Blog post 24, December 14, 2018
How To Expand Your Proofreading Business!
Hi everyone. This year has been flying by faster than the I can even comprehend. This month has been super busy in my proofreading business and the other areas of my business. I am so grateful that I stumbled on the online entrepreneurship world. It finally gave me the opportunity of fulfilling a dream of owning my own business — a dream that I never really cultivated because I was in the wrong mindset. I was insecure and unsure of what I really wanted to do. Clueless. If you don’t have time to read this post, please save it to your Pinterest board so you can read it later when you have time.
November was a relaxed month for me. I enjoyed my time with family. Time was also spent learning new things that I can implement into my business. I enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving for my family. My hip hated me for it the next two days, but I was so happy when the items I prepared turned out perfect. I made the turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and homemade mashed potatoes. My daughter demands the green beans and sweet potatoes. She could care less about the rest of the spread.
Grateful To Expand
This year has been a whirlwind of firsts for me. As I was proofing the other day, I was thinking I should write a blog post, but was so happy and grateful that I am busy with paid work that I didn’t really mind not writing one. Previously, I only offered pdf proofreading for my court reporters. I loved doing that, but I have been kicking around the idea of getting into scoping.
Now, realistically my wallet isn’t up for that yet. I am still putting my business income back into the business. This covers my monthly subscriptions to ConvertKit and ClickFunnels to name a few. Then I stash the rest into my savings to cover taxes. My goal is to replace my full-time income from my county job. Big ask I know. So I did some research in my Facebook groups. I found that if I proofed to audio and pdf, I could potentially earn more. Of course, I went straight to Amazon and ordered the software Express Scribe, and it came with the recommended foot pedal. They also sent the headphones, but I prefer my AirPods.
Proofing To Audio
How is proofing to audio different then what I already do? Well previously I would only receive a pdf file, and I would mark it up and send it back to the court reporter. Some changes I made were questionable because what I marked could have been correct because of poor English on the speaking person’s part. Or maybe I didn’t mark an area, and a whole section of a sentence was dropped. I wouldn’t know because I had nothing to compare it with.
Now I receive a pdf file and an audio file. I still edit my pdf file the same way, but now it is compared to the sound file. This way as I am listening I verify the text that the court reporter has written and edit or add what needs to be corrected. Doing my proofreading this way I feel gives my clients a more polished result. It also lets me know that I would really enjoy scoping.
How Can You Expand Your Services?
When running a home business, things can feel a little overwhelming or even feel like you are spinning your wheels just trying to help more people, make more money, and provide a more polished product.
One thing I do when thinking of expanding is to listen to my clients and answer the question: What are they asking for? The other is to have an idea of where you want to be a year from now, then take baby steps to get to that goal.
My audio software with pedal was only $115.00 before taxes and $8.00 for the 4-year protection plan. The scoping software that I want to purchase varies slightly based on which program I decide to buy. It can run anywhere from $1600 to $2800. With the audio software, I can charge more per page and reach my goal of paying for my scoping software sooner.
Until Next Time
So far my plans have fallen into place, and I am providing my clients with a better service. What are your struggles with your work-from-home business? Is there anything I can help you with? I love sharing what I know and what I am learning along the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. You can even send a question using the submission form on my website homepage or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and I will respond to all e-mails and comments.
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