Question from a VA:
“I have my own laptop, printer, scanner, fax and email set up but just wanted to know the best way to set up “transcription services”. I thought it takes away the “virtual” offering by having to have tapes collected and delivered the whole time. Are you aware of an easier way to do it, like having a “voicemail” kind of service where you can just pick up the messages and transcribe, or downloading voice to the internet somehow?”
There is a great solution for you called Express Scribe:
It’s a free transcription playback software which automatically receives and loads files by internet (FTP) or email. Basically, you need to get your clients to provide you with digital voice files that you then play back and transcribe using this software. You’ll need to buy a footpedal and headset to go with it.
Your clients would use something like Web Dictate to record and send dictation over the internet. The great thing about this software is that your clients can dictate from anywhere in the world, as long as they have internet access. For example, if they’re at a conference they can use the hotel’s internet access to dictate. The recordings can be sent to you immediately by email. There’s a free 14 day trial for this software:
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