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ProofreadAnywhere.com is the online home of the Proofread Anywhere, a website created by Caitlin Pyle, a professional proofreader who has been helping others work in proofreading since 2007.

Proofread Anywhere is also now the online home of Caitlin Pyle’s training course, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™, which is intended to help people with all the training they need to become a professional proofreader.

Though Caitlin says that becoming a proofreader won’t make anyone rich, she says it is an excellent way to earn side income or to even earn a full time income if you are willing to work hard enough.

Understanding the Course

Caitlin Pyle says that before she created her training course, there really wasn’t any real, fully comprehensive proofreading course available online. She wanted to change this, and create a course that didn’t just check the boxes on the skills that proofreaders needed, but that truly prepared people for what it is like to work in the proofreading industry.

To do this, her team reached out to actual court reporters to find out what makes a great proofreader? This feedback was used to create this course from top-to-bottom, resulting in a “thorough, well-planned, rigorous training program for transcript proofreaders.”

Their course covers all important topics, from “formatting and preferences to punctuation and parentheticals” so that their graduates are absolutely as prepared for the reality of working in proofreading as they can be.

How It Works

Proofread Anywhere says that they actually don’t believe that professional proofreading is cut out for everyone, so before you sign up for their paid course they ask all their students to take their seven day free course.

This free course provides prospective students with a new short lesson each day so they can see whether or not proofreading is something they enjoy and can do. If you decide to move forward with their course, you will then sign up for their 30 Day Jumpstart for $197.

Again, the website says they don’t even offer the option for their students to sign up for the entire course at one time, because if anything changes or you decide that this area of business just isn’t for you, Proofread Anywhere doesn’t want you to feel as though you are forced to continue or lose a huge investment.

If you continue past the 30 Day Jumpstart you will move to their 60 Day NextSteps course, which is priced at $400, and once that is successfully completed, you can move on to The Rest of the Course at $300, for a total of $897 for the entire course.

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Average Rating for " Proofread Anywhere Reviews " is 4.35 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.
  • thank you for your honesty. i signed up for an expensive course with jewelry professionals. after being bored by people with no business background, no education and actually pretty silly people, i was so angry. i just wasted $1,200.

    so i believe you. but i need to know where i can get structured training on building the business and best practices.
    • Please keep looking. Check into SkillShare.com. There are courses and other things on this site which might be what you are looking for. Also keep hunting on the internet. Don't give up. There are a lot of charlatans out there, so be cautious. But don't give up, because something is out there.
  • I have completed Proofread Anywhere’s general proofreading and transcript proofreading courses. I have a very successful proofreading business and love what I do. However, I cannot recommend Proofread Anywhere. It is not my intent to bash the company, rather to give my honest experience as someone now working in the profession so others would consider doing a little more research before making an investment in the courses. I have friends who have asked me about the course and it seemed the right time to post my review. Even though I successfully completed both courses, I expected a much higher quality.

    I am probably more critical than most that have completed the courses. I am the parent of a seasoned court reporter, so I have some added perspective.

    It is very telling when all positive reviews pop up within a couple of days. Notice on this site the majority of the reviews were submitted July 24 – 27, and miraculously all were wonderful. Obviously the troops were rallied to push up the negative rating. If you Google “Proofread Anywhere reviews,” the results are basically websites and blogs that all have very similar content. Caitlin Pyle is the creator of Proofread Anywhere and it’s apparent her skills lie in digital and affiliate marketing. She floods the web with her “success” stories and affiliate marketers’ “reviews” so that a high number of glowing reviews pop up if you Google the company. I’m not criticizing her for that – she is a skilled marketer.

    I’ve had friends and colleagues ask me where I learned the ropes of proofreading. I tell them I took Proofread Anywhere’s courses, but in good conscious I also tell them I cannot recommend or promote the company. A truly successful and transparent company would post the stats on how many people complete the course. My guess is it is not very high. Again, Caitlin’s forte is marketing, and she excels at promoting the courses in a variety of mediums and drawing people in. But again, how many people that pay for the course actually complete it and go on to working in the field, even on a small scale?

    The general proofreading course appears to have been thrown together by someone with no educational or business background. Basically, you are paying $500 to be part of a private Facebook group, which is your only source for asking questions of rules or concepts that are unclear. The company does recommend reference books so if you do send an email with any questions to their “support” team, as I did, the response is: figure it out yourself and don’t rely on us. I am not exaggerating at all – it was stated just that bluntly with no attempt at being encouraging or supportive. I’ve talked to others who had the same experience. Hopefully that approach has improved since I was taking the courses. The people in the Facebook group are truly awesome and that is why I stay connected to the group. But it is the blind leading the blind. If you post a question about a specific punctuation rule, for example, you get several different opinions, but which one, if any, is correct? There is NO input from the Proofread Anywhere staff on questions, even those that come up over and over.

