Last Updated March 12th, 2019

How To Find Work From Home Closed Captioning Jobs

How To Find Work From Home Closed Captioning Jobs

Typing is one of the most popular ways to work from home. Job seekers see it as an easy way to earn money while watching their kids. And while work at home data entry jobs are few and far between, there are alternatives. One possibility is to find work from home closed captioning jobs.

In its way, captioning is much like transcription – you’re typing up what people say. It’s more specialized, however, especially if you caption live television, which requires much greater speed and accuracy than preparing captions for recorded shows.

Accurate captioning is vital, as it allows hearing impaired people to enjoy television and movies at home. Some people with good hearing also like having the captions on, especially if the room is noisy.

What Are The Types Of Captioning?

There are two basic types of captioning jobs out there. While they require similar skills, one is much harder than the other.

Offline Closed Captioning

Offline closed captioning is where you’re likely to start if you have little or no experience. There are still rules to learn, such as how you cope when people talk over each other, and what you do about background noises.

Sometimes you will have a script to start your captioning, and then add the time codes to it so that everything matches up. Other times you will transcribe first from the show, then add the time codes in.

You will also need to learn how to use time codes. These help keep the captioning aligned with what’s happening on the screen. Captioning that gets ahead or behind what’s actually being said is annoying to the audience.

On the plus side, offline captioning can be highly flexible work. This depends in part on the company, but some will allow you to decide when you work rather than set a schedule for you.

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Realtime Closed Captioning

When you see closed captions on the news and other live television shows, that’s done by more highly trained closed captioners. It’s a good job for people with training in stenography, and you will likely be expected to use stenography equipment. This allows their typing speeds to go as high as 200-300 words per minute.

You have to be fast to do realtime closed captioning. Ideally, the words should appear within two seconds of being spoken, with very few errors. If you’ve ever watched a live show with captions, you may have seen how the captioner will sometimes go back and make rapid corrections. They need to do so for accuracy, but they risk losing track of what’s being said if they have to make corrections too often.

And of course, realtime captioning means you work on the schedule of the shows you caption. No flexibility there.

You cannot afford any distractions if you are doing realtime closed captioning. This is not a job for someone who is also watching the kids or has to deal with other noises while they work. Distractions are a bad idea even if you’re captioning previously recorded shows, but they’re disastrous if you’re working live.

What Training Do Work From Home Closed Captioning Jobs Require?

While not all companies require training or experience for work from home closed captioning jobs, it’s a good idea to get training first. Training will help you get off to a better start, as you’ll know what you’re doing. The better prepared you are, the easier it is to earn money.

Training also means you may qualify for better paying jobs. If a closed captioning job doesn’t require training or experience, odds are that the pay is very, very low.

If you’re already trained in transcription, you’re a good part of the way there for captioning. You’ll need to learn how to use time codes, but you’ve learned how to type rapidly. You’ll still need stenography training for some positions, as that requires a different set of skills.

Court reporting and stenography training are also very helpful. Some court reporting schools also offer training for captioning. You will be trained on stenography equipment, which will allow you to write the captions much more quickly than you could type them otherwise. This training may take 2-5 years.

How Much Do Captioning Jobs Pay?

The pay rate for captioning varies quite a bit by company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups captioning with court reporters, and gives a median income of $55,120 per year or $26.50 per hour. You will not earn that much as a beginner, so don’t set your expectations that high right away. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/court-reporters.htm

Glassdoor lists captioner salaries starting as low as $8 an hour. Many companies pay on production, so it is possible to earn less than that when you’re still learning the job. This number is probably more realistic when you’re just starting out.

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The reason it’s difficult to figure out exactly how much you will earn is because many work at home closed captioning jobs pay on production, not hourly. As of this writing, Rev states that they pay $0.45-$0.75 per video minute. When you’re new, this means a very low hourly rate, but gets better as your skills improve.

Realtime captioning pays better than offline captioning, due to the challenges involved and training required.

What Equipment Do Captioners Need?

You will need to set up your home office with the right equipment before starting captioning work. Many work at home captioning jobs are freelance, and so you will need to start out with enough equipment to get you going. If you’re a regular employee, your employer may provide equipment to you.

The first thing you will need is a computer. Some companies want you to have two computers, to ensure that you have backup. This way it’s not a complete disaster if your computer fails; you just go over to the spare.

