While the current transcription business model looks easy, there’s so much more to it than you see. Factors that need consideration require patience, analytical skills, wide range of English grammar and vocabulary comprehension, web research skills and a great deal of common sense. Here are some common myths and misconceptions about transciption.
1. It’s easy.
One great factor to take into consideration is the audio/recording quality. Quality of audio varies greatly from crystal clear recording to plain static noise recordings. Transcriptionists must learn to develop a keen sense of hearing to catch the correct words. Furthermore, the factor of unknown or heavy accents can greatly influence quality of output. Transcriptionists must be well-versed in a wide range of the “accents of the world.” We’ll also need to consider the rate or speed of the speaker. The faster a speaker talks, the longer time it needs to be transcribed which is going to dramatically affect turn around times. Transcriptionists, must be able to master the skill of estimating the amount of time you need to work on these files that greatly varies in rate and speed. A combination of two or all three of these factors can cause poor quality output. These skills necessary to avoid poor quality of service are not easy to develop.
2. It’s “no-brainer.”
Again, there’s more to transcription than meets the eye. Homonyms, or words that sound alike but have different meanings are encountered all the time. Transcriptionists do not just merely sit and type what they hear, they also need to think and analyze that; “That’s a great site!” and “That’s a great sight!” mean two completely different sentences. Aside from patience, this job requires you to constantly use not only common sense of judgement but critical thinking to be able to type in the exact words relevant to what’s being talked about in the recording. It also requires a wide range of English grammar and vocabulary comprehension.
3. It’s mundane.
While transcription looks mundane externally, it actually nourishes you with information coming from all parts of the world, practically everywhere. It causes you to develop your web research skills for terminologies you’re not familiar with which ultimately enriches your knowledge in the latest in technology, politics, showbiz, life in general. Knowledge-wise, no day is ever mundane because you learn different things.