As the weeks of (f)unemployment go by and I’ve been unable to find a job that fits my need for flexibility, I’ve been looking more and more at contracting and freelancing type jobs. I would take a part-time retail job, but since we may only have two and a half months left in the states and finding an out-of-home job overseas will be next to impossible quand je ne parle pas francais, I decided that the best use of my time will be in figuring out something I can do from anywhere that pays.
That has led me down the rabbit-hole of data entry and transcription. It looks like either of these will be my best bet, although there is a little bit of a learning curve. My office jobs for the past five years have pretty much just been data entry, so I’ve got that down, but transcription is new and scary.
Still, from the forums I’ve read so far, it looks right up my alley. I just need to actually let myself go through the learning curve instead of getting scared away at the first sign of failure. I’ve noticed with anything really “new”, I get all excited about it, but as soon as I realize I don’t know everything ever and am not completely ready, I just… don’t do anything about it.
So instead of flailing – which is what I’ve been doing when I haven’t been editing lately – I’m going to put effort into making this happen. Already, I’ve found transcription software and have been practicing. Next is a foot pedal, more practice, honing my resume, and applying, applying, applying. I am, if nothing else, absolutely stubborn, but I have to actually focus and harness that to get anywhere.
Have any of you done at-home work of any kind? Especially transcription? Any and all experiences, tips, etc would be appreciated. 🙂