Transcription | Is It For You?


transcribing, work from home

After returning to my own country after a few years of traveling and working, I made most of my income through transcription services.

If you’re a native English speaker, are a stickler for spelling and grammar, and have a reliable Internet connection, this may be a job you’d enjoy.

Of course, the best part is that it’s all done from home, in your own time, and there is potential to make a decent living from it.

As with all jobs, it will require some consistent effort to progress through the ranks and begin earning that income. If this is your thing though, then it’s definitely worth it.

Let’s start at the very beginning.

What is transcription? 



  • 1A written or printed version of something; a transcript:

    ‘they produced a complete transcription of the journals’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action or process of transcribing something:
      ‘the funding covers transcription of nearly illegible photocopies’

Straight out of the Oxford Dictionary for you.

So transcribing, or transcription, is essentially the act of converting audio or video files to text files.

So, the process goes like this:

  • Watch a few seconds of video / listen to a few seconds of audio

  • Pause video / audio 

  • Type what you heard 

  • Proceed in this fashion until the file is finished

There are three basic requirements to become a transcriptionist:

  • A computer

  • A good set of headphones

  • A good Internet connection

There are a few other things that may help make your transcribing experience more pleasant.

  • Make sure you use a comfortable chair that will keep your posture

  • If you are using a laptop, an external keyboard is advised.

  • Try to keep your screen at eye level, and your elbows as close to your sides as possible when typing.

  • You can use a foot pedal to make stopping and starting easier.

So now that we’re all on the same page about what it is, how do you get started?

As always, Uncle Google is a great help. Search “transcription jobs” or something similar, and you’ll be instantly presented with hundreds of leads.

You have three options here – websites offering transcribing services, freelance sites, and companies hiring.

If you wish to sign up on a transcribing website, a spelling and grammar test will be required, as well as a short test on their transcribing methods.

I can recommend two reputable, professional sites that I have been fortunate enough to work with.

You can find numerous other websites out there, and all that’s required is a Google search.

Most websites have a certain rate per minute transcribed, and as you work your way through the ranks, you gain access to higher paying jobs.

In addition to these sites, which are specific to transcribing, we have freelance sites such as Upwork, Freelancer, PeoplePerHour and Elance, where you can advertise your skills as a transcriptionist.

In conclusion … If you’re looking for a way to make money from home, this is a definite option.

However, be sure it’s something you like the sound of before going all in!

If you’d like any more info, tips or have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email, and I’ll be sure to get back to you asap!

Is Transcription For You?

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