Online Transcription Jobs: The Reality

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Typing jobs really do exist. There are many firms which provide online typing jobs, but you have to search very hard for them as there might be many scams along the way. The internet is full of jobs which are merely scams, and you should be aware of them.

One way to identify these scams is mostly if you see them asking you for money for you to start the job. Always remember; never ever pay anyone to provide you with a job. Data entry and typing jobs available on the internet might be scams, and ask you for money. However, if a job opportunity is genuine then the firm will be paying you for the job, instead of the other way around, and you can go for it.

Can You Make Money?

You can make money through these jobs. This is a very effective way of earning. True, you will not get rich this way, but there are people who have been delivering this service for quite some time now and they have earned enough money that can become an integral part of the home budget.

Things You Need to Know

This job might not be as easy as it sounds. There can be difficulty while performing this job. There are some disadvantages of an audio transcription job which you have to consider before actually doing the job. Give below are the disadvantages:

  1. This job is offered at a very low pay. You have to work very hard with very less pay in order to make a reputation and earn a name for yourself. When you build a good reputation for yourself and you become able to negotiate a better payment rate for yourself, only then can you get a better payment rate.
  2. Typing services sound like they require really hard work, but it only requires knowledge of special jargons and layout. It depends on things like your typing speed, the speed at which you talk, the quality of your audio file, etc. Keeping all these things in mind the total time taken to transcribe an audio recording is about 1 to 3 hours. You have to learn very quickly and you have to respond at a much quicker rate and be positive in your reply.
  3. You have to sit for hours and hours. This tires you so much and your back might start aching. So for this reason you must have a laptop or a computer which has ergonomically designed keyboard.
  4. This work does not allow you to have healthy meals on time. You have time to grab quick crisps, biscuits, sweets etc. but not proper meals, and this junk food will only make you put on a lot of weight.
  5. Since transcriptions involve a lot of work, you do not have time for your family and friends.
  6. Since it is self-employment, it means that your monthly income is not fixed. Also, there will not be paid holidays or flexible hours of work for you so that the timings suit you.
  7. When you do any business that is a home business, you have to declare tax rates to authorities yourself.


  1. Doing this job does not cost you much.
  2. You do not need expensive software for this purpose. The software you need to include; Express Scribe, Adobe Reader etc.
  3. You can sit anywhere in the world and do this work.
  4. You do not have to dress up and go to work.
  5. Since you are not even going to any work place so you do not have to incur any travelling expenses.
  6. You can take a day or two off whenever you want.
  7. Audio transcription is something which you can do along with any other work.
  8. Since you are your own boss, you do not have to look over anyone’s shoulder.
  9. The ultimate advantage is that you can earn money from it.

Personal Skills

  1. You should have a few skills for this job. These include; fast typing, being literate about computers, having research skills.
  2. You need to have a self-start, as you are doing the work yourself.

Looking For Jobs

Given below are the websites from where you can look for jobs:

  1. Transcription agency
  2. Fingertips
  3. OutSec
  4. Expedict
  5. Way with words

Applying For A Job

  1. You should update your CV every now and then.
  2. Keep a check of your typing speed. You can know about your typing speed through
  3. If you take any kind of test, take your time with it and do not rush it.

The audio transcription job sounds like a perfect job for anyone who wants to work while sitting at home. Do you want to try!

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