I stumbled on transcription 4 years ago when I was looking for a job and ended up working for a film dubbing company. Imagine a job description where you watch films and create transcripts from them and still get paid for it. Sounds too good to be true alright, but that is what transcription entails. It can be a fun and lucrative career for you if you take the time to learn the ropes and sharpen all the skills you need to be a great transcriber.
We are living at a time where online work is taking over and everybody is trying to secure a job for themselves in any online platform they can find. Transcription is one of those jobs which you can do from the comfort of your home because it falls under the category of online work.
We will look at some websites where you can get started and at least make some money for yourself working as a transcriber.
1. Accutran Global
Accutran is one website where you can start out your transcription career. Accutran Global is always looking for new transcribers from all over the world and voice writers/stenographers from the U.S and Canada. For beginners, the pay rate is usually per word, and it starts at $0.0005. You are assured to get your payments on this website on the 15th of every month without fail. One thing you need to note when you decide to work on Accutran is that they have peak seasons where work is a lot on low seasons where there is no work at all. Before you get started, you will need to pass an exam that will ascertain whether you can handle audio and video files or not.
Appenscribe is a website that caters more to a global audience compared to the Accutran Global website. In order for you to register and get an account on the website, you need to do tests and pass them. Just like on the Accutran website, Appenscribe pay rate starts at $0.005 per word.
If you have a firm grasp of different foreign languages, Appenscribe is the very best option because you will work on many that are not necessarily the cliché which is English files. Work is not always available through Appenscribe, but when work is available, you can claim it any time, day or night! There are non-transcription projects available too if you want to expand your work-from-home earnings.
Bam is one site that offers all the transcription services you can think of. They offer legal transcription, corporate transcription, finance transcription, research, and general transcriptions. It is very important to note that as much as they offer all these transcription services, their main transcription service is inclined more on the entertainment side. On this website, once you pass the skill test, then you are contracted to work automatically.
Unlike all these other transcription websites, to apply to Bam you will have to email them via their contacts form or email to let them know that you would like to work with them. Their email address is email@example.com.
4. Birch Creek Communications
Bird Creek communications is a website that highly deals with legal and corporate transcription works. These are transcription services that need pro-specialist transcribers to take them on, but on Birch Creek communications beginners learn how to do them. This is something that is not possible on other transcription sites.
I recommend this website for beginners because you at least get to learn while on the job and gain more experience as you go. On this website the pay rates highly depend on the type and length of audios you will work on l, there are no specific fixed rates like on other websites. You will need to submit an email inquiry and go through a screening process to work at Birch Creek Communications.
NB: Don’t forget, you can jump right into the world of legal transcription by taking the free legal transcription course at Transcribe Anywhere.
Just like on other websites, CastingWords has an array of transcription jobs for freelancers. The catch is that there are two ways in which a transcriber can find work on this website. This is through the CastingWords Workshop and the Mechanical Turk.
Through the CastingWords workshop, there is an array of transcription jobs for transcribers from 66 countries of the work and you will always find work on there.
Mechanical Turd is not really guaranteed. From time to time, you will meet different things. Sometimes there are a ton of HITS (MT lingo for jobs) and other times, there is hardly anything or any work to be done. Their pay rates also depend on the kind and size of audios being worked on. The least amount of money you can withdraw is $1.00.
To get started on Crowdsurf you need to have an MT account. Just like the CastingWords website, Crowdsurf also posts their transcription jobs online through the Mechanical Turk. They offer short transcription and captioning tasks.
As a transcriber, you will work and receive payments on this website through the MT platform. If you’ve never heard of MT, it’s an Amazon company. There are hundreds of thousands of transcription and non-transcription jobs posted here.
7. Daily Transcription
This website specializes in corporate legal, and entertainment transcription. It is referred to as Daily transcription because their turnaround time is the same day. There are no guaranteed hours or amount of work available, but they are always looking for transcribers at all experience levels as long as they are reliable.
On the Daily transcription website, transcription jobs are not always readily available and they are only available on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in working on this website, all you need to do is to submit a short form and then head over to their testing page.
