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.
Finding a New Source of IncomeRobert was working as a church pastor and theatre school administrator, but wanted the chance to earn a new source of income. He now gets paid to be a pedant, and helps to edit documents for one of Proofed’s business clients.
“Freelance proofreading is opening up a new source of income that will allow greater flexibility in my life. Plus, getting paid to be a pedant is personally satisfying, as well as a relief to those around me!“
Exploring a New Career
Amy wanted to improve her skills and explore new career options. She trained to become a freelance proofreader, and now splits her time between part-time work as a governance officer, and editing documents for one of Proofed’s business clients.
“The opportunity to work with Proofed gives me a chance to earn some extra money while honing my skills and caring for my family.“
Proofreading for Increased Wellbeing
Due to health concerns, Hannah needed a job that would allow her to work from home and focus more on her wellbeing. She trained to become a freelance proofreader, and is now able to do a job she enjoys, earn an income, and still put her health first.
“Freelance proofreading has allowed me to put my health first and has drastically increased my mood. As a result, I have a much brighter outlook on the future.“
The Yoga Teacher
Orla was looking for a flexible way to supplement the income from her career as a yoga teacher. As a freelance proofreader, she is able to earn extra income, set her own hours, and still have plenty of time for her other projects and hobbies.
“It has given me access to a new career and additional income at the ripe old age of 53! I love this work and wish I had started it years ago.“
Continued Professional DevelopmentPam was working as a professional proofreader and copy editor, and looking for an online course to refresh her skills. Becoming A Proofreader helped her to do just that!
“I am a lifelong learner always looking for new opportunities for professional development.”
The EngineerAleks had always enjoyed playing with words, so being paid to improve texts was a dream come true. He now works as an engineer in the mornings, and a proofreader in the afternoons.
“Starting work with Proofed has been a seamless experience because of the friendly and helpful team. Not to mention that being paid to improve texts is a dream come true.“
Helen had always been asked to check writing for colleagues, friends, and family. After being made redundant during the pandemic, she decided to boost her skills and start something new — and now works as a professional freelance proofreader.
“I am now able to work from home in a job that is wonderfully varied, enjoyable, and (hopefully) redundancy proof. And I am spending more time with the family (and cats) now!“
The Creative Writing StudentKhadijah was looking for a flexible way to earn money while completing her degree in creative writing and English. Freelance proofreading allowed her to earn an income, gain the skills and experience needed for her dream career as an editor, and help others at the same time.
“I feel so much more confident in my writing and ability to help others, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what I want to do with my life.“
Homeschooling During COVID-19
During the pandemic, Britta was looking for a way to earn money that would fit around homeschooling her children. Freelance proofreading gave her the flexibility to balance family life with her professional goals.
“Being able to work from home has given me the opportunity to combine my professional goals with homeschooling my two kids, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.“
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.”
From Homemaking to ProofreadingAfter being a homemaker for 16 years, Sue decided to train as a professional proofreader. She now works for Proofed four days a week, and enjoys the freedom and flexibility the job brings.
“What I enjoy most about proofreading, aside from the challenge, is learning about a variety of subjects I would otherwise most probably never encounter. It can be very interesting!“
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.”