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How to Become a Transcriptionist

Do you want a career where you can earn over $15-$25 an hour working part-time from home? Then consider becoming a transcriptionist.

Transcription work is still in demand for companies who need their interviews, focus groups, podcasts, etc, transcribed. There are many ways to work as a transcriptionist, but I recommend starting out your career by subcontracting for transcription companies.

How to Become a Transcriptionist will teach you everything you need to know about working with and getting hired by well-paying transcription companies.

With this course, you’ll go from a transcription newbie to a confident transcriptionist with skills that transcription companies will hire you for.

This comprehensive course is designed to help you:

  • Jumpstart your transcription career by teaching you how to avoid low-paying jobs, showcasing the minimal equipment you need without breaking the bank, and explaining how to apply to companies

  • Strengthen your typing and grammar skills to become a more efficient transcriptionist

  • Practice transcribing short audio files with Express Scribe so you’re ready to apply to transcription companies

  • Create a transcription-specific cover letter and resume - even if you don’t have prior transcription experience

  • Find the best companies to work for that hire beginners - plus, learn how to spot a scam

  • Know how to manage the business side of transcription as a subcontractor

  • Learn how to grow your transcription career and increase your earnings

Apply to transcription companies with confidence

Beginning a new career may feel overwhelming. You may want to earn money from home but aren’t sure if transcription is a good fit for you or wonder how much of an investment it takes to start. You may wonder if you have the right skills or experience.

The truth is that starting out as a transcriptionist is hard work. You need to dedicate time to practicing transcription before you’ll be ready to apply to companies. But once you take the time and effort to build your skills and understand what companies are looking for, you’ll be confident when applying to companies and starting your career.

Course overview

How to Become a Transcriptionist will give you a blueprint on the steps to transcription success, from understanding how the industry works to practicing with transcription software to build up your skills and finally how to land a job as a subcontractor for a transcription company.

This course has 22 screencast video lessons to take you through learning the basics about the industry all the way to expanding your career and increasing your earnings. You’ll also have access to audio projects, list of companies to apply to, typing and grammar resources, resume examples, and more.

The tutorials in this course will cover:

  • An introduction to the transcription industry

  • Using Express Scribe to download, play, and work with audio

  • Transcribing audio and editing the transcript

  • Setting up Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect to create text expanders

  • Working with style guides

  • Best practices for creating transcription resumes and applying to transcription companies

  • The ins and outs of being a subcontractor and increasing your income

  • Three practice audio files with answers

  • Bonus material

By the end of the course, you will have transcribed three files, created a transcription resume, and be ready to start your transcription career.

Who is this course for

  • US-based Students who want to work from home as a transcriptionist but aren’t sure how to start their career. *Non-US students can still learn from this course but might have more difficulty getting hired by well-paying US-based companies

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Subjects Business
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so far

Very good overview so far.

So far, yes it is.

This course is great so far.

So far this is great information that clearly explains what transcriptionists do and how they are paid by subcontractors.

it's a good course, so far, but i'm struggling to retain.

Very well spoken and helpful advice given So far, the subject has been described clearly I'm super happy, the content is clear and simple to understand.

Just started this course but so far it's succinct, to the point and very informative This course is definitely a good match and the instructor gives valuable insights to the world of transcriptionists.

good experience with the course so far, also if we know about some tools for transcription, it would be better.

Yes so far.

The audio is clear, and Chelsea seems to be very thorough so far in explaining what it would be like to be a transcriptionist etc.

So far, so good.

yes I am understanding everything so far So far yes.

Thanks Chelsea and God's blessings to you!...Debra T. So far, I’ve learned several new things about transcription & I’m only on the 2nd video!

Informative so far.

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easy to follow

Easy to follow with a lot of really useful advice and tips.

I believe it is easy to follow along to and well laid out.

Examples, samples, and suggestions that are easy to follow, research and implement.

A quick and easy to follow course with very useful information for a beginner.

Due to the easy to follow format and bookmark options, I will be able to review any of the materials quickly.

Very informative and easy to follow course.

This is a wonderful course that is easy to follow and includes helpful tips and resources for getting started.

Easy to follow, good examples provided.

Very clear and easy to follow sofar.

Overall though I found Chelsea's course easy to follow and very helpful as an introduction into the world of transcription.

The instructor was easy to follow and understand as well as pleasant to listen to.

The instructor was easy to follow and clear to understand and I did not have problems to follow her; however, to make it more like a teaching experience, slowing down a bit in her speech would be helpful.

Very informative, easy to understand and easy to follow.

The instructor was very engaging and easy to follow.

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practice files

Very helpful, particularly the practice files and practical tips.

With this being my second course, I can already feel an improvement in my transcription and will continue to practice with another course and then just practice files.

