Proofreading Ask Me Anything Part 1


by elizabethjwiegner

Proofreading questions about marketing/how to get clients, niching down, client management, proofreading in general?

This is your live! Join me as I answer 13 of your proofreading FAQs!

Timestamps and questions

00:00:58 I’m not a speed reader. Can I still proofread?
00:02:10 I’m worried about getting scammed if I work for strangers on the internet.
00:04:00 I didn’t even know this was a career.
00:05:22 Is Instagram a good place to get clients?
00:07:21 Do you need experience to get proofreading clients?
00:09:15 What if I don’t want to proofread books? Can I still proofread?
00:11:29 Do you get clients for me?
00:13:04 Can I guarantee that you’ll get clients?
00:14:30 How much money can you make proofreading?
00:16:06 How do you handle clients that want you to edit when your niche is strictly proofreading?
00:20:07 Do I need a niche?
00:23:24 What payment methods should I use?
00:26:09 I’m not tech savvy, so I’m not sure if I’d be a good proofreader.


Links mentioned in live:

Rapid-Fire Proofreading AMA

If you’ve had questions about proofreading, whether it’s just getting started, you’re still thinking about proofreading, you’re working on getting clients, or you already have your business established and you’re wondering what the heck am I supposed to do from here, then this is your Live.

So this is called rapid-fire, ask me anything about proofreading, and I posted about this earlier for anybody who had questions, and I have a list of questions to go through. I actually have a lot, so I’m not even sure I’m going to be able to get through them all because my point here today is to be able to get to them fast, answer them, and move on, so that way you have some immediate answers to some questions that you have about proofreading, and we can always dig into them later if you want.

So I have a list to go through, but if you have any or any questions about what I answer, then please drop them in the comments, and I will grab those and answer them as we’re going through. But let’s dive in and get started. So I’m just -- there’s no particular order. I’m just going to select some, pop them up on the screen, and get going.

00:00:58 So the first one is I’m not a speed reader. Can I still proofread? The answer is absolutely yes. You shouldn’t be speed reading when you’re proofreading anyway. So I’m a speed reader. I read a lot of words per minute, but it’s great for getting through my classics, my novels, my bookshelves that I have around in my room. They’re great for getting through, but not when proofreading. Proofreading is about being accurate and catching all the errors.

There’s only -- I can think of one time when I’ve been like maybe proofreading isn’t for you if you’re an exceptionally slow reader. It just takes you a very long time to get through a page, and it’s kind of agonizing. Then I would recommend probably not proofreading because then it’s just not going to be worth the time and the money that you’re getting paid for the time that you’re going to be spending doing it.

But if you read -- I think the average word per minute is 2-300 words per minute. If you’re just an average reader, then absolutely. That is totally fine. You should not -- even if you’re a fast proofreader or a fast reader, speed reader, you shouldn’t be speed reading. So don’t worry about that. If you’re not a fast reader it’s totally fine. Most people aren’t, so you’re good.

00:02:10 Here’s a good one. I’m worried about getting scammed if I work for strangers on the internet. So I’ve been proofreading for the past 15 years, and I have actually -- I’ve been so blessed. I’ve never been scammed, and there are really important things that you have to set up before you start working with a client to make sure that you don’t get scammed.

There are scammers out there. That’s just part of being online, working online, or even if you work in person. Like if you get a job with a client that you don’t find online, there are still ways that you can prevent yourself from getting scammed. One of those is make sure that you have a contract before you get started so that both sides know the terms of the agreement, and you both agree to them so that if, for some reason you do get scammed and you decide to take legal action, you have the grounds -- the legal grounds to do that.

Really I haven’t -- I don’t really know of any proofreaders who have had to take legal action. Most of the time signing a contract and being very upfront and clear with your client before you get started is a really good way to deter anybody who could potentially be scamming you to be like she’s serious. She has her ducks in a row. She knows what she’s talking about.

