Work from home transcription jobs are popular because they offer flexible hours and good income. You don’t need any experience to get started, but professional training is a huge bonus.
To help you obtain the experience and training that you need to learn how to become a transcriptionist, I’ve reached out to Janet Shaughnessy. Janet began her career in 2007 as a medical transcriptionist and later founded Transcribe Anywhere. Janet has built a successful career as a transcriptionist, and I want to help you do the same.
Here are some of the questions that Janet is asked most frequently.
What is a transcriptionist?
A transcriptionist listens to an audio file and types what they hear. There are three types of transcriptionist; medical, legal and general. General transcription work usually involves listening to conversations, meetings, court hearings, or college lectures. Legal and medical transcription requires all of the skills necessary as a general transcriptionist with the added knowledge of legal or medical terminology.
How much do you earn as a transcriptionist?
Pay varies depending on whether you work for a company or do freelance work. Most general transcribers earn around $10 to $25 an hour, sometimes more. If you don’t have any experience or training though, you can expect to make minimum wage. Currently, the average median income for a full-time general transcriptionist is $45,000. A legal transcriptionist earns around $65,000.
How do I train to be a transcriptionist?
Training and practice is the key to success. You must be willing to commit to learning about software, equipment, grammar, punctuation, typing, dictation, templates, and marketing.
How long does it take you to transcribe one hour of audio?
A good transcriber spends three to four hours transcribing an hour of audio. You may need to playback the file several times to get the exact words.
How long does it take to become a transcriptionist?
On average, it takes four months to complete training and begin working. Transcribe Anywhere offers self-paced classes so students can train at their own pace.
Where can you find transcription work?
Transcription jobs are abundant; here is a list of sites that hire beginners. This online job directory contains several listings for transcribers. Additional resources and tools are available by completing the Transcribe Anywhere training program; you receive step-by-step tutorials and videos on how to find clients and how to apply for company jobs.
Are freelance transcription jobs flexible?
Yes, it’s an ideal way to work from home on a full time or part-time basis. Your schedule is entirely up to you. You will have the freedom to decide when, where, and how often you want to work.
Still undecided about whether or not a work from home transcription job is right for you?
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So that sums it up! If you’re a busy person that needs a flexible schedule that allows you to work at home, transcription work is perfect for you. So if you’re ready to get started, enroll in one of the free classes below.
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