20 of the best Transcription Jobs Anyone with a Computer Can Do At Home
Updated List of jobs and added new ones for 2019
Whether you’re thinking of a new career or just looking for some beer money, there are plenty of online companies offering transcription jobs. The best part is, as long as you have a laptop and decent typing skills, anyone can earn real money doing online transcription.
Learning Curve For Starting Your First Transcription Job
When you’re starting out, don’t get frustrated if it takes a while to earn real money transcribing. You may have to sign on to a few different companies to get enough work. Once you know which companies work for you, you can focus your efforts a bit more.
How much does it pay?
This can be hard to pin down. Different clients within a company may pay different rates, and your own speed and accuracy can play a big role in how much you earn per hour as a transcriptionist. I recall how my friend Jill was basically able to make a full time income last year transcribing when she took off for Europe to travel for a year, with only her laptop in tow.
If you want to get serious about doing transcribing full time, consider investing in a decent transcription software and foot pedal, as they will greatly improve your efficiency, which translates into more money for you at the job. And since you’ll be sitting a lot, make sure your chair is ergonomic and comfortable even after prolonged sitting. ErgonomicTrends has compiled a good list of ergonomic chairs here.
My friend Jill was basically able to make a full time income last year transcribing when she took off for Europe to travel for a year, with only her laptop in tow.
You don’t need a college degree to become a general transcriptionist, though some training first hand is highly advised. While you may already possess good grammar, spelling, and a fast typing speed, in today’s competitive transcribing market, that’s just not enough.
Employers these days are looking for transcriptionists that can do more than type, but clean up bad audio, track more than two speakers, timestamp a file, and other higher level technical stuff. If you possess these skills going in, you are already way ahead of the game. That’s why some training goes a long way. One of the best, most affordable courses I’ve come across is the following by Chelsea Flint:
Most companies make you do a test to qualify, so start with your least favorite companies to get some practice before you move on to your top picks. Better yet, try some free practices first online:
To get you started, I’ve carefully researched 17 of the best companies in 2018 that offer transcription work. Each one has something a little different to offer, so you should be able to find a few that will work for you.
This company lets you work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a Paypal account. They pay out once per week and you can expect to get anywhere from $4 to $12 US per hour of work. You have to take a test to be accepted, and if you don’t pass the test you have to wait 45 days to retake it.
This is one of the most popular companies with freelancers. You can work as much or as little as you want, and you’ll get coaching and feedback.
Scribie is a popular choice with beginning freelancers. You can work from anywhere in the world as long as you have Paypal. Although the pay isn’t the greatest, you can withdraw funds at any time, and you can work as much or as little as you like.
This is a British company that hires people all over the world. They pay out every Friday and use both Paypal and Payoneer.
You have to pass a test to get hired, and they purposely give you a bad-quality audio file with a non-native speaker. Consider yourself warned!
If you don’t pass the test the first time, you can try it again in a few days.
You can work directly from their site or through Mechanical Turk. They’ll hire freelancers in most countries, as long as you have Paypal.
Your pay depends on how well you do. You will see an Average Pay listed for each job, but if your work is graded above or below average, you will be paid more or less accordingly.
There’s no test to qualify, but there will be limited jobs available to you until you submit work and get graded.
This is a truly international company, offering jobs in lots of languages besides English. They pay about $0.005 per word on average, but rates vary depending on the contractor. They don’t always have jobs available, but during busy times they prefer freelancers who are able to work at least 10 hours per week.
Appenscribe pays every two weeks and uses Paypal.
This one is open to anyone in the world with a Paypal account. For newbies they pay about $20 per audio hour (how much that works out per working hour depends on your speed),
Just be warned that if you fail the test when you apply you have to wait six months before you can take it again!
Allegis specializes in insurance transcription. You can work from home and expect a steady stream of work if hired, as the company receives over 150,000 verbatim-style pages each month that need to be transcribed.
This company serves clients in the corporate, legal, entertainment and academic sectors, so there’s plenty of variety available. Their entertainment clients in particular often require daily service, so the deadlines can be strict.
Daily Transcription only hires in the US and pays every two weeks by Paypal.
9. Verbal Ink
This isn’t really an entry-level position, but I’m including it because the company is so highly rated with freelancers. Once you’ve got some experience under your belt, you might want to consider this company. If you’ve got great typing skills and do well on their test, you may even get in as a newbie.
This one is for US residents only.
Quicktate doesn’t require any experience, but they do ask for references when you sign up. This US-based country hires both inside the US and abroad. They pay every Monday through Paypal.
Although this company doesn’t pay the highest rates, it can be a good place to get some experience or to fill in the gaps when there isn’t much work available elsewhere.
11. BabbleType new
Babbletype is a dedicated transcription company that hires only native English speakers. The company defines that as someone born in a predominantly English speaking country, namely, the US Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are considered to be native English speakers. Native English speakers from other English-speaking countries, such as South Africa and the Caribbean are considered on a case by case basis.
Set your own schedule on when and how often to work. Payment is calculated on a time basis, and you’re paid weekly.
12. Ubiqus new
Ubiqus provides a full range of transcription services, from General Transcription, Corporate, Legal, to Medical. As such, they are looking for transcriptionists of all levels and nationalities. I like Ubiqus’ mission statement as an equals opportunity company that assesses and hires people based on their skill level and not race, sex, or nationality. They have one of the best ratings on Glassdoor for a transcription company that I’ve come across.
13. TigerFish new
Open to US residents only, you can expect around $15/hr working for TigerFish, based on data from around the web. To quality, candidates must review a style guide, complete 3 sample audio transcriptions, and specify the days and number of hours you wish to work. This is a reputable company based on San Francisco.
This US-based country seems to be open to applications from other countries, but check with them before you apply – there’s a $10 application fee! While this fee may sound like a red flag, this is a legit company that pays better than average (minimum $36 per audio hour) and accepts newbies.
15. AccuTran Global
This company hires transcriptionists in the US and Canada. They pay $0.0005 per word, which is a pretty standard rate for entry-level transcription work. Although they’d prefer experienced workers, anyone can do the test and apply. They pay once a month by cheque or wire transfer.
This LA-based company has been in business for about 20 years, specializing in serving the entertainment industry. They don’t give out much information about work opportunities on their site, but if you send them an email, they will tell you how to apply. Newbies are eligible if they do well on the skills test.
This company used to operate through Amazon Mechanical Turk, but is now using the Work Market platform. This is a great option if you don’t have hours of uninterrupted time to devote to transcribing. Each “hit” is less than 30 seconds long, and you get paid right away!
As a transcriptionist for Transcribe.com, you can expect a variety of different jobs, from transcribing conferences to interviews. This lets you sharpen your skills with a range of documents, and is also more interesting. Some previous experience is an asset, and you must be knowledgeable with current transcription hardware and software (see “training courses above”).
Payments are made out via Paypal.
19. GMR Transcription New
As a GMR transcriptionist, you can expect to earn between $1,000 to $3,000, according to their web site. While no experience is needed to get started, if you are bilingual, you can expect more jobs and higher pay translating and transcribing between languages, such as Spanish to English.
You don’t need experience to apply, but you do need a typing speed of at least 65 words per minute. This company also recommends that you own a foot pedal (to pause and change the speed of audio) and some software, though you don’t have to buy it until you are hired. Email them to get the specifics on how to apply.
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