Mission: To make £535 a month for the next 3 months

Arika

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Oct 10th:

- Proofreading: £106.25


Updated total: £275.36/£535 (previous: £169.11/£535)


That amount is not the norm! A big chunk of that came from a long-term private client who renewed their proofreading credit as it had run out.

I have the main proofreading site I work on, but I also have a few private clients I proofread for. They have the option to pay as they go or pay a bigger chunk in advance and use it as credit 'til it runs out.


I've been proofreading online for about four years. I kinda meandered and desired myself into it. I have some offline experience and thought it would be cool to do the same online. I got two of my first main gigs via Craigslist - one lasted a few months, the other lasted almost three years. (p.s.: I don't have a professional proofreading qualification. I'm an accounting/law/computing graduate with creative writing experience.)

My (online) proofing niche seems to be those whose first language isn't English. It's the niche that found me.

The income I've made from proofreading has been part-time at best - some months, I earn more - some months, less. However, my earnings have been getting stronger over the past couple of months. It's due to a combination of staying more focused, better aligning myself with workflow and more work coming in, as well as an increased sense of self-belief and feeling encouraged by my increased earnings. It's encouraging to know I can make enough to pay a credit card bill or two, or pay for most of my rent (I'm not in London or the UK at the mo'. The rent is low.)

Sometimes, you have to do, then believe. That's the way it went for me. Even if I said I believed, I don't think I really did, not until I pushed, reached a certain target, and then I really believed.


I look forward to earning more from month to month (not just via proofreading). I look forward to earning a full-time income. I am blessing myself in advance.
 
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Arika

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Oct 11th:

- Proofreading: £8.10

- mTurk: £1.45

- Enroll: £0.98 (really short usability tests. They're surveys to me, really. I rarely get invites.)


Updated total: £285.89/£535 (previous: £275.36/£535)
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Arika

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Oct 12th:

- Proofreading: £7.67


Updated total: £293.56/£535 (previous: £285.89/£535)


I'm losing a bit of focus and not giving myself enough sleep time. Need to rectify that. I'm grateful the issue is one I can control/get on top of. I just have to fight myself a lil bit!

I anticipate not making much online over the weekend, but we'll see.
 
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Arika

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Oct 13th/14th:

- Proofreading: £14.28


Updated total: £307.84/£535 (previous: £293.56/£535)


It's now halfway through the month and I'm over halfway towards my target (£227.16 to go).

I'm really pleased with how the month has gone so far. Haven't quite been sitting in front of the computer when I plan to - some days I'm on it and some days, I'm not - so there's room for improvement. However, I'm pleased with what I've made to date. Sleep-wise, I haven't quite gotten that under control, but I have been having some early nights (an early night for me is being in bed before 12 midnight. I'm nocturnal.)

For the second half of the month, I plan to tighten up my routine.
 
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Countrymadegirl

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Oct 13th/14th:

- Proofreading: £14.28


Updated total: £307.84/£535 (£293.56/£535)


It's now halfway through the month and I'm over halfway towards my target (£227.16 to go).

I'm really pleased with how the month has gone so far. Haven't quite been sitting in front of the computer when I plan to - some days I'm on it and some days, I'm not - so there's room for improvement. However, I'm pleased with what I've made to date. Sleep-wise, I haven't quite gotten that under control, but I have been having some early nights (an early night for me is being in bed before 12 midnight. I'm nocturnal.)

For the second half of the month, I plan to tighten up my routine.
This is really good! I am having the same problem with sleep, where most nights I'm not getting to sleep until after 3am... Gotta tighten up as you say!
 
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I've just signed up to TextRanch - will take a look at mTurk and Enrole later
 
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Arika

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I've just signed up to TextRanch - will take a look at mTurk and Enrole later
To be honest, I wouldn't really recommend either of them. Enroll hasn't been worth it for me. Maybe it's my demographic, so you might have better luck.

What to bear in mind re: MTurk:

I use MTurk because I've been signed up to it for ages. It's not really my immediate go-to. It can also take a while to get to a point where you're making anything that's not demoralising (!), because tasks received depend on your location, how many tasks you've completed and your approval rate.

Folks based in the US have access to a lot more tasks. A lot more.
 

Arika

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Oct 15th:

- Proofreading: £14.71


Updated total: £322.55/£535 (previous: £307.84/£535)
 
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To be honest, I wouldn't really recommend either of them. Enroll hasn't been worth it for me. Maybe it's my demographic, so you might have better luck.

What to bear in mind re: MTurk:

I use MTurk because I've been signed up to it for ages. It's not really my immediate go-to. It can also take a while to get to a point where you're making anything that's not demoralising (!), because tasks received depend on your location, how many tasks you've completed and your approval rate.

Folks based in the US have access to a lot more tasks. A lot more.
I'll bear that in mind. I've not heard anything back from TextRanch but I saw in one of your earlier posts that they may not be engaging new folks at the moment.
 
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Arika

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Oct 16th:

- Proofreading: £15.64

- Prolific Academic: £19.43


Updated total: £357.62/£535 (previous: £322.55/£535)
 

Arika

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Oct 17th:

- Proofreading: £11.33


Updated total: £368.95/£535 (previous: £357.62/£535)
 

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Oct 17th:

- Proofreading: £11.33


Updated total: £368.95/£535 (previous: £357.62/£535)
Man you are getting SO CLOSE these days to hitting you’re monthly target!
 
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Arika

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Oct 18th:

- Proofreading: £15.46


Updated total: £384.41/£535 (previous: £368.95/£535)
 

Arika

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Oct 19th:

- Proofreading: £6.46


Updated total: £390.87/£535 (previous: £384.41/£535)


Yesterday was slow. Today feels even slower (it being the weekend). If I can end the weekend past £400, that'll be fab.
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