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A Day In The Life Of A Self-Employed Transcriptionist

After packing my husband off to work with corn beef sandwiches (he loves them) and adding ingredients to the bread maker to make ‘our daily bread’, I get around to starting the working day at 7am, as a self-employed transcriptionist.

Typing a Home Buyers Report and five valuation reports to start, during which, two further surveyors reports arrive, thankfully already typed up, from my trusty side kick who is also a self-employed transcriptionist and these just need checking. Still waiting in the wings from yesterday is a Building Survey Report but before I have chance to start this an urgent email arrives requesting the transferral of two CV’s onto a company CV template. This accomplished, as I start the Building Survey Report, I realise there is going to be no time for lunch and I munch on a foil pack of three cereal biscuits to keep the hunger pangs at bay until tea time.

Whilst my fingers are flying across the keyboard, listening to a voice dictating meter readings of a damp wall into my ears via headphones, the flipping of a bottle top sound penetrates. The sound indicates a text received from Barclays bank and it reads, “We’re sorry to hear about Monarch Airlines going into administration. We believe you’ve used them within the last 12 months and wanted to offer support in case you’ve been affected. Just visit our homepage and search for Monarch. Your Barclays Team.” Well as a matter of fact my husband and I was due to fly to Israel in three weeks’ time on a Monarch flight and I had spent valuable time yesterday, amidst my very busy typing schedule, rebooking tickets. This was an experience in itself. In the ten minutes it takes to book two airline tickets the price rose from £700 to over £1,100. So thank you Barclays, completely side tracked, I scan the guidelines on Barclays website and send an email to log my claim.

Right, back to the day job as 5pm is looming fast and just as I am about to skid across the finish line, I hear the familiar thud of a ‘yellow folder’ landing on the floor from being pushed through the letter box. Luckily, the folder only houses one hand written letter today and after a quick call to the client, as I cannot decipher his hand writing, I leap out of my dressing gown and into the shower just as my husband pulls up on the drive. With a sigh of relief, I nod to myself, yes all in a day’s work of a self-employed transcriptionist.

If you are looking for a self employed transcriptionist, then look no further, please contact me at
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Typing Services for Chartered Surveyors

Typing Services has recently undertaken a huge project whereby a stately home was surveyed and a very comprehensive and complicated report was required to be produced. The completed report was submitted on an excel spreadsheet which comprised of 214 pages, 2032 items, over 1,000 photographs and a summary.
The building consisted of two wings and a main building containing 81 rooms or spaces. In addition, externally there were many roofs and chimneys to consider, as well as external walls, windows and doors. Internally, walls, doors, joinery items, fixtures and fittings, electrics, fireplaces and decorations were also considered. That is not even mentioning the numerous gardens and outbuildings the survey entailed as well.
The report took 39 dictation tapes, totalling over 25 audio hours, resulting in approximately 100 hours of work.
Typing Services thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in such a project and it was a great learning experience. The main challenges were item numbering, as not every line was numbered and so had to be done manually and reordering the spreadsheet, so that sections ran in a logical order. Racing to meet deadlines was also another challenge but that all comes part and parcel within the typing services industry and one which many typists will resonate with.
Typing Services undertakes work from several Chartered Surveyors and we are very experienced at what we do. If you are a Chartered Surveyor and require help with the typing of your reports, then look no further. At 80p per audio minute and a 48 hr turnaround, we are the ones for you. Please browse out website and contact us at
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Two representatives from Workplace Safety Signs braved a chilly but dry and clear day, to join the 27th Nottingham Triumph Owners Bottesford Toy Run, which took place on Sunday 27th November.

As usual, hundreds of bikers arrived to line Grantham Road, outside the Red Lion Pub in Bottesford, ready for the Toy Run to Meres Leisure Centre at Grantham and then on to Home Start at Melton Mowbray. All motorcyclists were welcomed, the only stipulation, to bring a toy to be donated for children in need.

The first drop off point was at Meres Leisure Centre, and as you can see by the photograph, the generosity of the bikers was not in doubt. The second drop off was at a primary school in Melton Mowbray, in aid of Home-Start, where the toys will be gift wrapped and given to children in families supported by Home-Start.

The families that are supported have at least one child under five and may be dealing with issues such as isolation, illness, mental health, disability, domestic abuse, coping with several under 5’s and/or twins or postnatal depression.

Workplace Safety Signs was proud to be a part of the Toy Run and received great pleasure in donating presents to this worthy cause.
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Workplace Safety Signs donated £100 which will enable 6 disadvantaged children from Nottingham to attend a free circus show.
Each month GD Associates (Nottingham)Ltd t/as Workplace Safety Signs donates money to charities, often national and international charities but we do like to look out for opportunities to support diverse local needs, as we feel sometimes, people living around us can be overlooked.

Circus Starr is an independent, charitable organisation that supports disabled, underprivileged and vulnerable children across the UK through a 75 venue circus tour held three times a year. They work with a wide range of community groups, children’s charities and special schools pioneering the promotion and accessibility of live performance to an audience frequently excluded from arts and cultural opportunities.

Workplace Safety Signs donated £100 which will enable 6 disadvantaged children from Nottingham to attend a free circus show. These could be children from hospices, children’s centres, foster homes, women’s refuges, MENCAP etc and the aim of the circus is to positively engage with children and their families and to bring fun, excitement and magic to their lives through an event they wouldn’t normally get to experience. Through funds raised at these productions Circus Starr aim to create long term change within the towns they work by raising awareness of the issues facing disadvantaged children.

We would like to say thank you to our customers for the purchases of safety signs they have made from Workplace Safety Signs as without their sales we could not donate to worthy charities such as Circus Starr. So if you need any safety signs buy from Workplace Safety Signs and you can bless another in the process.
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Unfortunately, we are no longer able to trade as Safety Signs Express and we are now known as Workplace Safety Signs. The new website for Workplace Safety Signs has now been launched.  The new URL is and you can contact us on  We were fortunate in being able to continue trading whilst the updates were taking place and thankfully the changeover to the new name has been hard work but seamless.  The new website is very much the same as before, we have literally just changed the name from Safety Signs Express to Workplace Safety Signs, wherever it appeared on the website.  Workplace safety signs sells thousands of signs so there were hundreds of pages to update, not to mention amending social media accounts, updating and reprinting promotional material and updating any external directory listings.  But hey! we got there in the end and you know what?  It was a huge shock to be informed we could no longer trade under the name of Safety Signs Express but we decided to view it as a business opportunity to improve our online presence and by all accounts sales are on the increase already.  Sometimes, something that can seem like a huge set back and makes you want to give up, can actually turn out to be a blessing.  So guys, Keep Calm and Carry On, as they say, and never give up!
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