So, you want to learn how to start up your own typing business from home? As a work from home typist myself, I’d love to give you some tips so you can get started typing and earning from home too.
1) Who Can Start A Home Typing Business?
The most obvious answer is typists, you don’t need to have super-fast typing skills either. You can comfortably start a typing business with approximately 65 wpm under your belt.
Obviously the faster you can type, the faster you can get through more work which means more money. But your speed can always pick-up along the way as you do more typing anyway.
I do feel that you need to be professionally trained as a typist before you offer your typing services in exchange for money. Just because you have learned to type at 65 wpm will not necessarily qualify you as a trained typist. You need to know the correct formatting of documents and letters etc. You need to know your way around Microsoft Word for a start.
- Do you know how to do mail merges?
- Do you know how to do tables, merging cells etc?
- Do you know how to insert headers and footers in documents?
These are the types of things you will be asked to do from typing clients, so you need to know your way around Word for sure as well as Excel for spreadsheets and Powerpoint for slide shows.
You also need to have ‘attention to detail’ and good proof reading skills. You don’t want to be submitting your work back to a client full of typo’s, grammatical errors and formatting errors. You need to be professional in every way you can.
It depends on what type of typing services you offer at to what price structure you would like to adopt. Are you going to offer audio transcription? If so, the trend at the moment is to charge per audio minute.
What about copy typing? Typists normally charge per thousand words for copy typing.
Miscellaneous work? I.e. typing jobs that don’t fit into the transcription or copy typing description. Well this type of work tends to be priced per hour or per job depending on what the job is – you’ll have to use your discretion when it comes down to pricing miscellaneous jobs.
You now need to get the word out about your new typing service. If you’re a little web savvy you could build yourself a small website to showcase your typing service. You could then put your website address on all of your advertising materials.
Get business cards made up for free from www.vistaprint.co.uk / www.vistaprint.com. You could then hand these out or leave in doctor’s waiting rooms, libraries, estate agent reception or any small business reception desk.
4) Offer Fantastic Customer Service
You won’t get much repeat custom if you provide poor customer service to your clients. Customer service is always paramount in any business and yours should be no different.
- Always answer your emails as soon as you can;
- Pick up your phone straight away and answer with your business name;
- Have a good telephone answering service in place (but get back to your clients asap);
- Always be polite and professional – but don’t forget to be friendly too!
There is a lot of competition out there for typing services, so if your enquirers don’t get to speak to you straight away, or you don’t answer their email until two days later, then they will just look elsewhere and you have lost a customer already.
5) Professional Work Etiquette
Systems and business documentation! These are the things you need to have in place to run your typing business smoothly and professionally.
Have standard templates of all your business documentation, i.e. invoice, client agreement, client record card etc..
Make separate folders in your email client and on your PC for each customer. Keep all the completed business documentation and their typing jobs in these separate folders. Also, make back-ups of these too.
Don’t take on jobs you can’t do. If someone wants you to do a tonne of work on Powerpoint and you’ve never used it before, then don’t take on that job. By all means learn Powerpoint for future jobs, but not until you have mastered it.
Make sure you email back the typing job to clients on time. When you first quote the job and the time-frame always add a bit extra time on just in case something comes up or goes wrong. If you hand the completed job back before it is scheduled to, well, you will look even more professional and efficient than ever!
So there you have it, a quick run-down of what is needed when starting your own typing from home business. I hope you found these useful and please get in touch with me when you have your first typing client to let me know how you’re getting on!
In this book I show you the step-by-step approach I took to set up my own typing from home business. All you have to do is follow the same steps and you will soon be earning £1,200 a month typing from home.
If this sounds something you might be interested in, then please follow the this link – Typing From Home Guide.