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Learn How To Make Money With Transcription
Transcription is something you can do from home and there are always jobs available. If you are still unsure what transcription is…you see it all the time and don’t even know it.
When you watch a movie and turn on the cations…transcription. Radio, Podcasts, or ANY piece of music, audio file, or video file that needs to be translated to text…transcription.
The cool thing is that you do not need ANY experience. You just have to have (or acquire) decent typing skills.
Practice Before Applying !
If want or need any type of improvement of typing speed, here are a few speeds that are FREE and easy to use: (I use them all the time, just because I feel I can always improve, but you don’t have to share that O.C.D with me:).
I like having these different ones on my menu bar because they teach you in different ways, and it really REAALLLY helps!
Next thing you will have to think about is equipment. There are 3 things you will need to consider…
If you are seriously thinking about this and can afford it, get a foot pedal (which allows you to easily fast forward, rewind, pause, play, etc.). If you don’t have one it is not the end of the world, but it will make your experience MUCH more enjoyable. Keep in mind you can always resell the item online!
Buy One New OR Used:
The decent ones seem to run anywhere between $20-50 NEW & used (I’m sure you can find one online in apps like Mercari, Ebay, or (of course) Amazon. Here is a quick pic so you have an idea of what a transcription foot pedal looks like:)
Not sure? Fill out an application…
If you are not sure transcription is something you will like, check out Rev.com and start filling out your application. You will get a tester audio file to transcribe. If you don’t have the pedal, you will just have to press a certain key on your keyboard for each action.
This will give you a chance to decide if this is something you could put some hours into. PLUS, it will let you know if you would prefer a transcriber pedal.
You will need headphones. Any will do, especially in the beginning, but if you are going to do this gig for a consistent amount of time there are headphones that you can buy that will help block out extra background noises.
This is also a very subjective “necessity” because if you are a mom of 3 trying to do this, you will need all the help you can get blocking extra sound out. BUT, if it is just you, you could probably get away with the earphones that came with your cell phone. Ya know?! Different for everyone for sure.
3.) Transcription Software-
You will need the software Express Script. There is a free version and a Pro Version, but definitely check out the free version to get you started!
Try a bundle:
Personally I had been planning on doing this for awhile, so when I bought the equipment, I got a sweet bundle deal on Amazon. It included the pedal, headphones, and Express Scribe Pro for like $109. Quick screenshot and link to that below: even though I am an affiliate, was SO happy with having a CAREER pretty much mailed to me, that I will show others EXACTLY how I did it and with what).
The next step will be to consider which sites to apply for. If you have ZERO experience (like I did) I would highly recommend Rev.com. No experience necessary, you pretty much put your availability out each week and they will match you up with a job.
You can request more hours, but I would not recommend signing up more than you can do. Start at the VERY minimal until you get a feel for how much you can handle.
How do you make money exactly?
So, say you agree to transcribe 60 minutes of audio for $60- this means that NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU, the 60 minutes will be submitted back in text with no/minimal mistakes.
As a beginner I would give yourself 5 or 4-1 ratio. Just as starting! So, if you get an audio that is 60 min, multiply that by 4 or 5 minutes to calculate the total time it will take you to type (intermittently) and look up name, functions, groups, words, or anything you are unsure of how to spell.
If you take on a 60 minute audio file, expect to work for 240-300 minutes starting out. With the foot pedal you will be able to work faster. With faster and accurate typing you will be able to complete more transcriptions.
It will get easier with practice which means you will be able to make more money ultimately because you will be able complete more “audio or video hours” in any certain given time.
How To Get Paid:
To be paid (and normally it is WEEKLY), you will have to send your companies an invoice, and I have heard you can do that through Paypal, but I am a Fresh Books LOVER, plus you get a free trial. I love them because it is incredibly simple to keep your times and information in order…for your entire blog. Not just this one side gig.
- Rev.com & Scribie.com are two GREAT places to start your transcribing work… (Scribie also has an awesome affiliate program to add even more to your income!).
- Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a nice place to start as well. No experience needed, and you can find random gigs for pretty low cost pay, but you get experience.
You will keep track of your audio hours, how long it takes you, etc, and then send Rev.com (or whomever you start working with) an invoice to be paid. Simple as that.
As far as finding places to work for, this e-book is where I found a majority of my transcription information. If you can’ t invest $6 to read this short book that gives you ALL THE DETAILS of how to make a great income doing transcriptions, maybe rethink your strategy.
I gotta give props to the wonderful woman that taught me how to work from home, PLUS, she gives you all the dirty details of how to do taxes, 50+ sites you can apply for, support forums, and more. Totally worth the read!
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Peace, love, and transcription abundance:)