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.
Gaining ConfidenceSometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a new career can mean a change for the better. That’s exactly what Becoming A Proofreader graduate Debra found, as not only did she gain new skills, but she also gained lots more confidence as a freelancer.
“I encourage anyone considering a lifestyle change to research options, step out of your comfort zone, and make it happen!“
Earning Extra Income During Retirement
Kath, a semi-retired accountant, was looking for something she could do at home to earn some extra money. She now combines bookkeeping with proofreading, and loves helping other people polish their writing.
“I’ve always been a prolific reader, and I appreciate elegant prose. Spelling and grammar errors leap off the page for me, so proofreading seemed to be something I could enjoy and would be good at.“
Training for a Flexible New CareerAfter taking a break from her career in the insurance industry, Kristen decided it was time to try something new. She now works on her own terms as a freelance proofreader, and has even started her own business!
“I have always had a strong work ethic and find it very liberating to work on my own. I wish I had done this sooner!“
The Working Parent
Shortly before the pandemic began, Laura was looking for a change of direction and a job that would work around her family commitments. She found the ideal solution in freelance proofreading, and now enjoys work that is both flexible and rewarding.
“Being able to choose when I work has allowed me to fit proofreading around my family commitments, meaning freelance proofreading is less stressful than the job I had before.“
The English StudentJessica was looking for a flexible way to earn an income while working towards her English Literature degree. She now proofreads part-time around her studies, boosting her own writing skills and helping others at the same time!
“Having the opportunity to take on part-time freelance work that’s flexible enough to fit around my studies has been the best part. My own writing has also improved thanks to the skills I gained from the course!“
Transitioning to Full-Time Proofreading
Susan was working as a part-time career development officer, but looking for an opportunity to reduce her hours and work remotely. Since completing Becoming A Proofreader, she has discovered the joy and freedom of self-employment, and hopes to gradually transition to proofreading full-time.
“I can work when and where it suits me. My work-life balance is much more flexible.”
The ESL Teacher
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mike was looking for remote jobs that would fit alongside his job teaching English as a second language. Freelance proofreading was the perfect match, giving him the flexibility to meet his commitments, work anywhere in the world, and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
“As a freelance editor, I can enjoy life much more than a typical 9–5 worker. It allows me to get out and enjoy my hobbies during the week while everyone else is working. I’m also an avid traveller and Proofed allows me to work anywhere in the world!“
Thenere’ 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!”
Continued Professional Development
Petya was working as a freelance proofreader before joining Knowadays, but wanted to invest in her professional development, sharpen her skills and take her expertise to the next level. Since completing Becoming A Proofreader, she has been more confident in her own freelance proofreading work, and has continued to grow her clientele.
“Before I signed up, I was already working as a freelance proofreader. I took the course as I felt I needed to improve my proofreading skills and continue my professional development.“
Finding Work During Lockdown
When Antonia’s career in the spa industry came to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to put her perfectionist tendencies to good use and train as a proofreader. She is now using her time and new skills to help people around the world improve their writing.
“Becoming a freelance proofreader has enabled me to turn some of the negative aspects of the pandemic into a positive situation.“
The Freelance Photographer
Jane was looking for a job that would fit around her family during the week, and her freelance photography at the weekends. Freelance proofreading allowed her to earn a bit of extra money, pursue her other interests, and still be available for her daughter.
“Being a freelance proofreader has allowed me to earn a bit of money in my own time. And this is all while still being available for my daughter and able to pursue other interests, like my work as a freelance photographer.“
Proofreading for a Flexible Schedule
Alexandra wanted a flexible job that would allow her to decide when, where, and how much to work. She now works from home, on her own terms, proofreading a variety of documents — and listening to her favourite music while she works.
“My flexible schedule means that I can work as much or as little as I like. I take comfort in knowing that I can set personal days off when I need them.“