Friday, March 10, 2017

6 Preparation Steps An Aspiring Online Transcriptionist Should Take

By Jen Kelly

If you want to work at home, online transcription might be the job for you. An online transcriptionist listens to audio and types it out, and jobs include medical transcription, legal transcription, and general transcription. The job certainly has its benefits. You get to choose what hours you want to work, and you don't have to get dressed, find your car keys, or get a babysitter. With stars in your eyes, you might be tempted to promptly apply for a job. This can spell disaster, though. Transcription requires a certain set of skills, and these skills will be tested in any online transcription application you encounter. Many people fail. Before you apply for a job, prepare yourself with these 6 steps.

1. Know What the Job Requires

Before you decide on a transcription job, do some research. Medical transcription jobs, for example, require a familiarity with medical terminology. You will need a certain amount of training at a community college or through an online course. Besides schooling, you might also be required to purchase books and equipment.

2. Improve Your Typing Speed

Typing carries some of the heaviest weight of transcription responsibilities. You listen to audio and you type what you hear. Your fingers are in constant motion. If your typing skills aren't up to par, you will fall behind fast, assuming you can even land a job. Many transcription companies recommend a minimum typing speed of 60 WPM. Many others require a minimum of 75 WPM and higher. There are plenty of free sites, like, that let you test your typing speed and improve it through typing exercises.

3. Improve Your Grammar

Transcription requires good grammar and spelling. An exceptional vocabulary is also great to have. Any grammar book can help you hone these skills, and there are many free online grammar tutorials available as well.

4. Practice Transcription
One of the most effective ways you can hone your transcription skills is by transcribing audio. There are free practice sound files all over the Internet that let you practice medical, legal, and other transcriptions. One site,, let's you pick from a selection of speeds ranging from 40 WPM to over 220 WPM. This also helps you improve your typing speed.

5. Invest in Some Decent Equipment
Since the job depends on your ability to hear clearly, most transcription companies require you to have a decent pair of headphones. Not every company requires a foot pedal, but even if a company doesn't, it would be wise to invest in one. A foot pedal lets you control audio speed without you ever having to lift your fingers off the keyboard. It can make your transcription job much easier.

6. Prepare a Work Environment

You will need a decent work environment. A good transcription environment requires a quiet place that is free of distractions. You may need to set aside a specific time of day to work. If there are other people in your household, you might need to work before they wake up or after they go to bed.

Online transcription is a popular work-at-home job and you might be tempted to rush right in. Doing this can set you up for failure. Before you seek a job, take some preparation steps so that you can start your transcription career at the top of the ladder.

Learn general transcription today and start your home transcription business!  Check out the instructional books (also medical) and basic equipment needed for transcription at home here at General Transcription Information.  

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Things You Didn't Know About General Transcription

Things You Didn't Know About General Transcription
By Larry Grover

Did you know that transcription services are required by the plenty these days? The reason is simple. Effective transcribers ensure that the meaning stays the same after transcription is complete. When transcribing say audio interviews or audio books, it is important to transcribe everything properly. The reason is that even subtle differences can make the entire meaning different and thus it is essential that the transcriber understand thoroughly what he is transcribing.

Today, there are a number of different transcribing methods including video transcription and podcast transcription. Video transcription for instance, helps you know the exact events in the video according to time frames.

Why do you need general transcription?
General transcription work is one of the most sought after jobs in recent times where one can work at their own pace and earn a good amount of money. However, there are certain things that one should learn about this profession at the beginning for a better understanding:

General transcription job requires one to first undergo a course along with proper training so that they can get familiar with the procedures and terminologies that are specific to the kind of transcription job you are about to do. A person who is proficient in English, manages time well, can proofread and possesses great internet and typing skills is more likely to get a job in this market.

� The amount of money you charge for the job depends on the job's complexity and you need to bid for your job keeping it in mind. You can make use of various online sites to advertise your skills, bid for a job and then get paid for it when you finish the job.

