Become a Paid Transcriptionist

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Want to become a paid transcriptionist? You are at the right place. I have listed here the transcription skills you need, the transcription equipment plus the best work at home transcription companies that will get you started. Best freelance transcription jobs from home. Want to become a paid transcriptionist? You are at the right place! I will show you how.

Many coaches, lecturers, internet marketers and bloggers are looking for paid transcriptionists to transcribe podcasts, lectures or audio books for them.

So, if you have talent,  don’t let it sit on the shelf and collect dust. Utilize it and attain financial freedom doing what you love.

Ready to jump-start your transcription career?  Let’s get started!

Be we begin, let me give you a highlight of what to expect. We are going to cover on  what transcription is, who is it for, the transcription skills needed, the transcription tools and equipment needed, work at home transcription companies to work for, how much they pay, etc. Basically, we are going to discuss on how to become a transcriptionist from home. 

General Transcription Mini-Course

What is general transcription?

General transcription, in simple terms, is listening to audio recordings or watching videos and typing out what you hear in Microsoft Word document. The best part is, this is a work-at home job. You don’t need to sit in an office to get the job done. Everything is done electronically.

Who is this for?

Anyone with good English skills, has attention detail, can type faster and is able to sit for longer hours is fit to do this job.

Transcription Tools & Equipments

  •     A good working computer
  •     A pair of headsets (Noise-cancelling headsets are the best)
  •     Fast internet connection
  •     Microsoft Word installed
  •     Express Scribe
  •     Foot pedal (Optional)


Transcription Skills Required?

  •     Listening skills
  •     Good typing skills
  •     Good grammar
  •     Research skills

Types of Recorded files to Handle as a Home-Based Transcriptionist

  •     Lectures
  •     Speeches
  •     Interviews
  •     Meetings
  •     Seminars
  •     Webinars
  •     Podcasts
  •     Conference calls
  •     Focus group discussions
  •     Market research
  •     Sermons
  •     YouTube videos, etc.

How Long Will It Take Before I Start Earning Money?

The amount of time it takes before you start seeing earnings will depend solely on you. Some people start earning within 2 weeks of working. These are fast learners who grasp information quickly and are committed to the process. If you are slow and do it haphazardly it will take you longer.

I’m Ready to Get Started. Where Are the Companies?

I have a huge list of transcription companies that you can apply to and start earning as soon as possible.

Stuck at the application process? No problem

Looking for Medical Transcription Companies Instead? We got you covered!

Need More Resources?

Sure thing!

Transcription Books

Transcription Courses

Transcription Articles

Need Training & Certification?

No problem.Check out Transcribe Anywhere ecourse.

If you are thinking of venturing into the world of generation transcription, this is the course I recommend. The Free 7-Lesson Mini Course is offered by Janet Shaugnessy over at Transcribe Anywhere. She will teach you what transcription entails, whether it’s a good fit for you, how much to earn and why transcription is an in-demand skill right now.

Want legal transcription instead? No problem! Take the Legal Transcription Free Mini Course and learn everything you need to know about legal transcription. If you decide to take the full course, you will get a Certificate of Completion.

Legal Transcription Mini-Course: Transcription Foundations

Let’s Connect!

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Happy Transcribing!



13 thoughts on “Become a Paid Transcriptionist

  1. Rob

    What do you consider a full time income? I’ve been typing since the 90’s and I’m considering this type of work, but so far everything I’ve looked at for payment seems pretty low. For example, I was reading another one of your articles that mentioned a company that pays $10.00 an audio hour. Clearly it’s going to take longer than an hour to transcribe an hour worth of audio. If it took double the amount of time you’re making $5.00 an hour. That is less than minimum hourly wage in the U.S.A. Nice price for the client but not so good for the transcriber.

    I’m curious as to how much someone could make working eight hours a day five days a week with average skills. For instance, what could someone expect to be able to make with 80 WPM typing skills, 90 WPM, 100 et cetera. Is there even enough work from the companies you list to support a full time weekly work schedule?

    1. Virginia Nakitari Post author

      Hello Rob,

      Well, I cannot give a specific amount as the full time income because what I consider full time in Kenya might not be full time in the United States. As for the sites/companies, the one you referred to and some others that I mentioned are companies meant for newbies. People with a typing speed of at least 40WPM. I even specify this in the title of the post. With your typing speed and the skills that you have you should be working for companies like GRM Transcription, Net Transcripts, Landmark Associates etc. These are sites that have been in the field for a long time and are looking for professional and experienced transcriptionists. Alternatively, we have a site like that pays between $30 to $50 per audio hour. You can get your feet wet with that kind of work before you move onto better and greener pastures.

  2. Francoise


    Thanks for the useful info on your website. I’ve worked as a PA and digital transcriptionist for many years but never tried working from home. I’m just not that up on the technical side of how these sites work ….. do I need to buy my own transcription kit to work for etc or just headphones?

    Thanks for any help.

    Kind regards

    Francoise Aylett

    1. Virginia Nakitari Post author

      Hello Francoise,

      Welcome to Transcription Hub Pros. Yes. You will have to buy a few
      things here and there before you get started. You will need a computer
      either a laptop or desktop with enough RAM for saving documents. A
      pair of good headsets and a faster internet connection. If you
      subscribe to my free newsletter I share my ebook containing what you
      will need to acquire before you start working from home. If you need
      further assistance, do not hesitate to let me know.

  3. Peter Simiyu

    Hello Miss Nakitari,

    I have been looking out for these online freelance stuff to no avail.
    I have had to sit for numerous tests where I get confirmation that I have passed,but work is not forthcoming.Internet with a high speed of about 8mbs,uninterrupted is available.
    I have almost every gadget at my disposal,I feel wasted.Please help.

    1. Virginia Nakitari Post author

      Hello Peter,

      Nice to connect with you. Well, first you need to decide what you want to do. We have many fields online like transcription, article writing, graphic design, SEO etc. Out of these choose one that interests you. Just because others are doing transcription doesn’t mean it’s for you too. Maybe this could be the problem you are having. Hope that helps. Regards.

  4. Lorraine

    Hello Virginia, I have been transcribing dictation for 14 years and have purchased two domains to secure my name for my business. However, the more I read the more convinced I am that I need some training to perfect my skills. I type 72 words per minute on a good day. Since researching this viable means of working from home I have been practicing my typing. I am fully aware that typing is not the only skill required to become an excellent transcriptionist. I have sent you my email address in order to receive your Free Transcription ebook and as of this moment it has not arrived in my messages. Could you please check to see when I could expect it? Thank you…

  5. Ivy

    Hey Virginia, i am interested in transcribing, however am a newbie, i would like subscribe to your newsletter and if i could get my hands on your free eBook, i would really be greatful.


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