Blog post 3, May 18, 2018
My Work-at-home Journey
Proofreading and Traveling Success
Hello everybody. It has been one of those weeks. Exciting to say the least. I was able to go to a Chamber of Commerce meeting this last Monday. Because I am new to the area and I don’t know a soul I thought that this would really help me get out there socially and also help me do networking for my new work-at-home business. It was a total success. I already lined up a few proofreading job leads from that meeting, and was able to close one. Confident that I will have a few more next week, I am praying for one at the least.
Now to share with you how I got started on my work-at-home journey. I had mentioned on a previous blog post that I saw a pin on Pinterest back in 2013 about proofreading and I just pinned it to a board and didn’t take any action. The pin was one of Caitlin Pyle’s ProofreadAnywhere.com pins. Her introductory webinar resonated with me and reminded me of my previous side hustle.
Previously when my kids were little, I was a single mom, I worked a full-time job, I did massages outside of my 9/80 work schedule for coworkers and word of mouth from my previous position at a physical therapy office. I only stopped hustling because I had shoulder surgery and didn’t have the strength anymore to give a good massage. Massage was a valuable skill that I was proud to market. My sense of pride was lost when I lost that skill. When I was doing massage, I was helping others feel better physically and emotionally. I was able to help my clients for nine years. My clients were no longer in pain and had a better range of motion. I felt that I was needed and it was rewarding.
I am going to paraphrase what I got out of her webinar and her online course. If you have a skill, you should market it to help others. You will reap the benefits the more you put your focus into helping others. She also said to find what drives you to succeed, find your why.
Review of ProofreadAnywhere.com
When you first sign up for the course, you go in overconfident that you know what you are doing. In our minds, we catch errors all the time, and we tease our friends on social media for using the wrong tense of specific words for our own entertainment. Personally, I have to say that the course was hard. I was amazed at how challenging it was. It taught me so much that I didn’t know. Other classmates stated they had a degree in English and were impressed at how hard it was. The best thing about her course is the first seven days are free. That’s right! Take her course for a test drive and see if it is right for you.
Caitlin gives us a video at the beginning of each module, study handout sheets, and she listed which reference books will help us get through the course. There are over 3,000 pages of practice transcripts. Depending on which course you take, she and others in the facebook group inform you on what can be used to proofread, I chose the iPad option. The classmates in the Facebook study group embrace your questions. No question is a dumb question, and we were all humbled by the course. Overall, I have to say this online course was amazing. Caitlin has set the bar high, and when I take other online courses that just don’t meet those standards, it is very disheartening.
Would I have done it differently?
The only thing I would have done differently is I would have invested in myself in 2013 instead of being afraid to take a chance. I am not letting fear stand in my way anymore. Of course, I will keep all of you posted on my progress.
Are there any questions you would like to ask me? What topic would you like for me to cover? I have homeschooled and taught coworkers. You can check out my LinkedIn profile if it will help you come up with questions to ask me. Feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are shy. Until next week.
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