Work-at-Home Transcription Jobs: What to Expect

Work-at-home transcription jobs can be excellent work, can pay extremely well, and can provide consistent amounts of work over the long term. These jobs are usually contract or assignment work.

Transcription services are hired for various types of work and tasks:

  • Regular transcription services for businesses like medical billing and coding
  • Law firms, with various requirements for accurate transcripts
  • Business and media transcription services for a third-party client on a needs basis. (Includes interview transcripts, documentation, etc.)   

Work-at-Home Transcription Jobs Issues

There are several things you must consider when doing work-at-home transcription work:

  • Requirement for accuracy: This is a contract job, and the basic requirement is that your work provides an accurate record of the materials for transcription.
  • Technical issues: In most forms of transcription, particularly legal, medical, and business and media, you must have a good working knowledge of the technical requirements of the subjects and be fluent in the terminology involved. (Legal terminology, for example, can be very demanding.)
  • Deadlines: Assignment transcripts are invariably based on deadlines for completion. You must be able to organize your work to meet deadlines effectively.
  • Performance issues: With regular transcription, your turnover of transcripts is based on a requirement for performance. This requires good management skills in terms of dealing with materials and the ability to achieve a good, reliable level of output.

The Work's Content

The typical transcription job starts with an input of source materials. These may include the following:

  • Documents, including commercial documentation
  • Tape recordings (interviews, speeches, press statements, etc.)
  • Records of meetings (organizational management, conferences, etc.)
  • Records of proceedings (legal, statutory)
  • Phone or video conferences 

The transcription work is usually based on a standardized format. Your transcript will be presented in a structured way, with forms of notation for documentation and other types of entry. This work may be combined with other functions related to the transcripts, like medical billing and coding.

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The input/output relationship is critically important to efficient transcription. You need a good working method to make sure you meet your deadlines and provide top-quality transcripts. This can be a demanding process because of the amount of detail involved.

“Working smarter” can pay off and help you with quality and time management issues. You can set up a good working routine to cover all these areas simply and efficiently:

  • Document templates: Don’t manually set up every transcript. Create a ready-made format for your transcripts.
  • Proofreading technical information: Some forms of terminology are difficult to recognize or understand. Make sure you can double check any odd words or difficult terminology by bookmarking online dictionaries, for example, or investing in a technical dictionary.
  • Communications with clients: It’s essential to have a good link to your employer, so you can explain any problems you’re having with transcription. This warns the employer, and you can work out how to handle the situation.  (Note: This is a semi-regular issue with technical and legal information. It’s important to cover any possible holdups ASAP to prevent backlogs.)