Transcription jobs are usually work from home and very plentiful! It's non-phone work that you can do on your own time, and the best part is that for some branches of transcription, you don't necessarily have to have past work experience to get started. Many companies will just ask that you pass a test to prove you're capable of the work.
Today, I'm sharing with you a list of 100 work at home transcription companies that are frequently looking for new workers. We've broken this down for you into convenient sub-categories so you can see which companies are willing to accept beginners and which ones would prefer past experience or some sort of training.
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Entry Level Transcription Companies
- AccuTran Global – Read AccuTran Review – US only. Prefers experience, but will hire newbies if skills test is passed. Pay is per word and ranges from a starting base rate of $0.005/word for a beginner on basic audio, to their top rate of $0.0066 for difficult and/or foreign audio done by senior transcribers.
- Appen – Read Appen Review – This company is best known for offering search engine evaluation work, but you can transcribe for them, too. No experience needed.
- BAM! Transcription – This company will hire beginners if a skills test is passed. The app is not on their site, so you'll have to contact them via their contact form to get info on applying.
- Casting Words – Read Casting Words Review – Beginners OK. Only $1 is needed to request a payout.
- Crowdsurf – May be open worldwide, but you must be fluent in English. CrowdSurf offers transcription and captioning HITs on Work Market. You must have a Work Market account to work on their transcription/captioning tasks. Rate per audio hour is not known, but salary reports on Glassdoor indicate some transcribers average $6 to $7 hourly.
- Daily Transcription – Read Daily Transcription Review – US and Canada only. Specializes in entertainment, corporate, and legal transcription. They claim their top transcriptionist makes between $250 and $950 weekly. Glassdoor indicates some transcribers are averaging between $10 and $11 hourly here.
- Genius – Not always open. Lyrics transcribers usually needed. Doesn't specifically say under qualifications that you need transcription experience. They do prefer that you are fluent in a foreign language.
- GoTranscript – Open worldwide. No experience needed, just a computer and internet connection. Website claims most transcribers here only make $150 per month, so this would definitely pay on the lower end and should just be considered extra money.
- GMR Transcription – US and Canada. Entry level OK.
- National Capitol Contracting – Read National Capitol Contracting Review – Entry level is OK, but they do prefer experience. Pays $40 an audio hour.
- Pactera – Frequently has remote transcription tasks available. Experience is not required, but you must test, train, and follow the guidelines.
- Quicktate – Read Quicktate Review – No experience needed. Must take a test before being hired. Hires in US & other countries.
- Rev – Read Rev Review – Accepts beginners. Also offers freelance video captioning work.
- Scribie – Read Scribie Review – No experience needed. Must take test. Hires worldwide. Waiting list and very low pay.
- SpeechPad – Beginners may apply here. You only a computer and internet connection to start. Pay is twice weekly, no minimum.
- Telenotes – Appears to consider people without experience. However, it is required that you come into their office for interviews, etc. prior to being hired, so you must live in Utah.
- Tigerfish – Read Tigerfish Review – Entry level OK. Must take test. US only.
- T ‘n T Transcriptions & Translations – Entry level OK. Must pass skills test first.
- TranscribeMe – Read TranscribeMe Review – This is another company that's open to hiring beginners. Pays via Paypal, no exp. needed to get in.
- Transcript Divas – They will consider beginners. The company receives many applications per week, but if they interested, they will contact you for a phone interview.
- Transcription Express – This Arizona-based company may consider beginners. US only. Set your own hours and work when you want.
- Transcription For Everyone – Appears to be open to beginners. Must have strong computer, grammar, and research skills.
- Transcription Hub – No experience level listed, but it does say you will be evaluated prior to getting accepted here. You're allowed to work whenever you want and at anytime you want.
- TranscriptionWing – Appears to be open to beginners, although you do have to indicate on the application form if you've ever done transcription work in the past.
- Ubiqus – Read Ubiqus Review – Hires for all types of transcription. Will consider beginners. Must type at least 70 wpm.
- Verbal Ink – Read Verbal Ink Review – Occasionally hiring for general transcription. They hire US-based transcribers only and do prefer experience, but you can still get in if you do well on their test.
- 3 Play Media – Read 3 Play Media Review – Occasionally has openings for work from home transcript editor. This is not technically transcription, but rather editing transcription already done.
- A & P Transcription – Always looking for qualified transcriptionists to add to their team. Appears that they do prefer experience.
- AccuScribe Transcription – Hires experienced transcribers to work at home. Send resume and cover letter to apply.
- Alice Darling Secretarial Services – Must type at least 75 wpm. Not always hiring, check career page for openings.
