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What does a copy-typist do? What is copy-typing?

04 Oct

Do you have sheaves of handwritten notes from a training course or presentation you’ve attended? Maybe you like writing longhand and have completed a novel. You will find a copy-typist useful if you have a lot of typing to do from handwritten documents, especially if you don’t type very fast, or you just don’t have the time to sit down and type it up.

These days, I usually work from scanned handwritten documents, rather than the documents themselves, although I will happily accept the documents on paper too. Quite often, my copy-typing projects come via Virtual Assistants, who can easily outsource a single project like this to someone like me, if they don’t have time to do it themselves or would rather be doing something only they can do for their client.

I’ll then type it up – I usually correct spellings and put in the punctuation as I go, but I don’t have to, it depends what the client wants me to do!

I started off my freelance career years ago, typing up people’s PhD theses from their handwritten versions. It surprises me that, x years later, I still type for people; but there’s obviously still a need for it, and it’s a good thing to outsource.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Business, Jobs, Skillset, What Do I Do?

 

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14 responses to “What does a copy-typist do? What is copy-typing?

  1. kelouise

    March 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi, I’m trying to get into copy typing since I can touch type and really need some extra work to support myself through uni, but fitting in jobs around my schedule is hard. Just wondering what would be the best way to find such jobs? And what is a virtual assistant? Thank you!

     
    • Liz at Libro

      March 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Hi there Kelly. A Virtual Assistant is someone who offers secretarial services either remotely from their office or at the client’s office (like a temp but running their own business not temping for an agency). I don’t think you could make a living copy-typing, but transcription might be a good option for you. Have a look at the info on transcription on the website, and I’m aiming to publish a new piece on it either this week or next, so keep an eye out for that). Good luck!

       

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