Ever consider a career in transcription? Take a peek at my review of Transcribe Anywhere, the new legal and general transcription courses that are turning heads!

My Totally Honest Review of Transcribe Anywhere

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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.

Ever consider a career in transcription? Take a peek at my review of Transcribe Anywhere, the new legal and general transcription courses that are turning heads!

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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 trainingAnd 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!
  • OPTIONALan 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.

A secret Facebook group exclusively for Transcribe Anywhere students to collaborate.

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!

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46 thoughts on “My Totally Honest Review of Transcribe Anywhere

  1. Hi Katie,
    I’m thinking about becoming a general transcriptionist and wondering if I would be able to find a job if my typing skills are less than 60wpm. Also, should I complete Transcribe Anywhere(7 lessons) before taking the TranscribeMe exam?

    1. Hi, Sharonda!

      I would say that typing less than 60wpm now isn’t much to worry about if you do plan on taking the course. Your typing speed will improve the more you do it. If you haven’t already, I recommend taking the free general transcription intro course from Transcribe Anywhere. She covers the important things to think about if you are considering to become a general transcriptionist. You can sign up for it here.

      In my experience, it’s less about how fast you can type and more about how accurate you are and how quickly you can turn around work. The faster you type, the more earning potential you have because you can take on more jobs. So if you currently type less than 60wpm, I recommend continuing to work on your speed before taking any definitive exam. The general transcription course is a great way to do that. 🙂

      1. Hi Katie,

        Many thanks for your review 🙂

        I came across your site, by accident (via Pinterest!), as I have been researching into becoming a transcriptionist and was overwhelmed with all the scam sites!

        I was wondering if you would rather recommend going straight into the legal transcription course, or start off with the general course? The former does very much interest me, therefore I wouldn’t want to do the general one and then have to enroll in the legal transcription course, if it suffices!

        I look forward to your response and thank you again for your very comprehensive review 🙂

        Laura

        1. Hi, Laura!

          That’s a really great question! While I did legal transcription (and really liked it!), I personally feel there is likely more work out there for general transcription. I feel legal transcription pays higher rates, but if you aren’t getting as much work, then chances are you won’t make as much as a general transcriptionist would. That said, both are really great option, and I was able to earn a nice side income from legal transcription. What I recommend is taking the course that interests you the most, then use your earnings from that training to fund the other course tuition (invest back in yourself!). I hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Hi Katie,
    Do you happen to know anyone in Canada who’s taken the TranscribeAnywhere course(s)? Any job ads I see indicate that a transcription certificate is required from a recognized transcription school, so just wondering about this and whether you know if Janet’s courses are ‘recognized’.

    Thank you for such a great article and it’s so awesome to see ALL of your detailed replies to everyone who’s had questions on this subject! Wow what great support for those of us in need of advice from quality, ‘real’ people 🙂 thanks again.

    1. Hi, Paula!

      That is a GREAT question! I’m not personally connected with any transcriptionist in Canada, so I’m afraid I can’t answer your question regarding jobs up there. However, you’ll be encouraged to know that as a transcriptionist, you don’t have to limit yourself to Canadian clientele. You can work for any company around the world who needs English transcription. Janet is really great at answering questions, so feel free to shoot her an email at janet@transcribeanywere.com to see if she has any suggestions regarding finding work in Canada. The term “recognized” is quite broad, as I’m sure you would agree. It sounds like some of the companies you’re looking into may have their own set terms on what is considered a recognized training program. Janet may have some recommendations on how to introduce them to Transcribe Anywhere and/or other options if you’re looking to work with Canadian-based companies only. 🙂

      I hope this helps! And I’m SO happy to hear you’ve found this article helpful and encouraging. I remember how nervous I was to step out and try this avenue of earning an income from home. There were a LOT of courses, but there weren’t really any “real” people offering their stories and some real-life advice on getting started. So I’m super happy to be able to offer that to my readers. It can be scary starting something new, but I can tell you from experience that I don’t regret the decision to start transcribing one bit. Disclaimer: I don’t transcribe anymore, but I still think this is a fantastic way to earn a living from home. It has led me on to new career paths, and I’ll forever be grateful for the doors that have opened to me because of it. 🙂

  3. I am thinking about signing up to take this becasue I am a massage therapist and I only work 4 days in a row. Pay is ok but I wouldn’t be able to live on my own for sure.

