Level: Beginner ($15/audio hour)
Other Skills: Copy Typing
A few details about me.
I want to start by introducing myself. By the way, I’m Jing-Jeff but most of my friends call me “Jing”. There are four people in my family: my wife, my daughter, my son, and me. One of my hobbies is that I and my family love to travel a lot. We really want to see new things, new cultures, new food, meet new people, and new friends. We go to different coffee shops from time to time just to try some of their shakes, smoothies, and especially their food. It’s kind of funny but it’s like we actually travel for food. Playing guitar is also my thing, singing, playing some sports like basketball, volleyball. But my most favorite thing is editing on my computer. The great thing about computers is that they can do a lot of things. One example of that is that I do a lot of video editing, doing some slideshows, especially for my daughter’s video blog. So basically, those are the things that I love doing.
In 2012, I worked at a transcription company and stayed there for almost four years. My experience there was really good. I’ve learned about basic grammar, some very good shortcuts on how to make your work easier and better. And after four years of staying there, I’ve finally decided to work from home. So now, I’m working as a freelancer for over three years now. I have some good friends who are giving me some projects, podcasts, interviews and other stuff to work with. And basically, I would say that working from home is really awesome.
How I got started in transcription.
So there’s a story before I got into transcription. In 2012, I’ve got a text message saying that “Your examination for the transcription academy is on this date,” or something like that, I can’t really remember the exact date. But I don’t have any idea about transcription or who the sender was. So I went there, took the examination and actually passed it together with the typing test. So I trained there for one month. After one month of training, I took the final examination and the final interview. So basically, I passed, graduated from the academy and went to the next level. The next level is where I actually started working on probation for six months before they hired me as a regular employee. And after six months of being a regular employee, I applied for Quality Analyst or (QA) and got approved. So I’ve worked there for four years. So that’s basically how I got started in transcription.
How I describe myself as a freelance transcriber.
Dedicated, Committed, and Eager.
I’m a dedicated person with over seven years of experience in the field. I am hard working and confident in my ability to deliver quality results. I am committed to my work. And when I start a project or when a job is given to me, I focus all my energy to it and I commit to it 100%. Also, I would say eager because I’m always eager to learn new things. In transcription, you will always encounter new words, new names, and new things. Things that they talk about in the audio file that you are working with. You research the names, the programs, the groups, new technologies, etcetera. And I’m really amazed every time I hear new things while transcribing. And I think that’s one of the reasons why transcription is really enjoyable for me.
What I like most about being a freelance transcriber.
What I like most about being a freelancer is that I can work from home. I don’t have to go to the office and commute every day. I can focus more on the job or the file given to me and have more accuracy to it. Because what I’ve experienced in an office-based transcription company is that it drains your energy. More time is wasted just by catching a ride going to work and also going home. And a result of that, you’re rushing your work and you can’t concentrate. So that’s why I like working as a transcriber at home because I can manage my time.
A few things I learned in transcription that I will never forget.
There are three major things that I have learned in transcription. The first one is accuracy. Type as fast as you can type accurately. This way, it will surely save you proofreading time later if you don’t have to correct a lot of spelling and grammar errors. The second one is research skills. For me, this is the most important one. Be willing to do internet research to find correct spelling and other relevant information about the audios you are transcribing is really beneficial. By taking the time to research the names of the speakers and the programs they are talking about, it sets you above the rest in terms of professionalism. And finally, the third one, enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy doing transcription, it can be very difficult work. Yeah, some people say transcription is sometimes frustrating and it’s not as simple as typing. But if you just focus and put a little practice to it, you will be able to build up your speed and accuracy.
My favorite things to do when I’m not transcribing.
My favorite things to do when I’m not transcribing is working on some videos, editing them and actually uploading them for video blogs. Creating some slideshows is also one of my favorite thing to do. And I would say playing video games or mobile games, watching podcasts, videos, and listening to music are the common things that I do when I’m not transcribing.