By Jay

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Thanks for stopping by to read my Proofread Anywhere review. The benefits of more time and fewer expenses make the work-at-home lifestyle worth it. But, as you probably know, it’s not easy to get started. And it can be scary...

There are countless courses that promise to make it easier, and Proofread Anywhere is one of them. Is it a scam though?

I’ll get into that... as well as what it teaches, how much it costs, and more importantly... dig into the Proofread Anywhere reviews and summarize what people are saying.

Disclaimer:
This Proofread Anywhere review has been researched and reviewed with information and testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any conclusions drawn by myself are opinions.

What Is Proofread Anywhere?


Proofread Anywhere is an online proofreading course created by Caitlyn Pyle, who is also co-owner of theworkanywherelife.com with her husband Ben.

Caitlyn had been helping proofreaders since 2007 and in 2014 created an eBook she sold on her website. Sales of her book grew, but her readers were sending her lists of questions that although she was happy to answer... were taking a lot of time.   

It turned out to be an opportunity.

To save time and get in front of those questions, she expanded her eBook into a complete course and in 2015 launched Proofread Anywhere.

By the end of 2015 her course had brought in more than $575,000 and needless to say, her life had changed forever. Today you can find her featured in publications such as Fortune, Business Insider and Fast Company.

Is Proofread Anywhere a Scam?


No. Proofread Anywhere is not a scam… but it's a fair question.

When it comes to making money online and working at home, people get suspicious and their defenses go up. And for good reason…

First… it’s because working from home sounds too good to be true… and most of us are conditioned to believe, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

Second… there’s a lot of scams out there, which give the entire make-money-online industry a bad name. 

You may run into people who have taken Caitlyn's course and didn’t get from it what they had hoped for… but Proofread Anywhere is the real deal and it’s highly recommended for anyone who wants to work from home in the proofreading industry.

Whether it's because of health,  young ones at home, or you just want less stress in your life... earning an income from home is what you want. 

Can Proofread Anywhere show you how to get it?

If you haven't already, I recommend attending Caitlyn's free 76-minute Workshop that shows you how to turn your passion for reading into a proofreading business.  

How Does It Work?


It’s probably safe to say, since you’re reading this, you already have a good idea how proofreading works.

One common misconception is that proofreading is similar to editing, but that's not entirely accurate.

It’s true, any errors you find will require editing... but editing typically involves cutting out entire chunks of text, rearranging, and even re-writing entire sections before the project reaches you. 

As a proofreader, you apply the finishing touch…

You'll comb through the nearly-finished document looking for things like spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

It goes without saying that a good proofreader must have a strong eye for details.


Proofread Anywhere Reviews and Complaints


It would be great to say that everyone who has ever purchased Proofread Anywhere loved it and recommends it, but like any program or course, the reviews are mixed.

Positive Reviews


The good news is that the majority of reviews are encouraging, and people have a lot of good things to say about Proofread Anywhere. Most common are...

  • Caitlyn’s course is more than a “nuts and bolts” type course. It’s a marketing course that shows you how to find work, set up your own business, and earn higher rates.
  • When completed the course gives you more confidence in yourself, and your ability to manage a work-at-home career.
  • Caitlyn stays in constant contact with her students though email. 

Proofread Anywhere Complaints


It’s not all good news though… Proofread Anywhere has some complaints…

  • No refunds once you log in. The claim here is that once you log in you’ve gained access to proprietary information. 
  • Errors in the course material… which wouldn’t be an issue for most courses, but… it’s a course on "proofreading" so...
  • Everything you learn can be found online for free (this complaint I take exception to).

It’s true… just about anything you’d like to learn can be found online for free, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make sense of it or put into practice.

When I built my first website years ago, the everything is free online mentality was my way of thinking. I refused to pay a single cent to learn something online.

So… I pieced together information from multiple sources including various blogs, YouTube videos, and free tutorials. It took me a couple weeks of full days, and a lot of frustration to build that website.

A few years later I decided to pay for a how to make money online course that also included training on how to build a website. It was clear and precise, and with all of the information in a step-by-step format… my second website was up and running in less than half an hour.

Today, when it comes to courses, I don’t think twice about paying someone to teach me… and most good courses come with one-on-one help from someone with experience.


Proofread Anywhere Courses


Proofreading is not for everyone, so Caitlyn offers a free workshop, as well as a 7-day free course that will help you decide if it’s for you. The 7-day course includes videos, case studies, printable content and templates.

There are two full courses offered; General Proofreading – Theory and Practice, and Transcript Proofreading – Theory and Practice.

It’s important to know that these are not something you can knock off in a weekend. They are comprehensive, and you can expect to spend 1 – 4 months getting through them (depending on the which one you take).

General Proofreading – Theory and Practice


Module 1: Introduction to General Proofreading

Provides an overview of the skills a successful proofreader needs, who is looking for a proofreader and the differences between editing, copyediting and proofreading.

  • Why Proofread?
  • Skills Needed to Be an Excellent General Proofreader
  • Who Needs a Proofreader?
  • What a General Proofreader Does (and Doesn't) Do
  • Terms Commonly (but incorrectly) used in Proofreading
  • Editing at a Proofreading Rate


Module 2:​ Get into the Proofreading Mindset

Discusses the many types of markets you can specialize in, and teaches industry terminology.

  • Proofreading Niches
  • Proofreader Lingo


Module 3: Proofreading Basics

Goes over the most common errors you must keep an eye out for. This module also includes practice worksheets so you can put your new skills to the test.

  • Types of Errors
  • Capitalization
  • Apostrophes
  • Hyphens
  • Commas and Semicolons
  • Quotation Marks
  • Subject and Verb Agreement
  • Noun and Pronoun Agreement
  • Commonly Misused Words
  • American and British Spelling Variations


Module 4: Proofreading Methods and Practice

There are four different types of proofreading methods taught in this module, with in-depth lessons on how you can use them to your advantage.

  • Proofreading Methods
  • Proofreading Practice


Module 5: Turning Proofreading into a Business

Being a skilled proofreader is not enough. Here you’ll learn how to build your freelance business… which includes things like creating your website and résumé, understanding rates, taxes, how to pitch clients and so on…

  • Creating a Website
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting up Your Business Website
  • Writing Your Résumé
  • Setting Your Rates
  • Taxes and Incorporating Your Proofreading Business
  • Building on Your Proofreading Experience


Module 6: Looking for Jobs

Learn the many ways you can land proofreading clients.

  • Proofreading and Freelance Associations
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Dos and Don'ts
  • Blogging
  • Online Marketplaces
  • Online Profiles
  • Writing a Proposal
  • Avoiding Scammers
  • Don’t Expect Clients to Just Come to You


Module 7: Once You Get the Job

What do you do once you’ve landed a job? In this module you’ll learn how to work with your client’s preferences and develop relationships with editors. You’ll also learn how to bill your clients.

  • Starting Off on the Right Foot
  • Working with Client Preferences
  • A Proofreader’s Relationship with Other Editors on the Project
  • How to Bill Your Clients
  • Your Reputation
  • Asking for Testimonials


Module 8: Getting the Most Out of the Freelancing Life

Learn how to structure your day and build the confidence to succeed.

  • Organizing Your Time to Avoid Burnout
  • A Day in the Life of a Proofreader
  • Gaining Confidence


Module 9: Ignite Plus Exam *(accessible to Ignite Plus students only)

The hand-graded exam evaluates students for aptitude and competence in the practice of general proofreading.

Bonus Module: ​The Money Mindset Transformation

Learn seven Iife-changing concepts in this Money Mindset Transformation workshop and workbook.


Transcript Proofreading – Theory and Practice

SECTION 1: Theory


Learn the theory of transcript proofreading. This section includes the process of transcript production, the complex role of a court reporter, and in-depth training on punctuation specific to transcription.  

