Working from home has many benefits – no doubt about this.
- You don’t have to get all dressed up and instead can work in your pajamas.
- You don’t have to battle freezing winter weather.
- You don’t have to spend a good portion of your day stuck in or dealing with traffic.
Along with the general work-from-home benefits that all jobs have, each specific work-at-home job has their own set of benefits. Transcription is a popular work-at-home job that has its own set of benefits. There are plenty of websites that enables clients to quickly place orders online for transcription services, and transcriptionists can then transcribe these files from home.
If you have ever been interested in working as an at-home transcriptionist, the following are some of the benefits you’ll receive.
You’ll have flexible hours.
Most transcriptionists are able to set their own hours, which is one of the best perks. Transcriptionists can choose to work as often or as little as they like, making it both a great full-time or part-time position. Plus, being able to set your own hours allows you to work when it’s most convenient for you. If you’re a night owl, you could transcribe late at night. If you’re an early-riser, you can knock your work out in the early hours of the morning. Setting your own schedule allows you to have the freedom to work when you can, but still live your life.
You can choose your projects.
Some transcription companies out there allow their employees to choose which type of transcription projects to work on. For example, if you are more interested in medical transcription, you can take jobs that focus on medical topics. If you’re interested in architecture, you can focus on transcription jobs that deal with architecture. This way, you can transcribe on topics you like, making your job more enjoyable.
There’s no monotony.
One of the biggest complaints that most employees have is the monotony of their jobs, but transcriptionists don’t have this problem. Due to the variety of audio and video files that need to be transcribed, a transcriptionist can transcribe a police investigation one day and book research the next. There is always variety throughout a transcriptionist’s workweek.
You can improve your skills.
Transcription is a great way to improve skills you can use in a variety of different fields. One of the biggest advantages of transcription is that you’ll easily improve your typing speed and accuracy. This can help you get more transcribing done in a shorter amount of time, which can help increase the amount of money you make. Plus, if you ever decide to change careers, quick typing and great accuracy is a skill that most employers look for.
You don’t have to deal with the public.
If customer service and dealing with customers isn’t your cup of tea, then transcription is the right job for you. As a transcriptionist, you get to work alone, with just you, your computer and the audio or video files. You don’t have to answer phones, deal with unhappy customers or perform any type of customer service. You’ll only have to answer to your boss, but as long as you’re doing a good job and meeting your responsibilities, you may not have to do that too often.
But beware, these gigs do have their drawbacks. The best transcription companies in the market have made a promise for fast transcription turnaround. If you are unable to commit to be responsive and have considerable availability and flexibility this may not be a gig for you. Be daring and give it a try, you may just find yourself in the right place and be able to make a long term career from something that began as a gig.
This article was prepared for you by Debbie Montgomery. Debbie is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom from Austin.