This is partly my story about how I became ‘The Home-Based Typist’, earning a full-time wage typing from home, but mostly your story of how you can earn money transcribing from home as a freelancer.
Maybe you’ve been researching how to make money working from home online and are experiencing information overload. Maybe you’ve seen some courses, some other e-books – maybe you think you can just wing it.
I’m here to tell you to stop and think very carefully about your next move, as it can have a huge impact on the rest of your career. It’s important to start off on the right foot, and I can help you do that.
I can give you insider information on absolute essentials that you won’t find mentioned anywhere in any of the other guides (or even in transcription company manuals), all designed to help make sure you stay in the race rather than falling at the first few hurdles and potentially ruining your chances forever.
Wait, who am I? Well, I started my own successful transcription business, Outsource Typing, back in 2011 following a year of intensive training with some of the largest global transcription companies. I cut my teeth doing some very technical and full-on work. It was so reinvigorating compared to where I’d been previously. I was able to transfer my existing skills into something so varied and interesting – skills that had been under-utilised elsewhere.
I’d spent 15 years working as a secretary and PA within the legal and medical sectors, doing very repetitive work, day in, day out. I was miserable and mismatched in my choice of career – stuck, really – with no idea what I was going to do next.
Then one day, I happened to tune into the radio. There was a programme on about transcribing from home – a simple 30-minute segment, but it changed everything. Immediately inspired, that same day I made an appointment with a free local business advice service.
My transcription journey started nearly a decade ago, and I haven’t looked back. I was able to phase out my part-time job and go full-time, running my own business with my own clients, and later on down the line working with other freelancers to help me out with daily work when workload grew and grew as I gained more clients either by word of mouth or through my website and marketing. I had no previous business experience or training. I simply needed the inspiration and a nudge in the right direction.
The ideal thing about setting up as a transcriber is there are minimal set-up costs. It’s affordable, unlike a lot of other business startup plans. And what’s more, you can easily make the money back within a few short weeks or months.
I’m here to tell you how you can do this too – you can work for your own clients or agencies, or both! Either way, you’ll have the flexibility to work from home and do as much or as little as you’d like or need to.
I find transcribing from home so rewarding and want to encourage others that they can transfer their skills and take on the same interesting and varied workload. That’s why I decided to take a closer look and identify what was missing from the other literature and courses available – what the other experts aren’t telling you.
I want to show people exactly what it’s like to be part of the industry and how to move with it so that you are perfectly in sync and know exactly what’s expected of you and how to progress and perform well. I took all of this information and compiled it into one place: The Home-Based Typist – A Complete Guide for Freelance Audio Typists & Transcribers.
You can find it here on my website at a surprisingly affordable price! Everything you need to know, in one guide.
“An excellent guide for those considering this line of work. The book gives a fantastic overview of this career field. It’s very informative. I’ve read it twice! As a beginner in this field, I highly recommend this book.”Review of The Home-Based Typist
Once you’re all set up, you might be wondering what some of the features on your software mean or if there are shortcuts that can save time. I did a deep dive into all of the typical tools that transcribers use on a daily basis to bring you the ins and outs of the software, tools, resources and equipment you will have easily available to you to enhance your home-based typing experience. You can find it in one complete guide here: Improve Your Transcription Career With Time-Saving Tech. It’s packed with hints, tips and instructions on how to improve your setup to work smarter.
“I read Fiona’s book, which is full of useful information on how to set up a transcription business. I also purchased Improve Your Transcription Career With Time-Saving Tech, again, very informative with short-cut techniques to speed up the process of transcribing work. Both books have spurred me on. I am a qualified audio typist looking to become freelance. I now know where to start; the legal implications, equipment, safe working and how to find clients.”Review of Improve Your Transcription Career With Time-Saving Tech