Transcription is the act of transforming audio into text. It is arguably one of the easiest but best-paying part-time jobs on the internet right now. You can easily make an income of over $100 per assignment. That is part-time income of $36,500 per year if you worked every day.
What do I need to get started in transcription jobs?
To transcribe online you need a computer, headphones, foot pedal, internet connection, software, and of course some spare time. You also need to be fluent in the language you are transcribing. The recommended typing speed is 40 words per minute. Down here I will break down my must have tools. The essential software’s include:
- Nuance Dragons Naturally Speaking is by far the best automated transcription software I have used. It’s not 100% accurate but it will save you a lot of time. It is available here.
- Grammarly Browser Plugin and Microsoft Office Integration App offers automatic editing tools. I highly recommend it as it clears you from those obvious mistakes making your job much easier. The Chrome Addon is available here.
- DFX audio enhancer makes audio and video clips easier to hear. Download here.
- Audacity cleans up noisy audio files. You can download it here
- Express Scribe is a professional transcription software. You can get it here
- IDM (Internet Download Manager) does as it says on the can. This handy software downloads virtually all types of files and allows you work on them offline. This is essential if you are on a costly data plan as it will also save you money. It’s available here.
- Scrivener can be used for transcribing and to format files. Download.
- Microsoft Office.
Now that you know the tools needed for transcription, the following are the best-paying transcription websites.
SpeechPad is one of the best-paying transcription sites right now. That, coupled with outstanding customer service experience makes it a great work at home option. The company began operations in 2008, and so being an established company means you are assured of your dues. Experienced transcribers can easily rake in over $50 per assignment.
- High payout once you gain experience.
- Outstanding support from staff.
- Easy to use interface. The website is stable and clean.
- A good site to kickstart a career in transcription. Great place to learn or gain experience.
- Jobs can be scarce at Basic level (starters) as competition is high. You have to be keen not to miss new jobs.
- Pay is strictly weekly. They only have one mode of payment.
Rev’s main focus is centered in transcription though they offer multiple work-from-home opportunities. Their tests are rigorous but once in the pay is good.
- Good pay.
- Reliable payments.
- Great support from the Rev team.
- Steady jobs.
- Complaint of account closure without prior warning.
- One mode of payment.
TranscribeMe is the third website I will highly recommend. This is a great site for beginners.
- Great site for beginners.
- Easy to join. No prior experience.
- Handy transcription guides.
- PayPal is the only mode of payment.
UpWork is a general freelancers marketplace and so a great website to find transcription jobs.
- Direct contact with the client. You can negotiate the pay.
- Opportunity for future projects from satisfied clients.
- Flexible payment modes.
- Consistent work is available.
- Low pay as a result of competitive bidding.
TigerFish has been transcribing audios since 1989. Their website isn’t as intuitive, unfortunately. They have worked for General Electrics, NewsWeek, AMD, intel and even Google to name a few.
- Large client base.
- Selective in hiring.
- Website not intuitive.