Being a work from home transcriptionist and staying productive at the same time means freedom; freedom to set your own hours and work where and when you want, all while earning a handsome income. This freedom is why it's such an attractive career for parents, those with caring responsibilities, or simply people who feel suffocated by a traditional office job. With plenty of ways to find transcription jobs online, this kind of work is becoming more accessible than ever before. But transcribing at home has its challenges. Sometimes, it can be hard to motivate yourself and stay focused in your home environment, so here is a list of things that can help.
Pomodoro is a popular technique for staying productive. You use a timer, work for 25 minutes, take a five-minute break, and then take a longer break after four cycles. The idea is the timer discourages you from procrastinating or attempting to multi-task and the breaks renew your concentration. Some transcriptionists suffer health issues associated with sitting down too long, so the breaks can have physical benefits, too, if you use them to stretch or just get up from your desk.
Some people can work anywhere, but others need to be able to psychologically separate work and play. If the latter is you, you may get distracted by your home environment and be tempted to watch TV/wipe the table/talk to the neighbors, etc. It may help to set a space in your home that is only for transcription work. A small ‘office' is ideal, but a desk in the corner of a room that is completely yours for work only will do just fine.
Maybe the reason you started transcribing was that it fits well around childcare, but that doesn't mean your children don't make it difficult at times. Set boundaries with your kids around your ‘working time' when they can't play with you or distract you. This will have the added advantage of teaching your children patience. Be sure to be firm and honor these boundaries yourself by refusing to deal with personal matters during work time.
You've set your work schedule, created boundaries, and have really gotten into the flow of transcribing; then… the work dries up. This happens to even the most successful freelance transcriptionists. It is easy to get disheartened, fall out of your work schedule, and lose your productivity. In this situation, why not consider a side income? Let's take paid surveys for example. Besides being a convenient side gig, they pay well, and can also be done from the comfort of your home. In a nutshell, paid surveys are a guaranteed success to make some extra cash and your transcribing background gives you some great transferable skills, such as proofreading and content writing. This way, you can maintain your work schedule, keep your morale up, and not worry about finances. Transcribing at home can be a rewarding and flexible income source if you have the self-discipline for staying productive. Hopefully, these tips will help you on your way to becoming a more productive and successful transcriptionist. Happy typing!