The Proofreading Business Podcast

The Proofreading Business Podcast

Discover how you can turn what you're good at into extra money in your bank account every month. Elizabeth Wiegner breaks down the ins and outs of having a successful proofreading business including topics on marketing, money, productivity, mindset, and business management so you can create a successful business working wherever, whenever you want. Elizabeth is a work-from-home proofreader and business coach who teaches others how to build a life of freedom as a proofreader. She respects you where you’re at, pushes you to achieve your best, and helps you see your goals are possible with determination and hard work. Her energy, love, and personalized support are second to none in the proofreading world. Hit subscribe and go from excuses to action as you build a life of freedom as a proofreader. Learn more at


May 13, 2024 58 mins

019: Can you proofread transcripts even if you live outside of the US?

Kerry Walters, a UK mom and successful transcript proofreader, says YES!

Join Kerry in this episode as we talk about working for US clients while living in the UK!

And beyond that, Kerry shares her transition from full-time work to general editing and proofreading and then to transcript proofreading,  working with a big time zone di...

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018: Spoiler alert: Court reporters need (and want!) to work with transcript proofreaders.

Seasoned court reporter Val Melkus joins me on this episode for a frank, honest talk about why court reporters rely on transcript proofreaders and why she considers them an indispensable asset to her job.

She also shares what court reporters look for in a transcript proofreader and what's important -- and not important!...

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017: Ever feel like you're stuck in a whirlwind of stress and overwhelm as you hustle to get your proofreading business off the ground? It's a struggle most of us face, and it usually leads to one of two things: either we freeze up or go into full-on panic mode, trying to do everything at once and ending up frazzled.

It doesn't have to be that way though! In this episode, I break down the same steps I take when I star...

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016: At 71 years old, Deborah had had an extremely rewarding career she had recently retired from, and she was excited to take life at a slower pace. However, watching Netflix all day was too slow for her. She wanted to travel more with her husband and not worry about finances.

That meant she needed a job she could enjoy but wouldn't pull her out of her retirement lifestyle. She found transcript proofreading, studied ...

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015: As proofreaders, we know the difference between "compliment" and "complement."

In fact, as proofreaders, we're experts at making words perfect for our clients. We look to make sure all the right words are used and that there aren't any dropped, flipped around, duplicated, or misspelled words. We want our clients' words to look perfect.

But you know what's just as impo...

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#014: Jill had worked 20+ years in the healthcare industry, but her workplace environment was toxic. Instead of loving her job, she regularly found herself crying, angry at coworkers, and feeling unappreciated.

Now in her 40s, Jill had a choice to make. Struggle on until retirement or make a change. And she decided to give herself a chance and prove she could start something new.

The journey to becoming her own b...

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#013: Do you dream of traveling the world as a proofreader?

Or maybe globe-trotting isn't your thing, but you'd like to take longer vacations, stay in beautiful venues, and visit places that have been on your bucket list for years.

Loni has cracked the code on the perfect way to make it happen!

As a full-time house sitter and pet sitter, Loni teaches couples how to travel more and live for fre...

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#012: Samantha was making minimum wage working nights in retail. Last Christmas, she sold personal belongings to be able to afford gifts for her kids.

She and her husband kept their chins up, but it was tough.

But then Samantha stumbled across transcript proofreading, and everything changed.

She quit her job, had a four-figure week less than two months after launching her own business, and now she can do...

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#011: If you've been thinking about transcript proofreading but still have a few questions to be sure this is a good fit, this episode is for you!

Inside, I give fast, honest answers to seven of your biggest transcript proofreading questions:
- Can I still proofread if I don't live in the United States?
- How much money can I make as a transcript proofreader, and how fast can I start making that money?
- Will t...

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#010: Janet started her transcript proofreading business at 71 years old! She wanted to supplement her retirement income so she could live comfortably and enjoy her retirement years -- all while keeping her brain sharp and building the relationships she craved.

Tune in to hear Janet's inspiring story of overcoming her fear of failure, the wonderful success she's experiencing, how she gets rave reviews from her c...

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#009: Kat makes four figures a month as a transcript proofreader. She's neurodivergent. She's a wife and a mom. And she works a full-time job along with a few side hustles.

In this episode, Kat joins me to talk about how she uses her ADHD and dyslexia as superpowers to make her an exceptional proofreader. You'll love her frankness as she shares the challenges she worked through, the mindset she developed to...

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#008: Expert book editor and coach Tara Whitaker joins me on this episode to discuss all things editing! She covers the different types of editing, how to get training and support, the steps you should take first before you start your business, and the importance of being part of a community and sharing kindness in order to be a successful editor.

Curious about editing and if it's the right new side hustle for you? Listen in!

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007: Kate went from working full-time at a grocery store, reporting to a boss, and dealing with workplace drama to working completely for herself as a transcript proofreader.

How did she do it all? In this episode, Kate shares her zen approach to building a successful proofreading business while still working full-time and how instead of letting stress and overwhelm get to her, she actually enjoyed the process.

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#006:  Scoping is a side hustle that can make you a few thousand dollars a month, but there's a good chance you've never heard of it before.

Scoping is an in-demand, money-making side hustle, and it fits right in alongside transcript proofreading. In fact, many transcript proofreaders have added scoping to their skillset as yet another awesome way to make money.

In this episode, I'm here with Linda...

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#005: Do you tend to downplay your goals? Do you think about them in terms of far away, many years down the road, just dreaming?

In this episode, I share something a coach told me years ago that took my breath away and helped me look at success in a whole different light. Now I'm sharing it with you! 

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#004: A mom never wears just one hat, and Candis isn't an exception. 

Candis is an RN, a wife, a mom...and a successful transcript proofreader. In this episode, Candis joins me to talk about how she juggles her busy life with three little kids and how transcript proofreading has changed her life in ways she never imagined.

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#003: There are two very different types of proofreading -- general proofreading and transcript proofreading. Being  good at or trained in one type doesn't mean you're automatically qualified for the other (or that you will even like the other!).  So what’s the difference between both and how do you know which one’s right for you?

Listen in to find out what the differences are, how much money you can make, and th...

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April 18, 2023 18 mins

#002: Starting a business takes time and when you're already busy, spending time on your business can feel selfish. Shouldn't you be spending that time with your kids, your significant other, family, friends, and unfinished house projects instead?

Inside this episode, I share why learning a new skill, building your side hustle, and getting clients aren't selfish -- and why it's actually selfish if you d...

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April 18, 2023 19 mins

#001: If the thought of starting something new sounds intimidating to you -- or maybe you're feeling some imposter syndrome sneaking in -- know you aren't alone.

Join me, Elizabeth Wiegner, an entrepreneur for 20+ years, as I share how I still get that queasy feeling as I dive into a new adventure and how you can push through those feelings to make your goals happen too.

Hit subscribe and go from excuse...

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