Thoughts from a New Freelance Transcriptionist

Transcription Services – Thoughts from a New Freelance Transcriptionist

Having spent years working as a legal secretary I thought I’d find transcribing interviews a walk in the park. I was used to trying to decipher letters mumbled through sandwiches or document amendments interspersed with the crunching of an apple or slurping of a drink, so felt that I had been there and got the t-shirt when it came to dictations. How wrong I was! My first few transcription assignments made me realise that interviews were a whole different ball game and that I was going to have to pretty much start from scratch and learn a whole new skill…

Recording for transcription

Recording for transcription

Recording tips for interviews, focus groups and conferences To receive a good quality transcript, the best place to start is with a good quality recording!  If the transcription service provider is listening to a nice clear sound file, then there are less chances of mishears, inaudibles and typos appearing in the transcript. At Business Friend we recommend following the below tips to help improve the quality of your recording, and therefore the quality of the transcript you receive: Use the correct recording equipment.  Digital equipment does generally provide a higher quality recording, and you do not need to worry about…

working from home

The pros and cons of working from home

The idea of working from home can sound blissful – no more wasted time sitting in traffic or standing in an overcrowded train; less childcare costs as you can work around your children; no travel costs; flexibility; can quickly pop a load of washing in the machine in between projects; and if you feel like it, you can work in your pjs and dressing gown so you don’t have to worry about suits, make-up or hair! All of these (very important) plus points are reasons why I decided to start working from home almost a decade ago… eeek, a decade,…