Are you guilty of dreaming of a different future, but failing to make the changes necessary to make it happen, and then another year comes around and you’re still stuck in your 9:00 to 5:00 grind?
Nearly everyone who currently works in the transcription industry started off doing something else. At some stage, their desire to break free of the cages they found themselves in set them on a search for something different. They have discovered there is another path and they have made the necessary steps needed to change direction. We cover some of these real-life stories in our eBook, which will be available shortly.
Often the desire to change comes from wanting more freedom, having options about when and how long you work, where you work and who you work for. It may be because you are needed to help care for a loved one. It may be that you do not wish to commute and are looking for a career that has a low impact on the environment. It could be that you want a job that allows you to be more present and available for your children and family. It could be that you want a side hustle to supplement your income. The reasons are many and varied, but have all led to the same path: finding a solution that gives you that freedom and flexibility.
This freedom sounds enticing, doesn’t it? But like anything worthwhile it takes effort, and where do you even begin to gain the skills and knowledge you need to set yourself up for success, and then make it work?
In our TranscribeRight course we refer to the “North Star,” which is your touchstone, or your vision of your future. It’s really important to keep referring back to the vision that got you started, as it keeps you on track and helps you stay true to your goals.
We sometimes get people who say, “Oh, I’d love to have that freedom and do what you do, but the training costs money.” Well, yes it does. While there is a high demand for experienced transcribers, it is not enough to have a pair of head phones and a foot pedal and say you have a background as a personal assistant; you will need to show your skills, and you had better know what you’re doing and have the appropriate skillset, or you won’t get past the doorbell of any transcription company.
With TranscribeRight, we have made it affordable with options to suit most budgets. The course is a manifestation of our combined 30 years in the industry and is truly comprehensive. You cannot expect to begin any new career without proper training. In truth, starting a transcription business is really low cost compared to many other businesses out there, with more control and flexiblity. To get started, you only need a space that you can use as your office, whether it be a spare corner in your house, or a bag for working on the move; a computer or laptop; a good pair of headphones; foot pedals; and access to the internet. And don’t forget, any training and set up costs are tax deductible.
So really, when you look at making your dream a reality, it’s totally doable. You can even start your training while you continue with your existing job and then apply for subcontractor roles until you feel confident of finding your own clients.
Of course, working for yourself requires commitment and drive, and it’s not for everyone. But in a straw poll we did recently on a couple of forums asking, “What has working as a transcriber given you?” over 90% answered, “Freedom and flexibility.”
If you’re interested in learning more, read our eBook and hear the stories of real-life transcribers, or join us on our Facebook group Transcription Central.