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A typist is an office clerk who performs typing and word processing work along with other office or clerical duties as assigned. The main responsibility of a typist is to type letters, reports, emails and other documents.

What Freelance Typists Do?

Typists use different tools like a word processor, computer or typewriter to type letters, reports, forms or other material from rough. Typically, typists are associated with three types of typing – copy typing, audio typing and shorthand typing. Copy typing is copying the text from handwritten, printed or typed documents. Audio typing is specializing in typing text from an audio source whereas shorthand typing is an abbreviated symbolic typing method. Some typists also offer data entry services where they collecting and enter data in databases and maintaining accurate records of valuable company information.

Typists also carry out a number of other clerical duties such as answer phone calls, and direct callers to desired recipients, data entry and filing, maintain spreadsheets and records, sort mail and reply to them on behalf of the client and maintain office supplies and equipment.

Typists are seen across varied industries and most of them take up freelance work from home jobs, especially when the job involves data entry services. When searching for ‘freelance typists needed’, then Guru is your best bet.

If you want to hire typist, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Type different types of documents from dictation or from rough drafts.
  • Format the document as per the requirement.
  • Proofread typed material for grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Address envelopes or prepare envelope labels.
  • Transfer data from paper formats into digital files or database systems, and prepare reports.

Qualifications of a Typist

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • Relative experience as a typist or data entry clerk or data entry organizer
  • Excellent alphabetical and numerical recognition skill
  • Ability to type 75 words/minute
  • Knowledge of short-hand and commonly used acronyms
  • Excellent oral and written comprehension skills
  • Basic computer skills with applications such as MS Word, MS Excel etc
  • Effective listening skills

When looking to find typists for hire, make sure they can maintain discretion and complete the job in the stipulated time.

Benefits of Freelance Typists

Typists also offer a number of other services and thus package their offerings – which makes it cost effective. Because of the lesser coordination needed, the client can focus on other aspects of the business.

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