Ep 47: Audio Transcription

So… you want to be a transcriptionist because – well, you can type! Isn’t it the same thing? No … it most certainly isn’t! And clients – a typist is not the same thing as a transcriptionist!

In this episode I run through some of the basic skills you need to have if you want to be a transcriptionist, and give clients some tips on what to look for in a professional service provider, and what affects the cost of transcription.

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

2 comments

  1. Kathy Kimmerly says:

    Hi. I enjoy reading your materials. I have owned and operated a transcription company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for over 30 years. In the last 10 I have not been able to increase my costs…if I quote on a project I’m told my fees are too high. I believe they are too low! Do you have any suggestions? Much appreciated. Stay safe!

    • LynPB says:

      Thanks so much for your question Kathy – and nice to know our Canadian cousins are listening in! 🙂 I don’t generally discuss rates specifically because everyone has different rates, different skills, different factors impacting charge out, whether you are providing bulk transcription etc etc. I did do a podcast on rates (Ep 37) and also one on whether cost of living should count when setting your rates (Ep 39) which you’ll find in the Show Archive. Transcription is one of those areas where you can go via Industry Production Standards and apply your hourly rate OR you go per line or per audio minute. I used to do the IPS but now charge per audio minute as I find clients understand it much better. Having said that I know that rates here are WIDELY varying and some businesses are charging what I consider massively exorbitant rates per audio minute. This podcast does also include tips for speaking with the client who thinks you’re expensive by pointing out what is actually involved in taking an audio and turning it into a usable document. If you would like to discuss this privately please reach out via the Facebook page messenger or email. Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out!

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