- AlphaDog Transcription – They only hire experienced transcribers and they prefer if you've had experience in entertainment transcription. Additionally, you must reside in the Los Angeles area to qualify for work here although the position is home-based.
- Allegis Communications – Read Allegis Review – Hires occasionally for people to transcribe 100 pages per week. Pays weekly. Must have at least two years of transcription experience.
- Babbletype – Read Babbletype Review – Sometimes has openings for work from home transcribers and QA editors. Check their jobs page for current openings.
- Cambridge Transcription – Hires for legal and corporate transcription, experience required.
- Cyber Dictate – Are currently looking for US based workers with experience in legal transcription.
- Dictate Express – Legal transcription. Requires a minimum of two years experience.
- eTranscription Solutions – Typing speed of no less than 80 wpm required. Experience needed, details on career page.
- eScribers – This is a company that is frequently looking for remote legal transcribers. Experience needed. Weekly pay. Cannot accept workers in the state of Massachusetts.
- Expedict – Hires only experienced audio transcriptionists. They receive a lot of applications so it may take a while to hear back if you apply.
- eWord Solutions – Requires some experience. US candidates only. They send files five days per week. They don't have employment info on their website, so you would need to use their contact form to inquire about jobs. You may earn around $.0050 per word (a rate one of my readers was offered), although this could possibly vary.
- Fantastic Transcripts – Requires experience. Not currently hiring, but will keep your info on file.
- Focus Forward – Read Focus Forward Review – This company is often hiring (I see their ads on Craigslist a lot). Experience required, accepts both English and Spanish language transcriptionists.
- Hollywood Transcription – This company may require experience though it is not stated as a requirement on the website. You must type at least 65 wpm.
- Kelsey Transcripts – Must have experience in transcription and all necessary equipment, plus a transcription program on a newer model computer to be considered.
- Landmark Associates – Read Landmark Associates Review – Must take test, and they prefer experience, although if you can pass their skills test you can possibly get in anyway.
- Moravia – This company needs people to transcribe song lyrics. They prefer experience. Work is available for English speakers and speakers of other languages.
- Net Transcripts – Read Net Transcripts Review – Lots of law enforcement based work, must pass background check for this work. Also hires for financial transcription.
- On the Record Reporting and Transcription – Must live in or near Austin, TX area because you will be required to work in the office during training time.
- OutSec – A UK based company that hires worldwide. Need at least two years of typing experience to be considered.
- Multilingual Connections – This company hires for home-based transcription. Most likely you will need to be fluent in a language besides English to qualify for a job.
- Preferred Transcriptions – Does medical, legal, and general transcription. One year experience required for general.
- Production Transcripts – Must be experienced. Fill out online application. Hires sporadically.
- Same Day Transcriptions – Professional transcribers only. Some federal work.
- Say It Back – Entertainment transcription. Must have digital foot pedal and software.
- Speak Write – Read Speak Write Review – Does both legal and general transcription. Work is on a contract basis and you must have experience.
- Take 1 – Entertainment transcription. Appears to be a UK based company. Prefers experience.
- TASK Transcription – General and legal transcription. Requires three years of experience.
- Telly Transcriptions – Hiring general transcribers. Job description indicates they only want individuals with experience.
- Transcribe.com – Read Transcribe.com Review – General transcription, experience preferred. US only. They pay daily with Paypal.
- Terescription – Does entertainment, business, legal, and education transcription. Requires experience.
- Transcription Centre – They hire US and UK based transcribers with experience that are fluent in English. They specialize in focus groups and interviews for university and market research
- Transcript Divas – Hires US based, native English speaking transcribers on occasion to work at home. Good rates.
- Transcription Experts – US only for remote work. Minimum 2 years experience.
- Transcription Outsourcing, LLC – Transcription Outsourcing, LLC is looking for committed and professional transcriptionists.
- Voxtab – Requires experience. Hires freelance transcribers in many different countries, including the US.
- We Scribe It – Must have at least six months experience in the last two years for general transcription.
- Word Wizards – This company hires US based transcribers for various types of transcription, including audio and video.
- Written Communications – Prefers at least three years experience. Hires in the US and Canada.
Note that you will need training before you can land a job as a medical transcriber. CareerStep is one the more reputable online schools you can use for the training you need to get certified. They will even give you a voucher ($250) to get your certification from AHDI once you've completed the training.
You can read our full review of CareerStep here.
- 360 Transcription – Regularly looking for proficient medical transcribers. They appear to consider CareerStep graduates.
