Think About Working as Home-Based Transcriptionists

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If you try to search the Internet lately, you will find that there are a lot of home-based jobs available now and one of them is transcription.


As a transcriptionist, you are expected to meet certain requirements necessary to perform your job accurately.  One of the requirements is that you must have a good command of the English language both oral and written, so, that would include excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  And also, being able to understand different English accents would be very helpful.  Another requirement would be very good listening skills.  Since your main task would be to listen to voice files then convert them to text documents, you would really need to have good listening skills to produce accurate transcripts.  Last of the requirements being a home-based transcriptionist would be your typing skills.  Being able to be a fast typist without compromising the quality of the transcript would be an advantage.  Most companies require a typing speed of at least 45-50 WPM or words per minute, faster would be better.  You don’t have to worry if you are not that fast as typing speed can be improved as you go along with you job.

Pros and Cons

Working as a home-based transcriptionist can have advantages and disadvantages depending on what type of a person you are.  If you are somebody who is a “homebody”, then, more often than not, you will find benefits from working at home.  You don’t need to spend money for transportation, you don’t need to worry about what to wear as you go to work, and you don’t have to feel sluggish whenever it’s raining hard and you have to report for work. Also, moms who are busy attending to their household chores and taking care of their children would benefit so much from being home-based transcriptionist.  But what I like about working home-based as transcriptionist is it broadens your knowledge.  There’s so much to learn as topics vary and you may have different topics to transcribe whenever you have an assigned task.

On the other hand, if you are someone who is very adventurous and prefers to be around a lot of people all the time, someone who is socially active, then, working as home-based transcriptionist is not for you.

Now that you know the things to consider about working as home-based transcriptionists, it is up to you if you wish to get yourself involved in this kind of job as many did.

Submitted by: Jennifer Querimit

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