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I’m sure you’ve made the decision to take a proofreading course to become a proofreader.
That’s how you found out about Knowadays and Proofread Anywhere. These two courses are absolute GOLDMINES for proofreaders, and there is no doubt that they have helped many people in achieving their goals.
But which one is the best in terms of recouping your investment? Here, we’ll take a closer look at it.
By the way, if you want to read the full review of these courses, go to these posts.
Proofread Anywhere Vs Knowadays
We’ll compare both courses using a variety of criteria to help you decide which is best for you. The following are the criteria:
- Training material
- Trial plan
- Refund scheme
- Work opportunities
- Bonus resources
So, without wasting any time, let’s start with the first one.
1. How is the Training Material?
Most people are willing to spend money to learn new skills, and they want to do so with the best training materials and experiences possible.
The same goes for proofreading.
It is important that both the training materials and the manner in which they are delivered are easy to understand. It should be comprehensive and have practice materials so that you can learn the skill effectively.
Now, which course delivers the best training material? Let’s find out!
Knowadays Training Material
Their flagship course, “Becoming a Proofreader,” is targeted at teaching you how to proofread
- Business Copies
- Creative Copies
- Academic Copies
One of the course’s highlights is that they created an entire module on academic proofreading because it is the largest market for proofreaders.
The course consists of 13 modules that can be completed in up to 50 hours. The information is presented in a readable format as well as in short tutorial videos.
Each module includes an end-of-module assessment as well as quizzes to test your newly acquired knowledge. You can also download sample documents to practice your proofreading skills.
The course is written in British English and is intended to teach you how to proofread in American, British, and Australian dialects. This includes explaining differences in spelling, accents, and pronunciation.
You can check out their entire syllabus by clicking here.
Proofread Anywhere Training Material
They offer two courses:
- General Proofreading: Theory & Practice
- Transcript Proofreading: Theory & Practice
Under General Proofreading, there are two levels.
- Ignite Plus
Ignite allows you to access the entire proofreading course with lifetime access and updates, whereas Ignite Plus includes all of the content of Ignite as well as additional benefits, such as:
- Access to hand-graded exams
- A certificate of completion
- Listing in the Self-Publishing School (SPS) Preferred Outsourcer Rolodex
- Membership in the Marketing Mastermind Facebook Group.
Speaking of the course, it contains:
- 8 modules with 40+ lessons.
- 8 grammar-specific worksheets
- 20 real-life example jobs.
Their whole training is based on the 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which is the most common style guide for general proofreading.
It offer some guidance on grammar, punctuation, and spelling, but their teaching style is primarily practical. This means you’ll be putting what you’ve learned into practice by downloading and proofreading practice documents in accordance with the CMOS style guide.
Aside from that, they go above and beyond by teaching you how to set-up your own freelance proofreading business and how to market it in the industry.
- How to create your resume and website.
- How to set your rates
- Information about taxes.
- Methods of pitching to clients.
- Marketing tactics and much more.
You can click here to explore their full syllabus.
I gave it a draw because both courses are excellent in their own way.
Knowadays is the best option
- If you want more training in punctuation, grammar, spelling, and so on.
- If you want to learn how to edit texts for flow, tone, readability, and style.
- If you’re fine with generic rule teaching.
Proofread Anywhere, on the other hand, is the best choice for learning to proofread with the CMOS style guide.
- If you want to learn proofreading with the CMOS style guide.
- If you want to learn how to use a style guide and gain practical experience that will come in handy when working with online proofreading services.
- If you want to start your own freelance proofreading business.
P.S: Because we’re comparing general proofreading courses, I didn’t talk about the transcript proofreading course.
2. Do They Provide Any Certificate?
A certificate is important because it proves that you completed a course or training successfully.
If you’re going to spend money learning a skill, you should definitely get a certificate to get more eyeballs from the clients.
So, which course offers certification? Let us find out.
