I actually learned to transcribe in high school. Of course, that was before the digital age and we learned stenography and typing on IBM Selectric typewriters. Technology has certainly changed the way in which we provide transcription services, but the service we provide is the same.
The difference is, rather than being present with the client to record what was said using shorthand, digital recordings are made and we transcribe from the recording.
What exactly is a transcriptionist?
A transcriptionist takes digital media (audio and/or video) and turns it into a text document. We’re modern-day scribes and keep a written record of events, meetings, interviews, conferences…The list of potential clients is virtually endless.
What kind of money can be made as a transcriptionist?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time general transcriptionists earn $45,000 per year. Legal transcriptionists earn $65,000. Those are national averages and vary from region to region.
Can anyone become a transcriptionist and transcribe online?
Anyone who’s willing to put in the time and effort to study and practice the art of transcription can learn to work online. But, no, not everyone is cut out for this type of work and it’s impossible to pass a transcription test without training and practice.
Why do you need training to do this type of work at home transcription jobs?
Transcription involves so much more than the ability to type fast. That’s a common misconception. Yes, typing is an essential skill; but qualified transcriptionists are also masters of grammar and punctuation, formatting, working with digital files, and customer service.
Is it hard to find work as a transcriptionist?
It’s easy to find work if you’re qualified and know how to go about it. For those who think they can just jump right in, I’m sorry to say they’re going to be disappointed. It takes time to learn how to work at home as a transcriptionist.
Who usually hires transcriptionists?
Anyone who needs a digital recording turned into a text document hires transcriptionists. Some examples are coaches/teachers, interviewers, bloggers, podcasters, police departments, attorneys, marketers, authors, directors… work at home transcription jobs are all out there!
What steps does someone need to take to make this a successful side hustle?
The key to learning how to work at home as a transcriptionist is really simple. Train and practice, practice, practice!
How much does it cost to start transcribing?
You need a computer of some kind with an internet connection. The cost of software and peripheral equipment is approximately $90. Training prices vary. We offer affordable, yet comprehensive courses in general and legal transcription. General transcription is $597 and legal transcription is $697 with payment options available.
What do you love about being able to do work at home transcription jobs and transcribing online? What has it helped you do in your life?
I had what would be considered a “good job” with a nice salary, but it involved very long hours and I was always feeling exhausted and undervalued. But life has a way of intervening in the most surprising ways.
My husband became disabled and I couldn’t keep up with the demands of my job and take care of him. I quit my job and looked for ways to earn money from home. I’m not ashamed to admit that I went down some wrong paths and wasted time and money on ventures that didn’t deliver on the promises made.
One day I had a “Eureka moment” when I realized that I had a skill to offer. I knew how to transcribe! I started applying to transcription companies and landed my first gig within a couple of days. I now own and operate my own transcription company, which led to training others to work in the field as well at Transcribe Anywhere.
That was about 11 years ago and I’ve never looked back. I can be here for my husband, we can take vacations, I work in my pajamas, and life is very, very good. Transcription has certainly been a blessing in my life. Time freedom is priceless.
Are there any other tips that you have for someone who wants to get into this?
We offer two comprehensive courses: General Transcription: Theory & Practice and Legal Transcription: Theory & Practice. If interested, folks can get more detailed information and download the course syllabi at Transcribe Anywhere.