You will also need high speed internet, and possibly multiple phone lines. The exact requirement varies from company to company. Many jobs are done entirely online which used to require a connection over the phone.

Headphones are a must. Don’t use ear buds – you want high quality, over the ear headphones. Any background noise in your home will be a distraction that slows you down.

If you do offline captioning, you will probably want a foot pedal. If you do realtime captioning, you will need stenography equipment. It’s often best to look at jobs before buying equipment, as employers may have a preference or may provide equipment to you.

Companies Which May Have Work From Home Closed Captioning Jobs

Aberdeen

Realtime closed captioning jobs at Aberdeen may pay as much as $75 an hour. This is for the highly experienced captioner who can type at 180-220 wpm. Jobs transcribing video clips may also be available. Their jobs may require familiarity with Biblical and Christian terminology.

ASC/Morningside

ASC/Morningside doesn’t so much do captioning as they do transcripts of news shows and such. Not all positions are home based, so pay attention to the location before applying. At least three years of experience is required, along with a bachelor’s degree in English or journalism.

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CaptioningStar

CaptioningStar looks for experienced, freelance, realtime captioners. They offer closed captions, broadcast captions, live captions, and open captions to their clients.

Captionmax

While many of the captioning positions at Captionmax are located in their office, they have some contractor positions that can be done remotely. These positions are for realtime captioning, and require that you have experience and your own equipment. An A.A. or B.S. in Court and Conference Reporting or satisfactory completion of other 2-year equivalent program is required. You should also have NCRA certification Certified Broadcast Captioner or equivalent.

Daily Transcription

Subtitler/captioner positions with Daily Transcription require previous experience in the field. You also have to sign a NDA before testing for the position. They also have transcription positions available. Applicants must live in the U.S. or Canada.

They allow you to create your own schedule, which is great if you need flexible work. You get work based on the time you select on the scheduler.

They also state that they pay more than Rev. Their top transcriptionist earns $250- $950 per week.

Dotsub

Dotsub offers freelance captioning positions. On their application, they’re interested if you are bilingual, have a medical or legal background, are familiar with technology, or are a sports fan. Some positions involve subtitle translation.

GoTranscript

GoTranscript mostly offers transcription services, but they also offer captioning services. Positions are freelance. The average transcriptionist earns $150 per month, with the top earner at $1215 per month, according to their site.

They do not require experience, but you must have good English skills. You can even retake the test a few days later if you fail the first time.

NCI

NCI may have both in-office and home based captioning jobs available. Some positions are for independent contractors, but employee positions may be available as well. Stenography experience may be required for realtime captioning positions.

Rev

Rev offers a variety of freelance positions, including captioning, subtitling, transcription and translation. Captioning pays $0.45-$0.75 per video minute and they state that the average captioner working for them earns $240, with top earners going up to $1570. You do not need experience to work at Rev.

Rev is completely flexible with their freelance captioners. You decide when to work and how much you work. It may not be open to all locations, however.

Vitac

Vitac starts out work at home captioners as part time employees. There may be the opportunity to become full time later. One job title to look for on their board is Voice Captioners. This work is done using speech recognition software. They say the hours are flexible, but to expect this to include nights, weekends, and holidays, which means you may need to be flexible for them.

If you are selected to work for Vitac, they may have you travel out to Denver, Colorado for onboarding and initial training. Full time employees may qualify for benefits.

What About Other Typing Jobs At Home?

If you’re looking for typing jobs at home and have decided that captioning isn’t for you, consider transcription jobs. The skills needed can be similar, with a few differences, as you don’t have to prepare the transcript to keep up with the show.

Some kinds of transcription, such as medical transcription jobs, require training before you can look for jobs. This is due to the specialized vocabulary and formatting required.

Others require no special training, but it can help. You may want to consider a course such as Transcribe Anywhere to learn what is expected in a transcription job.

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Last Updated September 10th, 2018

Amazon Now Hiring Seasonal Work From Home Customer Service Associates

Amazon Now Hiring Seasonal Work From Home Customer Service Associates

Amazon is currently hiring people in South Carolina, Idaho, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Mississippi to work from home for them in customer service. If you don’t live in one of those states, they will not consider your application for this position. These are seasonal and part time customer service positions.

