Guest post from Alicia Jay

In my last guest post, I discussed my interesting work-at-home career as a general transcriptionist and who hires me to do this type of work. We touched on all kinds of markets and various needs of a written transcript to accompany their audio and video.

Now we’ll go over the skills needed to get started with a career in general transcription or add it to your virtual assistant business. Take a look at the list below:

  • Fast and accurate typing
  • Being a great listener
  • The ability to follow client directions
  • Good grasp of the English language
  • Excellent grammar and spelling skills
  • Proofreading ability
  • Willingness to research unfamiliar terms

You might already possess some of the skills listed. I can tell you that when I started out in this profession, I had some of them, but not all. I didn’t let that stop me. I learned and then practiced what I learned until I got better. Much of this industry involves practicing. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Hopefully this post planted a little seed in your head about a career that’s right for you, that will allow you to work with all kinds of interesting clients, work on your own terms and do something you really enjoy!


Alicia Jay is the owner of Transcription e-Services where she helps service-based business owners leverage their audio and video content with general transcription, saving them time and allowing them to make more money. She quickly gained the trust and respect of her clients and created a training program to teach others the skill of general transcription. Join her for a fun, tell-all webinar where she and other transcriptionists will let you in on what it’s really like from their side of the keyboard!