This past academic year, I had the privilege to provide TypeWell services for a first-year law student. I’d like to share my thoughts about this experience in the hopes that it might open up new avenues of work for TypeWell transcribers, in subject areas that had previously been seen as too dense or high pressure for our meaning-for-meaning style.
As a freelance transcriber, you may be accustomed to setting your own schedule, taking assignments as they fit into your otherwise busy life. Here are five things to consider before making the leap from freelance work to a permanent position...
Tucked away in a quiet corner of West Virginia University’s Evansdale Campus sits our office. It’s decorated modestly with family photos, portable cork boards, chemistry-symbol cheat sheets, and ever-changing class schedules. It smells of the endless pots of coffee we guzzle—high-test fuel. And, at any given time, the air may be filled with the clacking of thirty rapidly typing fingers.
We didn’t always work from a central location. Once, we were nomads, traveling from one classroom to the next, fighting traffic, trolling the parking lots in search of parking. But times have changed...
While we are on the subject of deductible expenses for transcribers, here is one that applies primarily to those of us working remotely from our homes. We can deduct a portion of our rent or our mortgage payment, provided we have a room in our home or apartment specifically dedicated to our jobs.
As transcribers, we are in the unique position of having dozens of "first days" throughout our careers. Walking through the maze of halls of an unfamiliar high school eighty miles from home, as an adult who wasn't a teacher, I clearly didn't belong...
Each month, I send the out a message to the cohort of transcribers whose training anniversaries fall during that month. We're about halfway through the year now.
We're learning that although many transcribers still work in relative isolation, many do benefit from regular interaction with colleagues. Their employers are offering mentoring, workshops, skill consultations, and travel assistance for transcribers to attend conferences. Some even set aside regular time during staff meetings to focus on professional development.
It can be challenging for schools and businesses to find qualified candidates to send through TypeWell's transcriber training. Even though it takes just half an hour to apply for the course, some prospective transcribers aren't able to complete the application in one sitting.
Could that mean that schools and businesses are losing good candidates without even realizing it? Not anymore!