    I am happy to see that you can make great money with this. Would working 2 days a week be good or should I try to do more? I originally tried to be a transcription but the college I went to stopped the program plus I couldn’t get into some of the courses that I needed becasue my test scores weren’t that high.

    1. Hi, Jacquie!

      As an independent contractor, you can take on as much or as little work as you want. So if you only want to work so many hours each week, just adjust your workload to fit. Since you had a difficult time during your last attempt at transcription, I recommend hoping over to TA and signing up for the free intro course if you haven’t already. That might help you decide whether or not it’s right for you. 🙂

  4. Hi Katie,

    I intend to build a part-time career in Transcription as it fits into my current life situation. I am however concerned that there could be a downside to the fact that I am NOT a US citizen/resident (I’m Nigerian) – such as tax issues or other restricitons.
    Have you any idea about this, pls share.

  5. Hi Katie,

    I am interested in exploring this field of Transcription and have signed up for a GT course. However I am not a US citizen/resident, and I was a
    little concerned if there could be a downside to this fact, such as tax issues or inability to contract US clients. Your insight will be appreciated.

    1. Hi, Newman!

      While I can’t really offer any advice regarding tax issues outside of the US, I can say that a LOT of transcriptionists work abroad and have no issues maintaining US-based clientele. You’ll need to consult with a tax professional in your region to get more information on how to move forward with abiding with your local tax laws.

  6. I’m 19 years old, I currently work at a casino 35 minutes from my apartment. I absolutely hate the drive, and really my job in general at this point. I’ve been talking to my boyfriend recently, as I am pregnant, about starting my next job from home. I have done a lot of research on transcription and transcribe anywhere. I am super interested in this, I just want to know if it is really worth it? Are the “free mini-courses” helpful in determining whether this is really for you are not? I just don’t want to spend the 600-700 dollars to end up absolutely hating it.
    Thanks in advance for any feedback I receive.

    1. Hi, Brooke!

      I’m so sorry to hear how much you aren’t enjoying your job. Transcription can be a really great option for those wanting to work from home, but I’ll be totally honest, it’s not a great fit for moms of little ones who need constant attention and supervision. To be able to do transcription well, you need to wear headphones and be able to hear every. little. thing. that is said. Some recordings are particularly poor, which makes it even harder. Having a baby would make this really difficult since your attention needs to be 100% on your work and 100% on your baby.

      However, you can totally make it work during the times that you have someone else to watch your little one, like when your boyfriend is home or a family member can come by. You can also work when the baby is sleeping.

      That said, if you’re worried you’d absolutely hate it (it can get boring and tedious sometimes), I think you might really enjoy virtual assisting. In my experience, the pay is better than transcribing (depending on what you do), and there are an endless array of tasks you can do as a freelance VA, making it much more exciting than transcription. Check out this post that I did about a successful VA mom and the course she now offers to help others out. Her course is also cheaper than the transcription course.

      VA work is wonderful for moms because if you need to walk away from your computer to tend to your little one, you totally can. AND you can take your work with you very easily, which can be more difficult with transcription. It’s doable, but it’s difficult. 🙂

      I still think transcription is a GREAT option for folks who don’t have a lot of distractions and like to keep things consistent. I really enjoyed my time doing transcription, so it’s still a great option if you can make it work.

      Note: If you’d like to build a really great side business, you can actually offer transcription as a service to your VA clients, should you go that route. It’s a great way to build your offered services.

