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Proofreading Goals Update: November 2017

Proofreading Goals Update: November 2017

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Every three months, I revisit my goals for the proofreading aspect of my business. It’s important for me to see my progress and where I’m trying to get to. If you have goals for your future, join me in going over them. It’ll help to keep you on track and show you how far you’ve come. I’m still working on the coursework for Proofread Anywhere and hope to finish it and expand my business. Here is a link to my previous goals post.

Goals Don’t Always Work

Usually, I start this post by telling you some of the goals I’ve achieved in the past three months. Unfortunately, I haven’t achieved any or them. I have worked on the course and made progress, but by this time I wanted to finish the practice transcripts. In retrospect, this was too big of a goal. I’m currently on PT 18 of 50, so not even close. It’s important to use measurable and actionable goals. I needed to measure this goal a little better before I committed to it.

3 Months – February 2018

These are the milestones I would like to reach by my next update in February:

  • Complete Practice Transcripts 19-35
    • This is roughly a transcript and a half a week excluding the week of Christmas. This is a much more doable goal.
  • Complete 11 Practice Sheets
    • Again, this is about one per a week excluding Christmas. This is in the punctuation practice book I have.

 

6 Months – May 2018

These are longer-term goals. Usually, they build upon the previous goals and should be my primary goals next time.

  • Complete Practice Transcripts
    • There should be only 15 left after my three-month goals are done.
  • Complete Midterm Exam
    • In my course, to move on after the practice transcripts. I need to get 100% on the midterm exam. It’s a little nerve wrecking, but hopefully, after 50 practices, I can ace it.

 

12 Months – November 2018

These are my biggest goals. Eventually, they will fit in, but for now, they are mostly big-time goals, with no major action needed right now.

  • Finish Proofread Anywhere Course
  • Have One Proofreading Client
  • Replace iPad

Now that I’ve scaled these goals back to be a bit more mangeable, I feel a lot better about acheiveing them. I make sure to keep my goals visable to keep me on track when I get lazy. I hang mine on my computer. If you have any goals, put them somewhere where you will be reminded of them. And if you want to see about getting into proofreading check out Caitlin Pyle’s courses. She has a general proofreading course I would recommend if you want to do book or paper editing.

My Proofreading Goals

My Proofreading Goals

Proofreading for court reporters can be a really great way to make money at home. Since I’m done moving across the country, I finally have the time to devote to being a kick-butt proofreader. I’m working my way through Proofread Anywhere and once I’m done with that I can begin to make money from proofreading. Here are my goals for getting that done.

3 Month Goals (November)

  • Finish the practice transcripts in Proofread Anywhere (there are over 3,000 pages!)
  • Continue to work on my punctuation and spelling skills with Bad Grammer, Good Punctuation.

6 Month Goals (February)

  • Finish the Proofread Anywhere course and pass the final exam.
  • Obtain at least one client for proofreading.

1 Year Goals (August)

  • Be making a full-time income from proofreading.
  • Replace my iPad.

These are pretty simple goals, but I hope by making them simple they’ll be very achievable. If you have any thoughts or questions on these goals or the world of proofreading, please let me know!

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What Is Proofreading?

What Is Proofreading?

One of the ways I hope to make money while working at home is by proofreading for court reporters. You are probably wondering what on earth that means (I know I did when I first read it.) Let’s start with the very basics. Proofreading is reading something and marking for any errors. These errors can include punctuation, misspelling, or formatting issues. It’s not editing the content, though. Proofreaders don’t make grammatical changes to the work. Seems pretty simple, yeah?

Court Reporters, Huh?

Now, what are court reporters? They are the stenographers that you see in courtrooms write down what everybody says exactly as they say it. They make the transcripts for trials, hearings, and ton of other legal stuff. As a proofreader for court reporters, I would take that transcript after they’ve formatted it and look for any errors. The skills involved in this are pretty specific. I need to know the errors to look for in the punctuation and spelling. I also need to know how a transcript is supposed to look, the proper spacing and the flow of each type of legal proceeding. It gets really complicated. This is where proper learning comes in.

Proofread Anywhere

I found this amazing online course that teaches people how to become proofreaders. It’s called Proofread Anywhere. It’s a very intensive course designed to completely prepare the students. I was skeptical at first, but I read the website and saw a few outside articles about it and I decided to give it a try. I love it and it’s also a lot of work. It’s also an excellent way of working from home. All I would need is an iPad and an internet connection.

For now, my work on Proofread Anywhere is on hold. I have a lot going on since I’m moving in 3 months (eek!). Once I’ve settled into life in the Pacific Northwest, I place to restart my work on my proofreading career. In September, I’ll give you a full goals list for this work-from-home scheme.

Do you have any questions or tips? Please put them down in the comments.

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