Are you losing time because you can’t find what you need? Are you frustrated that tasks take longer than you thought they would? Does your court reporting business feel like it’s running you instead of the other way around? It’s time to rethink what you’re doing.
Whether you’re a new court reporter or are a seasoned reporter looking to implement processes to increase efficiency, you’ll find these tips for minding your own court reporting business helpful.
While we consider ourselves to be seasoned experts, we also wanted to be sure we were giving you the best and most relevant tips so we went to the experts – YOU! While it wasn’t scientific, we compiled information gathered from court reporter Facebook groups including asking what their advice was for new reporters. Some of those suggestions are here in this post. THAT is the power of social media in your business!
Consider conversations with your tax and legal professionals. They can guide you to the best business structure for your freelance court reporting business whether that’s a proprietorship, LLC, or other corporate structure. It’s important to know your options to protect your business and personal assets.
All too often we hear people say that they’re busy but not as productive as they’d like to be.
When we ask questions, we find they’re spending too much time on tasks like bookkeeping that can be outsourced and not enough time client-focused or have too many meetings that don’t lead to an increase in business.
Instead of spinning your wheels, change how you manage your day by blocking time for clients and tasks using an app like Google calendar that can be accessed on your phone or laptop. Keep in mind the time of day when you’re most productive work wise and make the most of those hours. Some of us are early birds while others are night owls.
As a court reporter you will likely handle a different types of cases so it’s important to study industry specific language such as medical, forensics, corporate forensics, and so forth. You might also experience court proceedings so you understand the rhythm of what is happening. And of course, there’s always continuing education for the latest in reporting technology and certifications like Certified Real-time Reporter.
Take your time as you’re learning and find what works best for you. If the legal field isn’t it, there are always opportunities in sports, politics, and business in North Carolina where you can use your skills and thrive as a trained reporter.
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