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Friday, February 6, 2009

Action Steps For Getting Started in General Transcription

I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal; however, I know that many, many people need a concrete plan for any major undertaking. If you fall in the latter group, then you're in luck because we put together a list of the action steps that we recommend following to get started in a career in general transcription.

  • Find a pair of quality headphones.
  • Download Express Scribe and install Microsoft Word if it’s not already on your computer.
  • Brush up on your grammar rules.
  • Learn how to research words, names and terms online.
  • Download audio from a variety of sources and begin practicing.
  • Create or brush up your résumé and cover letter.
  • Begin applying as an independent contractor.
  • Look for projects on Guru, Elance and/or Craigslist.
  • Continue developing your skills and looking for ways to increase productivity.
Explaining how to accomplish these steps in one post is impossible, but if you are interested in pursuing transcription as a career, they will get you headed in the right direction. Much of the information is already available right here on our site, so this is a great way to practice those research skills and search it all out!


Andrea said...

Love your book it was well worth the money!

Marianne Thomas said...

Tara - I didn't realize you had restarted this site! Awesome!

I've been looking hard at trying transcription as it fits my life right now; I'm adding you to my reader.

Thanks for getting this going again - always good to have tips from someone who's been there.


Medical Transcription Service company said...

Thanks for the great and useful post/article on General Transcription

MrsMom said...

Not sure if this site is still running (posts are old), but I've been checking around to get reccommendations for a good headset and foot pedal. I guess I'm looking for equipment that is compatible with ExpressScribe, since that seems to be the "it" program. Would also like input on changes in this business that many think will put an end to it or put great limitations on it --voice-recognition and other new software options. Thanks so much.

Jamyla Taylor said...

Hi there, nice post and a good source of information. It really shows that you're an expert in this field. I'm looking for some transcription jobs from home
in this site. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up!

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