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I wasn't sure where to post this, but I was wondering if any of you knew of resources (books or websites) I could use in order to improve my transcription skills. I feel this could be a big money maker for my business and I've been approached by a business to subcontract for them.

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I wasn't sure where to post this, but I was wondering if any of you knew of resources (books or websites) I could use in order to improve my transcription skills. I feel this could be a big money maker for my business and I've been approached by a business to subcontract for them.

Thanks in advance.

It really depends on what kind of transcrption genre you are into as there are a couple of variety...however, I am guessing you're into business transcription (interviews, podcasts and the likes). I myself is a transcriptionist but I specialize in medical ones. As a mentor for transcription in general, I always tell my students that practice makes things perfect as, in fact most of them opt more into business transcription as it is less technical.

For medical transcriptionist, the book we use is AMMT guidelines. Speaking of transcription in general that could also be your guide as well. Specially for rules of transcription.
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Thank you for responding. Yes, I would be doing business or general transcription. Where would be a good place to practice? I don't feel comfortable practicing transcription by doing work for this other company. Since I may not be as polished as some of their other subcontractors, it could cost me future assignments.
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Hmm let me see if your doing interviews and/or podcast likely it would be an easy one..e unlike medical. As if you're writing a script...have to put on noise background, claping, laughing, well depending on what you have agreed upon. ALso for contractions, you should be left out as is never expand as you're paid per hour.

It really depends on you how you feel about transcription. I can share you the e-book I don't know how but I think you can PM me...
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Hi,

I just can't PM you yet need a few posts more for this Anyway, I'll give it for free but don't know how
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You should be able to PM now Marnz_06 now you have 26 posts

Can you PM me it too please.

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There are two websites that might be of use for practicing transcription. One is Stenospeed which allows you to download audio files and practice and the second one is Listen and Write, which allows you to listen to news and practice your transcribing skills at the same time.

You can also listen to podcasts and practice transcribing that way.

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That's great advice Kate, thanks! Thanks in advance Marnz for the ebook.
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A site that I have used for transcription is for CastingWords through Mechanical Turk. It's great practice, and they pay, too...just not very much. Of course, I didn't do it for the pay, but the practice. They are 100% legit and I've been transcribing for them for years now. Any money you earn can go toward an Amazon gift certificate account or transferred to your bank through Amazon Payments.

If you work for them, be VERY sure to read through their style guide and get it right the first time. Others will grade you according to that guide and it will have an impact on how much you earn, if you care about that. But if you're wanting to improve your transcription skills, then I assume you care.

Additionally, I HIGHLY suggest the use of Express Scribe software. It's free software and I use it constantly. Some people use the foot pedal, but I just use the keyboard shortcuts. And of course, a really high quality headset is essential for accurate transcription. It can make all the difference when you are trying to decipher words.

(PS--This is my first post here so I hope I'm not breaking any terms by mentioning those sites and software. I consider them to be tools of the trade and find them very valuable, especially the free software part.)
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Thanks Marian! I already have Express Scribe and it works great for me. I will check out CastingWords through Mechanical Turk. Thanks again for everyone's advice.
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Hi! I do transcribing for my VA business, and I also do it for my FT job. My company was looking for someone to listen to the meetings that the City Government held twice a month. Each meeting lasted about 1 to 2 hours. I attended some meetings so I could familiarize myself with the voices, and then at home, or the next day at work, I could transcribe correctly who was saying what (this is not always necessary for multiple speaker meetings if the company does not need it and just needs summarizing). If you have any local meetings in your area, government or otherwise, find out if they need transcribing done. Its a quick way to get your skills up...especially if arguments erupt! Good luck!

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Thank you guys for posting these awesome resources. I'm going to check them out since I've been thinking about adding transcription to the services I offer my clients.
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I think another good addition to help you with transcription is a great set of noise reducing head phones! Although, when you have a mumbler, you can practice all you want and still not get everything. I think the old saying practice makes perfect is definitely the key for transcription. It also depends on the type you have to do as well. I think anyone with practice can handle general and legal, but medical is a whole different area of transcription. I am just learning that myself now, and I have a feeling at some point I'm going to get certification in it just so I can broaden my horizons in what I can do -- there's a huge world out there for medical.
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Originally Posted by Jessi27M View Post
I think anyone with practice can handle general and legal, but medical is a whole different area of transcription.
Hi Jessica,

While I agree that medical transcription is very specialized, I disagree with your statement that 'anyone with practice' can handle legal transcription. As someone who has worked in the legal field for almost 15 years, the terminology used for specialized fields within the law can be difficult to master.

Good luck with your medical transcription, it sounds as if you've found a great niche!
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Hi Jessica,

While I agree that medical transcription is very specialized, I disagree with your statement that 'anyone with practice' can handle legal transcription. As someone who has worked in the legal field for almost 15 years, the terminology used for specialized fields within the law can be difficult to master.

Good luck with your medical transcription, it sounds as if you've found a great niche!
As someone who's been in the legal field over 10 years, yes, I agree. :cool: I didn't think about that when I wrote that statement. I am not trying to trivialize our profession, but I do believe some of the medical transcription is very difficult to master. I can see someone picking up some legal jargon quicker than they could the craziness that I've seen with some of the medical transcription. I guess maybe I think that way though because that's second nature to me, while the medical transcription is proving to be a whole new world. Of course, what I'm doing is tame in comparison to what else I've seen.
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Thank you for the info on the practice transcription websites.

"How Payment Works

Amazon's Mechanical Turk allows you to transfer money out of your account to a US bank account or you can get credit to use on Amazon.com. Workers in India have the option of receiving bank checks denominated in Indian Rupees. Exact payment varies from job to job but is explained inside each job we post."

Also, I checked out the Casting Words web site and was surprised to see that you have to pay to get started in that. They want to know if you have an Amazon account and talk about moving payment from your account (as shown above in the quotes). Maybe that is referring to something else. I'm not sure. It just didn't look right to me as they weren't real specific about the payment thing. Maybe someone could explain this part to me better.

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great web sites Katek. I've been using librivox.com and downloading their ebooks and practicing that way. Now I have more options.
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thanks for sharing the tips here.

Marian, I found your tools very helpful.

I'm doing some transcribing every now and then and I will be needing a lot of practice and help to improve on that skill
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I've been practicing transcribing and I use Express Scribe. It works really well when the audio quality is good. But I've found that when the audio quality is bad (like people muttering, background noise, etc.) then Express Scribe is not that great. Maybe it's because I use the free version? You might want to try some other programs that people use to see which one is the best. Good luck!
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Hmm, I wasn't aware you had to pay to begin with Amazon/Casting Words? I've always recommended them to anyone who wants to try their hand at transcription without comitting to a huge piece of audio.

The biggest advantage of doing the Casting Words pieces is that you can choose the length of audio file you transcribe - they mostly range from between 2-4 min and you can do as many or as little as you want
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