Working from home as a Transcriptionist is a pretty good gig!
Transcription jobs at home are a great opportunity for someone that wants to be in charge of their own hours. With this particular work at home job, you choose how many hours you want to work and when.
A transcriptionist’s job requires listening to an audio file and typing what you hear from that audio file. Above all, the job requires focus and very good grammar skills. In addition, I would recommend a good grammar/spelling product to make the job easier. Also, I will recommend some tools below that will cover your immediate needs and long-term needs.
General transcription jobs at home should not require any prior training vs. medical transcription; which will require training.
In the beginning, some companies may ask for a certain amount of experience and some specific equipment that you do not have. The good news is that you can develop a solid reputation as a transcriptionist. Furthermore, the transcription sites I list below that don't require previous experience, will help you develop your reputation.
After a few jobs, you will start building a reputation/work history and expand the transcription companies you can work anytime from anywhere. As you gain experience, you will pick up additional tools that will make your life easier as a transcriptionist. Subsequently, you really do not need many extras to start your journey. With that said, you will want to invest in some of these items as you become more confident as a transcriptionist.
At first, here is what you need
- Transcription software (Free Download | Express Scribe)
- Microsoft Word or equivalent
- Quiet place
- Grammar software (Free | PaperRater)
If after a few jobs, you determine you like what you are doing, then you will want to invest in some of the tools I mention below. Do not buy these items at first; get a few jobs under your belt.
Here is a list of some of the additional tools of the trade
- Foot pedal – allows you to start and stop audio hands-free without having to start and stop with keystrokes. This will greatly increase your speed and your revenue.
- Text expander – uses a 3-letter code for long reoccurring phrases, thus eliminating typing the entire phrase each time.
- Time tracking software
- File converter – converts word documents to PDF.
- Industry-specific dictionary (if you are focusing on medical or legal)
Below, I'll give you the companies that you can immediately apply for Transcription jobs at home but first let me give you some additional resources to check out too.
Online Transcription Courses
Personally, I recommend taking an online Transcription course to build up your confidence before you apply for a position. However, many of the Transcription companies don't require previous experience but a course will save you time and money by getting you prepared. The companies that do require experience will pay a little more for the experience.
Learn Online Transcription From Scratch
Free Typing Test
I also recommend that you test your typing speed just for your peace of mind and work on increasing your speed. Time is money in this business.
For example, If you have three hours you can work each day, increasing your typing speed translates to more money.
I have compiled the companies below into two groups. 1) Opportunities that don't require previous experience 2) Opportunities that do require experience
No experience required
Babbletype | Worldwide | No experience needed
1 International Plaza, Suite 550, Philadelphia PA 19113
Inside the US and Canada, call toll-free at 888-678-7782
International callers can reach Babbletype at 610-616-2095
Sign up page: http://babbletype.com/apply-for-work
3PlayMedia | US | No experience needed
34 Farnsworth Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (617) 764-5189
Fax: (617) 245-0510
Sign up page: https://www.3playmedia.com/company/jobs/contract-work
Casting Words | Worldwide | No experience needed
Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up page: https://workshop.castingwords.com
CrowdsurfCrowdsurf | No experience needed
Sign up page: http://crowdsurfwork.com/
Daily Transcription | No experience needed
6701 Center Drive West, Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Los Angeles Office: (310) 734 - 8853
New York Office: (718) 775 - 3191
Main Office: (888) 515 - 7143
Sign up page: https://www.dailytranscription.com/careers/
GMR Transcription | US | No experience needed
2552 Walnut Ave. Suite 110,, Tustin, California - 92780
1-800-731-7412 | 714-202-9653
Sign up page: https://www.gmrtranscription.com/careers.aspx
Literably | Worldwide | No experience needed | Transcribing students reading
364 Utah St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Support: (415) 842-9802
Sign up page: https://literably.com/scorer-signup
Scribie | Worldwide | No experience needed
44 Tehama St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 866 941 4131
Sign up page: https://scribie.com/freelance-transcription#intro
TranscribeMe | Worldwide | No experience needed
1111 Broadway STE 300, Oakland CA, 94607
Sign up page: https://www.transcribeme.com/transcription-jobs
Tigerfish | US | No experience needed
203 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 989-8990
Sign up page: https://tigerfish.com/applicants
Way With Words | Worldwide | No experience needed
Sign up page: https://waywithwordsjobs.com/#section-home
1-888-Type-It-Up | US | Experience preferred
576 Fifth Avenue | Suite 903, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 845-9906
Toll-Free: 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP (1-888-897-3488)
Sign up page: https://www.1888typeitup.com/apply
AccuTran Global | US and Canada | Experience preferred
Sign up page:http://www.accutranglobal.com/
Net Transcripts | US | Experience preferred
Law Enforcement Transcription
3707 North 7th Street, Suite 320, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Toll-Free: (800) 942-4255
Phone: (480) 948-9241 local
Sign up page: https://www.nettranscripts.com/careers.htm
SpeakWrite | US and Canada | Experience required
6011 West Courtyard Drive, Suite 450, Austin, TX 78730
Toll-free: (800) 828-3889
Sign up page: https://speakwrite.com/transcription-jobs/
Focus Forward | US | Experience needed
950 West Valley Road, Suite 2700, Wayne, PA 19087
Sign up page: http://apply.fftranscription.com/become-a-transcriber
Transcribe | US | Experience preferred
33 Bronze Pointe, Swansea, IL 62226
Toll-free: (877) 416-3693