Another way to not get scammed is make sure that you get a contract, and you can ask for some payment upfront depending -- like if you’re working especially on bigger projects like a book. You’ll want to make sure you get a partial payment upfront as kind of a guaranteed way, okay, they do have a bank account that they can link to me, and they can get me paid.

So there’s lots of ways to make sure that you don’t get scammed, and I cover all those inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients because I know that’s something that people want to be obviously careful of. It’s something that should never keep you from proofreading because there are lots of fail-proof ways -- really close to fail-proof ways to make sure that you never get scammed, and I never have. So as long as you have all your ducks in a row you should be good.

00:04:00 I love this one. I didn’t even know this was a career. I’ve actually heard this quite a bit lately that some people didn’t even know that proofreading was a thing that you could do to make money working wherever, whenever you want, and it is. It’s awesome. You get paid to read and point out errors and fix grammar errors and typos. It’s literally the best thing ever.

But the good thing to know about the -- people didn’t even know it was a career is there’s a lot of people out there who write and who put content out for the public who obviously don’t proofread. And so it’s the job of proofreaders when they’re going out and marketing, getting clients is letting people know that not only am I a proofreader but what a proofreader does so that way you get the exact clients that you need to work with. And it’s amazing.

Once people realize that it’s a career and they want to proofread, it’s like a light bulb moment. It’s like yes, I can make money doing this. And for people who need a proofreader -- they don’t want to proofread; they need a proofreader -- it’s a feeling of relief that they don’t have to worry about having typos everywhere.

So it’s perfect on both sides, but it’s a good point to mention that when you become a proofreader it is very important to explain to people what proofreading is, and that solves two problems. One, it makes sure that you’re getting content that you can actually do for a client. You’re not editing for them. You’re proofreading for them, and it makes sure that the client knows that they are getting exactly what they’re paying for. So it’s a win-win on both sides.

00:05:22 Is IG -- Instagram -- a good place to get clients? I love this question because the girl who asked me this -- this was actually a question I got, oh, it was a few months ago, and I loved that question because she -- the person who asked this has her Instagram account, has done so well, and she actually just quit her full-time corporate job to work from home. She’s a proofreader. She’s a content writer. She does other things working from home, all having to do with writing and reading. And she built her business on Instagram.

So yes, Instagram is a great place to get clients, and -- asterisk on that -- if Instagram is not your cup of tea, then don’t concentrate on Instagram. Other social media platforms are great for getting clients too. For instance, I don’t get a lot of proofreading -- I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten a proofreading client myself on Instagram because I don’t -- that’s not the purpose of me being on Instagram.

I’ve gotten most of my clients on Facebook. There are other people who have gotten clients on Twitter, LinkedIn. Pretty much any social media platform you could leverage to get clients. And so what I recommend is start with the social media platform that you like to work on or that you’re most comfortable with.

So if you’ve never had an Instagram account and you’re like, I need to figure out how to get clients, maybe Instagram isn’t your first place to start. I’d suggest starting with one that you’re comfortable with and that you know you’ll like to use.

And then, as you get used to advertising on one platform, you get used to building clients on one and you want to add more, then you can do that. But it’s not smart to start with I’m going to advertise on five different platforms all at once. That will wear you out, and you want to be able to enjoy the proofreading process, not feel like it’s a drudgery having to market.

You’re going to do better at a place that you’re familiar with and that you like. But if you love Instagram, then that is a great place to start. Yes, you can definitely get clients on Instagram. I talk about how to do that inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients too.

00:07:21 Okay, let’s see. This is a big question asked all the time is do you need experience to get proofreading clients? And the answer is no, you do not need direct proofreading experience in order to get good-paying, proofreading jobs.

Does it help? Absolutely. I’m not going to negate the fact that having experience is something that doesn’t help. I mean it’s one of the things that, when I market myself for clients, I definitely talk about yes, I have 15 years of experience. I know what I’m doing, and we all have to start somewhere. And so it’s all about how you leverage your wording in working with clients, and by that, I don’t mean that you lie to get a job. It’s never okay to be dishonest on an application or a cover letter.

