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How General Transcription Rescued Me From Temporary Insanity

By: vernette Category: Transcription

Eight years ago I was frustrated because I had a toddler and newborn to take care of and needed a piece of both worlds, to be able to take care of my children and make money at the same time.

Prior to giving birth to my second son, I worked as a Customer Service Representative for several Fortune 500 companies, but had to give that up when I relocated to New York from Florida.

At that time the Customer Service Network (Arise.com) that I contracted with did not have the capabilities to connect me to their VOIP service in another state. So I became desperate to find a new avenue that would enable me to work from home and take care of my newborn and toddler. I needed to supplement my spouse’s income because times were rough.

So I did some research online and found out that Medical Transcription was one of the best ways, especially for a stay at home mom to work from home. What made it so attractive was the fact that it was a career… something I could do for a long time because the demand for Medical Transcriptionists was much greater than the supply.

I was extremely happy after almost losing my sanity searching for a way out both day and night. So I took an offline course and found out very quickly that I hated Medical Transcription with a passion.

I had no medical background and found the terminology that I had to learn in order to be successful in this career was extremely difficult. I am not a quitter, but I knew within myself that this was not for me.

I was devastated and quit the Medical Transcription class. I didn’t know what I was going to do next. I thought I was going insane because I needed real work where I would receive a paycheck weekly or bi-weekly. I could not afford to put two children in daycare.

So I went online and searched and search for a way out and stumbled upon General Transcription. At that time, there was not too much information on General Transcription. However, I did some serious research on the subject and found all the information I needed.

I knew right away that this was what I would do because I did not have to learn medical terminology and I did not have to go to school to be able to perform this job. So I purchased a  General Transcription ebook and the Start Stop Transcription Software with foot pedal and I was on my way.

It took me approximately two weeks to learn how to transcribe. I studied and practiced night and day, every chance I got…whenever my babies were asleep…until wee hours in the morning.

So this meant that I was extremely sleep deprived with a newborn who wanted a bottle every two hours, and a two-year-old tugging at my feet for attention. However, I was determined. At the time, I was typing 60 words per minute.

So all I had to do was master transcribing. After two weeks of non-stop studying and transcribing I got my first job. I made a mess of my first transcription project. I had to beg the employer to give me another chance and I told him that if I did not produce high quality work, then they should fire me.

I asked to work for a week with no pay also, just to become more proficient and to prove that I was serious about making this work. And guess what, I was given another chance and it worked. I proofread my work so many times before turning it in to the company. I had my mom and my husband proofread also before I uploaded my work to my employer’s server.

After a few months with Nettranscripts, I was proficient enough to move on to another company that paid me more money and I was able to choose what type of work I wanted.

So if you are a stay at home mom and you really don’t want to go back to a 9-5 job, nor do you want to start a business from scratch, then I highly recommend General Transcription.

If you have some medical background, then I recommend Medical Transcription over General Transcription because it pays more and most jobs come with benefits. However, you must go to school, whether online or offline to learn how to become a Medical Transcriptionist.

Most companies also want at least six months to one year experience as a Medical Transcriptionist before hiring newbies. With General Transcription, there are no benefits and the pay is much lower.

I’ve worked at home as a General Transcriptionist for approximately 4 years. I ended up working for quite a few companies. My two favorites were Production Transcripts and Net Transcripts.

I highly recommend General Transcription because you can actually teach yourself to become proficient in transcribing documents for insurance companies, the media, and much more.  The great thing about it is, you don’t have to go to school to learn how to do this.

I actually transcribed celebrity interviews, church sermons, TV Guide interviews, video files, etc. I learned so much from transcribing all of these different sound files and video files.

If you have any questions about working from home as a General Transcriptionist, please feel free put your question in the question box on the front page of this blog.

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3 Comments to “How General Transcription Rescued Me From Temporary Insanity”


  1. Good article. I too tried medical transcription and even completed all the schooling but found that it was too difficult to get hired without experience and that I really needed much more flexibility than I was given when I finally did get hired on with a good company. I gave general transcription a try through a few freelance websites and gradually started acquiring my own clients and setting my own rates. I LOVE doing it. Definitely the right thing for me right now.

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  2. Hi, I am curious about general transcription. I see that this article was posted in 2010. Is general transcription still in demand two years later. I don’t really see too much information on general transcription, do you think you can help me? I have a disability and cannot work to support myself.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading it.

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