If you are doing transcription, you may have heard the terms editing and proofreading, but do you know what work from home legal scoping is?
What Is Legal Scoping?
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According to the Home Page of the Internet Scoping School, they explain scoping as:
“Scoping is what the court reporting industry calls editing.
If a court reporter is the writer, a scopist is the editor.
A talented individual with excellent word skills receives a transcript and audio from a court reporter, downloads it into his/her software, and edits the transcript to be correct according to the audio.
Excellent punctuation, word use, and vocabulary skills are essential.”
Legal Scoping Can Be Done From Home
Become a scopist and work from home. All you need is a computer, specialized computer-aided transcription (CAT) software, access to the Internet and email. Can you make enough money to live on?
According to the Internet Scoping School, a scopist can make from $35,000 to $50,000 yearly. Now, if you are just starting out, you can’t expect to make that much right when you are starting. You can, however, make money per how many pages you scope. It makes sense that the quantity you do, the more you can make. Do not get so speed conscious, however, that you lose sight of your quality.
Scoping has been around for approximately 30 years, and you don’t need a pricey degree. There are schools, as well as some community colleges that will provide online training for scoping. Just take a look at five skills that are essential to get ahead in work at home scoping.
Work at Home Scoping Skills
- You must have superior proficiency in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
A scopist is an independent contractor who works with court reporters on a job-to-job basis. Their main task is to help ensure that official transcripts are completely accurate.
While some court reporters chose to scope their own work, many hire a scopist so they can take more reporting jobs.
Once a scopist receives a transcript and corresponding audio, the real work begins. It is the scopist’s responsibility to to research spellings and fix any mistakes so court reporters can more efficiently produce error-free transcripts.
A scopist is the first person to receive the transcript from the court reporter. However, scopists, just like reporters, aren’t perfect 100% of the time either. This could occur because of multiple speakers speaking at the same time, foreign speakers or because words are not said clearly.
Once a scopist has finished scoping, a proofreader is used to catch any errors that a scopist may have missed.
- You must be disciplined and really have a firm grasp of the hours you are going to allot to your work day. In addition, you need to be self-motivated and be able to focus for long periods (of course, you will always take your breaks.)
- You need to be flexible – The pressure of tight deadlines and last-minute demands can be stressful. Are you up to the task of being able to meet these last-minute interruptions? If not, this might not be the right career for you.
- You need to be tough. No, I don’t mean as in fighting. You need to have a thick skin as some of the material can be downright disturbing sometimes.
- This is going to be your business so it only makes sense that you have an understanding of what it takes to run a business.
Benefits of Working at Home Scoping
- As I’ve already mentioned, you can do the work as a freelancer. You can set your own hours and can set up your work area as you would like. Borlok Virtual Assistants has an article that has some benefits of becoming a virtual assistant.
- Freedom to work your own hours is yours to enjoy.
- You don’t have to pay for gas to traveling to and from your place of work.
- You can have your own window to look out at the scenery.
- Court scoping doesn’t require an expensive degree or large startup costs.
- Legal Scoping doesn’t take a lot of effort to learn.
Disadvantages of Court Scoping as a Career
- Work at home legal scoping can be stressful due to long hours and stringent deadlines.
Borlok Transcription started doing transcription in 2006, and started out doing all sorts of transcription. We started out in the freelance marketplaces like Elance.com and oDesk.com (now known as Upwork.com). It took us while to feel comfortable doing transcription, but we hung in there – and you can too!