Many people would like to work online, but most do not know how to make it happen. If you’re a word lover, you are lucky because you are probably well suited for three online jobs that not only allow you to work wherever you want whenever you want, but that also pay very well. Here they are!
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Scoping is a flourishing field that’s been around a long time and needs a lot more well-trained people, especially wordsmiths and good typists, to join its ranks. A scopist is a behind-the-scenes word lover who transcribes the legal transcripts that court reporters produce on their steno machines.
Scoping can be a quite well-paying online job. In order to earn the most money and – very importantly – do an excellent job and produce excellent transcripts, all scopists must be well trained.
Internet Scoping School offers a very thorough self-paced course which covers everything, owner and teacher Linda Evenson says on her website. In her courses you will learn all about scoping “from note reading to transcript production to marketing, ethics, ergonomics, commonly made mistakes, actual software training — again, everything a new scopist needs to know to not just do the job but to be successful and make money.” Linda herself has been scoping transcripts since 1971 and knows exactly what she is talking about.
Wordsmiths can learn a lot more about the high-paying field of scoping by enrolling in Internet Scoping School’s free mini-course.
Proofreading is probably the most popular way for a word lover to earn income online. Court transcripts and other legal documents, medical documents, books and chapters of books, website content and really almost everything that is written should be worked on by a proofreader before it is published. The demand for proofreaders is high.
Proofreading may sound easy, but people who hire proofreaders to check over their documents are doing so because it is important. So even if you’re a wordsmith, you really need to know what you’re doing if you want to work online as a proofreader. Here are 10 tips to succeed at being a proofreader.
The popular Proofread Anywhere offers General Proofreading and Transcript Proofreading self-paced online courses. Although anyone can pick up a document, make corrections and call themselves a proofreader, they won’t necessarily be a good one. You really do need some sort of training to proofread well, gain a good reputation and enjoy repeat business. “Going in without training can cost you clients if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing,” says Caitlin Pyle, founder of Proofread Anywhere.
Caitlin has long worked as a proofreader herself and understands exactly what it takes to succeed in this job. If you’re a wordsmith interested in proofreading, sign up for the Proofread Anywhere free online workshop to get a taste of proofreading along with helpful insight into her courses.
Transcription is a growing field that is very much in need of more well-trained word lovers and good typists who can succeed at this type of work. “Not only is transcription in demand,” says Janet Shaughnessy, founder of the online course Transcribe Anywhere, “it’s in demand all over the world in all types of industries.”
Wordsmiths can make excellent transcriptionists. This is an important job, as when you’re a transcriptionist you must be completely accurate in listening to and typing up spoken words.
However, transcription is not only about being a good typist. “You can’t land high-paying general transcription clients if you think that’s all there is to it,” Janet says. “Time coding, excellent punctuation, and knowledge of how to format a useable, useful piece of content — a transcript — for your client is paramount to keeping your clients happy.”
With a great need for new transcriptionists, it’s important for wordsmiths to get excellent training so you can not only work at this online job but be at the top of your game. You can sign up for Transcribe Anywhere’s free mini-course to find out what transcription is all about and see how Janet’s courses can ensure you succeed.
Word lovers are perfect for all of these online jobs. I hope you’ll be able to find the one that fits you best!
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