Many people start their work-at-home journey looking for typing or data entry jobs, and unfortunately, usually end up losing money to scams. However, there is work in transcription, if you have the speed, accuracy and equipment to do the job.
Transcription work comes in many forms including medical, legal, business and general. In most cases, you’ll need training and possibly epxerience to get work in medical and legal transcription. In fact, most medical transcription jobs I find require two to five years experience before hiring home-based transcriptionist. Business and general transcription can cover a variety of typing projects including transcribing webinars and seminars, dictation, captioning and more.
Transcriptionists make anywhere from minimum wage to $15 per hour, more if you’re knowledgeable in the industry, are exceptionally fast and accurate, and/or required specialized training or certification.
To get hired in transcription you need:
1. Speed and accuracy: Many transcription jobs will ask you to take a typing test. You can test yourself using a free online typing test offered at a variety of sites. Some jobs will ask for a specific typing speed, anywhere from 40 to 80 words per minute (wpm). But speed isn’t the only skill you’re tested on. You also need to be accurate, which means you can’t make many mistakes. Fortunately, if you don’t do well on the typing test, you can practice to improve.
2. Basic understanding of spelling and grammar: You’re creating a written document out of spoken word. You need to know when to remove the ‘ums’, add commas and punctuation, and how to spell the words being spoken.
3. Foot pedal to control audio playback: Many employers will expect you to have the tools and equipment needed to do the job, including a foot pedal that allows you to stop, start and control the speed of the audio playback while you type.
If you’re ready to find work in transcription, below are are 8 places you can check out:
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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