    1. Hi, Jennifer!

      No, my review wasn’t sponsored by Janet or Transcribe Anywhere. 🙂 However, in the name of total transparency, so I do earn commission on referrals since I am now an affiliate of the program. That said, before I ever created my blog, I was a student of Janet’s transcription course and LOVED it. After working as a transcriptionist, I decided it was such a great program and work-at-home opportunity that I wanted to share it on my blog. 🙂

  7. Hello Katie! I learned so much from your honest review about TA. . I am hoping to earn a decent amount of income for my family but I want to invest my time first to learn how to transcribe because I am still a newbie. But I am just wondering what kind of freelancing site would be suitable for me after meeting all the requirements to pass at TA? I am hoping for your immediate response. It is highly appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Sylvia!

      The TA courses really cover the marketing side of having a transcription business quite well. There are actually a lot of different ways to acquire work, like private Facebook job boards, agencies, and such. For general transcription, there are virtually endless niches that use transcriptionists, so there are a lot of opportunities waiting for trained professionals. Legal transcription, although nit as broad a niche as GT, is also a great field. For details on this, I recommend enrolling or chatting with Janet over at TA. You can email her directly via janet@transcribeanywhere.com.

      Also, I know for a fact Janet works hard to bring job opportunities to her students, so you’ll be in good hands. 😉

      1. Thank you so much Katie! I am currently enrolled with TA, I thank you so much for explaining these things very well for those who want to work at home. I will get in touch with Janet about my inquiries. Again, thank you so much!

  8. Hi, I’ve doing some research into either medical or legal transcribing and I’m definitely leaning more toward legal and I’m glad I came across your blog. I’m ready to sign up but I have came across Transcribeanywhere and Proofreadanywhere By Caitlin Pyle the courses, the format of their website, and the prices are almost identical so I’ve become a little skeptical. Can you shed some light, if any, of why the resemblance is so uncanny?

    1. Hi, Sonia!

      Absolutely! Proofread Anywhere and Transcribe Anywhere are actually sister sites. Caitlin Pyle, owner of Proofread Anywhere, and Janet Shaughnessy, owner of Transcribe Anywhere, partnered up after Proofread Anywhere was established and revamped Janet’s previous transcription course into what we now know as Transcribe Anywhere. I actually had the privilege of working with both Caitlin and Janet during the creation of Transcribe Anywhere, so I can personally vouch that these two separate (but affiliated!) courses are excellent programs. I’ve participated both as a student and behind the scenes with both programs and would enroll again in a heartbeat. 🙂

      I hope this helps clears things up! 🙂

  9. Hi! I found your blog by way of a Facebook Ad for Proofread Anywhere which led me to look up reviews. You mentioned the transcription course in that review so here I am! I currently work as a legal secretary in a single attorney law firm. There are many aspects to the job but one of the things I do is transcribe dictation- letters, emails, court documents, etc. I think legal transcription would be a good fit for me so I am curious of how the pay is determined per project. I make $600 a week right now at my job, working four days a week. The hours are 9:30-4:30 though, which means I have to put my son in an after care program at school. The older he gets, the more I want to be around for everything and not worry about taking time off for doctor’s appointments, school events, etc. (I’m a single mom, so there is no one here helping)

    My question is, do you think I could make the same amount of money or more doing legal transcription full time from home? I know I’m not rich by any means but this is the most money I’ve ever made, with the most decent hours and I’m nervous to take a chance and lose that. Any honest feedback would be really appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Kristina!

      Sounds like you have some excellent experience in legal transcription already! What you do in your current job is very similar to what a legal transcriptionist does. The only difference would be that you would also transcribe court proceedings, depositions, etc. You could work directly with attorneys and/or digital court reporters.

      As a transcriptionist, your earning potential largely depends on two things: 1) Your proficiency and speed. The quicker you can turn over transcripts, the more work you can take. Since LTs are paid per audio minute OR per page (whatever you choose), the more work you take, the higher the earning potential. Therefore, your typing speed and accuracy can directly impact your earning potential. 2) Your commitment to finding clients. While there is certainly a need for qualified legal transcriptionists, it will be your job to find work as a independent contractor. The good news is that if you were to become a legal transcriptionist and work from home, you could absolutely offer your current employer your services. They could easily become your first client! The only difference would be that you’d be working from home for a set rate, providing the same services. 🙂 Food for thought.

