Many people dream of a transcription career while working from home, but few are aware of how much equipment or software to buy. You may be overwhelmed at the advice you receive regarding what you need and what you don’t. If you are confused as to how much equipment you need to buy, read on.
Given below is a list of basic equipment that is of necessity to most transcriptionists:
The first thing that you need is a computer. You can choose between a desktop and a laptop or keep both, depending on your personal preference. A laptop is handy when you are away from home or your office, and the desktop is convenient while in the office. Desktops generally last longer and can be upgraded easily. You can also select the keyboard and the mouse. Having this setup is feasible with your laptop as well, if you are home.
Get a good pair of headphones as you will frequently be working with difficult audio. By using them, you can hear words and conversations that seem indecipherable on an ordinary pair of headphones.
Word Processing Software
Many computers have either WordPerfect or Microsoft Office installed in them. Both programs are necessary and you should know how to use them to become more flexible and better at work.
An ergonomically designed keyboard is very important to avoid pain in your wrist and forearm, especially since you have to type a lot every day. Although it can be a bit difficult to use in the beginning, you will get adjusted to them pretty soon.
An ergonomic chair provides you neck, back and lumbar support and comfort. Having a chair with adjustable height is also a great idea so that you can position yourself more comfortably while working.
A foot pedal helps you play, rewind, and fast forward the audio while you are typing. Instead of using your hands, you can simply press the levers with your feet to rewind the audio as you type. This will save you a lot of time while working.
The above given list of transcription equipment you will need to launch your home transcription career is only a tentative one: you can add more or customize any of these based on your specific requirements.