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Posted by Erin on January 19, 2009

One of the very popular avenues of working from home is transcription. If you are unfamiliar with this work you may think that it is very easy and will take no time at all. In some cases this maybe true, but more times then not it is a time consuming process where you have to pay full attention to what you are doing.

If you are going to start transcription as a freelancer you should start slow. To start off I would bid on a very small project and be honest with the client. Honesty is the always best. Give yourself plenty of time to complete the project and bid low. You should bid low until you have some experience. I know this isn’t the best news but it will get you where you need to be for future clients and long term clients too.

You can also chose to join a company that hires workers from home. Some companies will hire people that are new and start you on a lower paying scale and as your turn around time and accuracy improve your wages will improve also. This is sometimes more appealing to people because you will have a more steady flow of income.

Either way you chose to go just take it slow and learn all you can.You can even join some groups so you can get support, encouragement, and advise.You will need a media player to play the audio on your computer. I have also provided you with a free software below that will help you tremendously. Check it out. I would also suggest that you purchase a quality headphone set. I use headphones that also block out external noise, I love them. Some clients will also use small cassette tapes. In this case you will need a transcriber machine. I would not buy one unless you find the need for one. If you have local clients this maybe a necessity for you.

Express Scribe – This is a free software that will aid in transcription. You can slow down and speed up the audio, clear some background noise. It is a great thing to have.


3 Responses to “Transcription”

  1. Kim said

    Great post!!

  2. Erin said

    Thanks. You have a great blog. I really like your Skype video.

  3. Great Post. I have been a Virtual Assistant for about 7 years now and I offer transcription services to my clients. I agree that you should start off slow and always be truthful about your experience. I also agree, that especially for people working virtually, you need support by fellow virtual workers. I found a great resource in I joined, not only for the virtual support, but also for the wealth of information on the site. It also has an RFP system to help you get clients. Check it out

    Kathy Z

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