With the advent of technology more and more companies have found a pressing need to hire professional transcriptionists. This is a great opportunity for you if you have the skills required. But, one might ask, “What is general transcription?” General transcription, in simple terms, is the conversion of audio/video materials (non-medical) into written form. This can either be in doc, docx, text or in Excel spreadsheets.
Notable Differences Between General and Medical Transcription
As a newbie, you need to start with general transcription but I am going to point out notable differences between general and medical transcription, for those who might want to take the medical route.
Medical Transcription, also known as MT, is the conversion of voice-recorded reports into text format (really key in the healthcare industry). It requires certification that will cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in training.
Furthermore, it is difficult to land a medical transcription job if you have no prior transcription experience. Not to mention the many scammers out there claiming huge upfront payments to cover courses and softwares before offering you actual work. Don’t you just hate it when you are working so hard to land a job and someone is busy finding ways to steal your hard earned money? My fellow transcriber, you are more intelligent than that. Notice those schemes from a far and run from it like a plague.
Irresistible Reasons Why You Should Choose General Over Medical Transcription
1. No prior experience needed.
The main reason I love general transcription is you can do it even as a newbie. All you need is a computer, good internet connection and a pair of headsets. My advice to you is strive to pass the set test, if they have any.
2. Is easy to start and no formal training is required
Just like I mentioned you do not need to go through though training like in the case of medical transcription. If you are a fast typist and your word capture is good you should be able to start working within a week of registration.
3. Requires minimal financial investment (headsets, computer, internet)
4. Has flexible working hours
Unlike medical transcription where you have to be working at certain hours that are set by the company, you have the flexibility to work at your own time. In the case of Rev I usually work evening hours because that is when I am more relaxed and there are no distractions.
5. Less stressful
With general transcription all you do is just listen to an interview or a sermon or a lecture then type what you hear. With medical transcription, you have to mast heavy medical terminologies and surgical procedures, which can be really stressful on the transcriber’s part.
6. You learn a lot as you handle a variety of projects
You get to transcribe interviews from world renowned speakers who can teach you how to live your best life or internet marketers who can show you how to make more money online unlike medical where you only focus on medical related fields.
As a general transcriptionist you will type live or recorded files in form of:
Focus group discussions
YouTube videos, etc.