Two Months of Marketing

I have really learned the value of investing in myself and furthering my education. In the two months since I completed the transcript proofreading course, I have had several small proofreading jobs and one giant transcription job that I would never have had without the connections I made through the course. I have also been marketing actively and talking to a lot of people. I’ve even more than made back what I spent on the course!

All of that has culminated in my being in the process of starting training with a large court reporting agency to proofread for them part-time to start, with the hope on both sides that I transition to full-time.

This is what I have worked for all these years as I’ve honed my writing skills, learned about the legal industry, and dreamed of having a real profession that pays rates commensurate with my education and experience. Everything is about to change for me in terms of financial freedom, increased mobility from being able to work from my iPad, and more leisure time from having to work fewer hours. It’s true that “overnight success takes about 10 years”!

I am so excited about the months ahead as I transition into this new phase of my career. And I made the decision that if I could make it this far, I can go a little further. So, I’m now studying to take an exam to make me a certified proofreader with a professional designation. 😊

So, that’s what’s been going on behind the scenes here. Now that work is on a positive trajectory, I can focus on the next few months, during which time I plan to get in some travel! 😊 I have some friends visiting for a few months who will be able to mind Bonita. So depending on how quickly the new contract is set up and the volume of work I have, I will be visiting one or several cities in Mexico, but it’s for sure that I’ll soon have a report on Oaxaca!

16 thoughts on “Two Months of Marketing

  1. How exciting!!! Finally being paid what you are worth is huge!!! Add freedom to travel once again and you must feel like you are in heaven!

    • I should be able to make about twice as much money working half the time now that I am going to be paid like a professional! As for traveling, I still have quite a bit of debt for the last 10 years to pay off, so I’m glad I have Bonita to keep me at home. But I can at least take advantage of having friends here for a little bit to travel around Mexico the spring. That counts as travel in my book! I feel quite recovered from my decade of moving around and I’m starting to get itchy to get going again. 😆

  2. Rae, well deserved. I wish our schools taught our young people that they need to do more than get a degree and then sit and wait for offers to come in. You truly are the master of your own destiny and I am proud for you and of you. (Now maybe we will get blog posts a little more often.)

  3. I have been around long enough to watch you go through many incarnations in your career. From many years ago when I was trying to figure out what the heck you did for a living (I originally thought you were a translator) to your latest successes both professional and financial. It has been quite a ride and it is so great to see you at this point, almost where you want to be! Stick with it and there is no doubt but that you will get there!

    • My winter in Campbell River was where I understood that I needed to find something to do from the road, but I didn’t know what yet. It was also where I got some limited mobile internet. So, I was doing a bunch of random stuff. I had my second summer in the Klondike and then I spent all the time writing the full-timing book and prepping for the RV show. By the time I got to Lethbridge, I had figured out transcription was going to be my best bet for mobile income and I started to build my business part-time while managing the apartment complex. June of 2011 is when I got my first serious transcription client, whom I still work for today. April of 2012 was when I quit the apartment complex job, got my last T4 ,and started to 100% work for myself. For the next several years, I transcribed, worked for my uncle’s company, and did some proofreading. The proofreading gig is what told me that that was the direction I needed to go and what gave me the funds to go to Europe. Europe is where I figured out that if I wanted to be truly mobile, I had to get into proofreading full-time. And then, it was just a matter of being somewhere long enough to be able to take the proofreading course and transition into that new field! Thanks for coming on this journey with me and always being so supportive!

  4. Congratulations! Hope in the future you can connect to the transcription jobs that are “short” term in other countries for US companies. Friend of my sister’s ended up I think in Singapore for 6 weeks transcribing for some company. Always has offers and always busy. She is a lover of world travel herself and loves the opportunities it brings her. Best Wishes!

  5. That’s awesome! Funny, but I’ve been following your blog for some time now and plotting my “escape” to Merida and, coincidentally, just began the same course. Your success gives me inspiration.

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