Module 1 — Introduction to Transcript Proofreading

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the roles and functions of court reporters, scopists, and proofreaders
  • Acquire a foundational understanding of how the steno language works
  • Understand the skills needed to perform well as a transcript proofreader
  • Learn the process of how a transcript becomes a transcript and the role an agency may play in the finished product

Module 2 — The Nuts and Bolts of Transcripts

  • Anticipate and recognize the vast array of possible errors that can occur in transcripts
  • Become familiar with the vocabulary found in multiple types of proceedings: depositions, EUOs, hearings, trials, interpreted proceedings, and testimony on a variety of topic areas including medical, insurance, product liability, general litigation, among others (includes vocabulary quiz)
  • Become well versed in transcript-specific punctuation as laid out in Morson’s English Guide for Court Reporters, Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, and The Gregg Reference Manual. Includes individual lessons on transcript-relevant capitalization, punctuation usage, and commonly misused or misspelled words and phrases
  • Understand general formatting rules in regard to BY: lines, colloquy, Q&A, marking exhibits, and use of parentheticals 
  • Fully differentiate between uses of American English spelling/punctuation and
  • British English spelling/punctuation within transcripts


SECTION 2: Practice


Students focus on the four most widely used methods of transcript markup. After choosing a method, students perform extensive practice on simulation transcripts at various levels of difficulty.

Modules 3 & 4 — Marking Up Transcripts (Four Methods)

  • Learn four methods to properly correct transcripts: hard copy, errata, on a computer, and digitally (paperless) using iOS technology. Advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed at length
  • Get comfortable using an iPad equipped with the powerful PDF annotation app iAnnotate

Module 5 — Simulation Transcripts (3,109 pages in 50 simulation transcripts)

  • Learn to research proper spelling of people, things, and places within transcripts using a provided notice and other resources, online or otherwise
  • Perform a thorough read on each simulation job according to exhaustive proofreading checklist (provided)
  • Evaluate personal progress and areas in need of improvement
  • Includes punctuation and short transcript quiz (100% score required to continue)

Module 6 — Corresponding Within the Court Reporting Profession

  • Communicate effectively, promptly, and professionally with court reporters and agencies regarding issues such as turnaround time (regular and rush), invoicing, vacation time, etc.
  • Be fully prepared to meet court reporting professionals’ expectations of proofreaders with outstanding customer service
  • Understand the importance of using a customized preference sheet with each reporter, and be able to interpret reporter preferences based on sheet input

Module 7 — Billing and Accounting Procedures, Final Examinations

  • Understand billing procedures for work completed, including setting rates, negotiating, and following up on outstanding balances
  • Be comfortable operating as a freelancer during tax season
  • Be evaluated for aptitude and competence in both the theory and practice of transcript proofreading

Module 8 — Marketing (this module is not accessible until student passes both final examinations with a 90% or higher)

  • Learn authentic, personalized marketing methods to connect with potential clients using social media and traditional techniques
  • Acquire and polish the skill of overdelivery and exceeding expectations as a proofreader
  • Compose a professional résumé to effectively display acquired knowledge and skill
  • Learn how to use social media to build a web presence
  • Know the dos and don’ts of professional marketing tailored to the court reporting industry
  • Includes 25-question marketing concepts quiz

Module 9 — Concluding Lesson

  • Learn to identify oneself as a transcript proofreader in order to build confidence in new skills
  • Understand the components of a successful freelance business.


Proofread Anywhere Plans and Pricing


7 – Day Introductory e-Course - Free


General Proofreading


Ignite - $497

Ignite Plus - $597 (includes hand-graded exam, certificate, listing in self-publishing schools and membership in the Marketing Mastermind Group)


Transcript Proofreading 


$1174 (a 4-level payment plan is offered so you can pay as you go)

Level 1 - Beginner Basecamp ($77) – Access module 1 for 7 days.

Level 2 – Jumpstart ($197) – Adds module 2 for an additional 30 days.

