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4 Reasons I Use General Transcriptionists (and Why I’m Not Alone)

Updated: February 8, 2016

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  1. #3 is very true for me as well! I read much faster than people speak, especially when I’m just reading and not proofreading. I would MUCH rather read a transcript of a speech than watch a video of it.

  2. I do agree as well. I prefer to read rather than listen to a video or podcast. If an article I want to read has a video in it, I usually turn it off.

  3. I’m horrible for multitasking, I’m always doing it. I’ll have the TV going in the background, but if you ask me what is happening I couldn’t tell you, I’m the same way with a video, I just get bored, I can’t be bothered to sit idle for that long. And then I stop listening and start doing something else, at least when I’m reading I feel like I can concentrate more on it and get through it the first time, I also find that I learn more.

  4. Most of the time, I prefer to read rather than watch a video, unless I’m learning how to do something new, like fix something. But then I also like to have the text, because watching someone else do a task doesn’t mean I get all of the steps involved. Thanks, Caitlin, for this informative post. 🙂

  5. Numbers 3 and 4 are my pet peeve when I’m looking for info online. I don’t always have enough time to watch a video, and when I do, if there is no closed-captioning or the speaker is off-camera (or it’s all a voiceover), then chances are good I might miss something. (I have a hearing loss that can make understanding speech difficult at times.) I have SO appreciated the transcripts you’ve provided for the videos on your site!

  6. Hey Caitlin,
    Funny you should mention not looking for business before you know what you’re doing. I just started working for a site (not Janet Shaughnessy’s, although I’m taking her free course right now), and I would be incredibly discourage by the small amount of money I’m making, except…
    I’m choosing to think of it as earning while I learn.
    I was convinced I wanted to be a Legal Transcriptionist, but now I’m thinking proofreading legal transcripts might sound better. Meanwhile, I’m sprucing up my sentence structure skills and getting paid for it!
    Thanks for this post!

    1. It sounds like you have the right attitude about developing your skills. As Caitlin says, more skills = more money. 🙂

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