All SpeakWrite typists must be comfortable operating and maintaining their own computer and software, and have a minimum typing speed of 65 wpm. They are committed to maintaining and meeting work schedules, and consistently produce a quality product through attention to detail and an acute focus on work.
To work for SpeakWrite, you will need to have the f
ollowing versions of the listed hardware, software and other items installed in your computer, and be thoroughly familiar with the operation of them.
Please note: We are not requiring you to purchase any of the following equipment or software. However, in order to be able to use our software, your computer will need to already be equipped as described. If you are given a typist contract, AFTER the testing period, you will need the specific foot pedal listed below, which does NOT come from SpeakWrite, in order to do the transcription. (Please note that we have no contract with or financial arrangement with the manufacturer of the specified foot pedal.)
PC personal computer with a Pentium III (or better) processor. We suggest at least 256MB RAM.
Sound Blaster or compatible sound card, and some type of earphones to listen to the dictation.
The highest speed Internet hookup in your area - minimum of 56k baud. DSL is available in most areas now and you should acquire and use this if at all possible - it will greatly enhance your speed and your ability to earn more. AOL Internet service frequently causes problems with or is incompatible with our software. If you have AOL you may use it for the test jobs IF IT CAUSES NO PROBLEMS. After you are under contract with us or if AOL causes problems during the test jobs, you will need to change ISP's if you wish to proceed.
Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system. Note - we have found that Windows 98, Millennium Edition (ME) and Windows 2000, are not compatible with our software. If you are using Windows 98, ME or 2000, you must be willing to upgrade to a newer version.
Microsoft Word 2000 or newer
Microsoft Word 2000 or newer. [PLEASE NOTE: Microsoft Works is NOT the same as Microsoft Word. The ability to save a file as Microsoft Word is NOT the same as having Microsoft Word. Microsoft Windows is NOT the same as Microsoft Word. You must have the above-noted version of Windows AND the above-noted version of Word. Windows and Word are two different things.]
Microsoft Internet Explorer v6.0+. Please do not use Netscape or Firefox.
Adobe Acrobat Reader version v8.0 - software which allows you to view and print fax documents submitted for typing.
RealPlayer version v11 - software which allows you to listen to the client's audio files.
An inkjet or laser printer, properly set and cabled to work with your computer.
A thorough working knowledge of the Internet, including the use of e-mail, web browsing, etc.
If you have an older computer and it does not have a USB port, you will have to purchase a USB card for your computer so that you can plug your foot pedal into a USB port. DO NOT PURCHASE A USB CARD UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD TO ORDER THE FOOT PEDAL AT THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING PROCESS and your computer does not have a USB port.
AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED TRAINING SUCCESSFULLY, you will need to order the required foot pedal to operate the playback of dictated material. DO NOT ORDER THE FOOT PEDAL UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD TO DO SO AT THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING PROCESS.
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