But there are ways -- and, not but, and there are ways to work around it, and it doesn’t start off with saying this is my first proofreading job where I’ve never proofread before or I just graduated from a proofreading course. That doesn’t instill confidence in anybody to hire a brand new person and pay them the rate that you want to be paid. You most likely have experience that you can pull from in other areas that may not be direct, absolute, paid proofreading experience.

But you’d be surprised how easy it is to connect with clients, not because of experience but because of the connection that you find with the client or how you relate to the client or how you can show the client that you know what you’re doing regardless of whether you have 50 years of experience or whether you have five minutes of experience.

I also talk about that inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients. Let me link to that right here while I’m talking about it. Let me grab the link to that real quick because I’m going to talk about this a bit in here because it’s such -- people always have questions about how to get clients, and I answer it all here. So let me just pop it in the chat so you can find it really easily.

00:09:15 All right, let’s see. What if I don’t want to proofread books? Can I still proofread? And the answer is absolutely yes. Now, books are the most common thing that people think of when they proofread because there are so many books published. I don’t even -- I should have gotten the number before I got on here, but the amount of books published is staggering. And so there’s a lot of words to proofread in a book. It’s the biggest thing that you -- typically it’s the biggest thing that you can proofread are books and just because of the sheer number of them that are written and published per year.

So yes, books are probably the most common thing to think of. However, if you’re not into proofreading books that’s fine. There are a lot of people who don’t have the attention span or the time to sit and proofread an entire book because that does take time to proofread a book. Now, that’s not something you’re going to turn around in a night and have to have back the next day, but you are looking at longer chunks of time.

Some people don’t like to sit still for that long. Some people don’t have the time for that. Some people just aren’t into reading books, and you know what? That’s okay as a proofreader. Most proofreaders do love to read books, but you don’t have to be like everybody else. It’s totally fine because there are so many other things that you could proofread.

I mean anything that gets published and put in front of the public’s eye needs a proofreader’s eyes on it. So we’re talking about social media posts, blog posts, podcast transcripts. You can even proofread -- you may not want to proofread novels, but you can proofread children’s books or cookbooks or how-to books or geography -- or not geography, maps, visitors guides, things that don’t take like -- if you’re going to pull out -- I have my collection, my Sherlock Holmes collections over here. That’s a big book to have to proofread. You don’t have to.

You can either get smaller-sized books or anything that goes in front of a public’s eye. So I mean like social media posts. Those are pretty -- typically pretty short posts. Those would be easy to proofread, and obviously there are so many social media posts that get published by companies and business owners that you would have so much proofreading to do even if you just did social media proofreading for clients.

00:11:29 Let’s see. All right, next one. Do you get clients for me? I love this question. No, I do not handpick clients and give them to you when you sign up for one of my mini courses. What I do provide is, if I have people reach out to me saying they need work and it’s not the type of proofreading that I do, which most of the stuff I get is for books or blogs or websites, things like that, then yes. I will refer them on to my students inside our private proofreading community.

What I do is, instead of directly giving you clients, I show you how you can go out and get clients so that you can get the clients that you want to work with because everybody has their interests, their things that they like to do, like the question we just had about what if I don’t want to proofread books. Are there other things to proofread? So you can work with a specific type of client that you want.

I teach you exactly how to go out and get them so that you can get clients. They’re tested methods. They’re methods that I have used, that other proofreaders have used, proofreaders that I’ve worked with have used. So what I have does show you how to go get clients, but I don’t just go handpick clients and give them to you.

Eventually down the road, I have something in mind to help bring in more clients, but for right now I show you exactly how to do it so you can get the clients that work best for you because it’s all -- there are tons of clients waiting for you out there in the sense that you need to go out and find them, but a lot of times people will approach me on Instagram being like, hey, I need something proofread, and I can just refer them right on over to my students when they come to me.

