Make money as a Transcriptionist

If you are looking for legitimate ways to make money online? Three things that is most important, your skill set, your interest, and your time.

Most work at home jobs are telephone based, so if you are looking for something that is not telephone based and one that you can do anytime of the day, you may want to consider transcription jobs.   This is a great way to supplement your income and make some extra cash, the amount of money you can make is dependent on the amount of time and effort you put in.

Most importantly, a career in transcription allows you to work from home–no commuting, no childcare costs, and you can work on you own schedule.

So, would you like to get started working from home doing transcription?  Continue reading…

What is Transcription

Transcription is simply converting video or audio files into written text–see it is that simple.  Many professionals use this service, such as Doctors, Lawyers, directors, producers–to name a few.  You have three main types of transcription jobs, general, legal, and my personal favorite medical transcription.

There is a great training course that I took last year.  This course will give you the tools you need to either work with a transcription company or as a freelance.  I will discuss this further later on.

There are two ways to get the files to transcribe:

  • working for a transcription company who gets the files from the client.  The transcription company you are working with will send the files to you to convert to text.
  • getting the audio directly from clients as a freelance transcriptionist

You can also take on audio files directly from various different clients (based on your relevant expertise and experience) to transcribe them and send back to the clients as a freelance transcriptionist. As a transcriptionist, you will listen to audio files and type up the spoken language into written format using transcription software.

What is Required For Work From Home Transcription Jobs

To be a transcriptionist you must have fast and accurate typing skills.  Other skills include spelling and grammar skills.  You will also need a quiet work area with a desk, a comfortably chair, headset and a foot pedal.  I recommend Express Scribe Transcription Foot Pedal Bundle  which works on both PC and MAC.

Transcription Training

If you are interested in General Transcription, training is not necessary, but to get the tools you need to jump right in, you can obtain training at a reasonably rate.  Why not start off on the right foot (pun intended), and get the training that you need to land that gig.

Transcribe Anywhere offers both the General Transcription and the Legal Transcription course at a reasonable rate, and the best part is you can take as long as you want to finish the course.

For Medical Transcription you can take the course on your own schedule at Career Step, where you can train at home to work at home.

How Much Can I Earn from Transcription Jobs?

If you are looking to supplement your income or just want a side hustle, you can do so working from home as a transcriptionist.  You can make as anywhere from $15 to $25 per hour or more.  This is dependent on the company you are transcribing for, or how fast a typist you are.  You should note that transcription companies pay a rate per audio hour, which is not the same a regular hour.  As an example, if you are getting paid $60 per an audio hour, it could take up to five hours to transcribe one hour of audio,

 Transcription Companies

There are many transcription companies out there.  However, please be aware of scams-any company asking for money to work is most definitely a scam.  It would be in your best interest to do some research.   Below is a list of legitimate work from home transcription companies:

  • Crowdsurf
  • Rev
  • Tigerfish
  • Quicktake
  • TranscribeMe


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  • I was wondering what transcription companies are good. I heard Rev before but I am not familiar with the others. I wonder which one do you recommend the most?

  • Great article on alternative ways to make money from home .This is becoming a very popular way of working at home.I have seen previous work at home blogs about doing transcriptions jobs from home but none have mentioned the foot pedal . Thank you for the share .I will share this for you on my FB and twitter accnts .Just love seeing persons working at home because that is my desire as well

  • I was looking into that a couple of months back. I ended up giving up on looking for a decent place to start. I ran into so many scams along the way. Until now, thank you. I can actually see this benefiting me when I have a little spare time. Why I looked into it in the first place. Hope to leave you some feedback after I tried this for a couple weeks
    Sam Frederiksen

  • Kenisha,
    I have a friend that has a job as a Transcriptionist. She has worked at this for over 20 years. It does take some skills at the keyboard and the ability to understand some peoples verbal language. She does this for Doctors so she has to know a lot technical medical terms.
    Getting and keeping clients is one key to making good money as a trascriptionist.

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