Is Transcription A Real Home-based Career Opportunity? — 10 Comments

  1. Hey,
    I love this interview – it is very educative to somebody like me.
    I have already started falling in love with the whole idea. I might have to start thinking about taking the free course.

    • Glad it is useful, Clems.

      The free course is full of useful information and really gives you the basis to decide whether or not transcription is for you.

      The basic outline:
      Lesson 1: Learn about the instructor (Janet Shaughnessy), what exactly transcription is, and why it’s an invaluable skill.
      Lesson 2: Learn who uses transcriptionists, what it takes to become one, and the two keys to success as a transcriptionist.
      Lesson 3: Learn about the skills needed to become a transcriptionist – typing speed is NOT the only one!
      Lesson 4: A list of 9 signs you’re not a good fit – it will help you decide if you’ve got what it takes or not.
      Lesson 5: This lesson details what affects your earnings as a transcriptionist.
      Lesson 6: Find out where transcription work comes from.
      Lesson 7: What you need to get started – a recommended list of equipment and an invitation to hop on board with TA as a student.

      Hope this helps you decide. 🙂

  2. Love your very informative website. I’ve been considering Transcribe Anywhere and took the 7-day introductory course. Then, today, I learned about Proofread Anywhere. Since I’ve done some legal proofreading in the past, I’m very interested in that course. I’ve noticed that the websites of Transcribe and Proofread are very similar. They both have the free 7-day course, etc. Even the personal styles of Janet and Caitlin are almost identical. Are they affiliated in any way?
    Thank you,

    • I’m happy the information is useful for you, Emily. You’ve done legal proofreading in the past? Then you know what you are in for though you may end up having to unlearn a few things. In any case, the course covers EVERYTHING. I’m not yelling, just emphatic. 😀

      Caitlin helped Janet revamp her site. This may account for the similarities. I have found both of them to be quite knowledgeable and very helpful. So whichever way you go, I think you will be in good hands – they both provide great support for their courses.

      Let us know how it goes!

    • Hi Jo,

      Transcription is the process of listening to audio and typing out the text you hear. General transcription includes things like transcribing videos, movies, songs, meetings, etc. Legal and medical transcription require more training due to the content involved.

      Proofreading is the process of reading a text and correcting all the mistakes in it. General proofreading requires you to correct mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. Court transcript proofreading limits these corrections to spelling, punctuation, etc. as the spoken word of a transcript cannot be changed and hence the grammar cannot be corrected.

      Transcription requires you to have fast and accurate typing skills, proficiency in spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and research skills among others. You also have to have the ability to sit for long periods of time.

      To be a good proof-reader mistakes on the page need to jump out at you – if that doesn’t come naturally to you, you will be too slow to make it worth your while. Obviously proficiency in spelling and punctuation are also required.

      As far as which is easier – it really depends on your skills and inclinations. Reading this interview with Caitlin Pyle – – in comparison to the above interview might help you decide.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions,

  3. Hi Robin,

    Wow, what comprehensive interview! it is really outstanding.

    It looks like a good job or career for a person having a lot of spare time. I also like the idea of having a job of such a flexible schedule.

    Although English is not my native tongue, I think I might give it a trial. But first I have to improve my spelling, grammar and punctuation capabilities.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

    • I’m glad you liked it and found it useful. The flexibility is definitely a plus, though you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of spare time – you can accept the amount of transcription work you can do in the time you have.

      As far as giving it a try, please do join the free course first. Then you will get a good idea of what it really takes and the English skills required to excel at the job. Janet has said that the way you succeed is by being an excellent transcriptionist – then you are sought after and can easily get work.

      Wish you well!


  4. I totally agree with all of Janet’s points and in general most online careers provide time flexibility.

    You can decide your suitable working hours, like when kids are sleeping or out at school.

    Technology nowadays can make the promoting and marketing the services much easier and provide the chance to expand globally.

    Very nice interview. I will try to allocate time to join the free introductory course soon. 🙂

    Thank you

    • Flexibility is top on my list too, Daria.

      And it is true – technology has made all the difference in the way we can work, how we can promote and market and even how we learn! Sometimes I think back even just 15 years! Wow, how different things are!

      The introductory course does provide general points, but some of which I hadn’t known before. And it does let you know whether or not you are cut out for transcription.


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