Perks of being an at-home transcriber


It’s 2016, at-home jobs, especially at-home transcribers are increasing in numbers.  If you have a decent computer, even an affordable entry level one, and an internet connection, you can transcribe at home.  This isn’t one of those “click and make money” pyramid schemes.  This is actual hard work that can be done from the comfort of your home and help you make decent money.

With this post, we’d like to emphasize the advantages or perks of being an at-home transcriber.  It can be a very satisfying alternative for people who are bored or tired of 9-5 office jobs.  Below are some of the perks that come with this job:

1. Time Management/Freedom:

You don’t have to follow specific office hours to work.  A lot of transcription work is TAT (turnaround time) dependent, but it’s usually over 24-48 hours.  So, you can choose the hours which are comfortable for you.  You can work on your own time, the way you want.  All that a transcription company asks in return is that you follow procedures and do not compromise on quality.  A lot of transcribers sometimes veer off into their comfort zone, and not respect the work just because it’s home based.  Because they are conditioned over decades to think working at home is actually not “real work”.  Being a thorough professional, no matter what you do, is always the better road to take.

Work hours freedom however doesn’t apply to business transcription, as earnings transcripts usually need to be turned around within 6-12 hours.  In any case, it is always a good idea to finish your work sooner, so you have more time to rest and unwind later.

2. Fair Payment:

Get paid according to how much you work, not more, not less.  Of course, you can help your earning ability by improving a couple of skills.  First, typing speed.  Anywhere between 60-70 WPM (words-per-minute) can mean you can transcribe and proofread a 60 minute file in about 6-8 hours.  On top of speed, if your English comprehension and understanding of different accents, research ability + general knowledge is top-notch, you will be in extremely high demand.  A lot of online transcription services are looking for exactly that.  You can make a LOT of money every month.

3. Comfort:

Work in the comfort of your own home.  In your pajamas if need be!  Who’s gonna see you?  You can be yourself while working, and you don’t have to adhere to any “office rules”.  You can take breaks when you want to, however long you want to, take a small nap in your own bed.  Instigate a fight between your cat and dog.  Spy on your neighbor.  The possibilities are endless!  At this point though, I’d like to stress on professionalism again.  Transcription companies prefer their transcribers to be reliable and available at all times.  Typing speed and comprehension aside, reliability, integrity and availability rank very high.

While we are not looking for transcribers at this moment.  But if you are an experienced proofreader/quality analyst able to produce client-ready transcripts, please forward your resume to [email protected].