- Absolute Transcription – US only. Must have 3 years experience & be able to pass test.
- Acusis – Offers full and part-time employment. Requires at least three years of past transcription experience. Job description says they provide competitive compensation.
- Amphion Medical Solutions – At least two years' hospital inpatient experience transcribing the “Basic Four” or at least two years' clinic experience transcribing all specialties (>4 specialties) in addition to any formal training.
- Eight Crossings – Eight Crossings welcomes inquiries from Medical Transcriptionists with a minimum of two years experience transcribing multi-specialty medical reports. Graduates from approved transcription training programs may also be considered.
- GMR Transcription – This company does medical as well as other types of transcription. You can get in with no experience but you have to pass a test. Hiring from US & Canada only.
- Keystrokes Transcription – Has several medical transcription jobs listed that appear to be remote. The listings do specifically say no new grads accepted and that you must have at least 3 years of past experience.
- M Modal – Regularly hiring home-based medical transcribers. Must have either one year of past experience or be a recent graduate of an AHDI medical transcription program.
- NJPR – You must view their employment page for details about current open positions.
- Northeast Transcription – This company is accepting applications from new (within the past 6 months) graduates of formal medical transcription schools, with or without on-the-job experience.
- Nuance Transcription – Minimum of one year of acute-care experience to include histories & physicals, operative notes, consults and discharge summaries, as well as other report types
- Penrad Imaging – Occasionally has medical transcription opening requiring 6-12 months prior experience. Colorado only, onsite training required.
- Perfect Transcription – They require at least 3 years experience in medical transcription and at least 2 years experience in a given specialty.
- Phoenix Medcom, Inc. – They require a minimum of 3 years experience for Acute Care work, and 2 years experience transcribing for a specialty practice, clinic, surgery center, etc. Production environment experience essential.
- Precision Transcription – Hires work from home medical transcribers to work as independent contractors. Must have at least 3 yrs experience in acute care.
- Precyse – Require 3 years experience. Full-time work available.
- Preferred Transcriptions – A minimum of two year's experience in a hospital or clinical setting, or with another medical transcription service.
- Same Day Transcriptions – They hire for medical, business, and general transcription. Fill out form online to apply.
- SoftScript – Must have three to five years medical transcription experience depending on the particular transcription job you choose (they have several choices). Attractive benefits package. Only hires people residing in the U.S.
- SpectraMedi – Hires experienced medical transcribers to work at home.
- StenoMed – Looking for transcriptionists who have an in-depth understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, procedures, and treatment.
- StenTel – US only. Requires past experience or you must be graduated from an AHDI-approved program to apply for these openings.
- Superior Transcribing Service, LLC – They prefer someone who can give at least two years of experience transcribing multi-specialty medical reports or a graduate of a Medical Transcription Program.
- Terra Nova – A minimum of five years transcription experience covering many specialties is required.
- Transdyne – Looking for people with 2 + years of experience in general medical record transcription within a hospital / medical records department or a multi-specialty clinic.
- Ubiqus – Read Ubiqus Review – Hires for many different types of transcription, including medical. Required experience not listed.
- Verilogue – Hires for freelance medical transcription and translation. Requires experience and typically fluency in a foreign language.
- Word ZXpressed – Openings not always listed. You can check MTJobs.com for their listings when they are hiring.
- AI Media – Read AI Media Review – This company hires freelancers to work on captioning movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, and more. Newbies welcome. However, pay rate is on the low side.
- Caption Max – Hires work from home captioners on occasion. You may possibly need to be located in or near Minneapolis, MN.
- Rev Captions – Read Rev Review – This company regularly hires captioners to work from home.
- Vitac – Occasionally has openings for real time remote captioners. Experience is required.
More Transcription Information
I've written the following blog posts below with more details to help you!
- An overview of general transcription jobs.
- An overview of medical transcription jobs.
- An overview of legal transcription jobs.
Useful Transcription Resources
- MT Stars – An old, established forum for medical transcriptionists.
- Transcription Essentials – Transcription Essentials is a community of transcription professionals who pride themselves on their commitment to excellence.
- AHDI – A listing of reputable schools to consider for medical transcription training.
Useful E-book About Work From Home Transcription
If you want a quick, informative read that will basically sum up transcription, how it works, what sort of person is going to be good at it, and where to get started finding work, I can't recommend this book enough.
It's very inexpensive and will help you wrap your head around it all so you'll feel more confident about getting started!
I hope all of the information above is helpful to you if you are seriously considering an at-home transcription career! Good luck!
Post originally published on June 11, 2012. Updated and re-published on May 10, 2019.