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Transcription Express is seeking telecommute general transcriptionists to work on an independent contractor basis. The company currently employs over 190 home-based contractors. These work at home positions are available nationwide!
You will be paid a per-page rate. Telecommute contractors can expect to make anywhere from $600 to $1,600-plus per month, depending on hours worked and speed.
From the company:
“We are looking for skilled, reliable, and deadline driven transcription service contractors who want to work with a transcription company that is prepared to provide transcription work on a regular basis. Our system is simple: Transcriptionist typists can download client audio files via the internet to their computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our online digital system. Transcriptionists are able to work on their transcripts in the comfort of their own home or office. “
Requirements (from work-at-home job listing):
- Type at least 60 words per minute with 90% or better accuracy. Previous transcription experience, particularly with verbatim style transcription, a plus.
- Be able to show proficiency in spelling and homonyms.
- Be a native English speaker and located in the United States.
- Have a computer with the Windows 7Pro or 8 Pro or newer operating system and reliable high-speed internet.
- Have or be willing to acquire digital foot pedal.
- Must live in the U.S. and have reliable high-speed Internet.
Be aware: this company does require its telecommute subcontractors to pay a licensing fee to access its system. They do have an A+ listing with the Better Business Bureau.
If interested in learning more about this telecommute opportunity, please see the telecommute job listing. Good luck!
If you’d like to learn more about general transcription as a work at home career, you can read My Work at Home General Transcription Story.
If you’re interested in training for a work at home transcription career, and you want in-depth, step-by-step training, I highly recommend Transcribe Anywhere!
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Showcasing Remote Work on Your Resume
In today’s age of increased technology, employers are realizing that telecommuting and remote work is becoming more acceptable. However, not all candidates are qualified to work in such an independent manner, so showcasing a track record of success and remote work experience will significantly increase your employment prospects for remote positions.
They are a few ways to best highlight your remote work experience and talents. In your employment history section, instead of listing your home city and state next to the company name you worked for, it is recommended that you use the term “Remote” where the city and state would go. Lavie Margolin, author of Mastering the Job Interview, suggests using one of these three ways:
List the organization’s corporate location when using a city/state format but note that the work is performed remotely in the first sentence.
Skip city/state in the formatting and note that it is work that is performed remotely in the first sentence.
List “Remote Work” in place of city/state.
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Another option would be to separate out home-office jobs into their own “Remote Work Experience” category. Directly seeing a list of other companies that have trusted you to telecommute builds a hiring manager’s confidence.
You should also include your remote work experiences in the descriptions of your job. Good resumes show rather than tell. As you discuss your past job responsibilities, detail how they were performed off-site. For example, an effective presentation of a customer service position might read something like, “Responded to 75+ client inquiries daily through the company’s website while stationed at a home-based office with a high-speed Internet connection.” For a sales role, you can include a bullet point such as, “Recognized by leadership as the top performer for the 2018 fiscal year for converting more cold calls into billable accounts than any other remote worker.”
Another good idea for highlighting your remote work could be to include it in the Skills Section. Being a self-starter, an excellent communicator, or an outstanding time manager are all good skills to present for an array of jobs. However, when work is being performed remotely, displaying your expertise in certain areas can make the difference between your resume landing an interview.
When discussing your skills, look at how they particularly fit into the remote environment. Exemplary communicators, for instance, may want to mention their comfort using video conferencing, chat platforms, and instant messaging to stay in touch with others on the team. Solid collaborators could discuss using shared documents and daily check-ins to accomplish company goals while working offsite.
Remember, your resume is the starting point for presenting yourself as a solid candidate for a telecommuting role. Continue to reinforce your background through a tailored cover letter and a stellar interview that lets employers know you will be a valuable addition to the team from any location.
If you’ve already got a job you love, there’s no need to quit. Instead, negotiating for remote work will allow you to keep your job, and according to this FlexJobs survey, it might make you more productive as well.
Here’s how to start turning your job into a remote one.
1. Establish whether you really want to work remotely.
Is it so you can travel? If so, have you travelled extensively before? Is it so you can spend more time with family – or maybe it’s so that you can focus on your health? Have you ever worked alone, outside of the social comfort of an office?
Working online is not for everyone. It can be very isolating, and not all personalities are suited to solitude.
Thinking about why you want to work remotely will really usher out any anxieties or naivetes you have about it. If it’s because you don’t currently enjoy doing your work, it may not be your location flexibility that you should change. Establish the real reason why you’d like to be remote, and whether you think you’re cut out for it (our Humans of Outsite videos might help you think about this!).
2. Formulate a debate.
Ok, so you’d definitely like to be remote for a legitimate reason. Now you have to consider whether this is reasonable with your role. If you’re a team manager, with on-site contact hours daily, it might not work so well for you. The same goes for any role where the job includes face-to-face client meetings, in one city. You should also check out whether you already have flexible hours, but you don’t know about them.
However, if you’re already spending the majority of your hours on a computer, you’re chatting to your colleagues on Slack and your meetings could be condensed to a Monday (and done via Skype/Zoom/Google Hangouts), you’re already remote.
Chances are, your boss might be totally cool with it, see eye to eye with you, and there will be no debate. If there is, back up your argument with statistics about remote work, why you’re not necessarily more productive in office, and how the future of work is already changing. It may help them attract new talent, too.
3. Write the email (and wait on it).
If you’d prefer to ask in person, go ahead, however this is a conversation best left for email – it allows both parties to wait, and formulate their answer. There are a few elements that deserve mentions:
– Propose a trial period (for example, working from home every Friday for 1 month to see the effects/potential issues)
– Outline the following period (if the trial period goes well, how does the policy continue?)
– Outline how you intend to communicate with the team whilst ‘away’, on that day.
– Potential benefits to your company, and your team! You could be networking with a community whilst you all work, in a beautiful place. That’s definitely a benefit.
Lifewire have an excellent outline of what you should be sending in your proposal.
4. Send it.
Press the button, wait for it!
5. Enjoy, or re-negotiate.
If the first email hasn’t been received ‘well’, there’s room for negotiation. Establish why your company isn’t comfortable with remote work – if it’s because the profession does not translate well to a remote job, it may be time to seek out a new opportunity. However, if it’s the first request your manager has received for remote work, the proposal may need further reinforcement, and testing.
Alternatively, it may have gone well, and you might be signing up for your first stay in Hawaii, Bali or Portugal.
Ready to start your own adventure? Become a Member of Outsite, or suggest the Outsite Business Membership to your team – that way you can all kick back in your new Bali, Hawaii or Lisbon headquarters.
Words: Tibor Lovas
Photographs: Tibor Lovas
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