A lot of people want you to believe that finding freelance transcription is shrouded in mystery. The truth is it’s really not. Yes, there are some things you need to know, but there’s nothing mysterious or mystical at work here, it’s a lot like any other job search you might do. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know when looking for work at home transcription jobs.
The first thing to take into consideration is do you need training or not. A lot of companies that offer the option to freelance transcription work don’t want to take the time to train new folks, so they prefer you already have a basic idea of what you’re doing and maybe a little experience as well.
The next thing to take into consideration is the amount of time you want to work per week. A lot of companies require that you take a minimum number of audio hours per week to transcribe and this may be more than you’d like to handle each week.
If you’d like to work one job at a time or maybe just handle overflow work, your best bet is to try bidding on freelance job sites. There are actually many companies looking to outsource work at home transcription jobs via these platforms, sites like Elance, oDesk, Freelancer, etc…. You can bid on the jobs and have total control over the amount of work you take on each week and the turn around times. It’s great if you need major flexibility.
Another thing you want to look for when you’re applying for freelance transcription positions with larger scale companies is what do they offer their clients. Do they offer various types of transcription and will you be able to choose which department you’re in or will you have to bounce back and forth from legal to general? Do they require additional training or a particular software program?
In most cases you can use any software you prefer, but there are a few companies that require you to log in remotely and use only their software programs. Check the requirements before you apply so that you’re not surprised later on.