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.
Proofreading for Quality of Life
Due to health issues, Maddy needed to find a less physically demanding job. She had always enjoyed proofreading, so decided to take the plunge and train to do it professionally. She now works from home, and says freelance proofreading has improved her quality of life.
“The course has provided me with a valuable life skill and helped me pivot my career when I needed to.“
Take Control of Your Work Hours
Denise 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 Proofed
After 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.“
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.”
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.“
Elizabeth 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.“
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.”