Level 3 – NextSteps ($400) – Adds modules 3 – 5 for an additional 60 days.

Level 4 – Launch and Earn ($500) – Adds modules 6 – 9 with Lifetime access to the entire course.  

What I Like About Proofread Anywhere


  • Learn at your own pace (unless you choose the 4-level payment plan offered for the Transcript Proofreading course which has limited time access until you reach level 4).
  • Goes much further than the mechanics of proofreading and shows you how to set up a business and market yourself.
  • If you’re just getting started, Proofread Anywhere can save you years of frustration and learning by trial error.  
  • As I researched the course I noticed that Caitlyn had responded to several comments in various blog posts. That’s very rare, and good to see that she is active and willing to address people’s concerns.

What I Don’t Like


  • Non-refundable once you log in.
  • I hate to pick on the price because courses like these can save you a ton of time and money in the long run, as well as help you demand higher rates from the start. But, it is a lot money for some people and the price will be a barrier for many who could really benefit from Proofread Anywere.
  • Unless you create your own course and sell it, proofreading does not have any passive income potential. There are only so many hours in a day, and although there are huge time and cost benefits to working from home… your earning potential is limited.


Final Thoughts


If proofreading is the type of work-at-home career that interests you, then I highly recommend Caitlyn’s course.

Having said that… for some, it’ll be a significant investment and it might take some time before you start making money. For your investment to pay off you must be committed to the entire process and be certain that this is what you want.

For more details and to sign-up for the free workshop you can ​check out Proofread Anywhere HERE 

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  1. Hello, I am trying to help a friend determine if this class is for real. As I read your review I was thinking that it was from an objective third party. By the time I got to the comments and responses it seems like you work for Caitlyn.

    So please clarify that for me then.

    1. Hi George, great question. I don’t work for Caitlyn or for Proofread Anywhere. I am an affiliate though (which you can learn more about from my affiliate disclaimer here) and have reached out them on my readers behalf to help if necessary. Proofread Anywhere is one of the few courses I recommend and therefore feel it’s important to provide assistance if needed.

  2. Hello, I just came across your website today. Seeing that you have a lot of new questions from the past few months, I thought I would try my luck to get a few answers before I consider enrolling in the PA “Transcript Proofreader” course.

    From reading the feedback on this course from other websites, I see that it takes about 2 to 4 months to complete the PA “Transcript Proofreader” course on the average (for most people). I was very impressed with some of the people that completed the course in 2 months, so I was wondering, how much time per day or week does one need to work on the course, in order to complete it in 2 months?

    Lastly, I don’t know if you have an answer, but I thought I would ask it anyway, since I'm here. Seeing that there is a worldwide pandemic with COVID-19 and so many courthouses in our nation (U.S.A.) working reduced hours and court cases being very backlogged in the courthouses (nowadays), I was wondering are Court Reporters currently receiving enough work to need a Transcript Proofreader currently . . . where a Transcript Proofreader can “still” earn a good income during these COVID-19 times?

  3. Rephrasing my questions that evidently weren't acceptable to the moderator. No need to name names or give away any secrets here, but what kind of companies or individuals use your services as a general proofreader? Do you find there is a lot of competition for the work? I'm genuinely not trying to get any privileged information here. I'm just trying to make sure I wouldn't spend more time looking for work than actually doing it. Thank you!

    1. Hi Joanne, my apologies. Your wording was fine. I was updating and moving this site over the last week or so and during that process, the updated version gets built separately before it replaces the old version and traffic gets redirected temporarily to what is essentially a copy of the original. I did notice your comment in the old database along with some others and it’s on my checklist of items to have those migrated over. But again, my apologies.

