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The Blog Proofreader
Lenny started The Blog Proofreader in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on The Blog Proofreader?
This business idea was born in 2016, but the journey really began in 2014.
After working for a company for 8 years, I hadn’t really gotten far financially and felt stuck. I decided to find a job with better financial prospects and the possibility of advancement. After 6 months of searching, I was hired at a new employer and managed to double my salary in one fell swoop!
Just start! That little voice inside your head giving you doubts will always be there. Push through that voice and keep going until you reach a point where you’re lost.
This was obviously exciting, but also came with extra responsibilities. Not only did I have to figure out how to handle my new work life, I also needed to figure out how to handle the extra money I was making. I’d never been able to save much before that, and now I had to decide what my 401k investments would be. This was a bit scary, exciting, and confusing all at the same time.
All of this led me to the task of understanding personal finance and everything else related to the subject. I began reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts, and just generally soaking up as much information as I could find.
This also led me to find the FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) community, which is a great group of people full of entrepreneurs much like the readers of this site. Reaching financial independence became my goal, and the math is simple, earn more than you spend, invest the difference, and save 25x your yearly spending.
There are, of course, more technical details I won’t bore you with (feel free to reach out and ask me about it though, I love talking about this stuff!). Anyway, the part I knew I could have the most control over was earning more, as my wife and I already optimized our spending. The more I earned the sooner I could reach financial independence and choose what to do with my time.
Now back to 2016. After reading a bunch of personal finance blogs, I kept seeing spelling mistakes, grammar errors, and missing words all over the place. These errors slowed me down and annoyed me while I was reading, and I figured they might be doing the same to other readers. That’s what got me thinking about bloggers not wanting their readers to be frustrated while reading their content, and that they might want a service where I would proofread and copy edit their content before they published it.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater