Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Low

What’s What: In today’s fast-paced tech-driven world, there is so much audio and video that needs to be transcribed and catalogued. If you’re a great listener and you have fast fingers on the keyboard, you can make some extra money with your hands on “home row.”

Amava Take: While many flexible jobs have become part of the gig economy and can be done remotely, perhaps none is better suited than working as a transcriptionist. The only thing required is that you create a written record of what you’re assigned, that it’s accurate and that you meet deadlines. You can work in many fields, including medical or legal, so if something specific interests you, gravitate towards it! If you’re looking for a way to turn some extra time into cash, you can get up and running quickly and then on to whatever else you’re hoping to do. Ready? Type!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

Get-it-done people with words-per-minute muscle.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Ask about style sheets and conventions before you do the first assignment!

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

None from our side. Just get it back to us in a timely fashion and we’ll be happy.

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

I’m really fast at typing, but it’s just amazing to me that I can actually turn that into extra cash without having to leave my house.

How would you describe the hard parts?

It isn’t the most social experience, but the extra income does get me out doing more fun things with people I value.

What is the strangest thing you had to type?

That would be the time I had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, so that’s all I can say.

Special Requirements: You need your own computer and you should be fast, accurate and comfortable with making grammar decisions when necessary. There are certification courses out there, but be careful if you are asking for a job and get offered a course. There is information out there about how to get started in transcription, so spend a little time learning what you can.

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Finding a Position: There is more than one portal offering transcription jobs and possibly register with multiple sites to get the quality and frequency of transcription work you are after.