Military applicants are welcomed to these positions.

Requirements

Applicants must have at least one year of customer service experience.

You must go in person to a location Amazon gives you to complete your I-9 paperwork. You must have a high school diploma and be fluent in English.

This job is part time, and you may need to work additional hours during the busy season. Naturally, there are more hours available during the peak season, starting Thanksgiving and running through mid-January. There may be regular employment for some people after the busy season is over, but there is no guarantee that any seasonal employees will continue on.

Shifts may be any day of the week, at any time, as the call center is open 24/7. You must be available to work holidays such as Thanksgiving, as those can be very busy days. Prime Day and Black Friday will also be very busy, so you will likely work those days. On average, part time associates will work 20-29 hours per week.

This job will pay $10 per hour during training, and $12 per hour after training, higher if required by law.

This is not the position for you if you have to care for children or another adult during your work shifts. You must commit fully to the customer while you work. No distractions.

You must be able to navigate the internet and use multiple browsers, email, and instant messenger/chat tools. Your priorities must focus on customer needs as you resolve conflicts and set customer expectations. The job will be primarily phone based but may involve chat or email as well.

Equipment Required

Amazon will provide you with a laptop, headset, and Ethernet adapter shipped to your address. You are encouraged to use an external monitor, USB keyboard and mouse if you have them available. Amazon will not provide these extras.

Your internet speeds must reach at least 10 mbps download and 5 mbps upload speed. You must use a direct Ethernet connection to your router.

This is one of many customer service work at home positions listed on the Home With the Kids Online Job Board. Take a look at the job board to find other companies looking for people to work for them in customer service and many other types of jobs.

This position is only open seasonally. You can check Amazon’s job board to check for other remote jobs at any time to see if you qualify for other positions.

Amazon Now Hiring Seasonal Work From Home Customer Service Associates Part Time

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Last Updated July 31st, 2018

How To Work At Home For Apple

How To Work At Home For Apple

One of the hardest parts of any work at home job search is finding reputable companies that offer home based jobs. It’s not easy at times. That’s why people are so enthusiastic when companies such as Apple offer remote chat jobs. Wouldn’t it be nice to work at home for Apple?

What Kind Of Work At Home Jobs Does Apple Offer?

Most of the work at home jobs for Apple are customer service related. Some positions are entirely chat based, but others can be both chat and phone customer service jobs.

Apple hires home based employees for both full and part time positions, but full time is more common, except for college students.

These are generally employee positions, not independent contractor. Apple provides some benefits even to part time employees.

Your training lasts about five to seven weeks and is done through an online program with a live instructor. You’ll learn about Apple products and how to do the required troubleshooting.

Does Apple Hire College Students To Work At Home?

If you’re a college student attending a participating college, you may qualify for the AppleCare College Program. This is a part time position available only to qualified college students attending participating colleges.

As of this writing, most of the AppleCare at home jobs were for college students, with only a few positions listed for non-students. This is subject to change.

Aside from being a qualified college student, you must also have a quiet workspace, which can be challenging if you have roommates.

Training for college students runs 6-9 weeks, either 24 or 40 hours a week, depending on when your training class starts. Fortunately, your regular work hours will be part time in the evenings and on weekends, so it is likely to be compatible with your class schedule. Apple may offer more hours or cut your hours as business needs dictate.

Apple offers tuition reimbursement. This can be a huge help to college students. You may need to check with them to see if there are any restrictions on the tuition reimbursement program.

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What Are The Requirements?

As a popular work at home employer, Apple can be strict about their qualifications. They aren’t unreasonable, however. The exact qualifications may vary by the position you apply for. Most work at home for Apple jobs are some kind of customer support. Supervisory positions for the jobs may also be home based.

You have a better chance of getting a support position if you have at least two years experience in customer support. You must also be able to tailor your communication to your audience, as Apple users range from people who mostly know what they’re doing to people who find the whole thing overwhelming and incomprehensible.

You will be expected to share your expertise and feedback as necessary with coworkers.

Many times, you will need to use more than one tool at a time to resolve the customer’s problem. You must be able to handle multiple tasks at the same time, all while talking or chatting with the customer.

You must be able to type at least 40 wpm while dealing with customers.

Obviously, if a particular position expects you to be fluent in a particular language, they will have high expectations in that area. Verbal and written fluency are expected if you’re supporting a particular language.

