Technology has allowed us to do many wonderful things, particularly in computers. Transcription services would not have been possible if it weren’t for the multi-tiered accomplishments in the mainstream technology landscape. At first, transcription was solely a job for those who could write comically fast and in codes. With the technological advancement of the printing press, transcribers could document audio more rapidly, and for a generally greater audience of distribution. Of course, the creation of audio recording techniques has allowed transcribers to work from a multitude of locations. No longer are they restricted to seeing an account first person, and right in shorthand codes to recite all the information accurately as possible. Now transcribers can take their time, relatively speaking, and transcribe from audio. With the development of computer technology and the Internet, you can send audio files across the globe and have them transcribed with immediate results. Transcribers have these popular advancements to thank.
At its very core, transcribing is an art of reciting. A transcriber takes information, most often in an audio format, and recites it to text. This allows for more accessible document, and can be useful in a wide variety of mediums. Transcribing is an established action in many fields.
The most popular position for a transcriber is in the field of the courtroom. For legal reasons, court proceedings must be documented in text for easy access. The typical process has a courtroom hearing recorded, and a transcriber recites that audio onto text form. It is not uncommon that a transcriber gets handed a “stack” of audio recordings from local court proceedings, and must transcribe them to text accordingly. They are often positioned inside the court during the proceedings for maximum accuracy.
The medical industry is blossoming in transcribing needs. Many physicians resort to verbal accounts during and immediately after seeing a patient, it is a transcriber who recites this to text. The physician then has a more accessible document for reference. The medical industry’s legal principle finds it necessary to have transcribers to make information and records more clearly sustainable.
Businesses find transcribers necessary. As businesses host meetings, press conferences, and seminars, they may find a need to transcribe these typically oral affairs into text. They may want to distribute it to employees or for public distribution. As well, they may simply need records of the events in hand. Businesses may often employ transcribers for more personal scenarios, such as record keeping of financial terms and transcribing very personal and intimate meetings, for future reference. Businesses have a legal but often a personal need to qualify audio dialogue with text-based referral. As you may have already assumed, businesses also have personal security issues they must be conscious of. Legally and personally, transcribing for a business as an independent can be an interesting but difficult task. Be conscious of business security if you choose to explore this avenue.
Lastly, transcribers may be harnessed for independent use. An individual may find they need a transcriber to recite their spoken novel into text. They may find the task physically impossible (as they are impaired) or just plain boring. Individuals may have personal records of their own they need transcribed or spoken recordings for transcribers to get into text for more accessible recordkeeping.
In truth, transcribing is a job where anyone with proper word processing software and the patience to do so, can transcribe content for individuals. Taken spoken word and writing it down is not a particularly difficult task. It may be tedious, it may even be momentous, but it is not, at its core, a difficult process. This allows for competition to flourish. If you want to succeed as a transcriber, perhaps take a different approach. Live television events often need subtitles. As companies look for transcribers, you can market yourself as an individual who can transcribe live. This is difficult as it only allows a nine second window of opportunity. This niche approach deters competition, and takes more skill. You can take this even further. Many individuals are hearing impaired. Videos and audio may be unsuitable for someone with impairment. By reciting spoken audio or video into sign language, you can harness a whole new potential niche that has barely been explored. If you have this skill, take advantage of it by entering transcribing from a whole new direction.
It is this uniqueness that makes transcribing fascinating. At its simplest level, it is nothing more than reciting spoken audio for text. But as you explore its limitations, you come to surface other possibilities that can allow you to succeed. If you have a certain skill set, apply that to transcribing for maximum success. Do not expect to enter into the medical or courtroom arena. They often use large corporations and are well networked. Tapping into these fields can be daunting, especially if you approach it from an entirely conventional route, such as traditional spoken to text transcribing. But combining a unique attribute of yourself, with impeccable and well understood networking, you can obtain longevity in the field. Use freelancing websites online to find clients who may need your services. These freelancing websites offer wide potential, and can allow you to sustain a proper track record to maximize potential reach and customers.
If you do not have a special skill set to offer the transcribing industry, you will find it difficult to stay ahead of the competition. In all actuality, many industries are already tapped into transcribing networks, with automated services that make the process of acquiring a transcriber simple, as well as large corporate networks. The greatest success will be from taking a unique angle to transcribing, as well as marketing yourself appropriately. You will likely find the most success through freelance websites online, and through local independent individuals who need transcribing services personally. By taking these angles, you can expect more success than other beginners. Transcribers are also widely recognized as security issues. In business, this can come to hurt the nature of your job, and beyond legal paperwork and sustaining confidentiality, there is little you can do beyond understanding the needs of the business.
The rates for transcribing are relatively standard, so search to the Internet to find the “going rate” among your chosen field. Prices become variable depending on length as well as amount of uniqueness. It is not unheard of that you are told to transcribe an interview into a story, or vice versa. This brings flavor to break monotony, but also individuality to your track record as a transcriber.
Transcribing can become difficult when you are offered tasks where the audio is not clear. Often times, transcribers are told to not recite word for word, but to get the “gist” of it. This allows for more free will the matter. This can add some variability to transcribing that may be strongly desired. Regardless, transcribing is a fun route to explore. If you do not have a special attribute to deliver to the industry, you may find yourself better in another field entirely. But as you explore the online environment by obtaining many customers through freelance sources, consider what is in demand and what you can bring to the position. Transcribing solely audio into text is a job many can accomplish. When considering the field, market yourself locally and online, and always find ways to bring a new service to a rather automated industry.