SelfInformed

February 2012


Member Spotlight: Learning Through Translation

Friday, February 03, 2012

Tasha Scott has been an NASE Member since 2011. She owns Scott Realtime Reporting LLC in Montgomery, Ala.

Tell us about your business.
I’m a certified court reporter and started Scott Realtime Reporting in 2004. My business provides on-site and remote translation of the spoken word using a stenograph machine or keyboard.

Scott Realtime Reporting started out providing court reporting and medical and legal transcription services. Now, we specialize in CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services and captioning.

We provide our CART services at conferences and corporate events as well as to students to provide equal access to educational opportunities to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, our assistive technology services have benefited individuals with learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and visual impairments.


Why did you start Scott Realtime Reporting?
I’ve wanted to be my own boss since I was young. I started my business to help those who need the services I offer and to create job opportunities for others.


What challenges have you faced in running your business?
The biggest obstacle was lack of planning and preparation. I knew how to get started, but I didn't plan for the growth. I reached a crossroads with my business where I had to make some tough choices: either close the business or embrace the challenge to grow and take it to the next level. I chose to stay and grow. To help me do this, I enlisted the help of a mentor and reached out to the Small Business Resource Center at my local Chamber of Commerce.


How has being an NASE Member helped your business?
I received an NASE Growth Grant in June of 2011. It came at a pivotal time. I was in the process of moving the business out of my home and needed capital to help my business grow. The NASE helped me tremendously during the transition.


What’s your biggest success as a business owner?
The fact that I am still here! I didn't do it right when I got started. I didn’t have a proper business plan in place, but almost eight years later I am still here and have been blessed with an awesome opportunity to learn from past mistakes and move forward.

What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow NASE Members?
I would advise anyone desiring to start a new business to research, plan, be teachable and be patient. I would also recommend finding a mentor, someone who sees your potential and is not afraid to challenge you to be excellent in all you do, and especially in your business.



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