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The benefits of a transcription service

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When you hear the words ‘transcription service’, your first thought is probably about cost. Your second is that you don’t need such a service, you have enough people in your team who can take notes, even as a small start-up; you could even do it yourself, couldn’t you? More than likely you could. Or you could get someone in your team to do it. However, there are quite a few benefits to seeking specialised help once in a while and here is why:

  • Your time is precious. As a business owner or manager yours and your team’s time is one of your greatest assets. You hired your team to do a specific job and it probably didn’t involve full-on transcription. Is your time not better spent developing the business with the skills that you do have – be they sales, marketing, or a specific technical skill? For start-ups in particular, it’s very common for everyone to get involved in all aspects of the business, from sales and delivery to business development and stationery manager. Instead of pulling your team into something they may not be all that experienced at doing, why not get the experts involved and let them focus on their own roles?
  • You don’t have transcription skills. While you are no doubt pretty good at what you do, you probably don’t have the skills and knowledge to take on a transcription task, let alone the software and experience to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Getting a specialist transcription team in to do the job will not only ensure that it is done to a very high standard, but depending on what it is you need they can provide specific specialists such as legal, medical, or research experts. They will better understand any nuances or technical terms that are used without wasting additional time on trying to decipher what a recording or speaker is saying.
  • You can turn things around more quickly. A quick turnaround of a meeting or conference transcript can be the difference between new business and no conversion to sales. Impress your clients with the quality of a transcription as well as how quickly it can be completed following an event. If you are relying on your staff to do the work around their other tasks it could take much longer. Let them focus on follow up while the experts handle the transcription.
  • It’s not as expensive as you may think. As with any outsourced service, you only need to pay for what you use. You can bring in the expertise you need, for the hours that you need it without any retainer requirements or minimum spend contracts. There is also no need for overhead spend on equipment or training.

If you would like to discuss the benefits of hiring a professional transcription provider talk to us at Language Link UK. We can talk through your needs and help you decide if it’s the right thing for you. Drop us a line by using our contact form and we will be in touch in no time.