� There are various types of transcription jobs available in the market and one should choose the one they think they will do best. Often one needs to undergo specialized training programs to do multilingual transcription work which pays more money than general transcription.

General transcription work is great for people who wish to work from home. Many people opt for this job as an additional income as they can work according to their convenience when they have the time. One can work on various projects at a given point of time and earn per project.

� Using a foot pedal to control the playback equipment's speed can help one to deliver high quality and absolutely correct work as one can clearly listen to all the words being said and then do the transcription work easily.

Did you know all these about general transcription? Not many of us know for instance, what a podcast transcription is even today!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

How Legal Professionals Can Benefit From Audio Transcription Services

How Legal Professionals Can Benefit From Audio Transcription Services
By M Holmes

Creating transcripts from audio and video content is a practice that has been around a long time. Technological advancement has improved the way transcription is done and transcription companies vie with each other to provide their clients with accurate and timely transcripts. Audio transcription services are a great advantage for legal professionals and law firms looking to save time and money with their documentation tasks. Performing audio transcription can be a time and resource consuming task for attorneys, lawyers, court reporters, and other paralegals. That's why these professionals are increasingly outsourcing their documentation tasks to reliable service providers.

Audio Transcription for a Wide Variety of Documents
Legal transcription services are available for legal documents and proceedings such as court proceedings, judgments, legal hearings and pleadings, legal letters, briefs, reports, trials, arbitrations, and much more. Assigning their transcription work to an established legal transcription company will help legal professionals save time, focus better on their cases, and enhance their productivity.

Benefits of Audio Transcription Outsourcing
Outsourcing audio transcription tasks to a reliable legal transcription company, assures legal professionals many benefits:

• Audio transcription utilizing digital applications: A reliable firm would uses up-to-date sophisticated technologies and the latest software to convert audio files to text. They can handle various audio file formats such as MP3, WAV, AU, and more.
• Accurate transcripts: Professional transcription firms would ensure transcripts with high levels of accuracy. Their team of transcriptionists would be trained in legal terminology and jargon and also have excellent listening and comprehensive skills to catch important words and different accents. The transcribed documents undergo stringent quality checks to assure accuracy levels of up to 99 percent.
• Saves resources: Reliable firms help legal professionals save money as well as resources. Hiring audio transcription services means they can save money that would go into hiring additional staff to do the job in-house. They can also save on space, infrastructural expenses, and investment in new technologies and training programs.
• Secure handling of legal data: Legal professionals do not have to worry about the safety of the information on their precious audio files when they are sent out for transcription. A reliable legal transcription company would ensure utmost confidentiality and security for the files with measures such as:
     - FTP and browser based 256 bit encryption for safe file transfer
     - Onsite confidentiality with password-protected computers and staff trained on privacy rules pertaining to client data.
• Cost-effective: Legal transcription services are cost-effective. Established firms help their clients reap economies of scale and can ensure their clients cost savings of 30 to 40 percent on their transcription.

Find a Reliable Service Provider
To gain all these benefits, it is necessary to team up with a reliable legal transcription company. The best way is to browse the web and go in for the free trial that leading providers offer to help their clients evaluate their audio transcription services. Choose the firm that can meet your requirements at rates that fit your budget.

MOS Legal Transcription Service provides a wide range of audio transcription services for lawyers and other legal professionals
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Transcription Services - Charging Methods

Transcription Services - Charging Methods
by Riley J Nottingham

There are so many transcription services on the market today, some costing not much at all and some costing lots and lots of money. With many different charging models, today I'll look at the different charging models and the best way you can get awesome quality transcription work without spending much. I'll also show how cheap transcription services does not always mean low quality transcription work.

There are multiple models of how you get charged by transcription companies. These are the most common ones but certainly not all of them. We look look at the benefits and the negatives of each below.

