Proofread Anywhere Reviews – Legit or Scam?
from 73 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 3.62 out of 5 based on 73 reviews.
  • I am a graduate of Proofread Anywhere and am currently working as a proofreader. I have worked as a secretary for 20+ years, have a college degree, and have always had strong English and grammar skills. I still learned things from Caitlin’s course, some specifically geared toward transcripts. As with anything, you get out what you put in. Caitlin’s course totally prepares you to enter the job market, but she’s not going to do the work for you. You have to put yourself out there, make connections and provide excellent service. The additional benefit of belonging to a support group is invaluable. Questions are posted and answers/opinions given on a variety of issues that come up when you are dealing with real people using spoken words, which are rarely textbook grammar and sometimes are just plain weird. Caitlin is brutally honest when she addresses issues with her graduates and fiercely defends us and her programs. I would expect no less of someone who has created what she has. Her program has provided me with the opportunity to earn money for my family’s needs without leaving my home and on my own schedule. For that, I will be eternally grateful.
  • I took the General Proofreading course and learned so much! I was an English major and felt somewhat confident in my grasp of the grammar rules. However, this course was challenging, and I learned how much I didn't know. The support from the online community is wonderful. I'm now slowly building my proofreading business.
  • I took the Proofread Anywhere course nearly three years ago now, and I am still enjoying the benefits! I have a young daughter and this has allowed me to earn an income from home while enjoying her toddler and preschool years.

    You definitely have to put the work into learning transcript proofreading and how to build a business. This course addresses both of those. Work will not fall in your lap. You have to market yourself and then do a spectacular job with each client.

    I am now two and a half years into owning my own business and working from home (or the library, or my car, lol). I don't plan to ever go back to working outside the home. This course has changed my life!
  • I took the general proofreading course and was disappointed. The course gives some very minor examples in some common trouble areas and tells you to use the Chicago Manual of Style to look up things for yourself. There are practice essays, but the answer keys are not always consistent with the style guide or with other essays, and there's no discussion about why changes were made or not made. The marketing advice is minor and not worthwhile to pay for. However, I believe the transcript proofreading side is much more robust. If you want to do general proofreading, look to the Ediditorial Freelancers Association courses instead or find some grammar books and brush up.
  • I remember reading on her website that she will never offer a discount on her Transcript Proofreading course, the idea being that you shouldn't wait for a sale to buy the course. So I purchase the Jumpstart course and two weeks later she's offering a huge discount on the same course. I never continued the program because she had lost my trust. Her website is so commercialized now that it's a turn off. Caitlyn, if you're reading this, I would be willing to give the course another try if you offer me the discount that you said you wouldn't ever offer but then did anyways.
    • She has offered discounts on her Jumpstart course. I don't know why she is lying about it.
    • I am reading this :) We never discount Jumpstart. Our July 4th sale offered a $100 discount on our General Proofreading course, not the Transcript Proofreading course.

      I'm a word woman; I'm a woman of my word.
  • I've been looking at both this course and another one called The Art of Proofreading, by Phon something. Has anyone looked at or been through her course? I figure they're both about the same, although I have no idea how much the "Art" course costs.
  • I’ve been around a long time and usually do due diligence before forking over $500 for anything. This time, I got caught up in Pyle’s exuberance and handed her my cash. It didn’t take long to realize I’d been had. The course and keys are rife with errors, which if you’re pushing proofreading, you’d think someone might have tried it on the product.

    There’s very little real information that you couldn’t find anywhere on the web. I appreciate paying someone to compile the links and references but there’s not much else to crow about. If I could have gotten a refund, even a partial one, I’d have taken it.

    I signed up in the excitement and chaos of Pyle’s Work At Home Summit and my fear is giving anyone else my dollars would just be more of the same. These people obviously make their money by hoping the uninformed will fork over their money and be satisfied with little in return.
    • Ha! Cailin's "exuberance" is what turned me off. She's all hype, pumping people up to give her money. Her free Ultimate Freelance Guide is full of promotions of other freelance bloggers and business people, who are obviously paying her to promote them. The whole thing is so phony and overdone. Yuck.
    • I understand what you mean about the Work-At-Home Summit AND the Proofread Anywhere course being reviewed on this page. The former ropes you in for the latter and they are both Caitlin Pyles courses.
    • Can you be more specific? Are you talking about Work-At-Home School or my proofreading courses? This is a page about the latter.
  • I'm wondering about this also. I was interested in Transcribe Anywhere, then this Proofread Anywhere pops up, and I find I'm getting emails from Caitlin Pyle (18 in 4 days), then 2 sent out under someone else's name the next day, hyping me that I have to get in on this FREE class. After getting the hyped fake emails from the site I am actually interested in, I do some checking, and I find out that Caitlin has a massive network of other bloggers and they all endorse each other, plus hype each other's classes, and pay each other big fees if they make a sale from an ad posted on an affiliate site. Now, I can understand advertising, but when someone starts taking over your inbox with hype, and you can't find anything but a circle of bloggers recommending each other, I find it strongly suspcious. I'm still interested in Transcribe Anywhere, but Caitlin Pyle is completely unprofessional and a spammer, as far as I can tell.
    • Yes, Caitlin is not professional. But she is a master marketer. She may offer things that some people can use. Look to other sites for professionalism if that is what you want.
    • Came back to add a rating (1 star). If she were a legitimate proofreader, why are there massive grammatical and spelling errors in the spam she sends in email? Why does she use unprofessional language like 'suck' on her website?
  • The website is a clever trap. Beware! I went to the website and was drawn in by the message at the top saying there was a seminar today with a vibrating button inviting me to register. I registered and was told the seminar was coming up shortly. I waited and watched and listened to the seminar (which seemed to be live) and it was enticing. At the end, I was given an hour to save $100. I took the bait and shelled out $497. Once the website had my money, it prompted me to log in. Early the next morning, less than 24 hours later, I had serious second thoughts (I have developing cataracts and don't know when I'll have the surgery or how well I will see after the surgery,) and wrote to Caitlin requesting to undo the transaction. She wrote back saying "Sorry, you have already logged into the website and seen sensitive, proprietary information, therefore you cannot undo the transaction or get your money back. There is no trial period, and no refunds are permitted under any circumstances." How very kind!!! No wonder she is a millionaire and was lauded in Forbes Magazine. I had paid on a Visa card from my credit union, so I contacted them and, after a couple of weeks, got my money back.

