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What is transcription?
Transcription is what we used to call audio-typing – turning recordings of spoken words into documents containing those words written down. There is quite a lot of call for transcription work of various kinds as we’ll see in a moment. But the work basically involves putting on a headset or ear phones, and typing out what you can hear on a tape.
What kinds of transcription job are available?
Personally, I’ve worked on the following kinds of transcription job, which just shows how varied it can be:
- Journalists interviewing musicians and actors
- Someone interviewing their elderly parent in order to write a memoir for them
- Academics and students interviewing subjects for their research
- Students’ role-plays for learning how to provide phone counselling
- Presentations at international conferences
- Panels at conferences including questions
- Discussion panels for market research companies
- Podcasts by one person so they can provide transcriptions to their listeners
- Podcasts of one person interviewing another
- Free and paid-for telecasts (phone-in sessions where people listen to a speaker)
- Free and paid-for teleseminars (as above but with questions and discussion)
- Content for a book, dictated in the first instance before being edited
There are also specific roles that people can take on who have particular specialised skills such as legal proceedings or letters and medical transcription.
All of these clients have had different requirements in terms of the level of detail, time stamping, etc. but all have provided variety and interest!
Am I suited for transcription work?
In essence, the answer comes down to these three points:
- How fast do you type? You need to be able to type really fast to be able to make enough money (see below)
- How careful are you with your posture? (sounds odd, but sitting in one position typing like mad for hours is the highest risk part of my job for RSI)
- How good are you at using Word and its autocorrect features? (this makes a lot of difference to your speed – see the section on technology below)
The best way to find out if you’re suitable for this kind of work is to practise before you’re doing a paid job. Learn from me, here! I did train as an audio typist, with a foot pedal and a tape player back in the old days. So when a journalist I followed on Twitter asked if anyone offered transcription, I went for and got the job. Fine, I did lovely fast typing but I was using Windows Media Player to play the tape, switching windows to start, pause and rewind it. That first tape took me hours! I wish I’d known what I know now about technology and how to actually do it!
Basic Requirement to do Audio Transcription Jobs
Good English (Verbal & Written)
Excellent Typing Speed
As you can see this work does not require any expertise skill set; all you need is a good English communication skill along with excellent typing speed. This is the main reason behind many looking for online typing work. So if you are one of them with good communication skill then this article is just for you.