Learn to Type

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Learn to Type:

If you do not already know how to type the first thing you need to do is to learn to type in order to work in the transcription services industry.  Most people today learn how to type in school, even as young as elementary school.  I learned in high school on an old style typewriter where you actually had to hit the return bar at the end of each line.  It was my favorite class though and I really did excel at it.

My daughters were taught a little bit in elementary school and as they got older we bought a copy of Mavis Beacon Teaches.  This was a great tool for my girls to learn typing and both have worked in our transcription company over the years.

But perhaps you came up in school before everything was based so heavily on computers and you did not take typing in school.  Well, guess what?  It is never too late to learn something new.

I would suggest you get the above software or alternatively look for a good free typing tutorial such as Typing.com.  You need to full commit yourself to learning this new skill.  I do know that it gets very boring to type ffff, jjjj, dddd, eeee, iiii, kkkk, etc., etc., over and over again.  But guess what?  It is through this repetition that you really get to know the keys and your fingers get used to going there automatically without you even having to think about it.

Put aside a little time every single day to work on your typing skills.  Just think, when I learned I was in a typing class five days a week for 50 minutes a day practicing and practicing.  With the typing software programs you can see how your speed skills will build and your accuracy will improve.  Do not give up because it is boring.  Type, type, type away.  I remember when I first learned to type I would even type things out on my leg with my fingers for practice all the time.  I will admit that I even do that now sometimes.  

Typing is a lot of fun and once you learn to type you will never regret it.  It makes filling out online forms, typing up documents and many other things so much easier.  And obviously if you want to work in the transcription industry, you will absolutely need to know how to type.