The number of people turning to online work increases by the day. You can become a virtual assistant, a tutor, a consultant, an article writer or a transcriptionist. Transcribing is one of the most popular options to earn a living online.
Transcription basically involves typing out video or audio files. They are mostly used by doctors and lawyers for reference. It is relatively easy to break into transcription because all you’ll need is a laptop, internet connection, good listening skills, headphones and a good typing speed.
If you are not sure about your typing speed, there are several websites that can help you test and increase your typing speed. You will also need to ensure that your grammar and accuracy is excellent. If your typing speed is below 65 words per minute, then you may need to consider enrolling for an online typing class. To practice, watch your favourite TV show and try to transcribe it. If possible, monitor the amount of time you’ve spent.
Prepare to invest in a good set of headphones. Your phone’s earphones will not cut it. Remember, transcription relies on hearing what is on those audio or video files. You need the audio to be crisp and clear, something that regular earphones may not be able to deliver.
For starters, you can use Microsoft Word to transcribe, but once you begin earning it is advisable that you invest in transcription software. This software has auto correct features, short cuts and playback features. This will increase your output.
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