At Home Transcription Work
Work at Home Series
A few weeks back I began working with an online general transcription service. I was a little skeptical about the whole “work at home” world. So, I did my research and found some very nice, legitimate places that hire contract workers. I won’t list them all here in this post … but all you need to do is google ‘transcription jobs’ to find a listing. You can also purchase this book, Jump-Start: Your Work at Home General Transcription Career. It is a fantastic resource and has over 60 companies listed.
Each company has different requirements and pay. So, do your research! Many will hire you without experience.
This is challenging work. It is not simply typing, although great typing skills are a must. You quickly learn that people do not speak the way they write. They often stutter, have false sentence starts and don’t complete sentences. Great listening skills are necessary for this job. You also need to have patience! One minute of audio can takes several minutes to transcribe. Experienced transcribers can complete jobs much quicker than a novice…. it just takes practice!
Good equipment is also necessary. When I first began, I did not have foot pedal to control my audio files. Once I purchased this Infinity Foot Pedal with Express Scribe software from Amazon, it made all the difference in the world. Being able to keep your hands on the keyboard speeds up your work. Good headphones are also a necessity. Many of my fellow transcribers use the Koss UR20 set. You can purchase them on Amazon for around $15.
A good place to also advertise your services is on Fiverr. This allows you to work directly with your clients. It’s easy to set up a ‘Gig’, that’s a job in Fiverr language. Here is a link to my Gig.
** Please note that I am referring to general and/or business transcription in this article. Medical transcription is a different specialty and often requires specialized training.
Do you think transcription could be a good work option for you? I’d like to know what you think.
Look for more work-at-home opportunities in the future …. I am on a quest to find as many, legitimate stay-at-home opportunities as possible!
Good luck to you all in your work endeavors!
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