Working As a Transcriber

Working from home is both liberating and stressful. It is liberating because you don’t have to drive into the office every day or ride public transportation and grind through a 40 hour work week, but there’s also pitfalls. The stress of trying to land freelance work or being in the house each and every day.

But this article assumes you are deciding to make the leap, or at least part-time to maybe more some more money. One job that is always in demand is audio and video transcription. Transcribing from home isn’t as easy as it seems. There’s some basic qualifications that if you don’t meet then transcribing from home might not be a good fit for you.

  • To make a decent wage you’ll need to type at least 80 words per minute accurately.
  • Transcribers also need an up to date computer that can load large video files.
  • You’ll need high speed internet to be able to download files for transcription.

Once you’ve met those qualifications go ahead and buy yourself a foot pedal, one place that is a great resource is Express Scribe, ( they have all sorts of great resources including free transcription software and equipment you can buy. The reason you need a foot pedal to transcribe is you are using your hands to type, but if you want to hit play/rewind/fast forward you don’t want to slow yourself down tremendously by trying to control your or video with your hands, so you use your feet. You’ll also need a good pair of headphones to listen to the audio while you type.

So to transcribe from home you’ll need these basic tools to be a great transcriber.

  • A high typing speed (80 WPM+)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • A reasonably fast computer (PC is standard but people do transcribe on MACs as well)
  • High Speed Internet
  • Foot pedal for transcription
  • Transcription Software

Once you’ve set yourself up go out and look for transcription jobs via job boards and by sending out resumes to other promising leads. Good luck out there!

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