(Earning Extra Income During Retirement)
All kinds of people can benefit from the flexibility of freelance proofreading. Whether you’re a student, a stay-at-home parent, or just in need of a better work–life balance, proofreading could be the career for you.
We touched base with recent Knowadays graduate Kath, a semi-retired accountant who wanted to supplement her income during retirement.
What made you consider the Knowadays course?
I was looking for something I could do at home to earn some extra money in retirement. 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.
“Spelling and grammar errors leap off the page for me, so proofreading seemed to be something I could enjoy and would be good at.“
What were you doing before you started the course?
I’m a semi-retired accountant working at home part-time as a bookkeeper for a small company that provides services to the construction industry.
Was there anything surprising or particularly challenging in the course for you?
I was surprised at the volume of detail involved in producing a technically accurate and elegantly presented piece of writing. You need excellent attention to detail and must be prepared to work hard at becoming a proficient proofreader. If this is something that interests you, you will find the course interesting and absorbing, but the 80% distinction mark will still take some hard work to achieve.
What has been the single best benefit of having done the course?
Confirmation that I have an aptitude for the work and gaining a qualification that enables me to provide an excellent service to Proofed’s clients.
Was the course good value for money?
I consider it excellent value for money, especially as the material is still available for me to review.
“I consider it excellent value for money, especially as the material is still available for me to review.“
What do you enjoy most about proofreading?
The satisfaction of producing a professional, semantically excellent piece of work.
Do you have a favorite type of document or subject area to proofread?
I would like to eventually specialize in formatting Word and Excel documents.
Where do you proofread? Have you got a workspace set up?
I have a dedicated, fully equipped home office.
Are you doing any other non-proofreading work?
Yes, I am still doing some bookkeeping work but scaling it down to allow a reasonable amount of time for proofreading.
What do you do when you aren’t proofreading?
When I’m not proofreading, I’m doing part-time bookkeeping or enjoying reading, swimming, or walking.
Learn Through Knowadays
Freelance proofreading is a great way to earn extra money during retirement. But, no matter your situation, it can be a rewarding career path. That’s why Knowadays has created Becoming A Proofreader, a comprehensive course that can take you from complete beginner to proofreading professional. Not only that, but if you pass the course with a score of 80% or higher, you are guaranteed work with our partner company, Proofed.
Claim your free trial of the course today to see how a career in freelance proofreading could be the perfect fit for you.