Fixed Price:
Fixed price transcription is normally coming up with a combination of the below methods; normally a customer will submit their audio needing to be transcribed and the transcription company will provide a quote for that will only be valid for that work quoted on. A company will generally take number of speakers, hardness of audio, quality of recording, turnaround time, previous working relationships with the customer, etc. into consideration when determining a standard quote for transcription based on a fixed price.
Positives of fixed price transcription services:
You know exactly how much the audio transcription company will charge for the transcription services. No surprise fees for the transcription. Good for large business and for business with ongoing transcription contracts. You can ensure the transcription company has the capacity to deliver work before order is placed. You might be able to get discounts based on large amounts of audio, although in my experience this is not the case.
Negatives of fixed price transcriptions:
Not good for fast turnaround transcription work as it takes time for you to contact the company providing the transcription service and them to reply to you with a quote. Even if you contact them, in my experience some just do not reply, wasting more time. Very time consuming to organize. These companies normally have little to no automated services so customer feedback is often slow. You normally end up paying more for audio work. Make sure you check the transcription services' ability to take detailed client requirements into consideration.
In almost all cases, I would advise against this type of transcription service, as you can achieve the same or better results with other transcription methods. The one circumstance I would advise this method is if there are very exact formatting or specific punctuation standards that are required (as the other methods listed below often will not have special formatting included in the price).

Per Line of Typed Text
Per line of text is normally defined as: 1 line of transcription is equal to 65 key strokes. Normally a company will have an agreed rate per keystroke with the transcriptionist and you are charged for these keystrokes. While this is often heavily used in the medical transcription industry, personally I do not like this method of charging for transcription services because it is extremely hard for the client getting the transcription completed on their behalf to know exactly how many keystrokes or lines of transcription there are in their audio order. While some level of estimation can be completed, you will not know what you're paying until you get your bill! I think this is a risk that does not need to be taken when there are so many other transcription methods available.
Positives of per line transcription services:  Very accurate method of charging for work performed. Very good for transcription companies as customers take the risk. You can often pay after work is completed, which can assist customers and businesses with cash flow situations (keep money in your bank as long as possible!).
Negatives of fixed price transcription services:  Customers take the risk of the services performed. There is an unknown price of transcription until it is completed. Because no money was paid to start work, some companies may not complete audio if it is very hard audio - talk about slack! So... bad on the customer service front, especially.
Generally, I would suggest this method of charging be avoided, except for the very few circumstances where there is lots of audio time with very limited amount of speaking. As, if the work was being charged at a per minute rate, you could potentially be charged more. In my experience, companies capitalize on the uncertainty of the customers by having complicated per line rates that are hard to understand. Be aware of unknown costs and make sure - if you are REALLY interested in this method of charging - that you find a company you trust.

Per Minute of Audio
The per minute of audio pricing structure is becoming increasingly common, as the transcription industry becomes more competitive. This method is often the easiest and cheapest from a consumer's point of view.
Positives of per minute of audio transcription services: It's simple. Especially if the rate is $1 or $2 per minute, it makes it even simpler for the customer. 10 minutes is $10 - a simple minutes x rate equation. It is usually cost effective if you find a good company.
Negatives of per minute of audio transcription services:  If you have large amounts of silence in your audio, you will still be charged for this. This is because someone must still be paid to listen to every second of your audio to ensure there is nothing in those gaps to be transcribed.
This is generally the best method of obtaining transcription for your audio. It's usually quite easy to get quotes from these companies, and the pricing is usually fair. Per minute audio transcription services will probably become more and more popular into the future.

Common Extra Charges
It is extremely important to be aware of the extra charges some transcription companies may try to charge you, as many of them try very hard to squeeze as much money out of their customers as possible. Common charges we have seen have included:
  • Extra charges for hard audio (the definitions vary widely)
  • More than 1 speaker (quite common)
  • Turnaround times (can be complicated)

Be careful, as always. Do your research. Find the charging option that works best for you. Weigh up all the factors that are important to you, or your client, whoever the customer is... the quality of your transcription, the accuracy, as well as the customer service provided by your chosen online audio transcription service.

