Working as a successful transcriptionist is no easy feat. It takes work and commitment to be successful.
While it might not be easy to be a successful transcriptionist, it is simple!
Here are the top four reasons I see transcription businesses fail and (most importantly!) the simple ways you can fix the problem.
With just a bit of effort and these simple fixes, you can have the successful work-from-home business you've dreamed of.
How would you feel if a plumber came to your home to fix a leak, but you discovered that he had absolutely no training to do so? Exactly.
And while you don't need years of experience to be a successful transcriber, you DO need skills so you can interact with clients in a professional manner and deliver a high-quality transcript.
Training and skills are non-negotiable when it comes to doing great work as a transcriptionist. With appropriate training, you'll learn:
The General Transcription: Theory and Practice training provides all of this and more. If you are serious about learning how to work as a transcriptionist, get appropriate training. The free e-course is the perfect place to get started.
A transcription career provides a lot of flexibility in terms of your schedule and the types of jobs you can work on.
But it's important to be flexible when interacting with clients as well. You want to make it as easy for clients to work with you as possible by removing as many barriers as you can. If you make it too difficult for clients to do business with you, they will find another transcriptionist to work with!
Listen to your clients! Where possible, meet them where they are rather than forcing them to adjust to you.
This might mean:
The specifics will vary based on your clients and your business model.
You don't want to create unique systems for every client. But it makes sense to adjust in areas where it doesn't ultimately end up creating more work for you.
How many times have you had a bad experience with another business but not said anything?
On the flip side, how many times have you had great service and gotten exactly what you wanted, but not said anything because you were too busy or no one asked!
Client service is the cornerstone of any business. It means following up with transcription clients after the job is done to find out if there were any shortfalls, but also to find out if you met or exceeded their expectations.
Set up a system to gather client feedback. You can create a simple Google form or even send an email. Feedback requests don't have to be fancy. Just check in from time to time.
Following up can be as simple as verifying that a client received the file or be as complex as evaluating your job request and delivery systems to make sure they are working for you and the client.
And don't forget that positive feedback can be used as testimonials on your website!
If your goal is to run a successful freelance business, but you are fitting it in around other obligations, you'll never achieve the success you want.
This is one of the easiest fixes of them all. If you are going to run a business, treat it like one. Success doesn't always mean six figures and a large staff. You can have a successful business as just one person! But you still need protocols.
We want nothing more than for you to be successful at your work-from-home transcription career. And these tips are meant to help you take your transcription business to the next level.
If you haven't been finding success, these simple steps should help you get back on track.
What separates a ho-hum transcriptionist from an excellent one? Is there even a demand for transcription? Who hires transcriptionists?
Can anyone be a transcriptionist?
Get the answers to all these questions and more by enrolling in my free introductory course, Transcription Foundations.
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