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.
Take Control of Your Work HoursDenise was working full-time in a tiring job, and wanted to find a way of making a living that would give her more control over her day. Since becoming a freelance proofreader, she has been able to reduce her hours, and find interesting work that keeps her brain cells happy.
“I now have more control over the hours and days I work and the amount of work I do. That, in my opinion, is the best way to work.“
Myra was teaching English as a Second Language, and looking for an opportunity to learn more about academic proofreading. Becoming A Proofreader helped her gain the skills and confidence she needed, and now helps people around the world improve their writing.
“I like the variety of topics I get to read about, and getting to help people around the world make their work accessible for the international academic community.“
The Proofreading Career ConvertAlthough Rachel had a job in retail, she knew it wasn’t what she wanted to do forever. The trouble was, she wasn’t certain what she did want to do forever. So she looked to her love of reading, took the initiative, and trained to become a professional proofreader.
“I love proofreading. It’s absolutely amazing. This course has shown me what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to be a full-time proofreader. I now have a career path and a plan I can follow!“
Working with ProofedAfter graduating from university, Kathleen was searching for an opportunity to work with words. She trained to become a professional proofreader, and now supports Proofed with admin, projects for business customers, and writing blog posts.
“This is my first time being self-employed. The flexibility is a big bonus. I work from home (where I have a big desk and a nice view) or at my local library when I need a change of scene.“
Living a Simpler Life
When she was working in an office, Alanna’s dawn-to-dusk hours meant she saw little of her family. Now, as a freelance proofreader, she controls her own schedule, prioritizes the important things in life and spends quality time with her loved ones.
“My family and I want to live a simpler life together, and we hope to travel more one day. Now I have the freedom to choose my working hours, which will help us reach those goals. And my income from proofreading will give us the freedom to live our best lives before retirement.“
Working from Home During COVID-19
As an actor, Stephen’s income was suffering from the effects of COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on filming and performances. Freelance proofreading allowed him to earn money from home, while planning acting projects for the future.
“During lockdown, being able to work from home has been a massive bonus. This would be great even in normal times, but it has been especially helpful during the uncertainty of 2020!“
Eve was looking for a part-time job flexible enough to fit around her studies. Freelance proofreading was the perfect match, allowing her to develop her writing skills, earn money, and work from home in her pyjamas!
“As an A-Level student and dancer, I was previously unable to find a student job that offered the flexibility I needed. Working for Proofed has been perfect in that respect, as I’m able to fit the hours I work around my study commitments and any dance events I have planned.“
The LinguistElizabeth had completed a PhD in linguistics, and was looking for an introduction to proofreading and copy editing that she could do online. Since graduating Becoming A Proofreader she has begun proofreading professionally, and works with Proofed on academic documents.
“Having a course that gave me a good foundation in various skills meant I could get some practical experience while I learned.“
Margaret was working as an osteopath, but looking for another income stream. After a patient recommended freelance proofreading, she signed up for the course, and now enjoys proofreading medical and academic documents for Proofed.
“I still work as an osteopath, but I have the option to proofread whenever I have a free day or half day. It’s a very flexible system in which you are in control of your own availability.“
From the Army to Proofreading
Proofreading might not seem like an obvious follow-up to the military, but Cole did exactly that! After 10 years in the army he decided to boost his skills with the Becoming A Proofreader course, and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor.
“As an intelligence officer, I was often the in-house proofreader and editor. I wanted to leave that world behind but still use my experiences in my career, so editing came to mind.“
The English GraduateAs a freelance proofreader, poet Alie uses her language skills to help others improve their writing, but also has the flexibility to work on her own creative projects. So far she has self-published a 20-poem chapbook, and her poems have been published in several journals!
“Knowadays changed my life. I was really stuck before. I loved writing poetry. But I was very lost in terms of how I was going to make a living. I wanted to do work that I could feel good about at the end of the day. Knowadays have given me that.“
The Medical WriterAfter completing her PhD in cardiovascular medicine, Emily wanted to start a career in medical writing and editing. Becoming A Proofreader helped her to develop her proofreading skills, and gave her the confidence to edit all types of documents, medical or otherwise!
“I have gained some valuable experience in editing, which I have used alongside my academic expertise to really advance my writing and editing skills.“