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5 Things Every Freelancer Should Know About Transcribing

Transcription is a good freelance opportunity for people looking to make money on the side. While it may seem like a very easy task, it still requires good language and computer skills and can be particularly challenging especially when there are plenty of participants being recorded. It takes time to get used to transcribing, but with lots of practice and patience you can get the hang of it in no time. Here are the top 5 things you should know before becoming a freelance transcriptionist. 1) Learn the appropriate transcription format by heart. All transcription companies have different transcription formats and style guides for transcription – make sure to follow them so that you incur lesser revisions. Always keep in mind that client preference is first and that they may be using it for a specific purpose, so make sure to communicate with your clients (or company you work for) and abide by their needs.   2) Listen. Listen. Listen. That’s right! You heard me! The reason why transcribing isn’t an easy task is because more often than not, there will be inaudible parts of the file that you will need to listen to again and again until you get it right. Here’s a veteran tip! It gets easier when you understand the context of the subject you are transcribing, and more so when you do a second review of the recording!   3) How well do you know English and Proper Grammar? If you haven’t figured out by now, you will need to have a good command of the English language. You should know the homophones and which one is more appropriate when considering the context – is it then, or than? Is it affect or effect? Another important thing is that, yes, transcriptions do have punctuations, so you will need to freshen up your spelling and grammar skills!   4) Research is key! Why would you need to research when all you have to do is listen and type the words from the audio file? Well, what if the audio file given to you included highly technical terms…

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