Career of an Online Audio Transcriptionist: Being A Freelance Transcriber VS Working In An Office

The requirements of a freelance transcriptionist are much fewer than those of a transcriptionist who works for a location-based company in a boring old office. 24dollsde

If you’re freelance, the equipment you need is minimal. A computer, or a laptop for greater mobility, plus an Internet connection, and if you’re really fancy, gadgets like a headset and/or microphone.

You can work at home… or anywhere that there’s a wifi connection! You don’t need to pay for travel or a uniform – or any kind of clothes lieblingsfeier for that matter. You can be in pajamas or in your birthday suit and still be a high quality transcription producer.

Of course, you need skills such as typing, ability to research, attention to detail and preferably have a background in transcription, editing or writing.

Working from home does require a good degree of self-discipline and the ability to motivate yourself to keep working. As a freelancer, travelstranscribed you should also keep your CV up to date so you are ready to take on new work with new online audio transcription businesses when it comes up.

A freelancer transcriber must know how to look for jobs online and become familiar with the job sites and establish positive working relationships/connections with their transcription colleagues. As the old adage goes, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know!”

A good idea is to build up your client list and don’t be afraid to ask for references to attest to the quality of your work.

When comparing working as a freelancer transcriptionist vs in an office, factors you must consider are:

Startup or capital cost – freelancers provide their own equipment, utilities like electricity, Internet, etc. Therefore they can charge lower rates and the initial outlay can be recovered quite easily over time. Both kinds of transcribers need to produce really great quality work, however companies are able to employ more layers of checking the quality of work (QA/quality assurance) and can utilise editors, hogar proofreaders, etc. This is sometimes an added cost to the customer so it may still be better for a customer to use a freelance transcriber.

As a freelancer, you may only have one specialisation, e.g. medical or legal. If that’s the case, you will need to invest time and possibly money in research and training to become familiar with other fields like general, podcast and interview transcription.

On the topic of quantity, companies will always have the upper hand, as they can definitely handle bigger volumes compared to freelancers. Although freelancers can get together just for a specific project. Still, this capacity will be more limited compared to companies

Turnarounds are inherently pretty strict. However, freelancers are generally professionals. They deliver on time, most times. But, if a problem arises, fastconv at the end of the day they are individuals without a backup. Transcription services/businesses on the other hand have numerous employees and contingencies in place.

Still, I believe the advantages of working freelance still outweigh the negatives.

You have a really good amount of flexibility and autonomy. You can work at your own pace, your own terms and you don’t have to deal with office politics (or wearing clothes). You can even choose your own clients!

Geographical location isn’t a barrier, and there is potential to procure a better work-life balance. This point is especially important, as I myself know how sucky it is when you are working yourself into the ground.

Public transport, fuel, taxis, ytmp3 etc. all adds up! With no need to commute, you can really save money and also manage your meals easier and more cost effectively when you transcribe from home.

For you egomaniacs (kidding!) out there, you can take pride in your work – and proudly take 100% of the credit.

I will point out some disadvantages. You are isolated. The absence of physical interaction with others means it can be a lonely job, especially late at night. You also won’t receive bonuses, health insurance, paid holidays/vacation as if you worked for a transcription service. NB: however, expertswatches there are some transcription companies that will actually give bonuses and paid holidays to their most trustworthy and best freelance transcribers.

The income and workload can be quite varied. There will be times when the work is so much that you go crazy, and times when you have nada. “When it rains, it pours.”

That initial startup cost is a direct cost to you. You also need to organise payment of taxes yourself, and you have to have good focus to be able to not get distracted.







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