general transcription work from home

Frequently Asked Questions About
General and Business Transcription and
the Transcription Business-In-A-Box

Do you provide transcription work?
Is this a legitimate business?
What exactly do I get?
What skills do I need?
Do I need to be a fast typist?
How much can I make as a general transcriptionist?
Will the Transcription Business-In-A-Box help me if I'm in a different country?

Do you accept payment in other currencies?
I don't have a credit card. How can I get the Transcription Business-In-A-Box?
Do you have a printed book available? Is it available in bookstores?
Will speech recognition software affect transcriptionist jobs?

Do you provide general transcription work?

I tell you how to get your own clients. I don't provide work. I don't employ people. I don't provide clients.

I help you start a general transcription business. This is not a quick-rich scheme. Starting any business takes work. Your success depends on you. The Transcription Business-In-A-Box makes it easier to start your own transcription business. It provides the tools to start your own transcription service and generate your own clients. It helps you be successful and saves you a lot of time.

The Transcription Business-In-A-Box elaborates extensively on how to get your own clients. It tells you how to find clients and what kind of clients are the most profitable. It tells you the best ways to market your services. Plus you're getting prewritten letters and postcards to send to prospects. You can also put the postcards on bulletin boards or hand then to prospects and clients. Here's what you'll get.

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Is this a legitimate business?

A transcription business is a legitimate business. I have been running my own transcription service for 14 years. My phone number is 760-722-0290. I have several friends who operate a transcription business. You do have to find your own clients, but once you get clients, they usually stay with you. Over time you'll get a lot of repeat business and referrals from your existing customers. The Transcription Business-In-A-Box is a legitimate product. It tells you how to start your own transcription service and generate your own clients. It helps you start a real business.

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What exactly do I get?

The Transcription Business-In-A-Box consists of the following (all electronic):

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General Transcription Getting Started eBook. 100+ page ebook includes a step-by-step start-up checklist and covers choosing a business name, getting a license, getting equipment and more. Getting Profitable Clients - This section is jam-packed with ideas to help you identify your most profitable clients and get their business. Grow Your General Transcription Services with Proven Marketing Strategies – Use these powerful marketing strategies to grow your business in record time.

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Winning postcards and proven sales letters - 13 ready-to-use postcards to promote your business. And 2 targeted letters to enhance your marketing strategies.

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Ready-to-use forms and agreements to safeguard your business: client agreement, independent contractor agreement, letterhead, invoice, fax cover sheet, and a survey form.

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Samples - Sample transcripts: sample teleseminar transcript, business transcript layout. 6 sample rate sheets. Sample agreements, samples of my business cards and brochure, and sample resume.

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Resources -You'll get 19 pages of resources to help you get transcription work, and all the tools you need to make transcription work easier.

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4 Bonus eBooks: 1. A Guide to Successful Online Freelancing. 2. Saving Time and Money for Work at Home Entrepreneurs. 3. Secrets to Web Traffic Overdrive. 4. The Secrets of Microsoft Word.

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What skills do I need to become a general transcriptionist?

You don't need any formal training or experience. You don't need to know medical terminology.

General transcription requires excellent typing, English, grammar and spelling skills. You need excellent listening skills to type what you hear from a recording and ensure that the transcript makes sense. You need to be fairly knowledgeable with computers and MS Word.

If you have the required skills, you can provide general and business transcription services. If you need to brush up on some skills, you can easily improve them by taking classes online or at your local community college.You will be happy you did when you start bringing in a paycheck!

You need fast Internet access to send and receive audio files over the Internet. And of course, you must be reliable and meet deadlines.

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Do I need to be a fast typist?

The faster you can type, the more work you can do and the more money you’ll be able to make. Your speed will pick up after only a couple of transcripts and will keep increasing gradually. And I’ll refer you to some simple shortcut tools that will speed up your typing skills instantly.

While some transcription companies require a minimum typing speed of 40 wpm, others want your typing speed to be higher. Get your typing speed up to 55 or 65 wpm before looking for better paying transcription work. You must have a speed of 65-75 wpm if you want to take on deadline critical transcription work that requires fast turnaround.

You can increase your typing speed and transcription speed with practice. The more you type and transcribe, the faster you’ll get. Your transcription speed will keep increasing gradually until you reach your ideal speed.

You can start making money with transcription work while you’re practicing. You can get non-urgent, overflow transcription work from other transcriptionists if your typing speed is 40 wpm.

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How much can I make as a general transcriptionist?

That will depend on you. It will depend on many factors such as how much you want to work, how fast and accurate you are, who you are working for. Only you can work on your skills, set your pricing and market your services. Experienced transcriptionists make more money than people who are starting out without experience. The more skilled you become, the more you will be able to charge and earn. The amount of time you have to devote to your business will also affect your income. Full-time transcriptionists will earn more than part-time transcriptionists.

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Will the Transcription Business-In-A-Box help me if I'm in a different country?

The information I provide is not location specific. It can be used in any country.  There are companies, organizations and individuals in your area who have a need for transcription services. The Transcription Business-In-A-Box tells you what kind of clients to contact and how to contact them. Plus it gives you promotional letters and postcards you can send to them.

The letters, postcards, agreements, and forms are useful anywhere. And you can make changes to them.

Only one page about getting a business license and filing a fictitious business name applies more to the US. But even in the US, each city, state, and county has different requirements. Whether you're in the US or in a different country, you'll have to check what the license requirements are with your local authorities.

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Do you accept payment in other currencies?

No, I accept payments in US dollars only.

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I don't have a credit card. How can I get the Transcription Business-In-A-Box?

1. The best option is to order online. When clicking on either of the Paypal links, you will have the option to pay with Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, debit card or echeck.

You don't even need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal.
PayPal is FREE to sign up. Just go to http://www.paypal.com.

2. You can mail a money order in US dollars.
Mail to:
Leva Duell
Attention: Transcription Business In-A-Box
502 Fern Ridge Court
Oceanside, California 92058

Make sure to include your email address with your payment so I can send you the download link.
Upon payment, I will email you a link with the information to download all files instantly.

$57 for automated download.
$67 for CD

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Do you have a printed book available? Is it available in bookstores?

The program is completely electronic. That's how I can provide it at the low price of $57. You can download it automatically upon payment. It is NOT available as a printed book.

It is not available in book stores. The automated download is $57.
Or you can order the CD for $67. You'll get the same information on a CD and just pay $10 additionally for shipping.

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Will recognition software affect transcriptionist jobs?

Some people are concerned that speech recognition or voice recognition software may affect transcriptionist jobs.

Speech recognition allows you to dictate into a computer and instantly create an electronic document.  But even with the improved speech recognition technologies that are available today, medical transcriptionists and general transcriptionists have not become obsolete.

Voice recognition may change the way transcription work is done, but a real person who can think and make decisions will always be needed to verify the voice recognition results.

The transcripts from speech recognition are not accurate enough – especially for the medical industry and have to be edited. This has created the need for transcription editors.

The software does not understand the context. For example, it is the context that allows you to distinguish “your” from “you’re, “its” from “it’s” etc.

Transcriptionists should not worry about voice recognition. Speech recognition is not expected to significantly reduce the need for well-trained transcriptionists. There is still plenty of work for medical and general transcriptionists and there will be plenty of work in the future.

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