Qualifications

Applicants must have some experience in supporting customers by phone, internet or in person. They must be enthusiastic about solving problems.

As you will be dealing with technology, you must show that you are comfortable with technology. Consider what you know about computers, smartphones and tablets as you prepare for your interview. If you don’t know much about them, this will be a difficult job for you.

As a work at home job, the ability to work independently is a necessity. There’s no one right there with you. You must be able to work your assigned shifts.

Multi tasking may be required.

You must be able to use multiple tools to research and solve problems for customers. Problems may require you to use more than one system at a time.

You must have a home office space with a door you can close, a desk and ergonomic desk chair. You may be required to submit photos of your home office to prove that it is suitable.

There will be a background check performed.

Technical Requirements

You must have high speed internet of at least 5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload. Apple provides an iMac and headset.

Does Your Location Matter?

For many work at home positions for Apple, your location doesn’t matter, so long as you are in the United States. Don’t focus on what city the position is listed under – check any work at home job listing and see if it says that you can be in any city in the US. If it does, you’re fine.

These are generally not international positions.

For college students, what matters is that you’re a student at a participating college. If you attend a participating college, don’t worry about which college is in the title of the listing, you can probably apply for the position anyhow.

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Is The Work Flexible?

From everything I’ve read, work at home jobs for Apple are flexible in Apple’s favor, but not always in the employee’s favor. This may depend on your supervisor. I saw complaints from full time employees about an excess of overtime required. Many other reviewers loved the work and were happy with their hours and their ability to get time off when needed.

You may have to bid for the shifts you want well in advance. This can be nice if you know when you need time off. Holidays, however, are difficult to get off, as that’s a high demand time.

Most positions require at least some weekend work. Overnight shifts are a possibility.

In other words, the flexibility is much like any call center job. You probably won’t get every day off that you hope for. There will be times when it interferes with your ability to do things with your family. That’s typical of many jobs, work at home or otherwise.

What Are The Benefits?

One of the great things about working for Apple is that even part timers get some benefits. These include product discounts and paid time off. You can also participate in the company stock plan.

Your pay depends in part on your experience, but the numbers I’ve seen are quite respectable for this kind of work. Employees sign an NDA, so there are few instances where the pay rate is discussed, other than to say that the number is in the teens.

They’re also interested in helping your career grow. Stick around and you might go from At Home Advisor to At Home Team Manager or even to At Home Area Manager.

How To Apply To Work At Home For Apple

You can apply for work at home jobs for Apple on their jobs site. They have a special section for potential At Home Advisors. This includes the area where college students may apply for jobs.

The application process takes time. Don’t expect to go through the process in just a week or two – two to three months is not unheard of. Be patient. Sometimes it goes fast, but other times it’s slow.

Some interviews will be via FaceTime or Skype. Others will be over the phone.

Be enthusiastic. All employers love it when applicants show enthusiasm for the job they want. This is especially true with companies such as Apple where they have such a reputation of having extremely enthusiastic employees available to help their loyal customers.

If you’re ready to apply, go check their At Home Advisor job listings and see if there are any positions that you qualify for. If it doesn’t work out, consider these other ideas for working at home and keep searching.

Good luck!

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Last Updated May 29th, 2018

How To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs And Editing Jobs

How To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs And Editing Jobs

Work at home proofreading jobs can sound like a fun and pleasant way to earn money from home, especially if you like to read. But as with any other work at home opportunity, you have to convince an employer to hire you first, by showing that you have the skills they’re after. Becoming a work at home proofreader or editor can take some time.

As with most jobs, at home or elsewhere, having experience helps a lot. You’ll find far more opportunities as a proofreader if you have already worked as a proofreader or editor. Entry level work at home jobs are much harder to find.

What Skills Does A Work At Home Proofreader Need?

If you want to find work at home proofreading jobs, you need a keen eye for finding errors in written work. Your eye for spelling and grammatical errors cannot depend upon automatic checkers – they miss too much.

While a degree in English or Communications may help get into this field, they may not be required. Many editor positions require a Master’s degree or even a PhD, as editing jobs are frequently for academic papers.