Happy transcription hunting!

Riley Nottingham is the co-founder of DoneItNow -, an online audio transcription service that provides amazing, high-quality transcriptions from just $1/min.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

General Transcription Techniques

General Transcription Techniques
By Ron Jacobsen

When various visual elements are made to interact with sound, the results are often described as 'rich'. This is the essence of many multimedia productions because the content appeals to the viewer and listener at multiple levels and the individual feels compelled to convert the words in the multimedia piece to print.

Interactive media recordings can contain still images, animation, graphics, video, audio and text made to appear like a motion picture. The last twenty years has seen a subtle but rapid evolution of electronic media devices used to digitally store multiple varieties of information in their appropriate file formats.

The conversion of interactive media pieces like these from their original digital format into text requires extensive training as well as patience, even for the skilled professional. This is why the general transcription process of audio to text appears deceptively easy at first glance.

If you are in the market and need to have a written document created from a media piece then the most efficient strategy is to have your transcripts prepared by an online transcription company that uses only state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

Sometimes the files that are uploaded onto the website for general transcription are of poor quality or with incompatible file formats. The transcription experts are then forced to use multiple strategies in order to get all of the transcripts done correctly. This is where a company that already has superior transcription arsenal can make all the difference as they capture all of the words and sounds and commit them to text.

Familiar general transcription tools include video editing devices, equipment with variable speed audio playback capability, speech recognition software, scribe transcription aids and gadgets like transcription headsets, hand held digital dictation devices and transcription foot pedals. Real people make a career of being good listeners and with the right tools simplify all of the processes. None of this is visible to the client!

A-Class transcriptions websites allow their clients to seamlessly log onto their account and with multiple clicks of the mouse, request exactly what they want. In this way the turnaround times, service rates and text document formats are stipulated and can be followed by multiple instructions.

The team handshake of client and staff works like a gem! From the start of the process when the client uploads as many as ten of their files in their original file formats (up to 800 megabytes) until the transcripts are sent to the supplied email address and/or placed on their account, the files are confidentially regulated and accuracy in transcription has been assured.

This 'apparent' transcription magic spins the raw document through the capable hands of transcribers, proof readers, editors and project managers and produces a completed transcript. At the points where there may have been crosstalk or the audio is extremely difficult to interpret, the ListenLink™ feature is placed instead of the text so that the text document reader can 'backpedal' from text to audio and listen to the actual audio recording.

Not everyone has the knack of being meticulous when preparing text documents. Hiring the best transcription writers at affordable prices has proven to be the best way to convert a precious document from audio to text and to have it delivered on time complimented by the best budget!

Ron writes about general transcription techniques or how to on providing effective transcriptions. TranscriptionWing is a transcription services company offering fast, and reliable transcripts at low transcription rates.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Demand for Court Reporting Experts Continues to Expand

The Demand for Court Reporting Experts Continues to Expand
By Sarah Ballentine

Court reporting, sometimes referred to as stenography, is the process of transcribing a person's spoken or previously recorded words into written form. It is most commonly used as part of the legal process either in the courtroom or during briefing sessions; however, the occupation extends into the general business sector.

An individual must be well versed in shorthand writing and trained to use voice or stenography devices to create the required official transcripts. Court reporters are used for these types of document creation:
  • Hearing Transcripts
  • Depositions
  • Trial Briefs
  • Discovery Summaries
  • Closed-Captioning
  • Meeting Transcription
  • Speech Conversion
  • Record Generation
  • Letters
The job of a reporter is not limited to a legal environment and numerous companies hire these professionals to perform additional types of transcription tasks. Closed-captioning on television programs is one example of the extension of these services outside of a legal setting.

