Non-Medical Online Transcription
Transcribing dictation is one of the many ways to work online at home. It can be a good alternative for someone who spent years as an assistant in a brick and mortar company, but can someone become an online transcriber without any experience?
Yes! While medical transcription often requires specialized training in medical terminology, non-medical transcription usually does not require any special training. Some companies may require experience, but with others you just need to be able to pass the test.
How do you pass a test to secure an online transcription job? The key is speed and accuracy. Many companies will list the minimum required typing speed on their application page. This hub will show you how to transcribe. Then your part is to increase your speed and accuracy, which means practice, practice practice.
Step 1: Learn to TypeThe first skill an online transcribe needs is typing speed. The faster and more accurate, the better. If you already know how to type, all the better. If you do not, there are several ways to learn. Hunting and pecking will not cut it if you want to become an online transcriber. You will need to learn to type by touch with both hands on the keyboard and your eyes on the screen.
This is when the typing teachers of the past got their rulers out to smack the knuckles of any student who not typing properly. It gave typing teachers a stern reputation, but it is very important in order to built speed and accuracy. Do not establish bad habits that will later inhibit your speed and accuracy.
One popular and fun way to learn to type is Mavis Beacon. This program has been out for at least two decades, with a long proven record of success. Mavis takes a lot of the strain out of practicing because it makes it enjoyable. There are several games, challenges and tests. The program adjusts to you personally allowing you to focus on problem areas, such as particular keys that may slow you down or cause errors.
Increase Typing Speed and Accuracy with Mavis Beacon
There are also several websites that offer free online typing courses. Some are better than others, and I have yet to find one as enjoyable as Mavis Beacon, but here are two of the better ones I have seen:
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Step 2: Learn to Use a Foot PedalWhat does the foot pedal do? The foot pedal controls the audio, which is what you are transcribing into a typed document. There are controls for listen, rewind and fast forward. Newbies sometimes hesitate buying a foot pedal. Some believe they will learn to transcribe without one or they will find a job not requiring one.
While this is the world wide web, and there may be someone somewhere who has done it, I learned to transcribe three decades ago and can not imagine anyone building the necessary speed without a foot pedal. Most online transcription jobs pay by the word, page or length of audio. In other words, you speed even after you pass the test remains a critical factor in the size of your paycheck. Moreover, most online transcription jobs will require you to purchase one.
Scribie is the only exception I am aware of for a company to allow you to transcribe without a foot pedal. A few online transcription companies will also allow you to begin work, but require you to purchase a foot pedal within a certain length of time.
However, if you have never used a foot pedal, you need to purchase one anyway in order to master the use of one. It takes practice to coordinate your foot being on the foot pedal controlling the audio, while simultaneously typing what you are listening to on the audio. This also generally requires a headset.
Step 3: Build Speed Transcribing
Once you begin learning to type and have your foot pedal and headset, the next step is to practice. The key is to build your speed in order to pass the test to secure an online transcribers job.
Downloading Express Scribe, loading an audio file and typing it out will give you some idea.
Secondly, Scribe does not require a foot pedal or the downloading of any software. However, you will need to pass a test. The test is not difficult and Scribie does pay $1 for each 6 minute audio transcribed. That is $10 per audio hour transcribed, not $10 an hour. An hour worth of audio may take much more than an hour to transcribe.