how to become a transcriptionist

Most of my readers ask me about how to become a transcriptionist because transcription is the most flexible option to work from home. 

Transcription is a very popular work-at-home job, but not many know what exactly it involves and how to become a transcriber.

Today, I have an in-depth interview from an expert, Janet Shaughnessy on how to become a transcriptionist. She started working as a medical transcriber in 2007 and later created a course, Transcribe Anywhere, to help others work online as transcriptionist in both the legal and general transcription fields.

Now, let’s get into this detailed interview to answer all your questions about this excellent side hustle.

How to become a transcriptionist from home

What is transcription? Tell us about how you become a transcriptionist.

Transcription is the process of turning audio and video files into text documents. There’s a myth that people who don’t really understand what transcription is continue to float around the internet — that anyone can be a transcriptionist and all you need to know is how to type. That’s simply not true.

Transcription involves so much more than the ability to type fast.


Do you need any special equipment for the job?

You need a computer with an internet connection and a headset. A foot pedal is optional. You’ll also need transcription software.

How much can a beginner expect to make as a transcriptionist?

There are many variables that go into what we’re paid. Almost all transcriptionists are freelancers, so the pay is dependent on how much and how often you work.

But, just as a ballpark figure, a beginning transcriptionist should expect to make in the $15–$20 per hour range.


Does this work-at-home job require any prior training?

Absolutely. I receive emails every day from students who’ve tried to “wing it” and failed. You just can’t know what you just don’t know and, as I said before, transcription involves so much more than the ability to type.

How can a beginner find work as a transcriptionist after getting trained?

We have an entire module in Transcribe Anywhere devoted to marketing your transcription services. I’m not going to share our strategies here. Sorry, but the last thing I want is people going off and trying to get transcription gigs without the proper training. It’s the fastest route to failure. Preparation and training are essential.

Please tell us about the Transcribe Anywhere course.

transcribeanywhere courses

At Transcribe Anywhere, we offer courses in general and legal transcription. It’s a fully interactive, multimedia program with real-world practice dictations, training videos, PDF downloads and lots more. We also have a great support community.

We offer free mini-courses to help people decide whether or not transcription is the right choice for them. It’s not for everybody.

Do you have any tips to get started as a work-from-home transcriptionist?

transcription free mini course

I’d suggest signing up for our free mini-courses in general and legal transcription. It’ll give folks a chance to try it out and decide whether or not transcription really is something they feel they would enjoy without spending any money at all. 🙂

There you go; all the details about being a transcriptionist. I thank Janet for using her valuable time to give this interview. 

Here are some student testimonials for Transcribe Anywhere

I have purchased a General Transcription training course written by Janet Shaughnessy, finding this to be one of the best programs I could have ever put my money towards. I have checked out and paid for several other work-at-home programs that never worked for me other than taking my money. I have recently purchased this course and find it to be exactly what I have been looking for in advancing myself in a career.

If you are looking for a work-at-home program that has an easy walk-through description and helps provide all information in beginning your own business, this is for you. Working from home has been one of my passions and could be yours also. If you are a college student, or stay-at-home mom, or just tired of the rat race of going out working in the workforce, this program can work for you. I am very pleased with this product and hope that you will not waste time investing in programs that don’t work, like I have in the past.

Seriously, this program is for anyone that wants to make serious cash whether it is part time or full time. This program is well worth the money. Thank you, Janet, for leading me into the right direction for my career and success – Terry S., Pace, FL

I am a homeschooling mom to six cute kiddos and wife to a wonderful husband. I found this transcription course when looking for a way to supplement my husband’s income. I was excited to find something I could do that would use some of the skills I’ve improved upon while teaching my children. The course was an easy read and provided me with exactly what I needed to break into the transcription business. I am immensely grateful for the 60 + sample files that gave me the opportunity to learn from my mistakes. I would not have wanted to make the same mistakes on paid work.

The knowledge and experience I’m gaining from transcription is helping me to better teach my kiddos as well! – Elizabeth M.

I took kind of a backward journey to Janet’s course! I started work doing legal transcription several months ago. I took the Transcribe Anywhere course “Legal Transcription: Theory and Practice” as a way to increase my skill set. The course was great! I discovered what I didn’t know, which not only helps me with my current work but also with obtaining my CET certification, which I want to do in the next few months.

If anyone is wondering about legal transcription work in general, I can tell you I love it. The work is so interesting to me, and the ability to work from home is wonderful. I have a fairly active family, and I love being able to switch my hours around and work early, late, or weekends if I need to – Krista K.

Final thoughts

If you are thinking of starting a side hustle or if you are good at typing and want to take it to the next level, then you should try Transcribe Anywhere. Janet also has a free course if you want to test if this is for you.

Transcription is the most in-demand job ideal for people who want to work from home. There are many work-at-home companies that offer online transcription jobs. Just learn how to become a transcriber and get started today!

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha, and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, a side hustler, and a firm believer in making "working from home" a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, and Skillcrush.Read more...

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