Illinois' freelance reporters are always there to meet the client's request, sometimes on very short notice, or are willing to help find someone who can. The freelance reporter makes a living by taking and transcribing depositions, providing realtime transcription when requested, filling in whenever called upon for hearings, motions and trials, traveling wherever needed from attorneys' and doctors' offices to homes of witnesses or to warehouses, courthouses, corporations, or even outdoors if necessary.
Freelance reporters are service minded, willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the wishes of the parties, and eager to comply with requests to prepare transcripts and get them into the hands of their clients. They are continually learning and keeping up to date on the latest technology so as to be prepared for whatever legal needs arise, from streaming video from a courtroom to litigants all over the country, or to providing daily transcription with a cooperative attitude.
Many Illinois reporters are self-employed and are solely responsible for their own insurance coverage and income taxes, as well as providing for all their own equipment, office furnishings, supplies, continuing education and advertising. To be successful, these reporters must stay on top of their game, provide the best of services with a smile, and be the best they can be to meet the needs of their clients, specifically, and the legal system in general.