00:13:04 And on the same vein, can I guarantee that you’ll get clients? And the answer is no. I cannot guarantee that you’ll get clients, and here’s why. It’s because your success is completely, 100% up to you. I give you all the tools, all the knowledge, the steps, the hows-to on how to go get clients, and they’re ways that I know work because they’ve worked for me. I’ve seen them work for others and just having been in the marketing sphere for years, knowing how it works to get clients.

I can show you how to do it, but then it’s up to you to go get those clients because I can give you all the tools. Like you can go buy a cake mix at the store, but if you just let it sit on your cabinet then it’s not going to magically turn into a cake until you actually make the cake, right? So you can have all the ingredients, everything, but until you put them together and go out and make the cake or go out and get clients, then it’s up to you.

So what I will guarantee is I will teach you how to proofread. I will teach you how to get proofreading clients. I will support you on your path so that you are -- have the best cheerleader, the best coach that you can have to get to your end goal. And then it’s up to you to actually apply what I’ve given you. So your success -- and that’s what I love. It’s not fun to have your success left up to other people because then it’s up to other people.

Your success is up to you, and so I give you the tools, and then you go out and make all the magic happen. It’s the best way to make it happen anyways.

00:14:30 How much money can you make proofreading? This really, really, really varies depending on a ton of different factors including what your rates are, what kind of projects you’re going to work on, what the turnaround time is. Are you doing technical projects? Are you working on biographies or how-to books? Are you reading college thesis papers? Are you reading medical or construction documents? It can really -- or are you doing a fiction book?

I mean it can really, really vary. So let me see. I have -- I did a Live on this. Here, let me pull -- I’m going to drop this link in here because this will help you. I actually did a screen share of -- it showed some of my numbers that I make proofreading and also shared how you can know if -- how much money you can potentially make. So let me drop in here -- I’m going to put that link in here, and you can check out for yourself because it also shows you in here what your rates, like how you can set your proofreading rates.

So you can get a general idea of how much you can make proofreading because just like -- it depends. Like if you’re going to be a part-time proofreader or a full-time proofreader, there are so many different things. I can’t guarantee, oh, you’re going to go out and you’re going to make $50,000 a year as a proofreader, or you’re going to make $50 an hour as a proofreader.

That’s completely up to you what kind of clients you want to get, and it wouldn’t be fair to me to give you a price or a rate that could be way above or way below what you could be making. So this link that I gave you is either the transcript to the Live, or you can actually watch the Live on it.

00:16:06 Let’s see. Lisa has a really good question. How do you handle clients that want you to edit when your niche is strictly proofreading? Lisa, that is such a good question. So the thing is, when you first -- before you ever start working with a client, make sure that you establish ahead of time what the project is going to be and what they expect out of you. So one thing that I ask before I start working with brand new clients is what are you wanting to get out of this project? And I give specific examples so that they just don’t say I want a proofreading project.

So I’ll be like do you want me to catch -- look for grammar errors, typos, the structure, the formatting, or do you need word-choice suggestions? Are you looking for -- there are so many different types of editing, but you can be like, are you looking for word choice suggestions or sentence structure? Are you looking for character development like if it’s a fiction book that you’re working on?

That way, if you give them specific examples on what is strictly a proofreading job and then what involves more in editing, if they can answer that ahead of time, then you’ll know if you’re wanting to work with a client that is -- wants more editing or wants more proofreading.

And then you can go from there and establish your rates, and if it’s more of an editing job and you are strictly a proofreader, which sounds like what you are -- that’s what I am. I don’t really edit. I have. I can. I just -- that’s not really my preference. Like you, I prefer to stick with proofreading.

And so if it’s someone who needs an editor, then I actually have some editor friends, and so I’ll reach out. I’ll tell the client, hey, my specialty is proofreading, and I want to make sure that you get an editor that can take care of you perfectly, and when they’re done editing, then I am your person to help take you and polish up all the typos and grammar errors that may be left so you have a perfect product when you’re done.

So then I will offer to help find an editor for them. You don’t have to do that. It’s just an extra step, and especially if I want them to come back and be a proofreading client with me, then I’ll go that extra step because then I’ve created a connection with them, and they really appreciate that. So I’ll reach out to other editors and be like, hey, I’ve got this person who’s looking for this. Would you be interested?

