apply yourself and actually do the work.

Do I need to go through all three phases?

If you decide you want to be a transcript proofreader and make money with your new business, yes. Each phase is designed to build on the previous one and give you exactly what you need to be successful — all at your own pace.

Do I need a college degree?

You sure don’t! I’m a college dropout myself and it’s never once been a problem to get clients. Court reporters care about what you know and if you’re trustworthy and easy to work with…not if you have a college degree.

What’s more, with the income potential you can have as a transcript proofreader, you can make similar to the average college graduate a year…with a fraction of the cost and time with Learn How to Be a Transcript Proofreader.

Do you give refunds?

There are no refunds. Due to the digital nature of the course, this course is yours to keep. I outline the course here so you have all the details before you enroll and can make sure it’s the right decision for you. If you have questions beforehand, email me! elizabeth[at]elizabethjwiegner[dot]com

How much time do I need each week for the course?
Going through the course material, completing the assignments throughout the week, and interacting inside the Community can average you anywhere from 5 to 20 hours per week depending on how much time you have and how comfortable you’re feeling with the material. The longer times will be when we get to practice transcripts on weeks 3-5, depending on how long you want to spend practicing proofing. There are 3100+ pages to practice with but no requirements on how many to complete — do as many as you need to feel confident!
What if I don’t have time?

I hear you! Life is busy and you want to get your proofreading business going! That’s why I’ve packed the course into 8 weeks, and I’m focused on teaching you exactly what you need to know — no fluff. Yes, this will require you to show up and work hard during those 8 weeks, but the investment in yourself will be worth it.

That being said, while the course is laid out to be completed in 8 weeks, it is still self-paced. You can work through it on your own time. Some grads have finished in less than 8 weeks while others have taken much longer. 

I’m here to support you and help you streamline your new business life. You’ll be that much farther ahead if you start now than if you wait another year or five before you act on your goals. 

I work a full-time job/have kids. Will I have time?

Successful grads from the course include moms and full-time employees, and they’ve done a wonderful job. They’ve made the course a priority, put it on the calendar, and made it happen!

I know everyone’s schedule is so different and you have a life outside of work and this course, so while it is an intensive and you will have to show up for yourself to make it happen, I put everything and only the things you need to know inside the course to respect your time.

What if I don’t live in the US?

Location doesn’t matter! Transcripts are sent digitally, so as long as you have internet to receive and send jobs, you can proofread wherever you want!

What if English isn’t my first language?

It is very, very difficult to proofread transcripts if English is not your first language. That’s because transcripts are the spoken word, and you have to not only understand the English language, you must also understand odd sentence formations and colloquialisms. Transcripts are not formal English by any stretch. You’re the one who understands your command of the English language — be honest with yourself!

Aren’t there already enough proofreaders out there?

There are proofreaders out there, but there are very few exceptional proofreaders court reporters actually feel confident about working with. Court reporters have reached out to me in frustration trying to find a proofreader they can trust. Job boards frequently have postings for reliable, trained proofreaders. I’m usually buried (even overwhelmed) with work myself. There’s work out there for the truly awesome proofreaders. And that’s who I’m going to help you be.

Violence makes me queasy. Would this be a good niche for me?

Transcripts are real life, so there are jobs that are brutally graphic and detailed, ranging from murder, molestation, rape, kidnapping, etc. These type of cases come primarily from court reporters who work in criminal court and that’s all they do. You can typically avoid this type of content by working with CRs who work civil cases. You can also add a caveat that you don’t proofread graphic transcripts. If this would be too triggering for you in general though, transcript proofreading is probably not a good fit for you. 

On the flip side, if you are expecting transcripts to read just like Law & Order, you’ll be surprised too. Even though I’ve read some unforgettable murders, kidnappings, and rapes, I’ve also read countless pages covering construction defects, medical malpractice, car wrecks, divorices, slip-and-falls, property and mineral rights, city suits, expert economists…stuff that is pretty much the opposite of edge-of-your-seat exciting 😀

Can I proofread transcripts and keep my current proofreading/editing business?

Absolutely! There’s not reason you can’t do both.  

How long do I have access?

You have access to the lifetime of each phase of the course as well as the community. No deadlines! 

Do you still have your live course?

Yes! My live 8-week course is open for enrollment once a quarter where you work through the course directly with me and a small group of your peers. It includes live group Zoom calls with me, practice transcript feedback, and ongoing Zoom calls and guest experts after graduation. Perfect for students who want an extra level of accountability and structure to stay on track, thrive on feedback, or want a more personalized approach to success. Seats are limited.

Testimonials, feedback, and reviews are directly from students. They have not been compensated for their comments. Success/results/income is not guaranteed and can vary from student to student. Transcript proofreading is not a get-rich-quick business. It takes diligence, learning, and showing up for yourself to get the results you want. No course will give you the life you want to have unless you put in the work. Your success is up to you -- I'm here to support you!

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