To receive the digital certificate, you must successfully complete the course. For this, you must pass all three exams (two proofreading tests and one formatting test) with at least 70% score.
If you fail the exam on your first attempt or do not receive a distinction, you can pay to retake your final assessment.
Proofread Anywhere Certification
Proofread Anywhere, on the other hand, wants you to score at least 90% on their final hand-graded exam to get your certificate of completion.
Verdict: Knowadays Wins
As Knowadays is accredited by Continuing Professional Development (CPD), their certificate of completion will hold more value.
However, I also like Proofread Anywhere’s strict criteria of achieving 90% in order to receive the certificate.
It not only motivates students to do their best, but it also demonstrates that you worked hard to obtain the certificate.
So, in terms of value, the Knowadays certificate is superior, but I also like the Proofread Anywhere certification criteria.
3. Which Course Has Better Pricing?
Not everyone is rich!
As a result, the course must have a reasonable price that will appeal to everyone interested in becoming a proofreader..
So, did both courses perform well in this section? Let’s find out!
Their flagship course, “Becoming a Proofreader,” is priced at $399. They also offer monthly payment plans for the US and UK buyers.
Proofread Anywhere Price
It offers two price levels for the General Proofreading Course:
- Ignite: $397
- Ignite Plus: $497
If you want to get a discount (usually $100) on the Ignite or Ignite Plus, you can attend Proofread Anywhere’s free webinar, as there is a good chance she will offer one.
Verdict: Knowadays Wins
Although Proofread Anywhere’s Ignite plan is less expensive, it does not include a certificate of completion, access to the final assessment test, & any other benefits.
As a result, you must pay a total of $497 to gain access to all course benefits.
However, you only need to pay $399 to get everything included in the Knowadays course. So, without a doubt, it is more affordable.
4. Which Course Provides Better Support?
Assume you bought a proofreading course and went through its content. You suddenly have a doubt or don’t understand a section.
What will you do?
Obviously, you will address your concerns to the course creator.
But what if there isn’t any support? Then you’ll have problems that go unresolved.
That is why, when investing in a course, a support feature is a must. Let’s see if we got the same facility from these two courses.
Their tutors are available at all times to address your concerns. All you have to do is send an email to get help.
If that isn’t enough, and you require more personalized assistance, you can even schedule a FREE TUTORING CALL, which is amazing.
Another great thing is that if you fail the final assessment, they provide detailed feedback on where you should focus your efforts. This will help you score higher on your next attempt.
Though there is no peer support or community (more on that later), their support staff is excellent, and they are available whenever you need them.
Proofread Anywhere Support
You can get in touch with their support team by filling out a form on their website. They usually respond to your inquiries within 48 hours.
If you haven’t received a response, you can also email them directly.
Speaking of one-on-one assistance, they too provide this facility. However, there is a catch: it is not free.
A 30-minute session will cost you about $50.
Though I dislike the fact that you have to pay for this when it should be free, many students find it useful.
But wait, there’s more!
They also provide you with access to a private Facebook group (more on that later) where you can discuss, share problems, and assist one another.
It is managed by a staff member who will also help you if your peer does not respond.
Verdict: Knowadays Wins
Though both offer email support, I prefer Proofreading Academy’s free tutoring call session, which is more than enough to answer any questions you have about the course.
One-on-one interaction is far superior to email support because you can get answers to questions right at the spot.
Not everyone provides such a free one-on-one service. So, kudos to them.
It would have been even better if they had provided a Proofread Anywhere-style Facebook group for peer-to-peer interaction (more on that later).
However, the good news is that they are working on building a community.
5. Which Course Provides a Supportive Community?
A community is a place where students can interact and share their ideas and thoughts. This is an excellent place to stay motivated and help one another with problems.
Let’s see if these courses give their students this opportunity.
If you pass the final exam with an 80% or higher, you’ll be invited to join Proofreading Academy’s LinkedIn group of professional proofreaders.
This is an excellent place to network and make new connections.