      It’s a great question and I’m also interested in what insights others have to share. As a content creator, I do my own proofreading (and I’m absolutely terrible at it, or at least rushed, just hitting the publish button and moving onto the next thing. I should probably hire someone, lol). So as far as competition for work, I don’t have helpful insight there I’m afraid. As far as the kind of companies and individuals who use proofreading services, any company that produces content. It can be both individual and corporate blog owners, course creators and companies who produce training materials such as safety training for example, government services, individual professionals and small businesses who routinely send out letters and documentation to clients and so on. I think you’ll find most of your work in the online space however, but again, I’m interested to hear if others have some feedback here as well.

      Thanks for reaching out Joanne and again, my apologies for your original comment not being published.

  4. I just watched the intro to her general proofreading course and signed up for the Ignite Plus option. I am so excited to get started! When it had me create a login, it took me to the proofread anywhere page and there is nothing there (photo attached). I was under the impression I could start immediately. I paid with Paypal and received the confirmation payment email from them, but no email from Caitlin or her company at this point. Feeling nervous my money just got taken-especially after the no refund info (although I haven’t seen any proprietary info because there is nothing in my login screen!) I’ve reached out to her through email and all her social media platforms, but no response as of yet. ??‍♀️

    1. Hi Karli, I’m going to forward your message to them and see what they say. It sounds like it might be an issue with their email system. I’ll let you know if I get a response.

      Jay

        1. No problem, the person I keep in contact with there doesn’t deal with customer issues directly but she has always been responsive with me and she can forward it to the right person. I emailed her and shared your information (and comment). I’m not certain she’ll get back to me right away since it is Saturday evening but again, but I’ve always found them very helpful. Please keep in touch and I’ll follow up when I hear something 🙂

        2. Hi Karli, I did get a response and Brittany should be reaching out to you shortly. It looks like it may be a technical issue. They did receive your payment, it just wasn’t showing up in the members area yet. Let me know how it goes if you get a moment 🙂

          Jay

    2. I don’t know if this will help anyone, but I asked for a refund because I had not logged in nor did I post anything or open an account. Caitlin, said, “No refunds for any reason.” So, for people who are not sure if they want the course, don’t pay until you are sure.

      1. Yes, I mentioned this in the review. I don’t necessarily agree with this policy but I do understand it. This is a challenge for all course creators, and even post secondary schools for that matter (which also don’t offer refunds. At least not that I’m aware of). Once you have the information in hand and copy it down, it would be easy to ask for a refund and do the course on your own. Again, I don’t necessarily agree with the no refund policy and there are a lot of course creators who offer them anyway, but I can see both sides.

        Thanks for sharing your insight.

  5. FWIW:

    Based on the number of links in this *unbiased* review of Caitlin Pyle’s Proofread Anywhere online course, as well as the affiliate disclosure link at the bottom of this page, it’s obvious the admin of this site is a paid affiliate of the Proofread Anywhere course. In other words, the admin of this site makes money by promoting Caitlin Pyle’s Proofread Anywhere online course – not exactly what most of us consider an unbiased review process.

    The admin also reviews all comments before they’re posted so that negative comments can be eliminated – again, not exactly an unbiased review process.

    1. Hi Sheryl, thanks for reading and sharing your opinion. Yes, I do earn money from my website and nowhere do I try to be secretive about it. In fact, I hope it’s obvious.

      I recommend many different courses and I don’t base my “unbaised” review from one person’s opinion. I also have a couple hundred products and/or courses I’ve written about that I don’t recommend and don’t provide an affiliate link. But running a site like this that I hope is helpful for others isn’t free so I’m more than happy to accept your donations and remove those affiliate links if you feel that strongly about Caitlin’s course.

      Alternatively you can create your own site and write a review of Proofread Anywhere to help others learn more about it… although, for some reason I’m guessing it would not be “unbiased”. From your other comments here it sounds like you’ve got something against Caitlin and the fact she earns money from her course but I’m not sure why, nor have you explained exactly what she has done to offend you. It may be something completely legit and I respect that and you’re more than welcome to share that here.

