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Three Alternative Work Spaces for Transcriptionists

by Joanna Norman

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As you may know if you read my blog regularly, part of what I love about being a transcriptionist is that I get to work in the comfort of my own home. I’ve shared my minimalist home office space in this blogpost. But I don’t always choose to work there. It takes me almost no time at all to pack my laptop, foot pedal, and headset in a tote bag, and I’ve got everything I need to work in a different location for an hour or two or a whole day.

Back Porch Office

When I want some fresh air, I like to work on my back porch. All I need to make this work is an office chair and a small folding table. Arlo, my old mini poodle, loves to sunbathe and so does my current Guide Dog Puppy in training. So when the weather is nice, I’ll work for a hour or so on the porch while they relax in the yard.

Car/SUV Office

I also have a set up that enables me to work in my car. I just pack my transcription equipment in my bag, grab this great little lap desk (link on amazon), and I can work anywhere. The ability to work in my car comes in handy when I have to wait in the car for an appointment. (Remember pre-COVID days when we could wait in the lobby?) I can also head out to a national park that’s nearby, visit the picnic area, and transcribe away while watching the beautiful desert birds.

This is the lap desk I use in my car. It folds flat and is very lightweight. You can get it on Amazon.

Bed/Couch Office

I recently figured out a way to work in bed. Now before you think I’m hopelessly lazy, let me explain. About two months ago, I badly sprained my ankle and needed to keep it elevated for several days. This inspired me to create a way to use my foot pedal while sitting on my bed or on the couch. I applied command strips to the back of my foot pedal and to the lid of a plastic box. This puts my foot pedal at a 90 degree angle so I can sit with my legs straight out and use the foot pedal. In this set up, I used the same lap desk I use in my car, and I could comfortably transcribe with my ankle elevated. 

What are your favorite places to work? I bet I’m not the only one who likes to change it up regularly!

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