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African American male VO for 3 min audio Fixed-price ‐ Posted 12 days ago

$50
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, we are looking for native African female Voice Talent to record 3 min corporate video in English Budget 50$ Please send me your…

Transcription African American English Accent US English Dialect Male Narration Voice-Over Middle-Aged Adult Voice Acting Afrikaans English
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Lebanese Voice Talent to record 2 spots Fixed-price ‐ Posted 11 days ago

$200
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, we are looking for native Arabic Voice Talent to record Lebanese dialect to record 2 spots for UAE. Please find audio for accen ref…

Transcription Lebanese Arabic Dialect Female Male Narration Voice-Over Middle-Aged Adult Voice Acting Arabic
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Recruiting seasoned Transcribers agencies Fixed-price ‐ Posted 10 days ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are currently seeking a professional Transcription Agency to collaborate with our team, specializing in converting audio or video r…

Transcription English General Transcription
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I have an 8-module course which is about 14 hours of video that have been transcribed already so we aren't starting from scratch rather…

Transcription Google Docs Error Detection English Proofreading
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Audio Transcription in Armenian Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 days ago

$5
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Intermediate
Experience level

Hi guys, I need someone who can transcribe 4 audios in Armenian. For me is vital to have bare text, even with mistakes. Please double…

Transcription General Transcription Armenian
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Native Japanese - English Medical Transcriber Fixed-price ‐ Posted 11 days ago

$150
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We're seeking for native or bilingual Japanese and English Transcribers for a project involving transcribing 100 medical interviews fro…

Transcription Documentation Proofreading Japanese English General Transcription
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Entry
Experience level

SEEKING HONG KONG CANDITATE We're looking for an individual with excellent penmanship and interest in business administration. You mu…

Transcription Administrative Support English
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COURT REPORTING Services Needed Hourly ‐ Posted 9 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We're in need of VIRTUAL court reporting services for a three-day-long Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearing scheduled…

Transcription Legal Assistance Legal Legal Transcription
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Artsakh dialect to Russian transcription of 7 audios Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 days ago

$5
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi guys, Zhohovurd privet! I am looking for the person who speaks Artsakh dialect (Armenian) and can do Artsakh to Russian (or English)…

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Recruiting Australian native speakers for recording Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 days ago

$30
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Entry
Experience level

Recruiting Australian native speakers for recording projects Very simple recording project No skills required As long as you are an Aus…

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Transcriptionists on Upwork
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How to Become a Freelance Transcriptionist

Whether you’re a former employee of a transcription company looking for a remote full-time job or you’re looking to learn the skills to become a freelance transcriptionist, we’ll help guide you through the necessary steps to start your career. If you can type what you hear quickly and accurately, you might have what it takes to become a freelance transcriptionist.

What does a freelance transcriptionist do?

A general transcriptionist is responsible for the documentation and conversion of voice recordings. The job involves listening to audio, such as interviews, notes, and messages, and converting them into written documents. Transcriptionists are typically skilled in grammar, spelling, and punctuation with a proficient word-per-minute typing speed.

There are several types of transcription services, and as a freelance transcriptionist, you should be aware of them. The job might involve working with recordings in the legal or medical field, as well as in other areas that are highly confidential. Jobs for transcriptionists in these specialized industries typically require some form of certification and extensive experience.

What skills do I need to become a freelance transcriptionist?

When searching for transcription jobs and pitching to clients, you need to effectively communicate your skills to help you stand out from other transcriptionists competing for the same projects.

Common skills a freelance transcriptionist should possess include:

  • Patience. When working with low-quality audio, it's important that transcriptionists take the time to patiently work through a recording and, if necessary and possible, ask questions regarding the recording to ensure accuracy.
  • Excellent typing. Freelance transcriptionists need to be excellent typists, providing both speed and accuracy.
  • Computer skills. Whether using common word processing software or specialized transcription software, transcriptionists must have a high comfort level navigating computer and software environments.
  • Fluency in the language being typed. Transcriptionists face a number of challenges during the course of their day. Not being fluent in the language they are typing in should not be one of them. Fluency helps transcriptionists use contextual and grammatical clues to make better choices of words or phrases that may be unclear in the audio files.
  • Excellent grammar and spelling. A core skill of all transcriptionists is the ability to spell and write properly. Transcriptionists often have to correct grammatically incorrect language when transcribing. In addition, each word must be spelled properly, and correct punctuation must be used.
  • Exceptional editing. It’s important that freelance transcriptionists can edit during the online transcription process. Not every conversation, interview, or dictation will be recorded using proper grammar. The transcriptionist must be capable of editing audio so that it becomes readable when transformed into a written document.

What are the core freelance transcriptionist job responsibilities?

Freelance transcriptionists will find a variety of jobs that require slightly different requirements. However, there are core responsibilities they can be expected to fulfill, including the following:

  • Provide accurate transcriptions of interview recordings, meetings, and notes
  • Proofread all transcribed documents prior to submission for approval
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure proper assignments and objectives
  • Provide weekly report highlighting pending work, projects in progress, and completed projects
  • Clean up any grammatical errors encountered from audio recordings
  • Use Microsoft Word or transcription software such as oTranscribe or Express Scribe when transcribing audio

Should I get a degree or certification as a freelance transcriber?

In addition to developing your skills, obtaining a degree and/or professional certification can help set your Upwork profile apart. Getting a degree or certification is not a requirement for all transcription jobs. In some cases, only a high school diploma is required, especially if you already have extensive transcription experience.

If you choose to pursue higher education to become a transcriptionist, popular degrees or certifications include:

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or business administration
  • General Transcription Certification—offered by the Transcription Certification Institute
  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT)—offered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
  • Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)—offered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)

Jump-start your freelance transcription career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance transcriptionist jobs on Upwork? Check out these additional resources:

Upwork is not affiliated with and does not sponsor or endorse any of the tools or services discussed in this section. These tools and services are provided only as potential options, and each reader and company should take the time needed to adequately analyse and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

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