Many stay-at-Home Moms are seeking for a flexible way to earn money while looking after their children. Most of them search for such jobs online, but it becomes hard to find the legitimate jobs. That’s why I’ve prepared and educative article How Stay-at-Home Moms in Kenya can make money transcribing.
Also, read online money making ideas for stay at home moms.
As a home blogger (which another way to earn online) who has been advising Stay-at-Home Moms various way to earn money online while looking after children, I propose to start with transcription.
Reason why I encourage Stay-at-Home Moms to start with transcription job
- It is a flexible job which you can do it at home while looking after your children.
- You set your hours when to do the work. You can choose to work 2 hours or more in a day and earn real money
- It does not require any experience to start.
What is transcription?
Transcription is listening to recording either in the form of audio or video and converts it to a written document. Your job is to listen to video or audio and type it out exactly the way you hear.
Since it does not require any experience and it definition sounds that it’s an easy job. Is Transcription easy? Well, it’s a lot harder and more involving than just that.
- All Audio are not created the same. Some files have poor audio which is not clear; others have an accent that you can’t understand, speaking over each other or there is background noise in the audio. So, such file requires a lot of listening and can take longer to type it out which is hard for beginners.
- Think the facts that these companies you are working for have instruction in place, which in transcription are called style guide. You need to know this style guide in and out which sometimes can be intimidating.
N.B.: A style guide is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or a specific publication, organization, or field.
Types of transcription
There are different types of transcription, each of which requires a different level of skills and different equipment to transcribe.
- General transcription
General transcription is typing out any audio- dictation, lectures, conference calls, phone messages, workshops, interviews, speeches, podcasts, videos, and webinars. The best part in general transcription you doesn’t require any training or certification to start working.
- Legal transcription
Legal transcription you need to be familiar and experience with legal terms and procedures.
- Medical transcription
Medical transcription you need to have experience in medical field and familiarize yourself with medical terms.
- Financial/Corporate transcription
Financial transcriptionist requires transcriber has a good knowledge of the particular industry like earnings report and annual meetings.
Am going to focus on general transcription, it’s much simpler for a beginner and doesn’t require any work experience or skills.
Critical skills needed to be a successful general transcriber
- Good listening
As you know, transcription is listening to audio and typing out. This skill is obvious and given that earning in this field is determined by performance, complete transcription fast, and accuracy. A good listener will complete transcription quick and accurate.
- Good grammar
A transcriptionist must have a good command of the English language. Must be able to differentiate words like their and there, precedent and the president so that the final type out may read well and make logic to the reader.
- Excellent research skills
Since some of the audio are unclear or have interferences. You will encounter the name of people, town or streets which are not clear and to ensure correct spelling you need to have excellent research skills.
- Attention to instruction
Most of the companies or clients that are offering transcription jobs give instruction to follow. A transcriptionist must pay attention to details to give the best desired final work.
- Typing skills
Typing skill is obvious skills since you will be typing document and sometimes you will be working on a rush job. A typing speed of 35wmp and above is required. It’s not much-needed for a beginner, but when you become an experienced transcriptionist, typing speed will set you apart from other crowd and earn a decent income. To improve typing skills you can visit http://www.typingtest.com/ or download Mavis Beacon and practice offline
This skill is much-needed sometimes you might get files that are not clear, and you are forced to repeat files many times to get exact words. If you are not patient, you will end up delivering shoddy work resulting to less pay.
Tools needed for transcription
Any working computer or laptop would be better
A good quality headphone is essential tools. You need to hear audio clear without interference.
Reliable internet connection to help download the audios
Transcription software. The most commonly used transcription software is the express scribe.
Where to find transcription jobs as Stay-at-Home Mom
TranscribeMe is the greatest opportunity for stay at home moms to earn online at home while looking after your kids. It works only on Google Chrome browser.
How to open account
Click the link below and open your account
Fill in the account information details and get started.
Once you’ve completed filling account information detail, you go through TranscribeMe style guide. After completed that and understood the style guide you can sit for a transcriber test. If you pass the test, the operation team will contact you to move next step but if you fail you can repeat exam after 24 hours.
Why open account at TranscribeMe
It offers short 10-second audio files that you can transcribe anywhere all over the world.
You can choose hours to work according to your flexibility.
You don’t need to have any experience to start working in TranscribeMe. However, you need to have an excellent command of English, Good typing speed of around 40wmp and good listening skills.
It accepts transcribers from all over the world, not like many which allow only U.S. residents.
You can choose which files to work.
I’ve discovered TranscribeMe is a good place for beginners to start and sharpen their transcription skills.
How do they pay?
TranscribeMe offers small files a minute long. They pay $0.33 per audio minute or $20 per audio hour. TranscribeMe pays through PayPal, and you’ll be paid weekly for the job you complete.
You can only request payment once you reach a minimum $10
The only disadvantage they allow one method of payment PayPal.
Rev is another legitimate site to work online as a transcriber. Before it was well-known as FoxTranscribe and FoxTranslate, and it is based in San Francisco, CA.
How to open account
Fill in personal information. Take grammar test. There is a writing section where you write short educative stories. Last take audio file test.All this takes 60 minutes to complete.
Why open account in Rev.com
You can work at home, and all you need is computer and good internet connection
You choose which hours to work
You have a choice to choose which files to work.
It allows an application to any part of the world. So, you can work anywhere.
How do you earn
Rev pays weekly via PayPal for all completed files. They pay a range of $0.40 –$0.65 per audio minute.
Scribie is another great way Stay-at-Home Moms can earn money doing transcription jobs. Visit Scribie.com and fill in an application form. Unlike other sites where you sit for an exam immediately, scribie you are kept waiting until you are invited to take the test.
Scribie files are divided into 6-minute audio files or less, and they give you 2 hours to complete the file. The best part you can request an extension of 1 hour if you have not completed your audio. That sounds good for beginners with low typing speed and Stay-at-Home moms who have other responsibility.
It allows applicants from all over the world, and they pay using PayPal. They pay $10 per audio hour. You are authorized to withdraw any amount regardless of your account balance, and it takes one day to reflect on your PayPal account. However, if you withdrawal amount below $30 you are charged a fee of 2%.
Except working as a transcriber, you can earn through their affiliate or referral program. Once you invite a new transcriber through your unique referral link in your profile, you receive 5% lifetime commission on the pay of those you have referred. Also if you introduce client who gives files to be transcribed to the site you earn 10% lifetime commission on orders.
What you are waiting for moms you see there are legitimate jobs you can make money at home while looking after your children. Read More legitimate companies that are employing Stay-at-Home Moms online here. If you are doing transcription job, don’t hesitate to share more information that I’ve left out in the comment section below and share this post.