    A serious issue that comes up repeatedly in the general course is the numerous errors and inconsistencies on the worksheets and essays. Not questionable punctuation or grammar errors – I’m talking about obvious missing words, missing periods or question marks, misspellings noted as correct, and corrections that are directly in conflict with the resource books recommended. Many in the Facebook group have asked why the staff doesn’t correct the known errors. It appears no one cares – “just figure it out yourself.” I know firsthand that more than one student was told in early 2018 that the worksheets and essays were under review. Nothing has changed and people continue to pay for the course not knowing that the quality and relevance of the content is lacking. Ironic that it’s a proofreading course.

    Don’t even get me started on the essays. Five of the fifteen essays are based on fairy tales and are so convoluted and full of errors that it just became a poor use of my time. I decided to use the “answer keys” to make the corrections so I could submit those as completed in order to finish the course.

    This doesn’t bother everyone, but the emails and posts from Caitlin are unprofessional, using words and phrases that certainly don’t have a sense of sophistication, such as gonna, doin’, ‘em, yo. Her response to any negative feedback is to say “those people” are lazy, losers, people she wouldn’t want to take her courses. I am appalled at such a patronizing attitude.

    The transcript course is not as unprofessional as the general course; however, it could be improved in so many ways in order to be considered a feather in your cap if you reference it on your proofreading website. To some potential clients it may be a deterrent, so you take your chances if you choose to note it in your professional qualifications.

    In summary, I have a lot of respect for Caitlin Pyle for her adept marketing skills. I do believe there is a space for an online proofreading course, but I can’t recommend this one as it is today.
    • Thank you so much for your review of Proofreadanywhere by Caitlin Pyle. I ordered the course less than 24 hours ago after doing some research into its integrity, but somehow I missed your review, and some others. I attempted to begin the course and found myself in a maze and mire of downloads, affiliate sites, and other unrelated advertisements. I could not find out how to start the course. As I continued to explore the mazes, etc., I realized that there was little organization to the course, and at that point I knew it was not a good investment of my money. I stopped payment on it with my very excellent bank, and so I will not lose nearly $500 for such an inferior product. Yes, you are right: Caitlin Pyle is a master marketer. But her form of delivery of services is not what I can use. I have done proofreading, transcription and editing for most of my life and I am trying to learn the newer, online forms of this profession. I will keep looking for reentry into this profession (having been out of it for several years), and I have no doubt that I will find a reasonable and professional way to pursue what I love to do, but not from Proofreadanywhere. Thank you again for your review of this disappointing course.
    • Thanks for this report. I'm one of those proofreaders who has been proofreading for several years and decided that I should take the General Course.

      After a couple of weeks, and emails sent to Caitlin and her minions, I decided to move on, putting the money paid down to experience.

      I found the constant responses to my emails pointing out errors, to be patronising if they gained a response. ’We’re working on it’ and ’Were making changes’ useless.

      I certainly wouldn't recommend this course to others.

      I have recommended
    • To concerned,

      I wrote my review in the July time frame becuase I didn't know about this website and my rating and review is genuine. I don't regret one penny or day spent on Caitlin's transcript proofreading course. A lot of us did so because we simply want to promote something we believe in. It worked for me; it won't work for all. For anyone interested in learning this who wishes to NOT take Cailtin's course, maybe you can find yourself a stenographer locally to take you under their wing.
    • Thank You, Rosanne! I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life! I want a career change, but not this way! I guess to an accredited school, here I come!
    • Thank you for such an honest review. Ms. Pyle is quite adept at scrubbing anything negative about her anywhere and everywhere.
    • Thanks so much for this honest appraisal.
    • I also have not been impressed by the quality of the program. They could spend some time and effort updating it, but it makes money so why bother? Rosanne, could you reach out to me? I'd love access to all the materials I paid for, but they won't let me access. [email protected]
  • In regards to her Transcript Proofreading course, this was from one of her make-money emails, I mean, promotional emails, "I hadn't planned on offering ANY kind of discount, EVER, for my programs, but I decided to make an exception"

    So, Caitlin Pyle, whether "We never discount Jumpstart" was meant as "We never will" or "We never have", that would be a lie.
  • Proofread Anywhere provides vigorous, thorough preparation for anyone interested in learning the art of transcript proofreading. I graduated from the course in June 2016 and started my work-at-home proofreading life in September 2016. It feels fantastic to finally earn money doing what I love! Proofread Anywhere truly changed my life. I highly recommend it!
    • The majority of reviews are posted around July 24 - July 27 (as noted by Rosanne's brutally honest review). Were you aware of this? What prompted you to post your review?
  • I was in a rut. A dead-end job. Barely keeping our heads above water from paycheck to paycheck. I came across Caitlin Pyle's course Transcript Proofreading. I did some research, discussed it with my husband and others I trust, and then took the dive. Best money I have ever spent. I graduated after taking two years to complete it. Along the way Caitlin and her team were continually supportive, frequently providing additional learning opportunities for no extra cost, and doing what they could to help me to succeed. Was it easy? No! Did I cry? Yes! Was I thrilled when I finally finished? Over the moon! And it didn't end there. She gives every possible bit of instruction to help you succeed. I've been working for a company that gives me rave reviews, and it wouldn't have been possible without this course and Caitlin Pyle. Anyone who thinks Caitlin Pyle and her proofreading programs are scams need to do some serious research. This is a legit program that provides valuable, marketable skills. Skills that are usable in absolutely every area of your life. If that's what your looking for this is for you. If you want something that takes no work, little investment of time or money or brains, then look elsewhere.
    • If that's what "you're" looking for.....
    • The majority of positive reviews are posted around July 24 - July 27 (as noted by Rosanne's brutally honest review). Were you aware of this? What prompted you to post your review? A novice reputation management service could easily set up something like this. You would only need one email and just change the name (since email addresses aren't published).
    • "If that's what YOUR looking for..." !!!!
  • Excellent course! Learned so much. I am successful and making money proofreading transcripts for court reporters throughout North America. Not a scam at all!
    • Had your positive review not been posted around July 24-28, then it might be more believable. The majority of reviews are posted around July 24 - July 27 (as noted by Rosanne's brutally honest review).
  • For anyone who wants to make a quick buck without doing any work or investing any time into the course, then yes, this course will be a waste for you, as will any other business venture you may try. However, if you are willing to put in the work that is required to be successful in ANYTHING, then you are already half way there with making Proofread Anywhere a good fit for you.