What is required is that you enjoy reading and regularly spot errors that others miss. You also need to be familiar with common word processing software. When you work from home, you must also be comfortable with how work is sent to you, which may vary by employer. It also helps to be comfortable troubleshooting your own equipment, so you don’t lose a lot of time waiting for someone to help you with minor problems.

Proofreaders should also be familiar with the popular writing style guides, such as APA, AMA, and Chicago Style. Which one the client prefers will determine which one you follow.

What Equipment Does A Work At Home Proofreader Need?

You will already have most of the equipment you need to work at home as a proofreader. Your computer is an obvious need, as is a good internet connection. A comfortable home office is a help in keeping out the distractions.

You will also need either the physical books or online access to a dictionary, thesaurus, style guides and reference materials. A Dropbox account is often useful for proofreaders as well. Grammarly can be a big help in spotting obvious problems, although it’s not a replacement for what you do as a proofreader.

Which reference materials you need will depend on the kind of proofreading you do. McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook is a good choice if your focus is on proofreading, but you may want to consider The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders as well. You may also need one or more style guides, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, depending on the needs of your specialty.

Some proofreaders like to use an iPad and the iAnnotate app for proofreading, and find it a more effective combination than proofreading on a computer. At least, that’s what Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere recommends. She has a free webinar you can check out to decide if this is for you. I haven’t taken the course myself, so I can’t review it. I’ve seen people love it and people dislike it. Her focus is on legal transcript proofreading.

Editing Vs. Proofreading

The line between editing and proofreading can be a fine one, which is why I have grouped them together here. Proofreading is mostly about correcting errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and formatting.

Editing jobs may require some extra care with fact checking, as well as the overall quality of the writing. Editors may rearrange information or change the tone of a submission.

Requirements may be somewhat higher for editors than for proofreaders. Experience in a particular field may be required.

Who Hires People For Work At Home Proofreading Jobs?

There are many possible places to look for work at home proofreading jobs. Newspapers, authors, bloggers, graduate students, marketers and more may all need a proofreader at times. These companies all offer remote proofreading jobs. Most will require an editing or proofreading test to demonstrate your skills.

American Journal Experts – Mostly hires independent contractor editors in various fields, but may also have proofreader and translator contractor positions. Work may include editing work by non-native English speakers, so that the research done is clearly communicated.

Cactus Global – Cactus is based in India, and some of the jobs require that you be in India, whether you telecommute or work in their office. Other positions require that you be in Asia or Africa. Worldwide locations may be available, especially in their freelance positions.

Edit 911 – Applicants must have a PhD in a writing-intensive discipline and be a published scholar.

EditFast – EditFast connects freelance editors to jobs. You must pass the EditFast review to be eligible for jobs. They send projects out to the most qualified editors for those projects. EditFast keeps 40% of the total project cost – the rest goes to the editor who does the project. It can help if you have specialized knowledge.

Enago –  Editors must be proficient in English, as some of the submitted work will be from ESL authors. They are seeking at least 5 years of relevant academic copyediting/substantive editing/proofreading experience. Enago also hires freelance peer reviewers and journal experts.

Gramlee – Says they’re always looking for new contractors to add to the team. They link to a Google form for your application.

Hello Essay – Must have a college degree, and a graduate degree is preferred. Must be a native English speaker. You also need evidence of writing and editing experience. Positions can be part or full time.

Kibin – Sometimes has openings for freelance editors and proofreaders. Their main service appears to be editing essays for students.

Kirkus – May have openings for freelance proofreaders and editors for books. They also may offer freelance reviewer positions. Titles may be in English or Spanish.

Life Tips – Life Tips editors edit the content produced by their freelance writers and help clients develop their content strategies for their sites. Benefits are a possibility.

Managed Editing/Wordfirm – Sometimes needs experienced editors. Prefers at least five years of experience, but states that they often hire people with even more experience. These are independent contractor positions.

OneSpace – OneSpace works with freelance editors, writers, data entry, product researchers and transcriptionists. Some work requires that you speak a foreign language or have experience with the subject in a particular country. Payment is daily.

Paper Check – Applicants must be employed by or enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, with at least a 3.6 GPA, or have a graduate degree and at least 5 years of professional editing experience.

Polished Paper – To apply, you upload your resume and take a 35 question editing test. They encourage you to use resources such as MLA, CSE, APA, and Chicago formatting guides to take the test.

