Are you a whiz with spelling and grammar and can you type a decent 60 words per minute (WPM)? If yes, then there are several transcription companies that could use your services.
What does transcription entail? At its core, transcription involves typing out recorded messages created by universities, organizations, media companies, etc. into readable text. For example, consider the closed captioning you see on your TV screen while watching a movie. All that text had to be typed out by someone listening to the movie dialogue.
Not sure how fast you can type? Test your abilities at a site like TypingTest.com. You can also train yourself to type faster; ideally, you want to have a speed of 75+ words/minute.
Online transcription does come with a few (though not many) prerequisites, but they are not at all like the in-depth prerequisites for medical transcription. Aside from an attention to linguistic detail and fast typing speed, you’ll want to invest in the following technologies:
Fast Internet: You’ll need a fast Internet connection in order to download and listen to recorded files.
Transcription software: You’ll need to download and use some kind of transcription software provided by your hiring company.
Transcription and dictation foot pedal: Some transcriptionists make use of a foot pedal that acts to slow down (or speed up) dialog so that it can be transcribed in real-time.
So, which companies are looking for transcriptionists? Here is a list of 7 places hiring remote transcriptionists:
This Boston-based company got its start in 2007 and regularly hires both in-house and remote transcript editors. According to Glassdoor, transcript editors earn from $18-$19/hour.
As a member of 3Play, you’ll be able to set your own schedule; also, communication between the highers up and their employees is reported to be very good. Otherwise, you’ll be left alone and expected to turn in your work on time (i.e., there is little to no micromanagement). Overall, there are few complaints about this company and its management, and contractor feedback is positive overall.
This company is based in Georgia and offers different transcription services to various clients, including editing and language translation. As an iScriber, you can expect your hourly pay to start at $15/hour; depending on your project turnaround time, however, you could end up earning as much as $25/hour.
This company deals primarily with law enforcement and criminal justice transcription, so you will need to pass a background check before getting started. Common complaints on Indeed include lower than average pay (i.e., about $15/hour); however, there is plenty of work available. Net Transcripts has been around since 1988.
This company is good for transcriptionists who don’t yet have a lot of experience in the field or can’t do hours of audio transcription. With Quicktate, you’ll be transcribing short voicemail messages that span several minutes. The pay for this work is a quarter penny per transcribed word.
Once you become comfortable with this format, you could be promoted to Quicktate’s sibling site, iDictate, which pays half a penny per transcribed word and offers longer assignments.
This company offers a number of client services, including captioning, subtitles, translation and transcription. Once you pass the qualifier exam, you are free to take as few or as many transcription assignments as you’d like. Payment ranges from $24-$39 per audio hour and is sent via Paypal every two weeks.
This Austin, Texas company provides legal, law enforcement, protective services and general transcription services. As an SW transcriptionist, you should expect to earn $11-$13/hour, although your rate will increase as you become more proficient at transcribing. Glassdoor reviews of this company note both its low and high workloads, so my suspicion is that the company occasionally overhires when there is too much work.
This company has been around since 1989 and hires entry-level as well as more experienced transcriptionists. The company doesn’t advertise its pay rate; however, Glassdoor reports that transcriptionists earn half a penny per word.
TranscribeMe is a fairly well-known transcription company, which means you’ll probably be placed on its waiting list once you pass its short transcription test. After getting hired, your projects will consist of transcribing short audio files that average about 10 seconds. That translates to earning $20/hour if you complete a sufficient number of files.
The good news about TranscribeMe is that you’ll need no special software to complete your work, and weekly payments will be deposited into your Paypal account.
This company hires for all kinds of transcription work, including corporate, medical and legal. They also perform a lot of foreign language translation and interpretation work.
According to salary disclosures on Glassdoor, work-at-home transcriptionists earn up to $20/hour with Ubiqus. However, to achieve this level of pay, you will need a typing speed of at least 70 WPM. A transcription qualification test must be taken and passed before getting hired.
This company hires transcriptionists from all around the world, and it states on its own website that it pays at a rate of $24 to $82.80 per audio hour. This means that your actual hourly rate will vary depending on how fast you type.
Payment is sent via Paypal. While the company doesn’t require that you purchase specialized software or a foot pedal, it does suggest getting headphones.
How to get hired as a transcriptionist
A typing speed of 60 WPM or better is just one qualification you’ll need to possess in order to get hired as a transcriptionist. Other helpful qualifications include bilingual (or even trilingual) capabilities, because many transcription companies work with international film producers to translate movies, documentaries, training videos, etc. Attention to detail is a must, so double-checking your submitted transcript for typos during your interview will assure your hiring team that you can produce error-free, quality work on demand.