Transcription is an unsung hero in the work-from-home job market.
It’s perfect for people who don’t want jobs that require you to talk on the phone, and great for workers who want to set their own schedules.
To get started with most transcription jobs, all you need is a computer and internet connection. Many transcribers also invest in transcription software, a headset and a foot pedal to control audio playback to help them work more efficiently.
Experienced transcriptionists can earn as much as $35 per hour, but beginners can expect to pull in about $15 per hour while learning the ropes.
Interested? Cool — we’ve found three work-from-home transcription jobs for you that don’t require previous experience.
But if you want to get a leg up on the competition, consider taking a free mini-course from Transcribe Anywhere. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of professional transcription and even how to start your own transcribing business.
1. LE Dictation Transcriber at Net Transcripts
This transcription company is hiring independent contractors to work from home, transcribing reports and case notes from patrol officers and detectives.
You’re free to set your own hours and schedule, but the company says it really needs people who can work late evenings and overnight on the weekend.
Before you can take on client work, you’ll be asked to complete an initial assessment with at least 98% accuracy.
- Very strong attention to detail
- Excellent proofreading skills
- Minimum 65 WPM typing speed
- A PC that can run a transcription software package of your choosing, a foot pedal and good, noise-cancelling headphones
2. Transcriptionist at Transcription for Everyone
This company is hiring because it literally has “way more work than we can handle on a daily basis and our clients keep pouring it on.”
That’s a great problem to have, right?
Transcription for Everyone hires beginners and promotes from within, so there’s a lot of growth potential here.
This work-from-home job lets you set your own hours, but you must be available to transcribe at least 90 minutes of audio per week.
- Computer with at least 10MB internet speed
- MS Word ExpressScribe
- Skilled in grammar and research
3. Sports Transcriptionist at VIA
This company is looking for sports fans willing to stay up late and transcribe sporting events.
VIA provides a web-based transcription tool, so as long as you have a reliable internet connection you can hit the ground running.
There’s no set of requirements or experience needed for this job, just the ability to “manage time effectively and deliver quality work without close supervision.”
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Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s always on the lookout for new and interesting jobs to share so give her a shout on Twitter @lisah if you hear of any.