One other thing I forgot to mention. I'm sure you already know this, but make sure you buy the edit version, not the full reporting version. It's quite a bit cheaper, and it's all you'll need as a scopist.
I've been thinking, and really, if it were me (and it has been me in the past), I guess I would buy the software new, because odds are you're going to be calling tech support some for help. And if you buy used, you might not be covered. And if you pay to get covered, it might be as much as you would have paid if you bought new. Does any of that make sense?
Anyway, here's a site I found online, and it's pretty interesting banter regarding buying used software:
Since you've been a court reporter, that's really all the skills you need to be a scopist/proofreader. To me, the best scopists are the ones who have been a reporter, have been in their shoes and knows what it takes to produce a quality transcript.
This is a wonderful site, and since I've been a member here, I've picked up FOUR wonderful clients! So it looks like this is the place to be!
There's all kinds of advice I can give you, so you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to discuss anything.
I thought it would be easier to respond to you here on your page. I think it will be impossible to get clients until you buy the software. The most poplular software these days, in my opinion, is Eclipse by Advantage Software and Case CATalyst by Stenograph Corp. It is quite an investment to start with. I had Case CATalyst as a reporter, so I just use that to scope with. And I just purchased Eclipse and am in the process of training myself on it. Ugh, what an undertaking.
This forum is perfect for marketing yourself, and there are a few other forums like this where you can post an ad and market your services. Networking is key, I believe. I'll answer any questions that I'm capable of answering for you. Good luck!
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