And that’s where it helps to really have -- it helps to be connected inside the social media world or belong to proofreading and editing groups on Facebook or different social media pages so that way you can help connect the perfect person with them. So first thing you need to do before you ever accept a project and say yes, you’ll do it is establish what they need.

And if it’s a client that you’ve had -- you’ve been working with consistently who then wants you to start doing an editing job, that’s when you can once again establish what they need and then let them know, hey, this is -- my specialty is proofreading. Editing is another level, and I want you to make -- I want to make sure that you get the absolute best job done. And so I’m going to refer you on to somebody whose specialty is editing. So that way you’re helping them.

You’re drawing the line. You’re not doing something that you’re not comfortable with, and that way you’re getting paid appropriately too because we all know as proofreaders, if we’re doing editing work, we’re not getting paid enough. It’s not worth it. So if you have questions on that, let me know, but that’s an excellent question because that’s one that comes up a lot.

And a lot of times it’s not the client’s fault for asking for editing. A lot of -- people use the word editor and proofreader interchangeably, and that’s just because there’s not enough education out there on what is the difference and what’s the best one to work with in whatever -- obviously editors are what you work with towards the beginning of the project. Proofreaders are the last step of the project.

And so that’s one thing, as a proofreader, and it’s really important and I mentioned this at the beginning, is make sure that you’re very clear when you’re working with clients on what a proofreader is so that way they know who to even talk to, to begin with. So thank you for that question, Lisa. That was really good.

00:20:07 All right, let’s do a few more. I don’t want to keep you guys here for -- and we can do this one again because I have so many questions here to go over. Here’s one. Do I need a niche?

This is a big question, and it’s very highly debated in the proofreading world. Do you need a niche to be successful and get clients? And the answer is just flat out, straight out is no. You do not need a niche to get started, and I actually recommend that you don’t have a niche when you get started if you aren’t really sure what you want to proofread. Can you make more money if you have a niche? Most likely yes.

And so here’s what I recommend. I did general proofreading for over ten years, and I loved it. I got to proofread so many different styles and so many different books and papers. I mean it was the -- I worked with so many different clients, learned so many new things, and then I eventually narrowed it down to a very specific type of client that I wanted to work with, and that’s primarily what I do now. Either one will work.

There are people who are general proofreaders who do that the whole time, and they absolutely love it, and they make great money, and they do a really good job. When you’re first getting started and you’re like, I just want to proofread, I loved everything. I just want to proofread. Then do that. It’s kind of -- then you can get experience. You can have fun working with lots of different clients, and you can figure out what you like and what you don’t like.

Even though I was a general proofreader, I had a few things that I would not touch. Like I am not proofreading this. I’m not proofreading that. So I did narrow it down a little bit before I got super specific. I also suggest when you’re first getting started that if you’re super specific when you first get started, it can be harder to find clients, not that that’s a bad thing. It can be harder and take a little longer. That’s fine. I mean really if you are no, I really want to work with authors who are in -- who write historical fiction in the 1800s in Great Britain, then do that if that’s what you know that you like to do.

It could take you a little longer to find clients and to build up a consistent clientele. But if that’s what you know what you want to do, then go for it. And some people who niche down right away find their clients, and they go for it. But if you aren’t sure, or you can even be a little bit picky, like I know that I never want to proofread anything political or anything religious or I hate history so I’m never going to proofread anything history, then be specific like that.

It’s -- honestly it’s do what works for you. If you have a niche you want to go into, go into it. If you don’t, don’t worry about it. Do what you -- have fun. Proofread lots of different things, and you’ll be good. It’s really -- don’t stress about it. Too many people I think sit and worry about I don’t know what area -- what proofreading I want to go into, and then they hold themselves back from getting into proofreading, and then they never get their business started. So start off generally if you don’t know, and go from there.

Okay, let’s do one more. If I get any more -- awesome, good. I’m glad that helped, Lisa. If you have any more questions, drop them in the comments, and I’ll grab them.

