Transcription: DIY or Outsource?
I became a freelance virtual PA over 10 years ago. Previous to that I had worked as a senior level PA within many large organisations, but I decided to take the plunge into self-employment, hoping there would be enough work to keep me busy…and I’m glad to say there has! In recent times I have been increasingly busy, which is great, but it has also surprised me in some ways.
We have been going through the longest dip in the economy for generations.
When I started chatting to my clients about this, they all seemed to have similar reasons for outsourcing transcription, which I thought was interesting and here’s what they said:
- It’s time consuming – on average an hour of recorded material will take 4-6 hours to transcribe.
- It is not expensive – especially when the alternative is the cost of tying up staff members, who are likely to be costing you more per hour, and may take longer than a professional transcriber.
- Expertise and kit – headsets, special keyboards, software packages and qualifications are not needed if you outsource.
- Fast Turnaround – agree timescales with your transcriber, then crack on with work as usual and wait for it to land on your desk (or rather in-box!). It’s easy, quick and hassle-free.
What I’ve taken from my client’s feedback, therefore, is although transcription itself is a simple process and can of course be done internally, the reasons outlined above make the decision to outsource their transcription services to me an easy one – thankfully!
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