Proofread Anywhere Reviews – Legit or Scam?
from 76 reviews Review It 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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Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints

Average Rating for " Proofread Anywhere Reviews " is 3.53 out of 5 based on 76 reviews.
  • Complete scam
  • What a complete waste of time and money. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. The course itself is lackluster and rife with errors. The private Facebook group is mainly watching a complete narcissist melt down regularly and abuse her paying students for their dissatisfaction with the lack of professionalism and content of the course. Bring your popcorn. Art of Proofreading is a MUCH better course on all levels.
  • I bought this course within the last month or so and have just started getting into the actual lessons on proofreading. The extremely long first module was question after question about your mindset, attitude, how you think others see you, basically like a psychological self-assessment, which I found really strange. The question "how do you want people to remember you?" stood out- what the heck does that have to do with proofreading?!?!

    After spending a whopping $500 on the course (which was no easy decision for a very low-income person), I was dismayed to find out that I am expected to buy a $40 or more book (the Chicago Manual of Style) to be able to follow the course (though you can get your first month of online access to it for free), and also another proofreading book which you can buy on Amazon.

    In browsing through the FB group posts, apparently we are also expected to create our own website (more money you have to put in) toward the end of the course, which was not mentioned before signing up.

    In the Facebook group you're supposed to be able to get answers to all your questions as you go through the course...which it does provide. However, I have stopped asking questions there unless absolutely necessary because the main moderator is very condescending no matter what you ask, even if it's the first question you've ever posted!!

    A video was posted the other day by Caitlin herself talking about how some people have been "complete f*cking assholes" to her and various things about her life and the dramas from within her business. She compared herself to Jesus on the cross...literally. It seemed very odd and unprofessional to post that kind of of video to a place where people are just trying to take this course to find and create some new work to get by, and want to feel like they bought the course from someone who is dependable and has their stuff together.

    I'm very frustrated and considering abandoning this very expensive project. And I'm mad at myself for deciding to try a course with a 100% no-refund policy. There's no way this company will be getting any more money from me, and I don't recommend them unless you can risk losing $500 bucks without it being a big deal.
  • I love this course! It has helped me so much! I took the vocabulary quiz and got through it just fine! Plus, Caitlyn sends links about differant people who struggled with differant things and succeded.
  • Rhonda,

    I got the Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
  • So far, not so great. I struggled with the decision to buy this course for several months. I finally made my purchase in February 2020. I purchased Ignite Plus for $500. I started the course thinking everything was okay. They encourage you to join their Facebook group for support. I did. Everyone was posting about the vocabulary quiz. I couldn't find the vocabulary quiz in my package. I find out through Facebook that I was sent the link to the old course. When this happened I was less than two weeks into the course. I was outraged. I was so furious. How could this happen? When you purchase something, you at least expect it to be up to date. Someone on the Facebook group gave me link to customer support. Customer support boasts a 24 hour turn around time. They apologized, and said they sent the correct link to my email. It wasn't there. I was furious all over again. I contacted support again and again. Nothing. Finally, I had enough. I sent support a final email stating how I was only asking for what I had paid for. I wasn't asking for anything extra or free. I wasn't even asking for my money back, yet. I told them I felt cheated and thought they were trying to scam me. I told them they were a fraud. I still did not hear from them until I took the story to the Facebook group. There were a few people that agreed with me. Some actually had almost identical experiences. Then there are the ones I refer to as Caitlin's Cult. They asked me just who I thought I was. They told me I am not the only person contacting customer support, and I should learn patience. I reminded them of the 24 hour turn around time. This was a matter of perception. My perception was that I was scammed. Do you know customer support was quick to update my course after that? Well, surprise. They finally made the time to give this customer some support. It only took me going to their Facebook group and airing my frustrations.

    The course itself, I feel, is a little light when it comes to the teaching. I'm in my late 40's. I was always good in English, but I have forgotten a lot. The course doesn't go into much depth as far as going over grammar. I ended up going to Amazon and picking up a few books and CMOS. I have had to use these to reteach myself the grammar I have forgotten. I felt the course could have gone into a little more detail as far as grammar goes. If you want to go into proofreading, you will have to reteach yourself whatever grammar you have forgotten. This course barely scratches the surface.

    I haven't finished the course yet. I was actually looking for a more comprehensive program when I stumbled on this website and decided to throw my two cents into the jar.
    • Does anyone have any current input on the transcript course? I have looked through all these reviews and it seems as if, generally speaking, the complaints were mostly in connection with the regular course. I am having trouble finding current reviews (have looked a lot) and am concerned that some of the broader issues raised in connection with both courses - delays in exam grading, difficulty in accessing materials - are still problematic.

      I guess my feeling is that if the transcript course materials are good enough I would be interested in signing up even without a lot of service/responsiveness from PA staff as long as I could get access to the materials and progress through the levels without it. Hope that makes sense, and thanks in advance for any insight.
  • After listening to her free webinar, I couldn't commit. I found myself rolling my eyes as she spewed her sales pitch like an INFOMERCIAL. So exhausting. Not to mention, I'm not really sure why she felt it was necessary to include her meltdown with her former employer into her pitch. Red flags to look out for:

    -adds free stuff to make it seem like you're getting a deal.

    -says she's not going to hard sell, but does it anyway.

    -the proofreading examples she provided in the beginning reveal

    the lack of effort put into the development of the course.

    -the numerous times she relied on financial freedom by taking this

    course as opposed to pursuing a college degree
  • Some of you need to learn to give constructive reviews rather than call Caitlin names. How do you REALLY get into proofreading if you don't take this course or a similar one? At least offer better feedback!
  • I appreciate these reviews. They saved me $400! Thank you.
  • Well for starters I looked at the program for months and scared to pull the plug. One, because I am not a word nerd as Caitlyn says. Two, the money. I have been really looking for a more flexible schedule and something that allows me to be at home. I kept reading this is for beginners... so I bought it. It took me about 5 minutes to realize that this is not for beginners. She just barely reviews grammar. I needed an actual program that teaches, I am 47 so it has been a long time for me. So there is no way that could take her test going by what is a in her program. I have been going to other websites and programs trying to actually learn all the rules of grammar. After paying $400 I am definitely not happy about this. So immediately looked at the return policy and of course it says no returns. I think this program is fine for people who are actually good at the grammar rules but if you are a beginner do not buy this.
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