If you are looking for a rewarding and flexible career that you can pursue from the comfort of your own home, transcription could be the perfect option for you.
In today’s blog post, I’m exploring some of the reasons why transcription is a great remote career to consider.
What is transcription?
First of all, let’s define what transcription is:
Transcription involves listening to audio or video recordings and writing down what is said. This could be anything from a doctor’s dictation on a patient’s medical history to a podcast interview with a celebrity!
The transcribed text is then used for different reasons depending on why it is needed, such as creating subtitles for a video, generating a written transcript of a lecture or lecture, or producing a legal document. Just to name a few!
While transcription isn’t as easy as it might sound, it’s certainly something you can improve upon once you’ve gotten past the initial learning curve.
Below are ten reasons why you might want to think about transcription if you’re not sure what kind of work at home you should be doing.
1 – Transcription is very flexible
Almost 100 percent of the time, the companies you do transcription work for are okay with you working at home, completely on your own time.
This means you can transcribe in the morning, in the afternoon, in the middle of the night, whatever fits your daily schedule!
However, you willpower have deadlines. But as long as you can stick to these, it doesn’t really matter when you work on your files.
2 – Minimum initial costs
Legitimate transcription companies are not going to ask you to pay to work for them (if they ask you to pay to work for a company, this is always a red flag).
Although you are not required to pay to work, you will likely have to invest in some transcription equipment. Specifically, a foot pedal, headphones, and possibly transcription software like Express Scribe if the company doesn’t provide it.
These things are cheap and can be found on amazon.
3 – A lot of variety in your work
Although in some ways transcription is a repetitive job, it is interesting in other ways.
As a general transcriptionist, you never know what kind of audio you might be transcribing! You could be listening to interviews, podcasts, legal documents, medical reports, song lyrics, and more.
4 – You can work independently
When you’re a work-at-home transcriptionist, no one is there with you, looking over your shoulder.
You can relax and make yourself comfortable.
5 – You will become a great listener and typist
As you do transcription work, you’ll hone your listening and writing skills every day. Over time, she will get better and better at these things.
This can only benefit you and make you a better and faster transcriptionist. And because you’re paid by the audio hour (the time it takes you to transcribe the audio), this means you’ll have the potential to make more money the faster you get.
6 – Specialization opportunities
Eventually, you may decide to specialize in higher-paying types of transcription, such as legal or doctor.
General transcription (which has very low barriers to entry) can function as a springboard into those other two advanced fields.
7 – It is not a difficult field to enter
As mentioned above, general transcription is something almost anyone can get started with. You don’t need a degree or much (if any) prior experience.
Most companies that hire general transcriptionists only require you to take a skills test so they can measure your typing speed, accuracy, and listening ability.
8 – Transcription can pay well
While companies that take newbies to do transcriptions often don’t pay well, you can gain experience with entry-level jobs that can lead to higher-paying jobs.
Firms that require a few years of prior transcription experience along with medical and legal transcriptions pay much higher rates. So if you stick with it, it may be worth it.
9 – AI will not replace human transcription
Most likely, there will always be a need for human transcribers. AI can replace many things, but it can’t replace everything. At least not in the short term.
Humans have the advantage of understanding context, non-verbal cues, and easily adapting to new situations.
As of now, AI struggles with those things.
For those reasons, many companies still want real human beings to transcribe their files, as it usually results in a higher quality product.
10 – The transcription experience can bear fruit in other fields
There are other work-at-home careers such as closed captioning, court reporting, proofreading, and editing where your transcription experience can help you land work, as they are closely related!
So even if you decide not to pursue transcription long-term, your time can work as a jumping-off point to get into other work-at-home careers.
Want to learn more about transcribing work at home and how to get started?
If you’ve read the above reasons for getting into transcription as a work-at-home career and are thirsty for more information, I highly recommend the resources you’ll find at transcribe anywhere.
Transcribe Anywhere has a bunch of transcription eCourses (created by professional transcriptionist and business owner Janet Shaughnessy) that I’ve been directing my readers to for years.
They are all of high quality and will teach you everything you need to know to work as a transcriptionist or even run your own business! Janet also has an eCourse on Legal Transcription.
All of this can be done from home, at your own pace.
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