After the internship, you might be offered a job at the company you intern with, or there are several other options to begin your transcription career:
Many clients want to hire transcriptionists as independent contractors (IC) and pay by performance. It could be a work-from-home scenario or at a client’s location. As an independent contractor, you could be transcribing webinars, commencement addresses, financial forecasts/quarterly reports, for focus groups, educational reform or health care access, TV shows interviews about NGO work, or just about anything.
There are brick and mortar transcription companies looking for general transcriptionists. A job that pays an hourly wage will be available based on your typing speed and accuracy. These companies usually test for speed and accuracy before hiring.
A new transcriptionist beginning their transcription career may have a better shot at finding transcription work as an IC transcriptionist at an online transcription company. These are typically work-from-home jobs, where companies pay by performance. Most successful online transcription companies are always looking for qualified transcriptionists. Transcriptionists will typically need to take their test, and pass it, to get work from online transcription companies.
A good portion of transcription customers prefer to work with one transcriptionist, instead of dealing with a company, so the transcriptionist gets used to their style and special requirements. Chances of getting a Virtual Transcriptionist job for a career in transcription will increase dramatically if a transcriptionist can also provide Virtual Assistant services to their client.
The following is required to start a transcription service business:
Starting your own transcription business requires juggling several tasks at a time. It requires a business plan, a website, internet and offline marketing, actual execution of work, and perhaps a need to hire qualified transcriptionists depending on how much you want your business to grow.
There are several questions that transcriptionists often ask us about careers. We have compiled a list.