Level: Beginner ($15/audio hour)
Other Skills: Medical Transcription, Copy Typing
A few details about me.
I am a native of Northern California, specifically Paradise, CA–notable for being the town destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire. I am hoping to use my transcription skills to earn a living while I figure out where to go from here, and maybe learn about some new topics while I’m at it.
I was the last student at Butte Community College’s well-regarded Medical Transcription for Certification program. Point of fact, the only reason they kept the last lab class open was that I had already registered and paid for it when they decided to close the program. That, and the fact that they closed it due to lack of need from local hospitals, have been a source of extreme frustration for me ever since.
Medical skills notwithstanding, I was asked to do some general transcription by a writing coach I was speaking with in 2017. I’ve done several sets totalling several hours of audio. I have also done some transcription for Rev.
How I got started in transcription.
I started studying Medical Transcription because it lined up with skills and interests I already had, plus had the possibility of working with some health limitations.
After completing my certification, the local market and health issues made me let it stagnate for a while, but around 2016 I started looking at it again. In early 2017 I mentioned offhandedly to a writing coach I was speaking with that I had the certification, and she asked if I would be interested in transcribing some audio and videos for her. After several successful transactions, I decided to return and add it to my resume and look into more options.
How I describe myself as a freelance transcriber.
Fast–My certified adjusted WPM is 83, circa 2013. More recent, informal tests have graded it at 95+.
Flexible–I am happy to transcribe on various topics, or work varying requests and needs.
Thorough–aside from always doing my best to double-check spelling and names, I usually feel it appropriate to list, explain, and mark any places where I wasn’t able to fully check an issue. I am also borderline anal about grammar and punctuation and try to format my transcriptions for maximum readability.
What I like most about being a freelance transcriber.
Freedom. I both love and need the ability to do more or less work at different times or to work at unconventional hours.
A few things I learned in transcription that I will never ever forget.
You never notice how often people say “and” or use run-on sentences until you’re transcribing a conversation!
My favorite things to do when I’m not transcribing.
Reading and writing. I am working on a sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel.