Knowadays Success Stories
Wherever you are in life right now, there’s a Knowadays graduate who started from a similar place. Students and retirees, new parents, and career changers – they’ve all taken our courses and found new ways of working.
Balancing Work and LifeTony had always loved the English language, reading, and creative writing, but when his career took off in a different direction, he had little time left to pursue his interests. Now, as a freelance proofreader, he has more control of his schedule, time to enjoy his hobbies, and gets more quality time with his family.
“I now have the freedom to manage my own time and workload, with no more commuting and a better work-life balance. I indulge in my other passions: reading, photography, cinema, and music. But mostly I spend more time with my family.”
Extra EarningsTo supplement the income from her day job, Hayley likes to work on freelance proofreading assignments. This flexible work can be done from home, so there’s more time to spend with family and more money in the bank.
“I now get to work from home doing a skilled job that I love. I can work around my toddler and earn extra money. And I hope it will open doors in an industry that has always intrigued me.”
With her kids in school, Amanda wanted a career that used her talents and let her control the clock. Now, she comfortably fits proofreading work in between the school run and sports activities.
“Day to day, part of the beauty of this work is that my life hasn’t changed a lot. I still have time for my family, but I also get to choose what I want to work on each day.”
Graduate FreedomAs a recent graduate, Zac was searching for work that would fit into his lifestyle. Freelance proofreading lets him earn an income, do a job he loves, and still enjoy his independence.
“I usually work in coffee shops or at home. But I also value my freedom and independence, so the opportunity to travel while working is something I want to explore. I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of the flexibility of freelance life over the next year or so.”
From Full-Time to FreelanceWhile working her full-time job, Letitia was planning for a time when she could reduce her hours and enjoy more flexibility. By boosting her professional skills and building her confidence, she’s now looking forward to a future of freelance freedom.
“Presently, I work during the day and proofread in the evening. However, my routine will soon change for the better, and I hope to have more time in my garden. I am looking forward to planning my day around my family and my dog, enjoying more ‘me’ time and working for myself.”
Working from HomeSamantha had always dreamed of a career that gave her the freedom to work from home. With freelance proofreading as her main source of income, she now chooses when, where, and on what she works.
“I really enjoy having the flexibility to decide when I work and how much I do in a day. Being self-employed has taken some adjusting, and there are a lot of things that I’ve had to figure out as I go. But I think I’ve set down solid foundations for my future.”
Changing CareersThenere’ was working in a traditional office-based role which offered zero flexibility, and found that childcare was always an issue. Since training to become a professional proofreader, she can work from the comfort of her own home around her family’s schedule, and has even gained the flexibility and confidence needed to set up her dream business!
“This course provided me with more than just the relevant skills and knowledge I needed to become a proofreader. It ultimately changed my life and gave me the confidence I needed to go forth into the unknown and become the person I dreamed of being!”
Digital NomadAs someone who’s spent her life working on yachts, Wendy didn’t find 9-to-5 office life appealing. Having trained as a proofreader, she can now work wherever she is – be that on deck or at home.
“I get to dictate my hours, which gives me time to see my granddaughters. I can also work in my home office, as well as proofreading at sea while I travel with my husband when he has to work away from home.”
Retirement IncomeHeading into retirement, Ava wanted the reassurance of extra income from work that was flexible and stimulating. She found her solution in proofreading. Now, Ava plans a future of freelancing while hitting the road in her RV.
“I’ve never been self-employed, but I’m really excited about having made the transition. There is a lot more freedom to plan work around life rather than the other way around.”
Working AbroadFor Samira, life is all about travel. She’s based in Morocco and likes to explore new places as often as possible. To give her the freedom and income she needs to do that, Samira combines proofreading with the other strands of her portfolio career – travel writing, blogging and ESL teaching.
“I’ve been self-employed for about two years now, and it has ruined ‘regular’ jobs for me! There’s no way I could go back to working in a restaurant or teaching in a classroom. I love the freedom, responsibility, and sense of accomplishment that self-employment gives me.”
Setting Your Own Schedule
Mark wanted to find a new career that would give him the flexibility to earn an income while caring for his elderly parents. Freelance proofreading was an ideal solution! As a freelance proofreader, he has the flexibility to earn an income on his own terms. This lets him focus on caring for his elderly parents while still having time to enjoy his many hobbies.
“I now have the freedom to work when I want, how much I want, and where I want. That is amazing.”
Making Money Online
Lauren was looking for a job she could do from home that would fit around homeschooling her daughter. She completed our Becoming A Proofreader course and now works for Proofed on the weekends. This has allowed her to take control of her career – she can decide when, where, and how to work, and she has more time to spend with her daughter.
“The work is really interesting, I have more time with my young daughter, and I’m completely in control of my career. It has really changed my life for the better.”