[Updated Feb. 14, 2017]
Remote transcription career? Why would you want that? Who needs transcription in this era of technology? The answer: millions of people – videos, movies, podcasts, seminars, webinars, class lectures, etc all contain material that people want to be searchable by search engines. How to do that? Transcribe it into written text. Viola! Millions of people can find the information.
So… does a remote transcription career sound lucrative now? Find out from this Transcribe Anywhere General Transcription course review if you think it will provide you with the skills and tools you need to get a well-paid transcription job or to even start your own transcription business.
Name: Transcribe Anywhere – General Transcription: Theory and Practice
Creator: Janet Shaughnessy
Introduction to the Transcribe Anywhere General Transcription Course:
Janet Shaughnessy, the founder of Transcribe Anywhere, started working from home as a medical transcriptionist in 2007. She added general and legal transcription and then formed her own company, Zoom Transcription Services. For this she needed transcriptionists. But she found that even those who had experience were not really doing things up to her level of expectation.
It became a burden trying to train everyone on an individual level and, so, the first iteration of General Transcription Training: The Zoom Method was born. She first sold it as a DVD on Amazon and later moved it to a digital download and sold it from her Zoom website.
This new course, General Transcription: Theory and Practice, is based on the original course but has been completely revamped, updated, added to, and installed on a real e-learning platform. It provides everything needed to start from the very beginning and still obtain the comprehensive training required to excel at general transcription. In addition, Janet also includes the marketing side of how to either land a good job or build your own business.
- It is a self-paced, multimedia online course
- You do not need any previous transcription experience
- It teaches everything you need to know about transcription starting with the basics
- It teaches you the marketing and business skills needed to build your own business
- It teaches you the skills you need if you prefer to get a job
- You can work on it anytime and from anywhere
- It gives you the freedom to work full time or part time
- It allows you to start a small business and develop it as your time permits
- It provides you with a real career that you can fit around the needs of your family
- The course is reasonably priced
- It doesn’t require much financial investment to get started
- You can start earning soon after successfully completing the course (though it takes time to build up a big enough client base to achieve a full-time income) – you won’t have overnight results, but you will be given all of the tools and tips to help you market your services effectively
- Janet also offers a free mini-course which allows you to get a solid idea of what transcription is and what the work requires so that you can decide if it is for you before investing in the course
- It takes real work and effort
- You need to be able to sit for long periods of time
- It is not a get-rich-quick solution if that is what you are looking for
Transcribe Anywhere – General Transcription Course Overview:
The general transcription course at Transcribe Anywhere is a self-paced, online course that teaches the A-Z of general transcription and how to make a remote business out of it (or get a good job if that is what you prefer.) It literally starts with typing drills and moves on from there. Much of the information is provided through text lessons, but there are also videos which really help to clarify some of the software related lessons. The quizzes help you make sure that you are grasping the material and the printouts are useful as reference notes.
The course includes information about the transcription industry in general, the software and equipment you need, the English grammar and punctuation skills required, typing drills, practice dictations (lots of them of varied difficulties), formatting and working with templates, marketing training, and other information to help you start your own online transcription business.
The full course takes about two to four months to complete. Those with previous transcription experience will obviously be able to do it faster.
If you would like more details about the topics covered in the course, you can check out the General Transcription course syllabus.
You have lifetime access to the course, its updates, and the private Facebook group.
If you would like to see more than just screenshots, watch this video tour of the course.
Who Is the General Transcription Course at Transcribe Anywhere For?
It is for stay-at-home moms (or dads), college students, retirees or anyone who has the time to work from home and has:
- Above average English language skills
- An eye for detail
- The ability to sit for long periods of time
As an aside, I believe anyone can do anything if they set their hearts and minds to it. But, to be perfectly fair and honest, it’s going to be a LOT harder for a non-native English speaker to excel as a transcriptionist for English-speaking clients. The learning curve is going to be very steep for anyone for whom English is not their first language. (Many people only hire transcriptionists who are native-English speakers.)
It is not for people who are not ready to put in real effort or who think it is a get-rich-quick scheme.
