7 Reasons Why General & Business Transcription Is Easier Than Medical Transcription And Legal Transcription

Are you interested in transcription work from home?

What is transcription? Transcribing is typing what you hear on a recording.

While medical and legal transcription is better known than general transcription, there are plenty of transcription jobs other than legal and medical transcription.

Getting started into general transcription or business transcription is a lot easier than medical and legal. If you want to get into transcription but you don’t want to take lengthy courses or learn medical or legal terminology, you should look into general transcription.

So, what’s the difference between medical transcription, legal transcription, general transcription and business transcription?

  • General transcriptionists (GTs) and business transcriptionists transcribe anything that is NOT medical or legal. They transcribe general and business topics and provide transcription work for a wide variety of businesses, organizations and individuals.


  • Business transcription is any transcription needed for a business. The terms general and business transcription are often interchanged. General transcriptionists (GTs) and business transcriptionists do transcription for any field other than medical or legal. Both general and business transcriptionists transcribe general and business topics for a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organizations.
Examples of general and business transcription 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.
If you are interested in transcription work, I recommend that you start with general and business transcription instead of medical transcription.

Here are 7 reasons why you should consider general transcription work rather than medical transcription or legal transcription:

  1. You don’t need formal training: General and business transcriptionists don’t require formal training while medical transcriptionists need to take extensive medical transcription and terminology courses. General transcriptionists don’t have to be familiar with medical terminology/procedures or legal terminology/procedures.
  2. Inexpensive, faster and easier to start: General transcription is inexpensive to start, requires less experience and is easier to get started than medical or legal transcription. There is very little investment required to start providing general and business transcription. You can start general transcription with just a good computer, Internet access and free transcription software. You do not need to spend money on certification courses and you can start faster because you don’t have to spend precious time going through six+ months of training. And you can start earning money right away.
  3. Less Competitive/Less Outsourcing to Foreign Countries:  Medical transcription is often outsourced to foreign countries. General transcriptionists are getting less competition from foreign transcriptionists. Foreign transcriptionists will typically have a limited English vocabulary and they can’t learn general transcription “terminology” because of the wide variety of topics. Idiom can also be difficult to learn for non-native speakers.
  4. Lower Speed Requirements: Most medical transcription jobs require a minimum speed of 80 words per minute. Speed requirements for new general transcriptionists are lower and start around 5o-60wpm. But keep in mind that the faster you type the more money you can make in any type of transcription job.
  5. More Flexible Turnaround Time: General transcribing work typically gives you a more flexible schedule than medical transcription and legal transcription which typically have tighter deadlines.
  6. Easier to Get Work from Home: The information you’ll encounter in general transcription is typically less confidential than with legal or medical transcription and clients are less concerned about confidentiality breaches when giving work to home-based transcriptionists.
  7. More Work Variety: General transcribing work covers a wide variety of topics. You’ll get more interesting work and topics in different fields while medical transcription will often be typing up the same type of medical reports.

So, what skills do you need for general transcription work?

You need good typing, English, grammar and listening skills. Don’t stop yourself from starting a profitable transcription career because you are turned off by the stringent requirements of medical or legal transcription.

Consider general or business transcription before signing up for medical or legal transcription courses.

Check out how to get started in general transcription at

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