How to Begin a Career in Transcription

So, you’ve read a bit about What Transcription Is and you’ve realised you’d be pretty good at Intelligent Verbatim or Full Verbatim transcriptions.  You’ve also noted the benefits of working from home, at your own schedule and you’ve decided to look into how to become a transcriber.

Working as a transcriber allows you to work from home and on a flexible schedule to earn some decent cash.

You’ve found the right place.

Follow our easy guide to make sure you’re on the right track on how to become a transcriber.

Identify The Benefits (If you haven’t already)

Some of the benefits of learning how to become a transcriber are, of course, working from home.  We would all love to be able to work in our own time in our own spaces, wouldn’t we?

As a transcriber, all you need is some simple equipment and easy to learn skills and you can quickly be on your way to earning cash at home.

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We can’t promise your side table will look like this but, hey, we can hope!

Realise Your Skills

Some of the skills required to learn how to become a transcriber are as follows:

  1. You must have a very high grasp on the language you’re transcribing in.  If you’re performing English transcriptions, you need to be able to spell most words on the first try.  It’ll take you far too long to transcribe a document if you keep having to stop to double-check a word is spelled correctly.
  2. You also must very well educated on grammar.  Grammar is vitally important for transcriptions, specifically when using Intelligent Verbatim Transcriptions as you’ll be editing and correcting the grammar as you type.
  3. You must have a high typing speed.  Some guides will recommend a typing speed of around 70WPM (words per minute), however we at Standish Typing Services only accept typists who can accurately type over 80WPM.  If you’re unsure of your typing speed, you can check it easily with online tools such as 10 Fast Fingers.
  4. You must be accurate while typing.  It’ll be difficult to keep up with the transcription if you have to repeatedly correct mistakes. 
    It's much better to type 80WPM with 99% accuracy than 120WPM with 70% accuracy, in our opinion.

Don’t worry, if some of these requirements seem too high you can improve every single one of them.  Practice typing daily and you’ll quickly see improvements and read up on grammatical rules to improve your knowledge of grammar.

You can easily learn how to become a transcriber.


Identifying Equipment

You may think that becoming a transcriber is easy and requires no more equipment than you already have but, unfortunately, you’ll never be able to efficiently transcribe without the right equipment.

You won’t be able to just use Microsoft Word, Windows Media Player and your standard equipment.

You’re going to need:

  1. Good Quality Headphones.  If you’re using your speakers or some cheap headphones, you’re going to have a very difficult time.  You need high quality over-the-ear headphones, ideally with noise cancelling so you can work in any environment without getting distracted.
  2. Transcription Software.  This one is super important, without proper transcription software you’re going to find it extremely difficult to properly transcribe audio.  Transcription software will let you set hotkeys to perform functions such as pausing, rewinding and replaying the audio.  You don’t realise it now, but pause, rewind and play will be your best friend when you’re transcribing audio.
  3. (Optional) An ergonomic keyboard.  You’ll be fine starting off with your own equipment but eventually you’re going to start struggling with hand and finger pain so you should definitely look into a more ergonomic and possibly mechanical keyboard for maximum comfort.
  4. (Optional but very highly recommended) A foot pedal.  A good foot pedal will allow you to allocate key functions to the pedal.  Instead of assigning hotkeys on your keyboard to pause, rewind and replay audio you can assign them to the pedal.  This means you can manipulate the audio without ever taking your hands off your keyboard and wasting precious typing time.

Finding A Transcription Service to Work For

If you’ve finally got all of your equipment ready and you’ve polished up your skills, you might be interested in looking at a career with a high quality and affordable transcription company Standish Typing Services Careers Page.

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