The General Transcription Course Training & Resources:
The training is based on a thorough e-learning platform and consists of plenty of text, transcription style guides, worksheets (with answer keys), screencast tutorial demonstrations, video presentations, seven levels of practice dictions (with cheat sheets) and quizzes. Janet includes all the tips, tricks and how-to-do steps she accumulated over her years of experience.
The training also includes how to market your skills to get work as an employee, an independent contractor or build your own transcription business. This aspect of the course is quite helpful – most transcription courses teach the transcription skills, but not the marketing side.
She also includes resources for where to get the best deals on transcription equipment and other basic, but valuable information.
Support for the General Transcription Course:
The support for the course is constant and thorough. You can easily get your questions answered via email, Facebook messenger, or in the private Facebook group for students. Most questions get answered almost immediately.
The Facebook group is a great learning tool. Students freely discuss topics and ask questions or just learn from other people’s questions and the answers. There is much support from other students as well as other graduates – in the form of answering questions, just simply offering some encouragement or something simple such as posting a sale price on the transcription software.
Janet has a presence in the group and will weigh in with answers to questions, advice, or simply some encouragement. Janet is also always just an email away if you really need her personal attention.
Educational Qualifications and Skills Needed:
Prior qualifications aren’t important. Everything you need to know will be taught. A student’s success is dependent upon their ability to learn and then act on that teaching. Someone with some prior experience will proceed more quickly through the course, but that is not a prerequisite.
The following skills will make the journey that much easier:
- Fast and accurate typing
- Proficiency in spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- Knowledge of the internet and critical thinking skills (i.e., research)
- Knowledge of the hardware and software required to provide transcription services
- Self-motivation and self-discipline
- A computer with a high-speed internet connection
- Some type of transcription software
- A set of decent headphones
- A foot pedal (optional)
- Microsoft Word or alternative
- A comfortable, ergonomically correct work area
Price for the General Transcription Course at Transcribe Anywhere:
There are three possible payment options and you can upgrade from one to the next. Effectively this means that you can pay for the course in one go or in two or three payments. (You pay the same total amount irrespective of how many payments you make.) Or you can just do a portion of the course. 🙂
Level 1: LEARN
Pay $127 to learn the basics and brush up on punctuation. Level 1 gives you 30 days access to modules 1 and 2 and lifetime access to the Facebook group. You can upgrade at any time even after the 30 days by simply paying the difference.
You can find out more details about the content of modules 1 and 2 here in the General Transcription course syllabus.
Level 2: LEARN + PRACTICE
Pay $362 (or $235 upgrade from Level 1) to learn the basics, brush up on punctuation, the how-tos of transcription, software video tutorials, and all 7 levels of the practice diction files. Level 2 gives you 60 days access to modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 and lifetime access to the Facebook group. You can upgrade at any time even after the 60 days by simply paying the difference.
You can find out more details about the content of modules 1 to 4 here in the General Transcription course syllabus.
Level 3: LEARN + PRACTICE + BUILD + MARKET
Pay $597 (or $235 upgrade from Level 2 or $470 upgrade from Level 1) for lifetime access to the full course content, all curriculum upgrades, and online support.
My Final Opinion:
Janet has done transcription for a long time and seems to have worked hard to put all her knowledge into a course that is well designed and easy to follow. There seems to be a good balance between text, video, quizzes, printouts, etc. and the variety of practice transcripts prepares the students for all types of transcription (besides legal or medical).
Based on feedback from students of the course, the support is amazing – it is timely and helpful whether you ask for it in the Facebook group or by email. By the end of the course, you are armed with the skills and knowledge to start a respectable career which allows you to work at times that are convenient for the rest of your family and you don’t have to drain your savings account to do it!
Verdict: It is definitely a legitimate anywhere anytime training and career option.
If you would like to know more from Janet herself regarding how this career option can work for stay-at-home moms, check out this interview with her.
Have you ever done transcription or tried out this course? Feel free to share your experiences. Or do you have any questions about the course? Start asking! 🙂