Starting a transcription service is an easy, simple and safe business needing very little investment. Transcription services can be easily started from home. All you need is a skillful typist, a good computer with large storage, high quality headphones, a software program and a few transcription tools.
A transcription business is basically receiving audio documents from a company/individual and converting them into written files. These services are required by companies who record meetings, news channels that record interviews, lawyers who record discussion with their clients, and even surgeons who record their surgical procedures, among many others. As a transcriptionist, you will be required to have a fast typing speed, a good hold on the English language and the ability to understand different accents. Also, since providing transcription services can be done from anywhere, even your home, you will also have to stay organized and manage your time well to avoid distractions.
Once you set up your transcription business office, either at home or at a separate space, you’ll need a few transcription tools that will help you in your endeavor. Some of them include:
VoiceWalker: VoiceWalker is an online transcription tool that is lets the transcriber play the audio/video in a systemized and controlled method.
Scrivener: Scrivener is a very flexible and sophisticated word processor that can playback, step forward and backward by a few keyboard hits.
SoundWriter: SoundWriter is a tool that links the converted transcription with the audio.
Transcribe: This tool eliminates the need for shuffling between audio players and text editors. It’s mostly used to work out words from a music recording.Using these online tools will go a long way in making your transcription business successful. They can be downloaded for free from the Internet.