It was the month of April when I left my job after some personal and personality differences. During subsequent conversations with the past employer, it was said that I left to start my own business. That was not the truth, but it gave me a thought.
I was scared. I knew that I had the experience to handle it. I knew I had the contacts to work with. I was scared but I knew I had potential and I knew what clients wanted – Quality transcriptions, quick. They wanted to be able to send audios in many ways, many formats, and they did not want stress when doing so. They wanted communication – open and honest communication about how the work they gave me was going because if I screwed it up – it screwed them up. I knew what they wanted, knew I could offer it, but was scared out of my mind. My family depended on me to perform and succeed.
When I realized how scared I was, I knew I was dedicated enough to any potential client’s needs that I was ready to put all my fears aside and go for it.
That May I obtained my first client on my own through mass mailing and face-to-face contact. It was a major medical publisher and we worked with tapes, picking them up in a local pub’s parking lot. More joined on using different forms of audio mediums and different forms of transfer allowing me to obtain the necessary programs to handle their work, and learn what others were asking for and accommodate them as well.
I became busy enough to bring on my first independent contractors. After growing the business as a freelancer handling medical clients, seminars and conferences for large corporations with the assistance of other freelancers, I decided to take another step for myself and become an incorporated small business owner. This was something that many potential clients had suggested I do, as they dealt with larger contracts and could only work with corporations.
In July 2007 I became CLK Transcription Incorporated. I was so excited. I knew because I was still so scared, I still had the fire to learn what my clients wanted and do everything I could to meet their demands.
Many of the corporate clients I had been transcribing conferences, seminars, and webinars for began referring me to the very journalists and authors they relied on to speak at their functions. The very same individuals they relied on for their articles or books.
I continued my marketing, meeting people face to face, online, through various other means that I researched or was suggested to me by the very clients I had been assisting, and I was able to grow and took on more very interesting and fabulous clients.
Now my client list includes non-professional individuals with IEP meetings, physicians of all disciplines, corporations, motivational speakers, personal trainers, journalists and authors. We transcribe topics ranging from educational, business and finance, health, all medical disciplines, banking and brokerage, entertainment news – you name it, we have transcribed it. (And if we haven’t, we can do the research to provide you with the quality project you demand.)
I respect each of our clients and their work. I transcribe their audios, proofread their work or personal documentation, convert PDF to Word documents and vice versa, convert their audio, develop electronic signatures, develop spreadsheets, even transcribe their voice mail. We never stop the search for new services to offer and new ways to offer them.
I am still scared, and again, that lets me know I am doing exactly what I should be doing. And now I am able to bring on other US transcriptionists to assist me in getting the job done right – the first time. I have been training individuals in this field and love it because the great work we do earns respect for the US transcriptionist. Many of these transcriptionists have been able to grow their own business and I am so proud of them.
Seeing that May is CLK’s anniversary month for the first private client I wanted to take this time to say thank you. Some clients I may hear from once a year. Others on a daily basis. Some refer others and some even blog about us. I appreciate them all. We all do here at CLK Transcription, Inc. Transcription is not just what we do – it is who we are!
Most especially, I want to thank those journalists and authors who have become the backbone of CLK Transcription, Inc’s client base. Thanks for your confidence in me – in all of us here at CLK Transcription, Inc. Because of you, CLK Transcription continues to grow!
You are appreciated, not just for the work you do, but for who you are! THANK YOU ALL!!