Digital transcription makes it possible to do transcription work for clients that are miles away. Whether clients are across the street from you or in a different state or continent, you can now take on their transcription work.
When doing digital transcription, you no longer have to travel to pick up cassette tapes and wait to get back to your home office to start your transcription work. Without moving away from your computer, you can receive work, download audio, transcribe, and upload your transcripts to your clients. What could be more convenient than that?
- There are no tapes to pick up and return. You can send and receive digital voice files via the Internet.
- You can work anywhere as long as you have a good Internet connection.
- The employer's or client's location doesn't matter either.
- You can get more transcription clients because it doesn't matter where they are located.
- It's easier to clear up the audio and filter background noise with digital audio than with tapes.
- You can slow the recording down or speed it up to make it easier to understand and transcribe.
- You can instantly go to the part of the audio you want which is a lot faster than searching for certain sections on a tape.
You'll need transcription software to do digital transcription. You can start with free software. A digital foot pedal keeps your hands free to do the typing and will speed up transcription. I also recommend getting a good headset as it will make it easier to understand and transcribe the audio.
Medical and legal transcription requires specialized training. General transcription is an easier option for people who are looking to make money working from home without going through expensive training and certification.
General transcription covers anything that is not medical or legal. You don't need to know medical terminology and you don't need a degree or certificate. Skilled needed include good typing, listening and grammar skills.
You can get transcription jobs from transcription companies, businesses and freelance sites. A lot of companies, organizations and individuals require the services of general transcriptionists. You can expect to be contracted for transcription of dictations, interviews, voicemail messages, speeches, meetings, video presentations, and a variety of other recordings.
A new transcriptionist without experience might have to prove that she's able to do the job by transcribing a short audio file that will serve as your test. If you pass the test, then you will start receiving transcription jobs when available. If you provide accurate transcripts, you can expect to receive your fair share of repeat business from these companies.
General transcription is a great career for people wanting to work from home and have a flexible schedule and workload. Books and other resources can point you in the right direction and help you get started in general transcription without having to go through specialized training.
If you're interested in transcription work from home, get my free ebook, Getting Started in General and Business Transcription at http://www.generaltranscriptionworkfromhome.com/free-transcription-ebook.php