Proofread Now – Proofread Now states that they have very high expectations of their proofreaders. They require at least five years of professional proofreading experience and must perform well on a challenging battery of tests.

Proofreading Pal – Applicants must be a current graduate or postgraduate student with at least a 3.5 GPA or have a graduate degree and five years of experience. If they like your initial application, you should hear from them in about 5-10 business days for the next step.

ProofreadingServices.com – This company accepts applications from any country, but you must demonstrate superlative proofreading and editing skills. They state that their pay is above average and hours are flexible.

Pure Content – Pure Content hires freelance editors and writers. You don’t have to speak English, but will only qualify for projects that are in your first language. Editors must complete an editing test, and they prefer some editing experience. They hire all around the world.

Scribbr – This company is based in Amsterdam, and offers freelance academic editor positions. You must be a native English speaker to apply. You can work from anywhere, and they have an exclusive Slack community for editors to discuss issues. They expect some experience as an academic editor.

Scribendi – The telecommute editor/proofreader positions with Scribendi require that you have a relevant college degree and at least three years of editing, writing, document production, or language teaching experience. A graduate degree is preferred. They offer free training to all of their editors.

ServiceScape – ServiceScape is an online marketplace for freelancers looking for editing, translation, graphic design and writing jobs. The company has been around for more than 15 years. They allow you to integrate predefined services, and you can set up custom projects as needed for clients.

Sibia Proofreading – Not always hiring, but requires significant editing experience and knowledge of your field. Sibia mostly offers editing services for academic, scientific, and medical journals and reports.

SmartBrief – Some of their editor positions are telecommuting positions. While positions may state that they are in a particular location, many can be telecommute for the right candidate. Overnight positions may be available as well. Freelance writer positions may also be available.

Student Loan Hero – This company sometimes hires editors to help improve their writers’ content. The company is fully remote and offers benefits.

WordsRU – Requires at least a Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in any academic discipline, as well as two years of experience editing or proofreading. They especially like experienced editors who can work on weekends.

Wordvice – Wordvice hires freelance editors as well as freelance translators and content writers. Editors must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate program, and have at least two years of editing experience. Editors will edit and proofread academic papers, admissions essays, and other documents.

Other Places To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs

You can find proofreading jobs on some of the general freelance boards, such as Upwork or PeoplePerHour, along with any other freelance jobs you may qualify for. Requirements will vary by client, of course. You may have to bid for the jobs. Make sure you charge enough for your time and increase your rates as you gain experience.

You can also set up an offer for proofreading on Fiverr and similar gig sites. Don’t offer too much for $5, and increase your rates when you qualify to charge more.

It may be a good idea to join the Editorial Freelancers Association, as they have a job board. They also offer resources for members to get their business going.

If you want to search for proofreading or editing jobs on your own, you need to use the right keywords. Which ones are best will depend on your specialty.

Proofreader or proofreading are both great keywords if that’s what you’re after. If you have the qualifications to be an academic editor, use that as a keyword.

If you’re interested in legal transcription editing, you can search for scoping or scopist jobs as well as searching for jobs that simply call it legal editing transcription. Be aware that scopists may start with shorthand transcriptions and type out and edit the full document.

Be sure to use the right words to find work at home positions. Remote, virtual, home based, telecommute, freelance, and contract can all help you find jobs.

Beware of scams. If a job listing looks too good to be true, it probably is. I left out some of the companies I found because I didn’t feel right about listing them. Sometimes it was because the pay was too low to be worthwhile for most people, even though reviews show that they pay. I don’t like recommending jobs to people that don’t pay a fair rate.

Be particularly careful if any opportunity asks for money, even if it’s for a membership. Be absolutely certain that any money you spend is reasonable. Check reviews before you spend anything. These jobs won’t usually cost anything, but some resources might cost something.

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Last Updated April 30th, 2018

How Can You Work At Home As A Transcriptionist?

How Can You Work At Home As A Transcriptionist?

What do you think of when you consider working at home as a transcriptionist? When many people think about doing transcription at home, medical transcription is the first to come to mind. It’s a great job but requires serious training beforehand. However, there are other possibilities for people who want to work at home as a transcriptionist.

No matter the kind transcription, many jobs require some training. This will help you understand formatting and practice transcribing. This is far more challenging than just typing what you hear, even when you are typing verbatim.