      So to answer your question, yes. I think you could definitely make $600+/week doing legal transcription. However, I wouldn’t quit your current job until your client load starts exceeding your ability to do both your day job and build your business (unless of course your current employer agrees to pay you as an independent contractor instead!).

      Keep in mind one HUGE benefit to becoming an independent contractor (especially with your experience): You can very easily create your own legal transcription firm once you have enough clients by hiring other LTs to subcontract with you. You manage them and make sure the work gets done. You deal with clients and payments, along with any transcription work you take on yourself. You charge your clients a flat rate. You get a certain percentage, and the rest goes to your subcontractors. THIS is how you earn FAR more than what you’re currently making as a legal secretary. Not only does it provide more work for other LTs, it increases your earning potential substantially.

      Janet over at Transcribe Anywhere knows a LOT more about subcontracting than I do, and I believe she may cover it in her curriculum (it’s been updated a bit since I took the course). I definitely recommend getting in contact with her if you have any questions about that. She’s very knowledgeable and has created a fantastic, supportive community in her student group.

      I hope this helps! I know it can be scary to try and start something new. 🙂

  10. Hi there,
    I am about to enroll in Janet’s general transcription class, and I’m really looking forward to it! My end goal is legal transcription, but I am just starting out. Do you think I should to general transcribing for a couple years and move into legal once I’ve had experience and practice? Or should I just dive in, head first into Janet’s legal course and work? I’ve been doing lots of practice online and my main issue seems to be proper grammar. Not sentences and case, but more like commas, and when to break up run ons, and how to use commas vs periods in quoted text, etc. So I look forward on brushing up on those skills- I just don’t know where I should start if ultimately I would like to be on the legal side.

    Thanks!
    Kim

    1. Hi, Kim!

      SO sorry for my late reply. So with transcription, it is entirely up to you. I started with legal transcription because I had experience as a legal transcript proofreader. For me, it just made sense to go that route. Legal transcription and general transcription are really different, with the exception of typing out the spoken word. With legal transcription, depending on what you’re transcribing, grammar doesn’t matter. Your job is to transcribe the spoken word as it is spoken — improper grammar and all. Yay for those of us who struggle with grammar! (I feel you. 😉 ) With transcription, punctuation is key. Janet’s courses will teach you everything you need to know. So while her courses are both in transcription, they really are two different worlds of transcription. If you’re wanting to get your foot in the door and get experience with transcribing in general, then GT is where I’d start. Otherwise, neither is better than the other when it comes to which one to take first. They’re both very good options. 🙂

  11. Hello,
    I’m currently enrolled in the free trial classes, and I’m considering registering for the legal transcriber program through Transcribe Anywhere. I have some experience in legal/law enforcement, but that was many years ago. Since it’s been so long, I’d consider myself a novice. Would entering the field as a legal transcriber with minimal experience be a smart investment in Transcribe Anywhere program?

    I have a disability and home bound, therefore being a transcriber seems like an ideal fit. Hoping this path can be a way to sustain myself. I know it takes a lot of practice, so I’m wondering after you completed the course work, did you feel ready to take on a professional role?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi, LuLu!

      With your experience, I would say it’s absolutely a wise investment to go with legal transcription. Even if it’s been a long time, I’m sure a lot of your knowledge will come back quickly, which will definitely work to your benefit. Regarding feeling ready to take on professional work, the course really does prepare you for real-world business. I felt completely prepared to take on the work I was seeking. Linda does teach you how to find the work and, in some instances (at least for general transcription), she actually lines up prospects for her graduates. This isn’t guaranteed, but I’ve seen her do it before. I hope this helps answer your questions! If you have any others, feel free to email me at katie@momismore.com. 🙂

      1. Thanks so much for your swift reply and contact info! That’s been my main worry-after completing classes, how to seek employment…Sounds like resources will be provided…I also like how TA offers flexible payment options. I think it’s a good way to gain insight if this chosen path feels doable for someone feeling uncertain. Thanks, again!

