This is partly my story of how I became ‘The Home-Based Typist’, earning a full-time wage working from home, but it could also be your story of how you can earn money transcribing (typing) from home as a freelancer.
You may have been researching how to make money working from home online and you’re experiencing information overload. Maybe you’ve seen some courses, some other e-books. Maybe you think you can just wing it and take the plunge with no prep (it’s just doing a bit of typing from home: easy-peasy, right?)
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 crucial to start off on the right foot for a couple of key reasons, 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 (and particularly not 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.
A 30-minute broadcast, but it changed EVERYTHING
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 suddenly found myself doing some very technical and full-on work, quickly learning everything I could, soaking it up like a sponge because I absolutely did not want to go back to the 9-5.
Previous to freelancing, I spent 15 years working as a legal and medical secretary/PA, doing repetitive work, day in, day out. I knew I needed to make a change, but I was stuck, with no idea what I was going to do next. It was a thrilling change doing work as a freelancer, and such a confidence boost compared to where I’d been in my working life previously. I was able to transfer my existing skills into something so varied and interesting – skills that had been underutilised (and underpaid) elsewhere.
One day, many years ago, I happened to catch a short programme on the radio about transcribing from home – a 30-minute broadcast, but it changed EVERYTHING. Immediately inspired, that same day I made an appointment with a local business advice service, and I haven’t looked back! That was a decade ago.
I had no previous business experience or training. I simply needed the inspiration and a nudge in the right direction
My freelance transcription journey started a decade ago. I was able to phase out my part-time job and go full-time, running my own business with my own clients. A couple of years later on down the line, the business began to grow, and with it my team of typists, supporting the business to flourish. 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. As start-up businesses go, it’s affordable. What’s more, you can easily make the money spent on setting yourself up back within a few short weeks or months and then you’ll have all the tools you need right at your fingertips for many years to come with minimal to no running costs.
All the knowledge and insider information you need in one guide
In my e-books, you’ll find a wealth of information on how to set yourself up, get prepped, be armed with all the knowledge and insider information you need in one guide that has taken me years to glean (most of which did NOT come easy) through trial and error, what to do and what not to do. So many people think they can wing this as a career, or don’t look into it properly first, and so make all of the plans, waste time, spend hundreds – or even thousands! – on expensive courses, only to find out it’s not for them. For a low-cost, affordable price you’ll receive everything you need to know – all of the best guides and tips, and all of the facts about the industry so you know what mistakes to avoid in order to have the best chances of success and make it an enjoyable, positive and fulfilling, flexible freelance career.
What others aren’t telling you
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 others 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’re perfectly in sync and know exactly what’s expected of you, how to progress and perform well. I took all of this information and compiled it into an all-in-one guide: 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 helpful, budget-friendly 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.”
“Wonderfully informative book, everything you need to know to get into this line of business. Fiona is so knowledgeable and a real inspiration. Would highly recommend you read this!”Recent reviews of The Home-Based Typist e-book
Looking to the future
Once you’re all set up, you might be wondering if you can harness the software better to help you, 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 tech, tools, resources and equipment 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 e-book