I am excited to announce a new transcription training info product written by Loretta Oliver. The Transcription Crash Course is designed to give you everything you need to start making money through a service based online business. What I love about Retta’s ebook is that she shows you how to get started NOW quickly and on a minimum budget, with several free resources or resources you already have.
Seeing as I own a transcription company with more than 30 employees, and have trained more than a dozen transcriptionists over the years, I would feel confident that the Transcription Crash Course guide would prepare someone to work for me. At the bargain price of $17, I would not only highly suggest it to someone without experience applying to work with me, but I would seriously consider requiring it.
Retta and I agree that starting in transcription shouldn’t cost you several thousand dollars and months in a training program. Almost everyone I know that has completed a ” medical transcription course” has realized what a sham they are soon after starting to work. Yes, you do get better through practice however you should be paid for transcription you do, NOT have to pay someone else to let you do work for them.
Retta and I do offer different services and do things a little bit different. While Retta loves to use Express Scribe’s Hot Keys, I am a die-hard pedal user. I am in the process of packing to go out of town and have already packed my pedal just in case. My child is not going with me- My transcription pedal is! Don’t get me wrong. If you are just starting out, practice with the hot keys. You definitely need to know how to use them even if you intend to buy a pedal. I have had employees in the past have no practice with hot keys and have their pedal die with in the middle of an important project. As with any mechanical device, it does happen and in the house of a transcriptionist with no hot keys experience, pedal death is a tragic day.
If you do want to purchase a transcription pedal, what may surprise you is that the cheapest one on the market is the best. The link below is to an Infinity IN-USB-2 foot pedal that sells for $58.50. I personally use the IN-USB-2 and have a IN-USB-1 (the older version, same price) as a backup. I have used TVPS for several years when ordering pedals and dictation equipment. They have fantastic customer service and usually I use the free shipping option and have my order the next day because they ship so quickly.
IN-USB-2 Infinity USB Foot Pedal for Computer Transcription – New INUSB-2 Digital Station
Once you get comfortable with regular transcription, you can branch out from a standard template to other templates. In our menu of services we offer everything from a regular plain template, to indented template, pretty e-book style templates, PDF conversion and rebrandable PDFs. Building up to these kinds of services can be a goal after establishing your skills in transcription.
One more piece of advice, before you check out Retta’s e-book. Getting distracted is an everyday issue when working from home. You must train yourself to avoid distractions, including children, Facebook, Twitter and the internet in general. When you first start out, it is best to set yourself breaks at specific times. This will give you a goal and keep you from starting other tasks while you should be working.
If you want to learn more about transcription, or are looking at options for making money online, you can’t bet being able to get started for less than $20. Check out this link for more information and to purchase the Transcription Crash Course.
*Note* I am an affiliate for the Transcription Crash Course and TVPS. I was not asked to review either product and you will only find my honest opinions I choose to share with you here.
Erica Cosminsky is an HR Business Strategist for small businesses. She can slog through the pile of applicants and help deliver the best assistant to your “office door”, she transforms mile long to-do lists into manageable bites, and like your best friend after a raging party, she sticks around to offer assistance or clean up any messes, etc. Find her free delegation workbook at TheInvisibleOffice.com
She is a former corporate HR Manager, and ran her own virtual business team for 4 years. She has a BS in Organizational Leadership focused in HR and is a grad student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology focused in Workplace Efficiency. Honestly, if you have questions about working with people, Erica can probably help you. Ask her on Twitter. @Cosminsky