00:23:24 But let’s pick one more. Oh, let’s do two more. Here’s one. What payment methods should I use? I use PayPal and direct deposit and credit card, and I use an invoicing software called Wave, which is -- has no upfront fee to use. They do charge a fee if you use either direct deposit or credit card, but honestly any invoicing software is going to charge a fee. PayPal charges a fee. People are like, I don’t really want to do the fees associated.

I’ve noticed direct deposit, credit card through Wave and PayPal are generally going to be your usual, run-of-the-mill charges that are going to -- or percentage that they take for you to use their services. I’m not a CPA, so make sure you check with your CPA first, but typically those additional charges that you get for -- if they take a percentage of your profit, which is very low, by the way. It’s very, very low, but if they take a percentage, you can usually write that off on your taxes. But make sure you check with your CPA first because I don’t want to give you inaccurate advice, but usually that’s what I’ve seen. That’s what I do. That’s what my CPA does for me, but make sure to check.

And then it’s also -- you can take check. You can take cash. Venmo I think is an option. PayPal is the most common, so the thing is, when you’re looking to set it up, make it as easy as possible for your clients to pay you. Your client shouldn’t have to set up special accounts to have to pay you, so that’s why I do PayPal because most people have PayPal. Most people have a credit card, and most people have a bank account so they could do direct deposit, and those three things are the ones I use because it just makes it super easy for a client to pay me.

And when I invoice them, I have everything on the invoice. They can either -- I’ll either put my PayPal information on there so they can log into PayPal, or with Wave there’s an option for them to either pay with credit card or pay with a direct deposit. Let me find -- let me drop Wave -- let me drop the link to Wave in here so you can know what I’m talking about.

It’s free. So they only charge the percentage to -- when you get paid, which is really low comparatively. But let me put Wave in here. Otherwise, it’s free, and it’s very easy to use. I actually talk about it inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients. So here is Wave invoicing, and you can customize your colors and everything so you can get it on brand if you have a favorite color that you want to use. All right, it’s in the comments. And one more, and then we’ll just do this again.

00:26:09 Let’s see. Let me find it. Okay, I’m not tech savvy, so I’m not sure if I’d be a good proofreader. Here’s the nice thing is inside Learn How To Proofread and Learn -- where I actually teach you how to proofread, which let me drop the link to that in here because if you’re not -- if you’re concerned about being tech savvy and not knowing how to do all the ins and outs, then you’ll definitely want this. So let me drop it in here. There we go.

Okay, so inside Learn How To Proofread, I show you how to use all the common proofreading tools like for PDF, for a Word document, and for Google Docs because those are going to be the most common places that you’re going to proofread. I actually have videos that step you through how to do that, so that way it makes it super easy, and I actually have practice documents inside Learn How To Proofread so that you can practice how to proofread inside each different format so that when you start working with clients you know exactly what you’re doing.

These things are very easy to learn how to use, especially when you have a video with step by step how to do it. And thankfully proofreading itself, like the technical part of it of having to use Microsoft Word or Google Docs is -- they’ve made it -- those platforms made it very easy to use, so that’s good. You don’t really need tech-savvy skills to be able to learn how to proofread.

And then inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients, I step you through different ways that you can work on social media platforms so that you do not have to build a website in order to get proofreading clients. So a lot of people get worried that I’m going to have to have a website if I want to get clients, but that seems like so much work.

And y’all, I hear you. Some of us love -- I love to build websites, but not everybody loves to do it, and it takes time. And when we want to proofread, we just want to get started proofreading. We don’t have to worry about everything else.

So you do not have to build a website at all. It is eventually nice to have one to look professional, but honestly now, I have -- I’ve had in the past a couple different websites, and right now I’m a full-time proofreader with more work than I can handle, and I do not have a website specifically for my proofreading. Obviously I have for my proofreading mini courses as The Proofreading Business Coach, but for my personal proofreading I don’t have a website.