        1. My pleasure, Lulu! 🙂 Yes, the course will give you everything you need to find clients. She also offers a free intro course that’ll give you greater insight into the field and help you decide if it’s a good idea to move forward. I highly recommend starting there, if you haven’t already. I wish you the best as you move forward with the course! 🙂

  12. Hi, Just found your website as I was looking for reviews on Transcribe Anywhere. I was ready to take the plunge until I found your article on PA with Caitlin Pyle. Which do you think could be more lucrative, transcribing or proofreading? Both courses look fantastic. My kiddos are at school during the day, so I have about 6-7 hours a day to work. I have a good command of the English language – grammar and punctuation – just a refresher would help. Which of the two do you enjoy more? Thanks. Marilu

    1. Hi, Marilu!

      That’s a tough question to answer because there are so many variables. I think it would depend on 1) your typing speed, 2) your reading speed, and 3) your accuracy. Being able to do either of these jobs with accuracy requires a lot of training. To proofread legal transcripts, you need a lot more training than you might think. A good command of the English language is good, but there’s definitely a lot more to it than that, including terminology, formatting guidelines (which vary by state AND district!), and a thorough knowledge of the most common English manuals in the court reporting field. For me, I found proofreading to be a better fit because it was a lot easier to be mobile with it (you can do EVERYTHING from an iPad). However, I made more money as a legal transcriptionist. What I liked about transcription was that I felt there was a higher earning potential long-term for legal transcription. That said, I didn’t like being chained to a computer and headphones for hours. 🙂 I’m sure that’s about as clear as mud, but I wanted to get you a good idea. Remember this: Your earning potential depends solely on you. I know proofreaders that made $30,000 in their first 10 months, so it’s totally possible to earn good money as a proofreader! I recommend thinking about doing one, then adding the other as an “added service” you offer your clients. My thoughts are that you should never put all your eggs in one basket. I did both courses, and ended up enjoying both for different reasons. Plus, it broadened my reach for new prospective clients. 😉 Hope this helps!

  13. Katie

    I’ve read your reviews of PA and TA (in addition to scrutinizing the official PA website) and am considering taking the PA courses after the holidays. TA is something I didn’t know about until coming across your blog.

    I know jobs will vary, but on average, what is the length of one proofreading job for one client? What was the shortest – and also longest – project you’ve had?

    Thank you for your reply!

    1. Hi, Stephanie!

      I apologize for not replying sooner! For some reason, your comment was filtered into spam. So sorry!

      As you’ve anticipated, jobs really vary a great deal. I’ve had jobs as little as 16 pages and others that were well over 200. However, I know proofreaders that have had transcripts that were a mere 4 pages and some that were thousands of pages long! Each case is completely unique, so there really is no average. I think most of mine were between 60 and 150, but that was an average of the few reporters I’ve worked with. Should you chose to become a transcript proofreader, your average could be much different. 🙂

      Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m happy to help. 🙂

  14. Hi Katie,
    I have been researching Transcribeanywhere.com and I think it will be a good fit for me but I am having trouble deciding between general or legal. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security with a minor in Media Arts and concentration in Criminal Justice. So having always been interested in the court systems I am leaning toward legal. However, I am concerned that there isn’t as many work from anywhere opportunities considering the sensitivity of legal information. I would appreciate any feedback you can give.

    1. Hi, Shae!

      I didn’t really have any trouble finding work as a legal transcrciptionist. I worked exclusively with two digital court reporters, transcribing their recorded court hearings, trials, pleadings, etc. Janet actually teaches a lot of different ways that legal transcriptionists can find work transcribing audio files other than court proceedings as well, including legal correspondence for attorneys. I think it would be a fantastic way for you to use your criminal justice minor! I recommend emailing Janet at janet@transcribeanywhere.com. She’ll have more information for you regarding other forms of legal transcription, since I only did court transcripts for digital reporters. 🙂

  15. Hi! I have been doing some transcription here and there, and am thinking of doing more. I’ve read Janet’s blog and taken the free mini-courses, but my question is: since her full courses are definitely not free, do you really think it is a good investment? It seems like a lot of money to this not-so-wealthy person! Thanks for your insights!

