Meet a Revver: Retired Lawyer Puts Family First
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Cheryl. I’m from Grand Forks, North Dakota and recently moved back here from Kansas to be closer to my 84-year old father. He’s not doing so well health-wise. I have five kids, one of who is also a Revver, and a nine-year-old dog named Little One. I was a lawyer for eight years and then taught law for a few years after practicing. When I had kids, I decided to be with them full-time.
Why do you freelance with Rev?
When my kids got older, I hadn’t worked in quite a while and didn’t feel like I had something to get back into. I also had some health issues that prolonged me from getting back to work. I finally got back to feeling like myself and had a strong urge to find another purpose. I also keep odd hours and freelancing affords me that flexibility.
How did you learn about Rev and why did you choose to work as a transcriptionist and captioner?
I stumbled across Rev online two years ago. I was skeptical at first. I think I came across Rev on Facebook, where things can be misleading. I figured “why not do an hour of work and see if I really get paid Monday.” And I did! I fell in love. Within two weeks, I invested in better equipment to help me type faster, like an ergonomic keyboard and FxSound to improve audio quality, and I haven’t stopped since.
What do you enjoy most about working from home?
Having total freedom. I can work whenever I want to. The other night, I worked until 2:30 in the morning. I think I’ve spent half my time working for Rev in my bathrobe.
What has your experience been like working for Rev?
Since I discovered Rev, I’ve just been in love with it. It’s partially selfish because I learn so much from the content I transcribe and caption. I’ve worked on bar review content, which I love given my time spent in the legal field. Working at Rev takes me back to that time when I was helping others. With captions, I’m helping people access content just as fully as a person who can hear. And that makes me feel good about what I’m doing. I like that I get to pick the projects I work on, and if I don’t like something, I can unclaim it and look for something else. There aren’t many places you can do that. It really is the self-serving aspects that make Rev the perfect job for me. I feel like I’m 100% in control of my job.
And then, of course, there’s the community. I love my fellow Revvers and have made some really great friends through Rev’s online forum. I feel that Rev is very supportive of Revvers, like there’s a partnership between us. And I get paid well.
I think Rev is a great opportunity for a lot of people. I always tell others about it and suggest they give it a try if I think it’s the right for them.
What are the most memorable projects you’ve picked up through Rev?
One of the first projects I worked on pertained to a criminal justice case. It took me back to my time working in the juvenile court system and made me feel like I was helping an important cause again.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was practicing law, I worked as a public defender and I handled mostly juvenile law. My passion always lied in making sure that children were getting a fair shake in the legal system. Then I had children of my own and I wanted to be able to spend more time with them. That’s when I went into teaching law. I ended up homeschooling my kids since we started to move around a lot with my husband being in the military. My whole life has been about supporting kids. I like that I can still feel that way through the projects I work on at Rev.