They have also announced that they will launch a membership-based community in which:
- Members will get lifetime access to the course material.
- They will be the first to know about any new job openings at the Proofed and Proofreading Academy.
- Members will also be able to use their logo.
- There will be contact availability with their expert team of course administrators and tutors.
- Members can network with other freelance proofreaders.
Proofread Anywhere Community
They provide two Facebook communities:
PA General Proofreaders
The first group is for students who are taking or have already taken the General Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ course.
Here, they can interact with other students, learn from one another, and share their own personal experiences, successes, and failures.
GP Marketing Mastermind
The second group includes students who completed the General Proofreading: Theory and Practice course and received a certificate of completion after passing the final hand-graded exam with distinction.
This is a more professional community comprised of recent proofreading graduates as well as graduates who are already running their own business.
Being a member, you can ask questions, receive answers and suggestions, and learn about the business side of proofreading.
Most importantly, you can get referrals and potential job leads, which is AMAZING!
Verdict: Proofread Anywhere Wins
Although Knowadays has a LinkedIn community and plans to launch a membership-based community, Proofread Anywhere’s Facebook group is far better.
Their community is an excellent place to stay motivated because you will be surrounded by people who share your goals and dreams.
Not only that, but their second group is more valuable because you can get advice from experienced proofreaders, as well as job leads and referrals.
6. Which Course Offer a Trial Plan?
Who doesn’t enjoy trying out a product before spending their hard-earned money on it?
Even though you can read all of the reviews online, nothing beats a free trial.
It’s a good way to see if the teaching style and content are in line with what you’re expecting. Though you won’t be able to access the entire course (obviously), you will get a taste of what to expect.
Knowadays Free Trial
You can use their free trial by clicking here. The entire purpose of their free trial is to give you an idea of the style and content of their main course, “Becoming a Proofreader.”
You’ll have access to the free trial for seven days, and it will take around 20 minutes to complete. If you’re wondering what you’ll learn, here are the following topics:
- What is the difference between proofreading and editing, which includes substantive editing and mechanical editing?
- A few topics related to Microsoft Word
- Discussion about spelling mistakes such as homophones.
- Discussion about grammar mistakes such as faulty agreement
- usage of hyphens, em-dashes, and en dashes.
- Access to a practice trial test and a module quiz.
Overall, their trial plan is enough to help you decide if you should invest in their main course. If you still have a confusion, you can always contact them via email or phone call.
Proofread Anywhere Trial
Proofread Anywhere, on the other hand, provides a seven-day workshop in which you can learn the answers to some IMPORTANT proofreading-related questions.
- Discover five signs that SCREAMS proofreading is a good fit for you.
- How proofreading can help you work from anywhere. This means you can make money while traveling.
- The SURPRISINGLY simple method for attracting your ideal proofreading prospects.
The main objective of this 76-minute workshop is to help you decide whether proofreading is the right career path for you.
So, if you ask me, this free workshop is well worth your time.
Both trials are excellent for putting the course to the test. You’ll be able to tell if their teaching style is right for you and if the course is worthwhile.
I mean, that’s what we buyers want before we invest our money. Isn’t that right?
7. Which Course Provides a Refund?
We all appreciate refunds as buyers because they make us feel safe before investing money in a course.
This ensures that if the course fails to deliver what it promises, we will be able to recoup our investment.
With that in mind, let’s see if these courses provide refunds.
Knowadays Refund Policy
Their refund policy is a bit confusing, but don’t worry, I’ll clear it up for you.
- You can request a full refund if you haven’t accessed the course within 14 days of purchase.
- If you have accessed a few modules within 14 days of purchase, you can request a refund of the un-accessed parts, less a $35 administration fee.
- Refunds will not be granted after 14 days.
Proofread Anywhere Refund Policy
They do not offer refunds, as they have stated that:
Due to the sensitive, proprietary nature of the copyrighted content, Proofread Anywhere does not refund tuition fees for any reason, except as otherwise specified on a checkout page or sales page for a product offered.