How are Court Reporters Incorporated into the Dictation Processes?
Court reporters can be tied to a specific firm or in a freelance fashion where they work on individual contracts. Companies or legal experts use their abilities for court proceedings or general dictation needs. The demand for professional services is high in the areas of depositions and court hearing proceedings.

Real-time court reporting is essential to firms handling a case because the transcribed data can be used to perform research in a faster manner. Online databases of the documents offer lawyers quick access to needed information and a dependable reporter make this possible.

Courtrooms today include integrated technology that has increased the turnaround time of documents created during real-time proceeding transcription. This addition has allowed trials to occur quicker, operate smoothly, and individual contributors to use their time more efficiently.

Court reporters are significant assets to any legal process and their services have been extended to general business environments to receive comparable advantages. They are responsible for accurate dictation along with the effective operation of all needed equipment. Companies offering reporting services are responsible for the maintenance of devices in addition to the support software used to manage all documents. Delivered services include:
  • Case Management Assistance
  • Team of Dedicated Reporters
  • Production Facilities
  • In-House Depositions
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Video/Text Synchronization
  • Web Streaming
  • Videography
  • Database Oriented Document Management
The process can be completed with two basic methods-stenography or voice writing. Stenography involves typing spoken word by means of a device to create an accurate record. In voice writing, the transcriber repeats spoken word in a verbatim manner into a special recording mechanism that actually creates the transcript.

Stenographers must pass typing speed tests, whereas a voice writer is evaluated based on dictation speed. Both are used in courtroom processes and specially designed digital recorders are sometimes applied to perform dictation after the event.

Court reporting is definitely not a dying profession and the need for these skills continues to increase. The demand for these professionals expands every day both in legal areas and throughout organizations. A professional outsourcing provider is one option firms or companies have when these services are needed and allows someone to be acquired without paying a regular salary.

Court reporting allows a company or firm to receive accurate written records of a verbal communication. Court reporters have become a high demand profession due to their versatility.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

How General Transcription Companies Help the Business Industry

How General Transcription Companies Help the Business Industry
By Ron Jacobsen

General transcription is simply what it's termed of, general. It is a transcription service where one is not required to have a medical or legal terminology training or certification. It is the form of transcription that is easiest to get in to. Although some companies do general along with legal transcription, it is more precise to say that any transcription service that is not medical would be considered general.

General transcription helps the industry by simplifying the daily operation of businesses around the world, but most importantly it's a service that is scalable to every individual no matter the needs. Every company that is serious about their business at one point would be involved in recording conversations. May it be a phone call, or a business meeting or even a recorded video conference, one way or the other someone would want to have a transcript of what was talked about, and what happened and the only way to have some sort of detailed review would be to have these media transcribed. This is where general transcription companies come in.

These companies can just be a click away from any company or individual on which you can have your media uploaded or sent to the transcribing party and it will return back to you in a well formatted word document or PDF or sometimes even excel sheet that you can easily read, search from, and print. This is how general transcription companies help the industry. It is a way where someone does something that you will not probably have time to do and they do it fast and accurate.

General transcription companies do not just appeal to other companies but also cater to individuals that are always on-the-go. Business people in general don't have the time to listen to all their voicemails and would prefer for it to come in paper form that they can read whenever they have the time. Memos or even scribbled meeting notes can be transcribed into a well formatted digital document that can easily be printed, and backed up.

Marketing research is another industry that benefits from general transcription companies. Most of the operations involved usually requires recording and with that transcripts. From webcam interviews, focus group discussions, and mobile research recordings, all of which requires transcriptions that would be submitted to the Research Company or researcher which then will be used to generate qualitative insights.

General transcription companies bring value to the business industry as it compliments them with a service that most businesses would be better off not doing themselves. These companies pride themselves with accuracy and speed which makes it is very cost-efficient to consider hiring them than create transcripts on their own.
Ron Jacobsen writes about general transcription services that includes video, legal and voice mail transcriptions. TranscriptionWing offers fast, reliable and accurate transcripts at very low transcription prices.

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