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Youtube Video Transcriber
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 18 minutes ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

We have a series of loan officer youtube videos that we need to transcribe into short, casual educational emails. We are looking for…

Transcription Transcription Timestamping General Transcription Caption Subtitles
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Looking for SDRs
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

Looking for commission-only sales reps. I will send messages from your LinkedIn on your behalf and I will build and optimize your Linke…

Transcription Sales Business Development
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Transcribe Zoom interviews
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 9 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am looking for a copy writer to transcribe/repurpose a round table discussion between 5-6 senior leaders. I am looking for a long for…

Transcription Lecture Notes Meeting Notes Blog Development
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Native Danish Speakers Needed for Data Annotation
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 11 hours ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

Position: Evaluator Responsibilities: 1. Transcribe the audios following the policy 2. Achieve the daily quality and quantity targets…

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Cantonese transcription
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 18 hours ago

$5,000
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I require Cantonese speaking natives for a court hearing transcription project. For 8 days, I require up to 7 hours of audio to be tra…

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Transcription
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 21 minutes ago

$30
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I need about 38 minutes of a video transcribed. From 4:14 - 12:15 and 52:25 - 1:21:20 File is attached Today if possible. Thank y…

Transcription US English Dialect General Transcription English Transcription Timestamping Typing Microsoft Word
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Hey Freelancers! Are you looking for a PERMANENT work-from-home job? Are you tired of working the graveyard shift? We focus on result…

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Transcription in english
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 10 hours ago

$5
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

You will need to transcribe 20 hours of youtube video in English(youtube video) , Price indicate is for mission . total video is betwee…

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Transcription is needed from Japanese to English
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 12 hours ago

$960
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

We have 6 audio files of approx. 55 to 60 minutes duration in Japanese that needs to be transcribed into English. Transcribers who hav…

Transcription English Japanese Medical Transcription Proofreading Translation Japanese to English Translation Science & Medical Translation Jobs Science & Medicine Pharmaceuticals Jobs
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Court recorder
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 20 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

I am litigating as prose and looking for court recorder for the depositions that I am performing via online meeting. Total hours for d…

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Transcriptionists on Upwork
can earn $17–$22/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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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 analyze and determine the tools or services that would best fit their specific needs and situation.

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