    I graduated from the General Proofreading course back in November 2017. By January of this year I had a website up and officially started my business. Within 2 months, I had recouped the cost of the course, and since then I have made a steady, modest monthly income. There has been a learning curve with learning how to market myself or find the clients that are a good fit for me, but I am slowly working that out too. It is said that most business owners will not make a profit til after 2 years into owning their business so when you consider a field with minimal start-up costs (including the course, which teaches you how to do to run your business too!), already making a profit after 6 months is something to be very excited about! Have I put in 40 hours of work a week to do everything possible to make my business successful? Not yet but imagine if I did! You will get out of it what you put into it. If you're willing to work hard, you can make this course worth it :)
    • I gave examples of how the reviews could easily been created and may be inauthentic. Admins removed them, probably to make people think that their review system isn't flawed. Choose ANY name, choose ANY address, and there you go! You have created a review! This is another one of those reviews that was left during some sort of "campaign" during July 24 - 27. It's sad to see somebody go to great lengths for reputation management. It seems very unethical to me.
  • The transcript proofreading course is the real deal. It took me around four months to finish, and I found it to be a thorough and challenging curriculum. The work I am now doing for court reporters is actually easier than the practice transcripts in the course! Thanks to Caitlin, I now have a legitimate work-from-home job that I can do from anywhere. Wonderful!
  • Proofread Anywhere has been a godsend for my family! I was looking for something I could do from home to earn extra money but everything I saw seemed to be a scam. Then I came across a Pinterest post that mentioned Proofread Anywhere as one of several legitimate work-from-home opportunities. After thinking about it for about a month, I decided to take the free 7-day course and the rest is history. Not once have I regretted taking this course. I was able to recoup the course costs and the cost of reference books within six months. There is definitely money to be made IF you're willing to put in the time and effort to really learn the material. If you try to go through the course and expect to succeed by putting in minimal effort, you will be sorely disappointed. You have to work hard during the course to learn and then you have to work hard after you graduate to find clients and then impress them with your skills. You have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and do hard things if you want to succeed at this. That's not to say it's impossible or overly difficult but this is definitely not for everyone. If you love words and you love reading and have an eye for punctuation, then you will enjoy this line of work.

    Overall, I've had a great experience with PA. I honed skills I already had, I have learned a ton about court reporting and I'm still learning! But most of all, I got something from PA that was completely unexpected. I gained confidence in myself and I've learned that maybe I won't have to work my entire adult life at a retail store! I also gained proofreading colleagues through the Facebook groups that are absolutely wonderful! I've connected with wonderful clients who are a pleasure to work with. And I've created an extra income for my family, which is what I was looking for to begin with.
    • Hey Kristen,

      I am just really torn on whether to do the General Proofreading course or the Transcript Reporting one? I do not really have experience as an actual proofreader; however, I do consider myself to be a "word nerd" in that I love to read and can usually spot errors a mile away. My degree is actually in Journalism, although I know my writing days were a long time ago so I am sure I am a bit rusty. I think I want to specialize in the court reporting field because I think I would enjoy it and there would be more work opportunities, but I can also see the benefits of starting with the general course too. I just do not have a lot of extra money to throw around, so I want to make the most of my dollar-any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you :)
    • Fake or not? The majority of these positive reviews were posted between July 24-27. I probably wouldn't trust any reviews from that timeframe. You can make your own conclusions and decisions. Look at my other posts in which I demonstrate how easy it is to artificially inflate/create reviews.
  • The General Proofreading: Theory and Practice course is definitely not a waste of time. If you go into the course with substandard knowledge of grammar, you'll quickly find out the hard way. The course does require that you use external resources from time to time, but it leaves you with a greatly improved set of skills if you put in the necessary time and effort.
    • This seems like a possibly more slightly authentic review, but it would look fishy if ALL the reviews posted between July 24-27 were 5-star reviews. The majority of reviews are posted around July 24 - July 27 (as noted by Rosanne's brutally honest review). Were you aware of this? What prompted you to post your review?
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