Here you will find a range of transcription tips, including how to get the best recordings for interviews and focus groups, proofreading advice,
plus Business Friend’s latest news!

Contact us for specific advice on any of the topics.

Oral History Transcription Tips

Oral History Transcription Tips

Tips for Oral History Transcription - Transcribing Life Story Interviews. Oral history is the recording of people’s memories, experiences and opinions, as described by the Oral History Society (OHS).  It is then the role of the transcriptionist to transcribe these...

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AI versus Human Transcription

AI versus Human Transcription

AI versus Human Transcription There’s no denying that AI has vastly improved over the years since its first introduction. It is now a common tool on nearly all smartphones, Bluetooth speakers and electronic devices, with research carried out by Goldman Sachs...

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Control your Document!

Control your Document!

Control your document with Control shortcuts! So, what are Control shortcuts? In short, it’s a function that can really speed up the typing process. By pressing the CTRL key on your PC keyboard or laptop with one (or sometimes two) other keys, you can keep your...

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The Advantages of Transcribing Interviews

The Advantages of Transcribing Interviews

Transcribing interviews - it's important to remember why we do it! One reason why is memory. Can you recall word for word a long conversation you had last week? If you answered yes, then you have a very unique skill because for most people it would be impossible!...

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Why Choose Business Friend?

Why Choose Business Friend?

Business Friend has been providing transcription services since 2003. We are an established, reputable company that prides itself on making our clients our main priority. We want you to feel secure in the knowledge that your project is in safe hands – from the minute...

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What is a Transcription Service?

What is a Transcription Service?

Whether you are a researcher, a student, or work in a corporate environment, you will understand the importance of accurately transcribed information. In this article, we are going to explain what transcription is and why you may need it. A transcription service is...

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Recording Focus Groups

Recording Focus Groups

Even with Business Friend’s many years of transcription experience, transcribing focus groups, or a recording with three or more speakers, are more challenging and time consuming than transcribing, for example, a one-to-one interview. Business Friend has been...

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Thoughts from a New Freelance Transcriber

Thoughts from a New Freelance Transcriber

A member of Business Friend's transcription team shares her experiences of becoming a freelance transcriber... Having spent years working as a legal secretary I thought I’d find transcribing interviews a walk in the park.  I was used to trying to decipher letters...

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Top Tips for Effective Proofreading

Top Tips for Effective Proofreading

Top Tips for Effective Proofreading It is very easy when you are reading your document to not see any errors you have made.  You may have been writing for days or weeks and everything looks fine.  Here are a few proofreading strategies you can use before you send your...

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How do I become a Freelance Transcriber?

How do I become a Freelance Transcriber?

How to become a Freelance Transcriber At Business Friend, we often get enquiries asking how to become a freelance transcriber in the UK, so we thought we’d share some of our tips with you! Before you start applying for freelance transcription positions, you should be...

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The Reality of Working from Home

The Reality of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home... My Story! The idea of working from home can sound blissful: no more time wasted sitting in traffic or standing in an overcrowded train, you can work around your family, no travel costs, more flexibility and, if you feel like...

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Recording Interviews and Focus Groups

Recording Interviews and Focus Groups

Tips for recording interviews and focus groups To receive a good quality transcript, the best place to start is with a good quality recording!  If the transcription service provider is listening to a nice clear sound file, then there are less chances of mishears,...

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