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I'm thinking of trying to do some transcription or customer service calling from home. Where would I buy the equipment for each of those jobs (the pedal and headset)? I'm looking for something to do while I'm sitting at home in between other jobs. I usually just watch TV reruns anyway, so I'm leaning more toward the transcription. Where would you buy the equipment and how much is it? Thanks!
Don't buy anything for transcription until you get a job. For one it's very hard to get transcription work, most working from home companies want at least 2 years of transcription experience plus 2 years of work at home experience plus being able to type at least 70 words a minute (most are closer to 80) and then want you to commit to so many hours per week. Transcription work isn't typically a "fill in the gaps" type of work, it's a career path for most.
But each company requires different software and therefore different pedals. Headsets are different for each individual person on what they like, some want in ear (like ear buds) some like under the chin, some like over the head, some like behind the head, but a good headset is going to run around $50 with noise cancelling features. Some companies will let you use Express Scribe which is free (foot pedal to go with is around $75), others want Start Stop which is around $200 and has it's own foot pedal, others have their own software. So depending on who you do work for it'll run anywhere from $75 to $500 on a pedal and software plus a headset on top of that.
Every company I've ever worked for and seen allow you a 1-2 week period of being hired before you have to have your equipment.
I'd much more recommend a customer service job with someplace like Alpine Access if it's just a fill in temporary gig.