Have you gone through training and testing to become a transcriptionist and still wondering how to see success? How can you actually succeed at transcription work? There are a couple of key things to keep in mind when growing your transcription business. Keep reading while we uncover the eight ways to succeed at transcription work:
First, you want to make sure you have the necessary skills and training to do great work as a transcriptionist.
With training, you’ll learn things like:
The General Transcription: Theory and Practice training will provide all this and more. If you are serious about learning how to work as a transcriptionist so you can work when and where you want, setting your own rates and more, you will want to check out the training.
Once you decide to start your career in transcription, it can be an exciting feeling, but what direction are you going to take?
General transcription or legal transcription?
Legal transcription is all about transcribing legal proceedings and general transcriptionists can work for a variety of different clients like podcasters, filmmakers, and other content creators. Offering both services, as I do, not only offers the widest pool of potential clients, but it also helps keep the work interesting and varied.
Once you have the training under your belt, it’s time to start getting work. You should treat this like a business and not a hobby, regardless if you will be working part-time or full-time. Having a business mindset is a small change that will take you far. You will be taken seriously as a professional and you will see yourself this way as well.
As a transcription business owner, keep these things in mind:
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One of the three secrets from transcriptionists who actually make money is to be a savvy marketer. One of the ways to be a great marketer is to get on social media. Making a professional profile for yourself as a transcriptionist, finding job leads and clients, and networking can all come from being active on social media.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
These tips will help you stand out and soon you might start to see clients approach you, for work!
You would be surprised how much equipment can make a difference between you being a successful transcriptionist or not. Some tools you’ll need include a computer, a stable internet connection, and more.
If you need help finding quality transcription equipment and an affordable price, you’ll want to take a look at the General Transcription training we offer. You’ll learn the ins and outs of equipment plus other helpful information to succeed in transcription like, how to connect with clients, how to build your business, income guidelines and more. Here’s the syllabus to take a look at. You can learn more here.
If you want to wow your clients, underpromise and overdeliver. This extends to meeting deadlines. Most companies have deadlines and you want to make sure you meet them every time. Some ways to meet deadlines on time:
Take into consideration the type of project, scope of work, length of file and time required to complete work; then, use these tips to work efficiently and meet and exceed your client’s deadline. If you have happy clients, you will have returning clients.
Whether it be time tracking, project management, or communication, successful transcriptionists are well-organized. Don’t be afraid to use free or paid tools to help you be more organized.
Here are some tools to help you stay organized this year:
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Nothing beats having an industry-related support system for your business. Collaborating with like-minded people, other transcriptionists like you, is great for:
We’ve mentioned these groups before. They are so great, we are bringing them up again:
These success tips are meant to help you take your transcription business to the next level. Whether you are struggling with managing your workload, finding clients, or building a professional business, these ideas should provide some helpful guidance to you:
What do you think? Comment down below to share some of your own best practices that have helped you achieve success as a transcriptionist.
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.
For our legal transcription mini-course, click here.