How To Get Transcription Work From Home

Transcription is putting spoken words into written form. You listen to a recording and type what you hear.

You have several options to get transcription work from home.  The best-known type of transcription is medical transcription but transcription work is not limited to the medical industry! Keep reading to find out more about non-medical transcription work.

The needs for transcription are diverse.

  • Doctors need transcription of their spoken notes during medical procedures.
  • Legal professionals need transcription of arguments and testimonies from court proceedings.
  • Many businesses, organizations and individuals also need transcription.

General Transcription services
are very much in demand. 

Here are just some of people, businesses and industries that need transcription services:

  • Companies need written documentation of  topics they discussed in meetings.
  • Authors, internet marketers and many others have interviews transcribed.
  • Web publishers have podcasts transcribed.
  • Journalists and insurance adjusters have interviews transcribed.
  • Ministers have sermons transcribed.
  • Schools for the deaf need transcripts of instructional videos and audio educational materials.

Both medical and legal transcription careers require specialized training for the transcriptionist to learn the jargon and the proper formats. But general transscription does NOT require specialized training.

Medical Transcription Requires Extensive Training

Medical transcriptionists usually take training for six months to two years before they can start transcribing. They need to be knowledgeable in medical terminology and be familiar with different types of medical records. Some other education may replace medical transcription courses. For example, nurses and science students may be able to transcribe some medical reports.

Legal Transcriptionists Need To Know Legal Terminology

The legal fields needs a lot of transcription. Legal transcription is a great career but legal transcriptionists have to be knowledgeable in legal terminology and formats.  If interested in legal transcription, read my article, How To Start A Career In Legal Transcription.

General Transcription
Does NOT Require Specialized Training

Another option for a career in transcription is that of a general transcriptionist. Contrary to medical or legal transcription, general transcription work does not require specialized training. Many businesses outsource general transcription to home-based transcriptionists and general transcription work from home is a popular career choice for people who are looking to work from home.

General transcription covers a wide variety of industries and work. Examples of business and general transcribing jobs include transcribing recordings of interviews, meetings, single person dictations, conference calls, seminars, focus groups, radio shows, television talk shows, police reports, podcasts and a variety of other recordings.

How to Become a General Transcriptionist

Skills you’ll need: You need good listening and typing skills and a good command of English. You need to have the self-discipline to meet deadlines.

Building your reputation and credibility as a reliable transcriptionist is the key to getting repeat business and referrals from the companies and clients you do transcription work for.

Equipment you’ll need: To become a freelance transcriptionist and do any kind of transcription work from home you need a computer, a high speed Internet connection, transcription software, a foot pedal, a good headset and a high-speed Internet connection.

Transcription can be an exciting career and most people who are doing transcription work love it. General and business transcription gives you the opportunity to work from home.

Before taking a course in medical transcription, read my article, 6 Reasons to Consider General Transcription Work from home.

To learn more about general transcription, sign up for my FREE General Transcription Mini-Course at

Get my free report, How to Avoid Transcription Scams and find out how to get legitimate, non-medical, general transcription work from home.

Click here to find out how to get home based transcription work without knowing medical terminology and without specialized training.


A good way to learn general and business transcription work is by practicing transcription with transcription practice files. See general transcription practice files here.

How to Learn General Transcription (ebook)

How to Learn Legal Transcription (multi-media course)

Transcription kits and foot pedals

Transcription software

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