For those considering a life as a transcriptionist, there are some tools of the trade you need to invest in.
In this article, I'll give you the lowdown on the most important tool needed to become a transcriptionist.
You cannott transcribe if you can't playback recordings and audio playback programs on your computer. Programs such as Itunes, windows media player, and realtek simply aren't going to make the cut here.
There are programs designed to do the task and they do it well for dealing with digital files. Dragon Naturally Speaking offers an add-on to their program specifically for transcription. It's fairly expensive, but most say well worth the investment.
Of course, not everyone has made it to the digital world of the 21st century and some people just like to use cassettes. That means getting a separate machine to deal with that kind of media. While you're likely to get most micro-cassettes, you may also want to keep a standard cassette and mini cassette player handy.
My favorite place to go for transcribers is eBay. I'd shell out the money for up to date computer software for dealing with digital files since that's what you'll probably be doing the most, but for analog machines, used equipment works just as good as the new stuff and you can save 75% or more off the price of getting a new one. However, if you cant afford a new pc, i highly recommend investing in a cassette/mini-cassette transcriber. My favourites are the sanyo-standard-cassette-trc-8030 and the sony-bm87dst-standard-cassette-transcriber.