Kristen
(Training for a Flexible New Career)

Becoming a proofreader can mean lots of things for different people, but, for many, it means opening up a flexible new career. Since completing our Becoming A Proofreader course, Kristen has found herself immersed in the world of freelance proofreading. Alongside her work with our proofreading partner, Proofed, she has started her own business and works for clients on her own terms. Take a look at our catch-up below.

Hey Kristen! What were you doing before you started the course?

I had taken some time off from my insurance career to focus on having a baby. When the fertility treatments were unsuccessful, I knew that I did not want to return to the insurance industry, and I decided to begin training as a copy editor/proofreader.

Had you done any proofreading before taking the Becoming A Proofreader course?

Yes, informally.

How did you find the Becoming A Proofreader course?

I found the module on referencing and citations quite challenging, as I did not have much experience using referencing systems. I spent a significant period of time working through that module.      

But, on the whole, the course material helped me feel very prepared for the final assignment. I scored 93% on my first attempt, which gave me the confidence to proceed with a flexible career as a freelance proofreader (working with Proofed and for my own new business, Curious Koi Proofreading).   

What do you enjoy most about proofreading?

I love rules (especially grammar and punctuation rules), and I enjoy ensuring that they are applied properly. While I am starting to appreciate the variety of subjects and topics that I get to read about, I especially enjoy proofreading business and insurance documents because I am familiar with them.

How has life changed for you as a freelance proofreader?

One word: freedom! I love being able to work on my own terms. When the travel restrictions are lifted, I look forward to traveling and seeing my family while bringing my work with me.

My day-to-day routine varies (which is nice), but usually includes a morning swimming workout, coffee, everyday admin tasks for my proofreading business Curious Koi Proofreading (e.g., invoicing, blog research), more coffee, and whatever proofreading project I am working on that day.

“One word: freedom! I love being able to work on my own terms. When the travel restrictions are lifted, I look forward to traveling and seeing my family while bringing my work with me.“

Have you been self-employed before?

No, I haven’t. But 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!

Are you proofreading elsewhere in addition to your work at Proofed?

Yes! The clients I get through Curious Koi Proofreading include businesses and individuals, and the work consists of advertising material, LinkedIn profiles, and business documents. I have also proofread several books, including a non-fiction book and a children’s book.

I found my clients through cold calls, emails, advertising, and word of mouth. It seems to be a quiet time of year, but I think things are going to pick up in September. I am optimistic that my flexible new career as a freelance proofreader will continue to grow and provide a good living.

Do you have a website or LinkedIn profile?         

Yes, take a look at my website and LinkedIn profile!

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