      If I had a flood of negative feedback about Proofread Anywhere I would absolutely reassess my review, but I don’t think one or two negative opinions should stop someone who might benefit from Caitlin’s course from even checking it out. If you have concrete reasons that people must avoid Proofread Anywhere I’d be happy to have them published here in the comments section so people can make an educated and yes… unbaised decision. I don’t expect people to only take my opinion but I also hope they don’t judge something negatively based on one bad review either.

      A bad review might give them pause and proceed with more caution than they would otherwise, but I’ve seen a lot of people who have bought courses, skip part of it, not complete it, or ignore certain instructions and then go out and say it’s not good and doesn’t work. Just because it doesn’t work for one person who isn’t committed or looks for shortcuts doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone who puts in the required effort and then some.

      Thanks again for your opinion, and I have no problem publishing it… but yes, I do review comments here because most are from people promoting their own scams and telling people they can make tens of thousands of dollars a day with fake debit cards or some other scheme. Your opinion is valuable, spam like that is not, so thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      Kindest Regards,
      Jay

  6. Wow! I found this review incredibly helpful and I’m glad I took the time to read it. It was good to know the entire cost of the transcription course, which I had difficulty finding on Caitlin’s site. It’s definitely helped me to make up my mind about taking a course in proofing.

  7. I just want to say THANK YOU for revealing that others have found fault with the course material! I am not finished with the general course yet. However, it is very discouraging to find so many errors in the practice worksheets/keys. We are supposed to basically adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style guide and I have found instances where the answer keys do not comply with CMOS rules.

    I knew going in that you are supposed to use the Facebook group as a resource. Given the security issues FB has had, I am not eager to set up a profile with them. (I’m one of the very few people that are not on FB.) Anyway, that’s the only way you are going to get answers to the things that you get wrong or have confusion about.

    I have found the answer keys to be rather inconsistent. It seems obvious to me that various people developed the answer keys. Many of the essays are written so horribly, it is a major struggle just to get through them. So many fragments are deemed complete sentences that it just boggles my mind. I doubt I will ever grasp her thought process regarding comma usage.

    I’m hoping I will take more away from the business-building segment. It’s not that I’m not learning anything. I am – especially regarding the many nuances of our language. However, I think Caitlyn needs a proofreader herself. Maybe I should’ve just purchased a CMOS and studied that from cover to cover…

  8. The only issue I take exception to as a graduate of the transcript proofreading course is, if you also want to get into general proofreading and buy her second course, a lot of the material is the same, i.e. how to set up a website, the marketing materials, the grammar and punctuation lessons are similar (and very slimmed down, in my opinion), the bonuses, especially (4 out of 5 of them are the same). She does not currently offer a discount to graduates of one course to the other so she is essentially charging again for a lot of the same material. And she does market the general proofreading course to graduates of the transcript proofreading course if you are on her email list; so it is a bit deceiving. The general proofreading course is terribly overpriced for someone who has already gone through her transcript proofreading course, for sure. There should be a discount for this purpose; otherwise, $497 is a lot to swallow for a lot of the same material. Just food for thought.

    1. Hi Caryn, thank you for your feedback. That’s really valuable information. It sounds like you are happy with the course material, just not that it’s repeated in both courses and marketed to graduates, which is a fair critique. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Jay

      1. Sue,

        While I can’t say if recent, publicized events in Caitlin’s personal life have interfered with students taking the courses, I can say that, in my opinion anyway, Caitlin’s recent, unprofessional behavior has severely tarnished her reputation as a businesswoman. It goes to follow that her online courses will lose credibility and graduates of those courses will find their credentials hold less value and may even be a deterrent to potential clients.

    2. This is an interesting point and speaks volumes about the creator of the course and her agenda, which is to make money to support the lavish lifestyle she has created for herself through some excellent marketing of her misleading claims of money-making opportunities in the proofreading biz. Offering discounts would mean less money in her own pocket..

    3. That was my feeling as well, no graduate discount for a next course? Seems greedy.

      I’m considering taking the basic one because I have a feeling I’m only going to spring for one and not getting a foundation seems not so bright before specializing. So still pondering.

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