Transcription Foot Pedal: Choosing The Best One

Transcription Foot Pedal: Choosing The Best One
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


Having the right equipment is essential when you offer transcription services. You need tools that are reliable, efficient, and easy to use. If you want to be taken seriously, the equipment you choose to use must provide you with the features and functions you need to do your job as effortlessly as possible. You must be accurate and able to produce documents that look professional. There are many different types of transcription foot pedals on the market so you will need to do your homework and research several models until you find the one that will do exactly what you want it to do.

Anti-slip Pad

If you offer legal transcription services to attorneys and the courts, you never know the type of flooring that will be in place. Hardwood and tile flooring can be slick causing your foot pedal to slide while you are working. Choose a model that has an anti-slip pad on the bottom to prevent the unit from moving or shifting while it is in use. Most types of carpeting will allow for slight slippage. With an anti-slip pad, your foot pedal will stay firmly where it was placed allowing you to work with confidence.


A wireless unit will give you the freedom to work in places where you have limited access to the internet or electrical outlets. Many foot pedals are now battery-operated so adding the wireless feature means you can use Bluetooth technology along with wireless earbuds. This means you can work virtually anywhere with minimal limitations. Using Bluetooth technology means less lag time and allows you to work more efficiently with fewer disruptions.

Wireless technology opens many doors and allows you to offer transcription services in a variety of environments where a hardwired system isn't feasible. Wireless foot pedals are somewhat more expensive than hardwired models, but the level of convenience and freedom they offer is well worth the additional cost. Spending a little extra money now will save you time and effort in the future.

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Magnetic Switches

Magnetic switches offer a quieter work environment. With magnets, the quiet clicks as the foot pedal is used are no longer a distraction. The magnets allow the foot pedal to function smoothly with less resistance and smoother operation. The mechanical switches that were used in the past were noisy and could wear out with extensive use. The way the magnetic switches are designed makes operating the foot pedal simple and easy with fewer disruptions or distractions that could reduce your accuracy.

Customizable functions

Many foot pedals offer customizable features that allow you to personalize them to your specific requirements. Each transcriptionist is different. Pedal functions need to work in such a way that you are entirely comfortable. Being able to adjust their speed and other performance qualities allows you to concentrate more fully on your work. You will produce documents that are both accurate and professional looking at a much faster pace if you are able to personalize your equipment to your own personal settings. Some foot pedals are easier to program than others, so make sure you find the one that is the easiest for you to operate.

If you offer Transcription services, you will have to provide your clients with exceptional service each and every time you take on a new job. This means excellent accuracy and professional-looking documents that can be used in any setting from the courtroom to the corporate conference room. When you have the right equipment, you can also offer your transcriptionist services to professionals in other fields.

Corporate, medical, and industrial clients who take a massive amount of notes or hold meetings may also use your services. Being able to go to their location with equipment that can function effectively under unique circumstances will allow you to grow your business in ways that you may have never thought possible. Choose your equipment wisely, and you will be able to work in any industry, at any time, and in any place. If you are starting out and building your client list, have the right equipment on hand so that you can prove to them you mean business. You will be able to land new clients and make a good first impression with every job you perform.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.