8. Get Transcribed
On Get Transcribed you can get both transcription and reviewer jobs if you are lucky, which means you can get paid twice. Transcribers on this website get paid $0.23 per audio minute, while the reviewers are paid $0.12 for every audio minute.
They offer many transcription services, which means even beginners can work on this platform on normal transcription files. The catch for this website is that payments are made every month on PayPal and one can only withdraw $100 dollars otherwise the earnings are rolled over to the next month.
9. GMR Transcription
On this website, you will find a lot of Medical related transcription jobs. It is important to note that you will only be accepted on this website if you will do 60 minutes of audio every single day because work is in plenty on the platform. Apart from the medical-related audio files, The GMR website also has general transcriptions positions.
On GMR you do not have to be experienced in order for you to get a job, as long as you pass the beginner test then you are ready.
10. Neal R. Gross
The Neal R. Gross website offers great transcription opportunities for beginners who have no experience in transcription. Most of the files on this website are usually legal, meaning they work more on legal transcription, which needs transcribers with a couple of years’ experience. The experience part isn’t a must because all you need to be accepted and start working on the platform is the ability to return files the next day, type at least 60 WPM, and be able to work at least 30 hours per week. If interested, you will need to submit a resume and cover letter through the contact form on their web page to get started.
11. RNK Transcription
On this website, you will find Legal and entertainment transcription jobs. In order for you to be considered for a transcription position, you must submit an email with your resume attached to be considered.
Individuals who have great typing speeds and can play video and audio at the same time are highly considered regardless of previous transcription experience.
One is also expected to go through a skill set test before they work on the platform.
If you are a beginner transcriber, you must have heard about Scribie more times than you have heard of all the other websites. This is because this is one platform where a lot of transcribers work on. They hire worldwide, which means everyone is trying to secure a position with them, which is why they have thousands of people on a waiting list.
Their pay rates are $10.00 per audio hour and if you can work more than 3hours a month, you will get a bonus of $10.00. As you can tell, this is very low pay considering the fact that many other websites pay $0.20 to $0.30 per minute of audio. On a positive note, there are no cash-out limits and no commitments (work as much or as little as you want, when you want!).
Tigerfish is one of those websites where you have to first work on some files before you are qualified to work on paid audio files. They offer an array of transcription jobs with different project types available. There are focus groups, interviews, law enforcement, and documentaries available for transcription. Complete three five-minute tests in order to be considered for paid projects.
It is important to note that these five-minute tests should take you at least 20 minutes to finish and if you cannot then get an opportunity on Tigerfish will prove to be a challenge.
14. Transcriptions ‘N’ Translations
This company which is based in Miami offers transcription services for other big companies like Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. This is how you know it is a big deal working for them. As long as you pass a skillset, then contracting with them is not an issue. To get started, you need to submit your resume along with a short form on their website.
In TranscribeMe you will work on English and Spanish audio files depending on what you are conversant with. The first step is filling out a form. After that, you will be directed to take a test.
They are one of the best transcription paying websites there is because they pay an average of $15 to $20 per audio hour transcribed. This is why passing their exams is usually really hard because they are looking for serious transcribers who know exactly what they are doing. Not to worry though, because if you fail their exams you can re-do them after 24 hours. They also payout every week.
Ubiqus offers different online jobs. You can be a medical transcriber, a verbatim transcriber, and even a summary writer. It gives opportunities for beginner transcribers as long as they can deliver the same day and next day transcripts. You will need to pass their application process to get started. All typists start out at the same rate, regardless of experience. Payments are made every two weeks. They are only recruiting native English-speaking U.S. residents.
17. Verbal Ink
Verbal Ink is one of those websites that usually have transcription jobs all year round but in order to get access, you need to pass their exams which are usually really hard.
If you are fortunate enough to pass, then you Verbal Ink is a great company to start out with on your transcription journey.
There are very many other websites that offer transcription jobs online and with a simple search on google you can get one which you can gladly and proudly walk on while making a good amount of money. All you need is some good typing speed and accuracy, and you are ready.