    1. Hi, Christine!

      So here’s my take on this: I measure the cost of a course against the ROI (return on investment) and how fast I can earn my money back. With that in mind, I definitely think her courses are worth it. I was able to earn back my full investment with my first job. Now, this was back when the course was a lot different and cost a lot less. STILL, with the cost of the GT course today, a graduate can easily earn their tuition amount back in their first month of working, depending on how much time you have to dedicate to your work. The LT course is more expensive, but the pay for LT tends to be higher as well. So I think the ROI on that is definitely worth it as well. Hope that helps! 🙂

  16. Hi Katie,
    I found your site after looking for PA and TA reviews, and you seem like the perfect person to talk to seeing as you’ve done both! I’m a single mom with a toddler and a lucky living situation that allows me to currently stay home with my girl in exchange for watching my nephew. However, this situation has an end in sight and I’m dreading the thought of putting my girl in full time daycare and joining the rat race and working for nothing. I’ve debated about both of these programs and am curious if you think one is a better jumping off point into the WAH world? TA is definitely more affordable but with PA going up in price in a week it’s also tempting. I’ve gone through both free intro courses and feel qualified for both. Honestly the scariest thing for me is marketing myself to get clients afterwards, as well as a less than awesome internet connection slowing me down! Thank you for your thoughts!

    1. Hi, Deirdre!

      I totally understand you fears regarding marketing. I can honestly say that almost EVERY student that enrolls has the exact same fears, so know you’re not alone. Both courses provide great help in learning how to get clients, so it really takes the guesswork out of it. As far as which to get started on, here’s my personal opinion:

      I think proofreading is definitely better for people with small children. The reason is that transcribing requires you to have headphones on and total silence to be able to listen to everything in order to get every. single. word. down accurately. You’ll be dealing with poor audio sometimes, and having total silence is important. Also, it is very hard to supervise young children with headphones on and staring at a computer screen. Proofreading, on the other hand, can be done on the couch, in bed, in the bathroom, or wherever you need to be with your kiddo. It’s done right from an iPad. So with your kiddo being a toddler, I think proofreading might be a better fit for you.

      I have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old. I always have to have my husband watch the kids for me while I transcribe, but it is a lot easier to proofread without the extra help. Food for thought. Hope this helps! 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for the honest and speedy response! I think it’s time to bite the bullet and start investing in the life I want 🙂

  17. Hi, I’ve been looking into doing transcription work and trying to make heads or tails of the plethora of information out there. I have seen Janet’s site and it definitely peeked my interest. Plus the cost is the most reasonable of any I’ve seen. Now, I’m not a mom. My situation is this: I’ve been an Office Manager with over 20 years of experience. My last job gave me 3 years as a Receptionist and 17 years as an Office Manager until just recently. As is the trend these days, I was let go one week after my 20th Anniversary with them. Talk about blind-sided. Anyway, I’ve had it with the Rat Race. I want freedom and control over my own future. My biggest concern, I suppose, is the lack of health insurance. Are you familiar with insurance availability for full-time transcriptionists? What do others do? Furthermore, where can I find info about legalities such as taxes, etc.?

    1. Hi, Marjorie!

      These are all excellent questions. I’m not sure about full-time employment benefits for transcriptionists since most transcribers are independent contractors. I highly recommend checking out https://www.freelancersunion.org/ for information on how to manage health insurance, freelance taxes, and the like. That’s a fantastic place for information. Additionally, don’t hesitate to reach out to Janet over at Transcribe Anywhere. She’s been doing it for a LONG time and might have some great pointers for you.

      I do know that a lot of people are looking into health share programs instead of insurance. They are recognized as coverage by the government and are a LOT cheaper with better covered services. I’d definitely look into that. 🙂

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