I use -- I leverage social media and word-of-mouth recommendations, and I have a rate sheet with all my info on it and to get clients. So you don’t have to have a website. That’s -- the website, if you want to, it’s going to be the techiest part of being a proofreader, and if you’re wanting to just concentrate on social media or have a rate sheet or work with word of mouth or the million other ways that you can market yourself as a proofreader, I cover that inside Learn How To Get Proofreading Clients so that way you don’t have to worry about if -- building a website or doing really fancy things on your laptop in order to be a proofreader and have your proofreading business.

Here’s the thing. I do want to -- and I’ll wrap up with this here is don’t let something that you don’t know how to do hold you back from what you want to do. So even if I were to say yes, you have to build a website to have clients, which you don’t, but even if I said that, which I talk about how to build a website inside the course if you want to do that. Anyways, even if you had to build a website or even if setting up a social media account seems a little overwhelming or learning how to proofread in Word or in Adobe seems overwhelming, not only do I help give you the tools to get there, but if you really want to be a proofreader, then you’ll figure it out. And I don’t mean that in the sense like I’m just going to throw you to the wolves and you just figure it out.

But a lot of times we let our, what we don’t know how to do, hold us back from doing what we want to do, which is starting your proofreading business, working with clients, making money, being able to be your own boss, set your own schedule, work whenever, wherever we want. And if not knowing how to do something is what’s holding you back, then learn how to do it.

That’s why I created the mini courses that I have so that way it works with your schedule and your budget, and it gives you exactly the tools that you need to be successful because we don’t just naturally come with knowing how to proofread or knowing how to build a business or knowing how to get clients or how to be really good at grammar. Those are things we all have to learn eventually, right? And if it’s something we really want to do, then we’ll figure it out.

We can Google it. We can take courses. We can work one on one with a coach. And the thing is, it’s so rewarding to not know how to do something, learn how to do it, and then make money off of it, and not only just that but love to do what you do. So if you’re not tech savvy, don’t worry about it because the few little tech-savvy things you have to do I step you through how to do it inside my mini courses, and like I said, don’t hold yourself back just because you don’t know something.

There are so many ways for you to be able to learn and apply yourself to go make your goals happen. That’s how anything that I’ve come up on where I’m like I do not know how to do that, and you figure it out. You get there. And it can be a little bumpy or a little painful, but if you have somebody there with you or you have a course that you can take, or you’re determined to make -- and you’re determined to make it happen, then the whole world is yours. There’s really no limit to when you dedicate yourself to learning more and always be learning and always improving. Then you will be an amazing proofreader.

Okay, that was a lot that we went through. I have a ton more questions in here too. So we’ll just do this again. Thanks for hanging out with me. I will be out next week, but I will put up -- I have an absolutely amazing transcriptionist who takes these Lives and puts them into transcripts, and then I put them up on my website. So if you don’t want to rewatch this, you can go read through the transcript and grab exactly what you need. So I’ll have that up, and you guys can run through that next week. And if you have more questions, let me know and we’ll just do another one of these and we’ll have fun.

All right, you guys have an amazing week, and I will see you guys -- I’ll be on here on social media, but I’ll see you guys in a couple weeks. All right, have a good week. Bye!


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  1. Joe shaw

    Pretend for a moment that all social media of any kind does not exist. i am 66 years old and hate everything about social media in any form. I want nothing to do with it. that is not going to change. In your opinion, could I ever have a successfull free lancing proof reading work at home business with that attitude? I have my doubts. That’s why I have not enrolled in a fine course like yours in the last couple of years. It seems social media platforms have take over the world. I would very much appreciate your honesty and candor.

    • elizabethjwiegner

      Hi Joe! You can have a successful proofreading business outside of social media. There are other online sites and in-person marketing you can do to build your business. It’s also possible it could take you much longer and limit your abilities to get clients without a willingness to try new things. As you mentioned, social media platforms have taken over the world, and with that, they’ve created many opportunities for freelancers to connect with other people and potential clients they never could have met otherwise, and it’s a powerful tool (when used well!) to get clients.


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