Top 3 Transcription Myths Shattered


Top 3 Transcription Myths Shattered
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

3/27/2014

Transcription services are high in demand around the globe, with many work-at-home transcriptionists operating in a wide range of industries, including law, business and healthcare. The majority of work can be completed from a computer, making this an ideal job for someone who is a fast at typing. Despite this, there are a few myths hovering over this industry. Below are three of the biggest misconceptions about transcription.

1. Transcriptionists must be fast at typing.

Although the more words typed per minute equals a faster turnaround time and better hourly wage, lightning-fast typing is not a requirement. Accuracy is more important than speed; however working at a snail's pace is not desirable either. Guidelines differ depending on the client the transcriptionist works with, therefore no matter what the typing abilities, adhering to a client and verbatim requests is the most important thing. That, and a keen ear will help a transcriptionist gain plenty of clients.

2. The software can replace manual transcription.

If you scour the web you will likely stumble across software that claims it can speed up the transcription process. Although some software may be legitimate, most will result in incorrect content. Audio playback control software might be less costly than hiring someone per hour; however, the price is reflected in the quality. Dictation apps can be convenient if you're in a rush, but technology doesn't come close to the precision of a human transcriptionist.

3. An hour-long recording takes 60 minutes to transcribe.

This myth has been floating around for years, but is untrue. It's difficult to say how long it would take a transcriptionist to interpret audio recordings, because a number of factors affect the process, such as the audio quality, the technical nature, the accents, the client formatting needs and most importantly, the transcriptionist's experience. While a long audio file with one voice may take 60 minutes or less to complete, a short audio file with multiple voices could take as long as four hours to transcribe. In order to figure out how long a job will take to complete, these things must be taken into account.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Director of Operations for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed success at GMR for almost ten years now and has helped the company grow. Within two years of Beth managing GMR Transcription, it had doubled in sales and was named one of the OC Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and two kids.