The skills you need to start an online typing and scribing business
Sally-Anne Watson Kane
. Friday, February 26, 2016
Are you thinking of starting up your own online typing and/or scribing business? If so, you will need to be:
- proficient in Word and MS Office and willing to learn new software;
- willing and able to work long hours including after hours;
- have a typing speed of at least 80 wpm but preferably about 100 wpm, and excellent accuracy;
- able to accurately scribe recordings of people speaking; i.e. have very good online/audio transcription skills;
- able to use (or learn to use) a book-keeping program to manage your business's finances;
- very good at communicating (face to face, via telephone and via email/internet);
- excellent at writing, editing and proofreading, spelling, grammar and punctuation and broad vocabulary;
It will also be helpful if you have some experience in small business management. Otherwise, you will have to learn how to manage your business 'on the run'. This is what I did thirteen years ago - fitting in a bit of training where I could, asking colleagues for advice and learning from my mistakes - and I believe that if I'd undertaken training in at least some aspects of small business management prior to starting my business, I probably would have had an easier ride over those first few years.
The more types of services you offer, potentially the more customers you will have and the more services you will sell. If you are highly skilled in any of the below areas, your business will be be able to offer a broader range of scribing/typing/editing services. If you don't have these skills or experience you might like to put them on a list of skills you'd like to learn further down the track:
- scribing face to face - scribing and producing minutes of meetings, reports;
- scribing via telephone - scribing and producing minutes of meetings, reports;
- scribing/writing resumes (in consultation with clients);
- editing reports and other types of documents including publications;
- proofreading reports and other types of documents including publications;
- designing and producing publications.
This article is based on my own experiences since starting On Time
Typing as a small (sole trader) online/onsite scribing business in 2002
which has evolved into an online transcription, scribing, writing, editing and proofreading business.
Keep posted for future articles about starting up and managing an online business
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