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February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

If you have decided that would like a career as a professional transcriptionist, there are some things that you might want to consider before taking the plunge.

What type of transcription? Many businesses can benefit in some way from using a transcription service. If you are interested in becoming a legal or medical transcriptionist, you will have to consider the amount of training that is required, as these industries tend to have specific terminology. Although providing transcription services to other industries can be slightly less challenging, they can still contain a lot of jargon and for this reason it can be a good idea to look to provide specialist transcription to a particular industry. How fast is your typing speed? It is definitely worth working on your typing speed before offering your services as a transcriptionist. On average it takes a professional transcriptionist 4 hours to type 1 hour of audio. There can be tight deadlines to meet and if you can't type fast enough, you may find yourself working very long hours for very little pay. How good is your grammar, punctuation and spelling? Your punctuation and grammar should be faultless if you are taking on work as a professional transcriptionist. Clients will expect you to produce accurate and well laid out transcripts that are grammatically correct, with no errors. How's your hearing? transcriptionists will often receive sound files that are of poor quality, that have people talking over each other, or contain strong accents. It is important that you have a good ear if you are going to be able to transcribe these kinds of sound files accurately. Do you have the right equipment? If you are choosing to work from home as a transcriptionist, you will need to purchase specialist transcription equipment and software including good quality foot pedals, noise cancelling headphones and transcription software. It is also advisable to invest in a good quality, supportive chair, a wrist rest and an ergonomically designed keyboard. This should help to prevent repetitive strain injury and ensure that you are comfortable throughout your working day. How will you find work? Many companies employ on site transcriptionists or audio typists and advertise online when they have vacancies. If you would rather offer your transcription services from home, then you have two choices: you can work for an online transcription company or try to find work directly. Many online transcription companies will advertise online or have a, 'Work for us' page, where you can submit your CV. If you choose to find transcription work directly, you can do so by advertising online, making enquiries to previous employers or making and distributing business cards.

So now you are ready to offer your transcription services to the world!

Sam is a secretary for Transcription City Typing Services. If you would like more information about our transcription services please feel free to drop by our website.

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