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Penelope is a woman in her late Forties who lives in the Midwestern region of the United States and holds a Master’s in Business. She began scoping in January 2018 as a way to earn extra income. Here’s what she has to say.
I never really fit into the workings of the corporate world. I left some time ago and started more actively pursuing my passion – helping people emotionally and spiritually, showing them that they can do whatever they want in their lives. Recently I began looking for a flexible, convenient way to supplement my income.
I came across freelance scoping quite unexpectedly and in a synchronistic fashion, so I knew that it was opportunity knocking on my door, the very minute a relative of mine suggested that I consider scoping depositions and other recorded legal proceedings for some extra income.
To be honest, I had done a little bit of scoping work back in the early 1990s, but that was about 25 years ago: and back then, I had to travel to the court reporter’s worksite and use her equipment to scope for her, so I had to coordinate my work schedule with her. Scoping has changed a lot in the past quarter century.
I’ve only been back in the freelance scoping game for a few weeks now, edging myself slowly into the new way of scoping, but I am already loving the schedule flexibility and the new tools at my disposal.
I get to work from home, using my own computer, transcribing only the transcripts that I want, and on my own schedule. It means that I get to work around the other commitments in my life, as long as I get the scoped transcripts returned to the court reporter on or before the designated deadline.
All transcripts are sent electronically and communication with the court reporter happens via email and phone, so I can work for any court reporter in the United States, which increases my income potential.
So far, I have scoped 3 different transcripts, for a total of about 150 pages, using the Case Catalyst software program, which was super easy to download and install on my computer. It is also quite user-friendly, which is a necessity in today’s technological world.
It’s really a simple process. I upload the deposition into the Case Catalyst software and transcribe the document by listening to the audio file of the deposition while reviewing each word of the deposition.
My job is to make sure that the deposition is captured verbatim, in written form, and is professionally punctuated and formatted in the way that the hiring court reporter wants his or her transcripts done. Anything that isn’t clear to me or that I feel the court reporter needs to review, I simply annotate it in the transcript.
The more I scope, the more efficient I become at scoping and thus the more comfortable and certain in my work I become. I most definitely intend to keep scoping. It’s a flexible, reliable, efficient way to supplement my income while I keep the other commitments in my life. I am very grateful.