Online Transcription Jobs: Where to Find Transcription Jobs in 2021?

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In this post, we’ve collated some of the best places for online transcription jobs. If you have a good grasp of the English language, are a fast typer and have a high attention to detail, transcription could be an ideal way for you to earn around your other commitments.

Transcription is the process of transforming speech into text. It has a huge number of applications from adding captions to video content to providing written records of HR meetings. Despite the advancements in technology to automatically transcribe content, demand for transcribers remains high. 

Becoming a transcriber is an attractive career option as it’s typically a very flexible job. Most companies are looking for freelance transcribers allowing you to fit the work into your existing schedule. For many companies, there is also no minimum amount of work required, making it ideal if you aren’t able to commit to a set number of hours. 

Options for transcriber roles

We’re going to focus on some of the key companies that are looking for transcribers, many of which you can apply for online today. However, if you are experienced you could also consider striking out on your own. This will require you to not only do the job well but also seek out your own clients. You also need to think about your accuracy levels and whether you want to work with someone else to provide proofreading services to ensure any clients are happy with the output.

There are some options like Fiverr and Upwork but the competition is fierce and the rates can be very low. You can also look on job boards such as Indeed that post positions frequently. These posts will range in location, requirements and pay.

Becoming a transcriptionist can be appealing if you are a student as positions tend to be very flexible making it ideal to fit around your studies. If you’re based in the UK, e4s is a great resource to find transcription jobs as well as a host of other opportunities.

Specialist roles

Although many of the companies mentioned will also recruit for specialist roles, there are some suppliers that deal solely in transcriptions that require expert knowledge such as medical and legal services. Due to the nature of these companies, you may be able to earn a higher rate however you will need to meet their requirements.

Transcription companies

Before you jump in and start an application it’s worth reviewing the different options available. You’ll find that there are different rates of pay, skill requirements and types of work available.

We’ve included some of the key things to note at each of the companies but be sure to do your own research and read all the information available to find the best fit for you.

*Details and rates correct as of August 2021.

 

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Take Note

Take Note are the UK’s most secure transcription service. They provide high-quality transcriptions and a notetaking service to a range of sectors including Market Research and HR.

Overview

  • Location – UK
  • Role – Freelance
  • Work From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay

  • £0.38-£0.92 per audio/video minute
  • £22.80-£55.20 per audio/video hour

Benefits:

  • Reputable and friendly company with competitive rates of pay.
  • Opportunities for transcribers, notetakers and proofreaders.
  • Best in class easy to use encrypted online portal. 

Watch out for:

  • Take Note transcribers must be based in the UK.
  • Looking for high calibre transcribers so the assessment test is tougher than some.

 

 

Rev

Rev is a US-based company with offices in San Francisco and Austin. They have a global client base supported by a global team of freelancers, affectionately known as Revvers.

Overview

  • Location – Worldwide
  • Role – Freelance
  • Working From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay 

  • $0.30-$1.10 per audio/video minute
  • $18-$66 per audio/video hour

Benefits:

  • Get paid weekly via PayPal.
  • Easy to use platform.
  • Opportunities are also available for captioners and translators.

Watch out for:

  • Some poor ratings by transcriber on Glassdoor referring to poor pay rates, challenging audio and an inconsistent review process. 
  • The range of pay is quite broad so check what end of the scale your skills are likely to earn.

 

GoTranscript

Go Transcript operate a 100% human-generated transcription service across a range of 50+ languages. Go Transcript was founded in Scotland and the majority of their transcriptionists are based in either the UK or US.

Overview

  • Location – Worldwide
  • Role – Freelance
  • Work From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay 

  • Up to $0.60 per audio/video minute
  • Up to $36 per audio/video hour
  • Average earnings of $150 per month

Benefits:

  • Opportunities are also available for non-English language work.
  • Weekly payouts.

Watch out for:

  • It can take up to 30-60 days for your test results to come through so you might not be able to get started right away.
  • The average monthly earnings are relatively low despite the per audio/video rate.

 

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TranscribeMe

TranscribeMe combines automated speech recognition (ASR) with human transcription and works across a range of industries including healthcare. Their headquarters are in California but they operate in multiple languages.

Overview

  • Location – Worldwide
  • Role – Freelance
  • Work From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay 

  • Up to $0.25-$0.36 per audio/video minute
  • Up to $15-$22 per audio/video hour
  • Average earnings of $250 per month

Benefits:

  • Special Teams provide higher rates of pay, including medical and other specialist styles.
  • No minimum typing speed is required as long as you pass the entrance exam.
  • All content is split into 2-4 minute clips

Watch out for:

  • You’ll need to pass an English Entrance exam. You can have 2 attempts but if you fail those there is a 30-day waiting period.
  • Official photo ID is required to verify your identity and confirm you’re of the required age limit.

 

Happyscribe

Happyscribe primarily uses automatic transcription software to create the transcripts. Although human-made transcripts are also available the roles currently being offered are more proofread based.

Overview

  • Location – Worldwide (seeking European language speakers)
  • Role – Freelance
  • Work From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay 

  • Starting from $0.90 per audio/video minute
  • $54 per audio/video hour
  • Average earnings of $450 per month

Benefits:

  • Online tool to make transcribing and proofreading quicker.
  • Includes a community platform for transcribers that provides support and offer advice.

Watch out for:

  • You’ll be working with Automatic Speech Recognition outputs and providing an editing/proofreading service.
  • Payment is through Wise (formerly TransferWise) and occurs every 2 weeks.
  • After the skill check process, you’ll need to wait for an email response to see if you’ve been successful.

 

Scribie

Scribie is based in San Francisco and offers clients both manual human transcription as well as AI-powered automated transcripts. They offer one of the cheapest rates to clients for high-quality audio files containing US accents.

Overview

  • Location – Worldwide (seeking European language speakers)
  • Role – Freelance
  • Work From Home – Yes
  • Online test – Yes

Range of Pay 

  • $0.08-$0.42 per audio/video minute
  • $5-$25 per audio/video hour
  • Average earnings of $450 per month

Benefits:

  • Projects are self-assigned with the option to preview files before working on them.
  • Payments go into your PayPal account once the project is successfully completed and you can withdraw the funds from your account as and when needed.
  • Monthly bonus scheme of $5 for every 3 hours completed each month.

Watch out for:

  • They are primarily looking for people who can check and edit transcripts as opposed to typing from scratch.
  • Your performance will be tracked continuously through a grading system. Higher grades unlock extra work opportunities such as reviewing and proofreading.
  • You can attempt the certification a maximum of 10 times.

 

Don’t forget to fully read any application details and try out any practice tests available. They can help you understand what’s required, make sure you’re prepared and give you the best chance of being successful.

Good luck with your search.

Kat Hounsell