    This website may be very worthwhile, but make sure you know about getting your money back if you have buyer's remorse after you give her any money.
    • Go to your bank and explain the nature of the bad business, that you didn't get what you wanted and you want to dispute the claim. Many banks will do this for you and you may get back your ill-spent money. Call you bank as soon as possible.
  • Judging from Boll's post, he/she is not a natural for the proofreading profession. The course is designed to teach transcript proofreading which is a whole different ball game than general proofreading. Punctuating legalese is a specialized skill. The price of the course is reasonable. As for the marketing of the course, the owner is a zealous Energizer bunny. :) She is passionate about her product and brand. That type of passion is not everyone's cup of tea. However, most of her students are pretty happy campers. There is work out there for transcript proofreaders. It's not that difficult to find work. If you can find court reporters, make them happy, then you will continue to have work. No, I don't feel that a person can make a million dollars doing transcript proofreading. However, I certainly feel that one can earn $20,000 to $40,000 by putting in a reasonable effort to land clients. If one wanted to work a LOT, they could earn more. However, I don't want to work THAT hard. Also, to be a successful transcript proofreader one must study the recommended punctuation manuals suggested in the course. You just cannot do this job without knowing the punctuation rules of these books. It's true that some court reporters will tell you to do it their way. FLEXIBILITY is an important trait to have in this profession. You do have to be able to switch gears between clients. Whereas you can "proofread anywhere," to do it well takes an investment in learning how to do it well. Not everyone who takes the course will be successful.

    As for general proofreading, yes, one could find other courses that teach it. Proofread Anywhere is ONE course that teaches it. The general course is less expensive and less detailed than the transcript course. I KNOW there is work out there as I've been offered work and haven't even marketed myself yet. From blog writers to You Tube enthusiasts there is plenty of general proofreading work. self-publisher, website owners, article writers, etc. all need general proofreaders. Plus, if one learns APA and MLA guidelines, they can proofread college papers for students.

    Friends, proofreading is a viable work-at-home career. It's not a magic bullet to a million-dollar income. If you want to make BIG bucks and are not afraid of a lot of hard work, look into the new craze of digital marketing.

    These are just my thoughts.
    • Hey, folks! I’m Caitlin Pyle, the founder of Proofread Anywhere. Seems like there are some questions about the courses in the comments, so I wanted to jump in here and help out.

      To clarify, I offer two courses: Transcript Proofreading, which has been around for almost three years, and General Proofreading, which launched about seven months ago. The Transcript Proofreading course has grown tremendously since it launched, and since it serves a very particular niche within proofreading, it does go into more depth than my General Proofreading course. However, since my General Proofreading course launched, we’ve already DOUBLED the course content and practice worksheets/essays. We’re continuing to improve both courses on a regular basis, which can only benefit students because they receive LIFETIME ACCESS with the course fee.

      As for the comment on “there is no guarantee of a job even if you follow everything there,” bollshtreader is absolutely right. In both of my courses, I stress that I provide all the tools you need to get clients, but I have NEVER guaranteed you will get clients solely by passing a course. I cannot make you work hard, do excellent work, or market yourself -- that’s all on YOU.

      On “whether anyone who is educated, meticulous about spelling and grammar, and detail-oriented actually NEEDS a proofreading course,” the answer is YES. Those skills are part of an extremely important foundation to make it as a successful proofreader, but those skills are not enough. Do you know how to turn your proofreading skills into a thriving business? Do you know how to market yourself or find quality clients? Do you know the best resources for proofreaders to use? These are just SOME of the things touched on in both of my courses. Skills are great, but you have to know HOW to use those skills. And I teach you how to do that.

      If you still don’t believe that my courses are worth it, please feel free to check out the many success stories I’ve featured on my blog: You can also always email me at [email protected], and my team and I will make sure your questions are answered. I hope to see you in one of my courses someday :-)
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