Previously, they offered refunds. However, some people took advantage of this scheme and requested a refund after completing the course, even if they enjoyed it.
This was a setback, and they eventually stopped giving refunds.
Verdict: Knowadays Wins
I like Knowaday’s refund model because it’s a fair way to give refunds without defrauding either the buyer or the seller.
It would have been fantastic if Proofread Anywhere had offered refunds based on the same model.
8. Which Course Offers Work Opportunities?
What could be better than getting a job right after finishing the course?
You won’t have to look for work all over, which is a problem for beginners with no prior experience.
So, do these courses provide such opportunities? Let’s take a look.
Knowadays Work Opportunity
If you score 80% or higher on their final test, they will offer you a job as a freelance proofreader with Proofed.
It will take about one or two weeks after you have achieved the required score before you can start working with them.
Regarding the work, you will begin with a trial period in which you will only have access to smaller documents of up to 750 words.
It may take some time to complete the trial period. However, if you are active and work on tasks every day, you will be able to finish them quickly and progress to larger, more lucrative projects.
You will be paid for each job you complete, and your earnings will be transferred to your account via bank transfer at the end of the month.
Proofread Anywhere Work Opportunity
When you pass the hand-graded exam, your name will be added to the list of preferred outsourcers for Self-Publishing School (SPS).
SPS is a book production team composed of proofreaders, editors, designers, formatters, and other experts.
Because their service is used by a large number of students, you will have direct access to potential clients for your proofreading business.
Verdict: Knowadays Wins
I believe Knowadays job opportunities are better because you can actually access jobs through their job board, which works on a first-come, first-served basis.
Proofread Anywhere, on the other hand, only provides a listing at Self-Publishing School. This means you must either wait for clients to choose you or make an effort to be chosen by clients.
This is not to say it isn’t good. Actually, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to find new clients who will be a recurring source of new prospects for your proofreading business.
However, in terms of actual job placement, Knowadays is currently better.
9. Which Course Offers Bonus Resources?
It’s not really important, but if you get something extra with the course, why not?
In this section, we’ll look at which courses offer additional benefits.
They don’t provide any additional resources aside from the main course. As a result, for the price you pay, you will only receive their flagship course.
Proofread Anywhere Bonus
You will receive the following four premium freelance resource guides.
- Look Better in Writing™ Handbook of Commonly Misused (and Abused!) Words
- The Ultimate Freelancer Tax Guide
- The Mindset Mastery Guide
- 5 Mindset Shifts for Goal-Crushing Confidence
That’s not all! You’ll also receive two additional super bonus resources.
- Gain access to the first level of the flagship course, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™
- Money Mindset Transformation workshop and workbook.
Verdict: Proofread Anywhere Wins
No doubt! Proofread Anywhere comes out on top in this section, as they provide five additional resources.
Which Course Should You Buy?
Now it’s up to you to make the final decision. However, I will make some suggestions to assist you in determining which course is best for you.
You can buy Knowadays (Proofreading Academy) if
- you’re on a budget.
- you want more practice materials for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
- you want to learn how to edit for flow, tone, readability, and style.
- you want to learn how to proofread in US, UK & AUS English dialects.
- you want to have a guaranteed work opportunity at Proofed to kickstart your career.
On the other hand, you can buy Proofread Anywhere if:
- you want to learn how to proofread copies by using the Chicago Manual of style guide.
- you want to learn the tactics of how to set-up and market a freelance proofreading business from the scratch.
- you want to be a part of a supportive private Facebook group for engaging with other students.
- you want to join a Facebook marketing mastermind group where experienced proofreaders can help you improve your marketing strategy and get more clients.
- you want to be listed in the self-publishing school in order to find new clients and make connections.
- you want to have access to the additional bonus resources.
So, take your time and make the best decision possible, as both the courses have assisted many students in achieving their proofreading goals.
You can access the course pages by clicking the links below.