Are you looking for a job you can do online that gives you the liberty of setting your work hours and volume of work you want to do, all from your home? If these factors are on your job priority list, then transcription jobs could be what you are looking for. Transcription jobs may or may not require prior experience depending on the nature of the jobs. Transcription jobs are classified as general, media, legal and medical jobs. While you require little or no experience in general transcription jobs, you need to get some specialist training and certifications before you can complete legal and medical transcription jobs. Media transcription jobs are high-paying because of the quick turnaround required for the jobs. However, it is not easy to get as it is dominated by experienced and professional transcriptionists.
Your job as a transcriptionist involves listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. Transcription is generally repetitive, that is, you will have to playback the same audio times and over again so as not to miss any part of the audio. However if you are not someone who is bored with repetition then the job is a go for you. As a newbie the basic tools you need to complete transcription jobs are a personal computer, headphone and a fast internet connection. Professional transcriptionists may be required to have high-end foot pedal for audio replay coordination (you won’t have to take your hands off the keyboard while replaying an unclear portion of the audio) and transcription software in order to complete transcription jobs for big companies.
How Much Can You Make From Transcription Jobs?
How much money you can make from transcription jobs factors down on your experience, speed, volume of work available and the company you are working with. You can get decent pay from completing transcription jobs. You can make between $10 and $30 per audio hour (or rate per page) or more on general transcriptions, but specialist transcription jobs often pays even more. As a newbie, you may not be getting high-paid jobs yet but as you garner experience your skill level and rate will catch up.
Note: An audio hour differs from normal hour in that it might take you between 2 to 4 hours to perfectly transcribe an hour of audio. Assuming you get a transcription job of 5 audio hours at $30 per audio hour, that means you will be earning $150 for the whole job which would definitely take you more than 5 regular hours to complete.
Legitimate Websites/Companies to Get Transcription Jobs (Entry Level)
Below are some of the sites that are dedicated to transcription jobs and also accept beginners. You should however know that they will require you to take a short transcription test to assess your typing skills before acceptance.
Daily Transcription – Offers transcription jobs mainly in corporate, entertainment and legal fields, but only US residents are accepted. You must complete and pass a transcription test as part of the application process before being accepted.
Transcribe Me – The site accepts beginners once they are able to pass their test. Rate is $20 per audio hour paid weekly through PayPal.
Quicktate – The site is opened to other nationals outside of US but you must pass
Get Transcribed – The company was established in 2012. The pay rate is low at 24 cents per audio minute.
Rev – The site is also open to non-US residents but the average pay is at $0.40 – $0.65 per audio minute, that is, $24 – $39 per audio hour. Payment is made weekly through PayPal.
Tigerfish – Accepts entry level once transcription test is passed, although the company prefers transcriptionists with foot pedal and transcription software.
Focus Forward – Company accepts entry level transcriptionists with fast typing speed. Pay rate is about $36 per audio hour for regular transcription jobs. Bilingual transcriptionists who can handle Spanish transcriptions get much higher pay, as much as $90 per audio hour. Payment is made via direct deposit.
Appenscribe – the Australian company hires transcriptionists from any part of the world.
You don’t have to limit yourself, hence your earnings, to the above-listed sites. Freelancer, Upwork, and iFreelance are some of non-dedicated sites where you can still get transcription jobs but you will have to bid or submit proposals to the client.