After the internship, you may be offered employment at the company you had interned with. There are also 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, focus group interviews, educational reform or health care access, 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. Typically, transcriptionists will need to take and pass a test to receive 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.