No. You need to have patience and the ability to sit for long periods of time. An eye for detail is also necessary.
If English isn't your first language, our courses may not be the right fit for you. I'm often criticized for saying this, but it's beyond the scope of our transcription training to teach ESL students. I don't say this to insult or demean anyone because I firmly believe that anyone can do anything that they commit to accomplishing. However, ask any of our students and they'll tell you that English grammar and punctuation are the most challenging aspects of our training. It'll be even more difficult for those who aren't native English speakers.
See this expanded FAQ for more: Can Anyone Become a Transcriptionist?
Yes! First, you have to realize your confidence will improve a thousand fold once you know what you're doing. That's where Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 come in -- you've got to learn the theory and practice before you can market and get clients. Imagine trying to find clients for your cake-baking company ... without having any idea how to bake cakes! On the other hand, if you learn and train to become a master baker, your confidence will flourish.
We are not a job placement agency, but we do provide you all the tools and resources necessary to find work as a transcriptionist. As part of your course fee, you receive step-by-step tutorials (including videos) on how to find clients (even on YouTube!), how to apply for transcription company jobs (which are a lower-paying option but still good experience), and how to build a website to market yourself.
If you've taken a look at our post series People Who Use Transcriptionists, you'll quickly see there's a ton of work out there for transcriptionists -- let us transform you into the transcriptionist you need to be in order to get clients like these.
General transcription is the practice of transcribing from audio and video files for all different types of industries, such as academia, marketing, interviews, films, among others. Legal transcription requires all of the skills necessary as a general transcriptionist with the added knowledge of legal terminology and documentation.
No, but you will reap the rewards of freedom found by working from home and performing challenging work.
YES! With the exploding popularity of video all over the internet, there is a rapidly increasing demand for transcription. Much of that video needs to be turned into a written document to be used for marketing, training, blog or website content, eBooks… the list is endless.
Companies and marketers of all kinds use transcriptionists. Some are big production companies and others are small mom-and-pop businesses. The demand for qualified transcriptionists will continue to rise.
See this expanded FAQ for more, and be sure to check out our post category People Who Use Transcriptionists for examples and evidence that transcription is in high demand by a diverse range of markets.
You have access forever, and all updates are included at no additional cost. The course is entirely self-paced, too, so no one will rush you through, nor will you be penalized for not completing it in a certain time frame.
Yes! Our student community on Facebook is one of the most helpful you'll ever experience.
Legal transcriptionists can find work in law firms, legal support agencies, government agencies, and legal departments for corporations.
Producing quality transcription work is about so much more than typing.
We reserve the step-by-step how-to info for our students who choose to wisely invest time in a safe training ground first -- so they can be sure to offer the highest standard to their clients: extensive know-how, speed, accuracy, and flow to their transcripts.
They're spending time to get better and faster at transcription so they can earn even more per hour as they improve.
They're focusing intensely on punctuation so their transcripts flow better and are more useful to their clients and their audiences.
They're not skipping the details like time coding, shortcut keys, and formatting just to make a quick buck.
If you're looking for a post on exactly how to secure higher-paying clients, you aren't going to find one out in the open. That's not us being mean; we just believe in achieving excellence first before chasing the paycheck. What good would it do to make public our awesome tutorials on how to find work as a general transcriptionist if you don't know how to do the work properly?
Here's what would happen: tons of people who only care about making easy money -- and not their work quality -- would abuse the information without bothering to know what they're doing first!
Skipping steps and forgoing training is foolish. I've been in this business a long time and I've seen it happen time and time again. People are in too big of a hurry to make easy money. Someone told them you don't need any experience or training to become a transcriptionist, and that's just not true -- at least if you want to do well.
So invest in yourself now so you don't lose clients and ruin your reputation before you even get going. Wouldn't it be better to spend a few months building your skills first so you can really impress your first client instead of rushing into something you're not ready for and making a bad impression?
Yes, it would.
Yes. Without practice, you really don’t stand a chance of succeeding. We provide 60+ audio and video practice dictation files. You must complete all of them and pass the final exam to receive a certificate from us.
No. We are not a certificate mill just here to make a buck. We care about our students and the industry as a whole. If you are not willing to put in the work, please don’t enroll.
Our course includes information about the transcription industry in general, software and equipment, English grammar and punctuation, typing drills, practice dictations, formatting and working with templates, marketing training, and information to help you start your own online transcription business. Click here to see the General Transcription syllabus.
Yes. We start with typing drills and move on from there. The course is self-paced so it is ideal for newbies and semi-skilled transcriptionists alike.
The general transcription course is currently $797. The legal transcription course costs $897, and both courses together are available for a discount at $1297. We also offer pay-as-you-go options to help break up the cost of tuition.
Both our general and legal transcription courses should take at least two to four months to complete depending on your current skill level.
At the present time, there is no national accreditation for general or legal transcription programs. However, TranscribeAnywhere.com is an approved school by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT), an organization that offers the Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) examination and certification.
The average median annual income for a general transcriptionist is currently $45,000. Legal transcriptionists can earn around $60,000. Of course, if you start your own business and hire subcontractors while working as a project manager yourself, your income can grow well beyond these figures.
Yes. All students who complete the course and pass our final exam will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
TranscribeAnywhere.com has nothing to do with medical transcription whatsoever. General transcription is quite a bit different and you don't work with doctors. Please see the post General Transcription vs. Medical Transcription for more.
Education isn't a tangible product that can be returned. No educational institution offers money-back guarantees. What we offer is quality transcription education, real skills that you'll be able to use to secure work, at a very affordable price. We also offer a free mini-course to help you decide whether or not transcription is the right choice for you BEFORE investing any money. The payment options we offer also give you the opportunity to enroll at a very low cost and experience the basics of transcribing without shelling out a lot of money.
We offer you all of the tools and resources you'll need to succeed, but there are no guarantees because what you do with the training is up to you. So, no, we cannot offer refunds or guarantee your success.
What separates a ho-hum transcriptionist from an excellent one? Is there even a demand for transcription? Who hires transcriptionists?
Can anyone be a transcriptionist?
Get the answers to all these questions and more by enrolling in my free introductory course, Transcription Foundations.
For our legal transcription mini-course, click here.