The challenge with transcription jobs is that most companies will want experience. It’s a tough job and if you want to work at home, you aren’t directly supervised. It’s tough for a company to trust someone who hasn’t done the job before.

What Is It Like To Work At Home As A Transcriptionist?

Working as a transcriptionist has some advantages. Many jobs have flexible hours. In most cases you will be transcribing recorded dictation or conversations. The amount of background noise you tolerate is a personal preference. Most transcriptionists prefer to keep the noise to a minimum so that their work is heard more clearly.

All transcription jobs require tremendous accuracy. Expectations for accuracy are often around 98.5%. To be sufficiently accurate you need to develop an ear for transcription, which takes practice. It’s amazing how much better and faster you can work once you have done this.

A transcriptionist needs great typing skills. It is not uncommon to see jobs require a minimum typing speed of 80 wpm. Of course, this is a skill you can develop on your own and there are plenty of online tests you can take to show your skills.

Your English skills must be excellent to be any kind of transcriptionist. This includes grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. Some kinds of transcription will require specialized vocabulary. You must also be comfortable with the required technology, such as word processing software.

Many community colleges have classes you can take to learn basic transcription, medical transcription, or legal transcription. You can also take online courses. The advantage to online courses is that they most resemble your hoped for working conditions. Not everyone can cope with the lack of face to face interaction in online courses. You’ll have the same issue when you work at home, however, so this is good practice.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Work At Home As A Transcriptionist?

Your equipment needs are fairly minimal. You probably already have a computer. Most companies prefer high speed internet access. A part of the job will be downloading the sound files and uploading your finished product, making high speed internet vital.

You will want a foot pedal to control the dictation. Some companies will provide this while others will expect you to provide your own. Amazon has a great selection of transcription foot pedals. Choose wisely – it has to work with your software. Most are pretty flexible, but read the description and reviews to make sure you have the right one.

You will also probably enjoy noise canceling headphones… something to make the sounds around you a little less distracting. These are generally very easy to find. You don’t need top of the line headphones, but something to cut out at least some background noise can be helpful. Any headphones that will work with your computer will do the job if you don’t care about blocking background noise.

Medical Transcription

I got my start working at home as a medical transcriptionist. The industry has changed a lot since my time, but the medical transcription industry is still worth considering.

You absolutely must get training to be a medical transcriptionist. Career Step is the school I recommend for this. Their training is good enough that some employers will accept it in lieu of experience, which is a huge help in landing that first job.

As you gain experience as a medical transcriptionist, you can go into different specialties. It may be useful to get certification through AHDI as well, although many jobs do not require it. Some certifications require a certain amount of experience before you can test for them.

Electronic medical records have greatly changed this job. Many medical transcriptionists aren’t happy about that. Some companies still use traditional medical transcriptionists, but others use medical transcription editors, which means you are editing transcriptions done by voice recognition software. Be aware of these challenges before you take any training for this career.

Legal Transcription

Legal transcription is less known as a work at home job, but there are positions out there. You’re best off going for legal transcription if you have at least some legal background already. This will make you more comfortable with the terminology.

If you’re considering legal transcription as a career, try this free legal transcription mini course first. This will give you a taste of what to expect before you spend anything.

Legal transcription is similar to the job of a scopist, but it’s not quite the same thing. Some places may use the term interchangeably, which can make things confusing.

Some legal transcription positions will require certification from a state or national board, such as AAERT or NCRA.

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General Transcription

General transcription is an excellent work at home job. Pay is generally based on production. This means you may be able to improve your pay by improving the speed of your work. The availability of work may limit your income, however. This can be enjoyable yet sometimes frustrating work.

While training in general transcription may not be specifically required, it is an excellent idea to get some. Transcribe Anywhere has a good course, including a free mini course to introduce you to what’s really involved in general transcription. Getting trained takes some money and time, but should get you off to a better start as a general transcriptionist.

General transcriptionists transcribe many kinds of things. Some transcribe television shows. Others transcribe interviews. Still others transcribe business meetings, and the list goes on.

With all these options, it may be difficult to decide which kind of transcription jobs most suit you. Consider what interests you as well as any work experience you have already. Pick the kind of transcription that best suits you, so that when you work at home as a transcriptionist, the job is interesting to you.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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