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As a WAHM, I LOVE sharing avenues to help other moms earn a living from home. Being able to contribute to my family financially while being there for my kiddos, participating in their childhood, is a HUGE blessing. It’s awesome to be able to fill my breaks with Mario Cart tournaments with my 5-year-old and family parties on the living room floor.
Today, I want to share a new online WAHM opportunity based on a long-standing work-at-home career: transcription.
Yep. I know. Transcription isn’t new. But the transcription industry has taken a huge turn in a direction that I think will put a new spin on this old work-from-home gig.
Most people have heard of medical transcription. You transcribe audio medical reports from medical professionals into text for medical files. In fact, I actually enrolled in a full medical transcription course a few years ago myself. And while medical transcription used to be a viable career choice, that is no longer the case. Sadly, the MT field has all but died, virtually wiping transcription off the radar of anyone looking for a legitimate work-at-home opportunity.
But transcription is a viable career choice — and the industry is growing! Say what? Let me explain.
While medical transcription has all but ceased to exist, legal and general transcription have grown exponentially in both viability and opportunity! Here’s how I know:
Almost a year ago I discovered Janet Shaughnessy, an experienced transcriptionist, well versed in both legal and general transcription. At the time, I was working as a legal transcript proofreader and thought transcription would be an excellent service to offer to my clients, so I enrolled in her course, Legal Transcription: The Zoom Method.
At the time, the course was a downloadable file with practice audio files and lots of content. And while the content was great, I felt that it lacked a bit in its then-current form. Even so, the program equipped me well for the work I did as a transcriptionist.
Soon after I completed the course, Janet made the AWESOME announcement that she was upgrading the course in a BIG WAY, changing it from a downloadable .zip file to a full, multi-media intensive course on a completely different platform.
Needless to say, I was thrilled!
Her new courses went live earlier this year under the new name Transcribe Anywhere, and her award-winning curriculum is starting to turn heads. So I am super excited to shed some light on why people are talking about her new courses! Here is a peek inside:
Prospective students who head on over to TranscribeAnywhere.com will have the option to enroll in either one or both General Transcription: Theory and Practice and/or Legal Transcription: Theory and Practice. Each course covers the specific skills necessary to excel in transcription, either general or legal.
What’s the difference between general transcription and legal transcription? Here’s how TA defines the difference between the two:
“General transcription [GT] 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 [LT] requires all of the skills necessary as a general transcriptionist with the added knowledge of legal terminology and documentation.”
To clarify, a transcriptionist is someone who takes audio and video files and turns them into written documents for record. As a legal transcriptionist, I transcribe a LOT of trials, depositions, examinations under oath, pleadings, hearings — pretty much any recorded legal proceeding or correspondence.
General transcriptionists are trained to transcribe pretty much everything else. I’ve even had the awesome experience of transcribing blog interviews, multi-media course tutorials, and even some car accident reports. It never gets boring, that’s for sure!
What do you need to become a transcriptionist? Answer: not a lot! There are four main things you need to become a transcriptionist:
- Really, really good training. And I mean training that’ll not just teaching you how to type, but training that’ll teach you everything you need to excel at the skill AND build your business from the ground up.
- A computer. This is a no-brainer, obviously. You can use a desktop or a laptop computer, whichever you prefer. Here’s a tip: Desktops are great for home offices, but if you really want to be able to transcribe anywhere, a laptop is perfect!
- Transcription software. Want to know what’s awesome? The most preferred software (Express Scribe) is almost always on sale for between $20 and $30. That’s nothing compared with other software out there (and this is the software Janet trains all her students in!).
- Good headphones. Listening to audio files and being able to hear every. single. word. requires you to have really good quality headphones. If you have some you like, awesome! If not, no worries. I got a pair of good noise-cancelling headphones for under $20. No, they’re not Bose, but they definitely did the trick!
- OPTIONAL: an audio foot pedal. What the heck is this? It’s a pedal you connect to your computer via USB whereby you can completely control your audio with your foot. You can rewind, fast forward, play, and stop without ever having to take your hands off the keyboard. I, personally, never transcribe without it. It saves a ton of time, increases speed, and, thus, increases earning potential. Woot, woot!
What does Transcribe Anywhere offer with its courses? Both courses offer multiple modules teaching proper punctuation, formatting, hotkeys, and how to use the software. It also includes lots and lots of practice audio files, templates, and how to build and market your business. You’ll learn how to do the work and how to get the clients — a HUGE benefit to taking free-range courses like this. For more in-depth information on the course offerings, head on over to the TA website and check out the course syllabuses. (Click on Courses at the top and go down to the course of your choice.)
Students also get lifetime access to student support and upgrades, meaning whenever the content is upgraded, you get the upgraded content. LOVE this because it means when TA grows, so does its students. BIG win in my book!
In addition, students also get access to an exclusive (secret!) student Facebook page, which is one of my absolute favorite perks. Janet is VERY active in the student FB page, so you’ll always have direct access to her AND other students and graduates if you ever need any help. It is a great place to pose questions, get help, and really grow in the skills you learn in the courses.
Is transcription a good work-at-home career for moms? I totally think so! For me, having young kids at home (ages three and almost six), I would exclusively work at nap time, after bed time, or whenever my husband was off work. Now, I could never make this a full-time gig simply because I don’t have the schedule for it. It’s really NOT something that can be done during times your kids need your attention and supervision. That’s why I opt to work while my kiddos are sleeping. No noise and no distractions.
If, however, your kids are school aged, then yee haw!! You can totally make this a full-time gig while your kids are at school! If you can find a quiet place with a chunk of time to get your work done, then you can definitely make money as a transcriptionist.
All in all, I highly recommend Transcribe Anywhere. The courses are SUPER affordable, and the results are superior. I was able to find clients pretty quickly (like, within a week of finishing the course!), and my best month I made over $1,500 transcribing part-time! I love having the flexibility to be able to take on work when I want/need it and to be able to take time off for my family whenever I want. I can take my work with me wherever I go since I work exclusively via email and using file-sharing programs. Can’t do much better than that!
If you’re looking for a lucrative at-home career that’ll give you great flexibility, look into TA. It’s made a major difference in our financial life as a family, and I’m betting, with some hard work and dedication, it could do the same for you! Head on over to TranscribeAnywhere.com to check out her free (yes, free!) intro courses in both general and legal transcription to get familiar with Janet and the industry as a whole!
So what do you think? Have you ever thought of transcribing for extra income? What’s your biggest hang-up over jumping into a work-at-home career like transcription? Comment below and let me know!