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3 Tips on How to Prepare a Transcription Portfolio

3 Tips on How to Prepare a Transcription Portfolio

So, how do you get into transcription?  A lot of people have said that it’s an easy task.  It may even be a no-brainer thing for some.  You just have to have good listening skills in English, fast typing skills, a computer and a good headset, and you’re ready to go.

Well, sorry to disappoint you but there are other things to consider when you want to get into this industry.  Let me share with you some tips on how I did just that.  This would be just the start of a series of articles to help you get into a transcription career. And it starts with creating a transcription portfolio.

Introduce yourself with a transcription portfolio

In a way, I’m lucky because I already had experience in transcribing different audios when I got into this profession.  But for those of you who don’t have any experience and don’t have any idea on how to get into this, here is what you can do:

  1. You can do some transcribing of videos on YouTube, like a five-minute audio or so. You can make as much transcripts from those videos as you want to show your prospective client that you can transcribe accurately. The one below is just a sample.  You can copy it, you can alter it any way you want, as there is no hard and fast rules when it comes to transcripts because it would depend on your client.

Note: Don’t forget to save the link of the video you transcribed because you’d want your client to listen or watch the video to check if you could transcribe well.

Here’s a sample transcript:



  1. Save the transcript into a folder in your computer, let’s say, name it as Transcription Portfolio.



  1. When you have collected like five sample transcripts, and saved them in your folder, you could now send them along by attaching the transcripts with your resume/CV, and the link/s of the video/s you’ve transcribed to your prospective client.



This is what I would do if I were someone who wants to get into this profession because, more often than not, the client would want to know if you can do the job. And to do that, they’d ask for a portfolio of sorts.

What I shared is what you can provide your would-be client to show that you are capable of accomplishing the task. Go ahead and try it.  You’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

emily-studio-pic-1About the Author

Emily Tan Cal is a seasoned transcriptionist, and considers herself to be a writer.  She has been transcribing home-based since 2007, when general transcription was just starting in the Philippines.

At present, she is a full-time home-based general transcriptionist for her Australian boss whom she met through

As a single parent, she dedicates her life to her three adorable children.


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