The course includes practice files with single and multiple speakers, completed transcripts to compare your own work against, and a transcription style guide to use when doing the practice files.

The practice files are very useful and the resource material very helpful.

There are also practice files included.

I do wish there were more practice files, but overall, it was a great course - especially for the price!

The audio practice files provided really helps with showing what it is like to transcribe files.

I appreciate the practice files, examples shown, as well as the tips and tricks that you are actually walked through setting up as opposed to just glossing over the topic.

I loved the practice files and am ready to take the next course to learn even more.

There were more practice files to work on and grammar downloads.

Great practice files to work with and additional reference files.

I can't wait to try out the practice files.

Worth every penny, lots of information, and practice files.

I really appreciated the practice files and course information provided.

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get started

Yes, it was a good introduction and gave good information on how to get started and what to practice on.

I feel very prepared about what transcription is and how to get started.

Provides all of the basic information that you need to get started.

Templates and information sheets,which you can download,are provided to help you get started.

There is not many courses online that offer the resources to get started in this feild.

I feel I have everything I need to get started.

Very helpful and gave a good insight on how to get started.

I feel it's provided a great base to get started pursuing this as a business while also practicing to improve actual skill set.

I can't wait to get started with my transcribing career.

Yes I am anxious to get started.

A lot of great, practical information on how to get started.

Lots of information on how to get started.

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becoming a transcriptionist

Just starting this journey on becoming a Transcriptionist, and this course has provided a wealth of information leading to the completion of my goal!

Did not expect to learn so much about becoming a transcriptionist.

I had originally tried to jump in to transcribing without benefit of any classes (huge mistake) Great short course and introduction to becoming a Transcriptionist.

The course covered everything I need to know to equip me to becoming a transcriptionist.

Very thorough course on becoming a transcriptionist.

I learned, earnestly, the beginnings of becoming a transcriptionist.

Becoming a transcriptionist is a little more difficult than I realised but I am determined to home my skills using the tools provided in the two courses.

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good match for

I believe this course will be a good match for me.

Yes, so far it's a good match for me.

This course seems to be a good match for me.

I believe this course is a good match for me.

Yes, this course was a good match for me.

It was a very good match for me.

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need to know

Not a lot of detail or depth, but just the right amount of info to help me decide if transcription is for me, and what I need to know to get started.

I enjoyed and learned a lot from this thorough, well-produced course that explains everything you need to know to become a transcriptionist.

Chelsea was wonderful, she hit all the important highlights of what we need to know.

It's straight to the point and full of what you need to know in order to get started, rather than fillers.

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really enjoyed

I really enjoyed it!

I really enjoyed completing the hands-on practice dictations.

I really enjoyed the practice files and even learned some from those!

I really enjoyed this course.

I really enjoyed it.

Really enjoyed this course.

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looking forward

Looking forward to hands-on work.

It was engaging all the way through and I'm looking forward to the next course by this same instructor.

I'm looking forward to specializing in transcription services as I move away from generalized virtual assistant gigs I have completed about half of the course and I have already learned more than expected.

Very detailed in explaining, it is motivating and realistic, I'm looking forward to more.

I'm still interested and looking forward to doing this type of work.

Good information so far, looking forward to the rest of the course.

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at home

I think it was important that she emphasized how to conduct transcription work in a professional way like a normal job even if you are doing it at home.

I am looking for at home work, with two young children.

I want to practice many times in order to get a job that I can work at home.

I enjoyed this lesson because I found it helpful to compare the monetary differences of working a regular job and working at home.

I want to work at home and I have a monthly amount I would like to make.

I work outside the home, but I would love to work at home.

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express scribe

I would have liked a little more hands-on training on how to use Express Scribe Pro...mainly, how to transcribe?

I feel secure with all the help from Chelsea; just breaking into transcription work online, though I do have real-life experience from previous office work; it was clerical for the Court system; so I want to try getting into legal transcription as soon as possible; we also were old school with a transcription Machine and we used Cassettes; love the newer Audio Players - mine is Express Scribe Pro.

Also, the instructor just skimmed over the areas that were most important to me, such as using Express Scribe, Microsoft Word, downloading files, etc.

I really enjoyed this course and I look forward to gaining more practice with her other transcription course which has a lot more practice and goes more in-depth about how to navigate Express Scribe.

She goes a bit too fast for me when she describes how to download audios into Express Scribe and I found it confusing to figure out as a non-tech savvy newbie.

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follow along

I can follow along so far.

The course is very easy to follow along eith and clear to understand practical application and realistic So far very informatative.

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Rating 4.5 based on 373 ratings
Length 1.5 total hours
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $15
From Udemy
Instructor Chelsea Flint
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Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Home Business Other Business

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