Before you start aas from home transcriptionist, there are a few pieces of equipment that will make your a lot easier. A few will give you some of the necessary transcription equipment. Others will expect you to have your own. Either way, when you have your transcription gear, you can customize it to the way you like and the one which works best for you.
You’ll discover when you are transcribing a file, you are going to have to play and rewind it in short bursts. Using a regular audiolike iTunes or Groove Music isn’t going to work. It’s far too inefficient to flip back and forth between the every time you have to unwind.
Transcription software makes this much more manageable. It works by either using or a foot pedal to let you rewind, play, and your audio . There are a few different options on the . Each one has a few different pros and cons.
Express Scribe is a favorite for many transcriptionists. This software has both a option, and it can work with a foot pedal. The Pro can nearly any type of audio as well as video. It also comes with a , which is great when you’re first starting.
The only significant drawback I have found to Express Scribe is the audio quality. Compared to FTW and even Transcriptable Express Scribe‘s audio doesn’t seem as clear to me. Maybe it’s just me, but if there were one thing I could change, that would be it.
FTWis another piece of gear that includes a . Unfortunately, the only allows you to play up to 15 minutes of audio. But fear not! A pro license for two years of the software is only $24. That’s less than $1 a month. If you use code TRENDYT at checkout, I can get you an extra 7% off.
Thewhile using this is stellar. Like Express Scribe, you can use either or a foot pedal. The only drawback I could find with this is that sometimes it seems like the rewind would get stuck. Instead of jumping back five seconds, I’d wind up a minute back. The can also be a little wonky occasionally.
In reality, I wish I could mix FTWand Express Scribe into one ultimate . One works with what one has.
The only reason I found thissoftware is because I got a new computer and was cruising the Store. It is kind of neat because it’s got built-in equalizer for audio . It also works with pedals and , but I saw a on it that said pedals are not supported.
Another thing I like about thisis that it has a setting where it will on a timer. So for adding , it will every 30 seconds or one minute or whatever you set it to. This software runs about $40.
|Name||My rating||Price||Free Version?||Link|
|FTW Transcriber||4.5/5||$10/ mon|
$24/ 2 yrs
|Express Scribe||4/5||$34.95||Yes||Get it|
A Good Pair Of Headphones
I can’t stress enough. Headphones are probably your most important piece of equipment. I started by using just the pair from my iPhone, upgraded, upgraded again. I eventually invested in a pair that were made specifically for transcription.
It was like having brand-new ears. Before I got my audio side, but they were . The thing about is it runs on battery, and if I were working on a large , the battery would die., I did have a lovely pair of PlugPhones I was using. They’re like earplugs, but . They worked well on the
The ones I have now are over the ear,— no battery problem. The on them is incredible, and they only ran me about $50. Cheaper than PlugPhones. Make sure whichever kind you choose that they are comfortable on your head. Getting a headache from crappy is no fun. And you better believe a good set of headphones is one piece of transcription gear that now transcriber would be without.
MostI’ve worked for have used MS . A few had their platforms, but most would allow you to upload docs into it if you so choose. Babbletype, however, uses .
lag from when I’m to when the words appear. It might be that my computer or is slow. I’m not sure. It makes me crazy. Therefore, I love for a lot of things. work is not one of them.. I know some people love . I am not one of them. The only reason is it seems like there’s always a
Other Transcription Gear You Will Need Someday
In addition to the essentials above, there area a few things that you’ll need, just not necissarily right away:
A Comfy Office Chair
One of the things you’re going to need is a chair that won’t make your butt go numb. I’m serious. As a transcriber, you will be sitting in one spot for a while. It took me a few tries to find a chair that I liked. And I’m still always on the hunt for one I like even better.
A Foot Pedal
, so if you’re using , you won’t need a foot pedal. But as you start taking on more and more jobs, it may be a good thing to invest in. One of the most common models and the one I use is the Infinity Digital Footpedal. I bought mine used on for about $30, but they usually run around $50.
I’ve never had a problem with it, and it’s worked with every transcription program I’ve tried. I know there are fancier, more expensive models out there, but if it ain’t broke…
I love here.. It does a contextual spell check, so it helps with . It does a beautiful check. Just by using the software, I learned a lot about . It’s also great for . It comes in a free and a paid . You can check it out
A text expander isn’t , but they can save a lot of time if you can figure out how to use them. There is a bit of a . The same people that make Express Scribe have one that you can check out called Fast Fox.
I recommend thisbecause most of the time, you’ll be a 1099 contractor. That means they don’t take out your taxes. You’re going to have to keep track of your earnings and what you can deduct. Everything above, deductible. This handy helps with that and will meld with turbo tax at the end of the year.
A Can-Do Attitude and Determination!
Remember, you probably won’t need all this stuff right away. But that’s a general overview of what you might need to work as a work from homeThis post was proofread by . Grammarly