All over the world, people conduct interviews, hold seminars and make calls. Many of these conversations need to be transcribed. As such, there are many websites that offer professional transcription services. Here is a list of transcription companies hiring worldwide.
Speechpad, formerly known as SpeechInk, is a transcription company based in San Francisco that hires internationally. They also offer captioning and translation jobs as well.
They pay transcribers from a low of $0.25 to a high of $2.50 per audio minute. Payment is done every Friday via Paypal.
After you have gained some experience and consistently submitted great transcripts, you can become a reviewer. A reviewer edits the work of transcribers and ensures that the transcripts are client ready.
You don’t apply to become an SP reviewer. It’s done by invitation only.
Please note that you can only get the invite if you have transcribed 1,000 minutes of audio and have scored 96 or higher.
Apply for a Speechpad account here. You will be required to take the basic transcription test. You need to score above 92.
CastingWords is also based in the United States and hires workers worldwide as well.
Payment is done weekly via Paypal. Their rate of pay is determined by the quality of audio you find.
For poor quality audios, they pay up to $1.20 per minute. You can withdraw as little as $1. Please note that your Paypal account must be verified.
To work for Casting Words, you’ll need to take a test. You will get a reply in less than 24 hours.
If you fail, you will receive a reply as well, detailing the reasons why your application was rejected. You can retake the test after one week.
Gotranscript’s audio files are split into 5-minute chunks, making it an ideal transcription site for newbies.
The highest rate they pay their transcribers is $0.60 per audio minute. To work for GT, you’ll be required to take a test. You’ll then wait to hear back from them, and that can take a few days or three weeks.
Payments are made on Friday via PayPal or Payoneer.
A common complaint from transcribers is that GT’s files are usually not good quality. However, other transcribers say that you can find relatively good files if you check the site from 10:00 P.M East Africa time.
Scribie is a transcription site for home-based freelance transcribers.
To join Scribie, you’ll need to apply to become a transcriber. If your application is approved, you’ll then receive an email notifying you of the same. You’ll then be put on a waiting list for the test.
The test is 3-6 minutes long. If you fail the test, you can retake it up to ten times. Unlike other transcription sites, Scribie pays you for transcribing this test file.
Your PayPal account MUST be verified.
Their tasks offer between $5 and $20 per audio hour. Their audio files are short, ideal for newbies, and one is given two hours to transcribe a six-minute file.
However, if you transcribe over 3 hours of transcription in a month, you’ll be paid a bonus of $5. Remuneration is made via PayPal immediately your work is approved.
Unlike other transcription sites, you can withdraw funds anytime. However, a minimal threshold of $1 must be met so as to withdraw.
As you can see from the pay, the major complaint about this site is their extremely low pay. But if you want to get your feet wet in the transcription field, you can give it a try.
TranscribeMe is yet another transcription company that was founded by Alexei Dunayev, a software engineer.
The audio files are usually very short, ranging from 1 to 2 minutes long. TM pays $0.33 per audio minute ($20 per audio hour).
You can earn more if you are multi-lingual as the site also supports Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, among other languages.
To start working as a transcriber with this site, you’ll be required to take a test. It’s not the easiest test out there and many transcribers complain of its complexity.
Workers are paid upon request for weekly tasks through PayPal.
Crowdsurf is a transcription company that offers global workers short transcription jobs via WorkMarket.
You can join CrowdSurf via this link and click on JOIN AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
Their pay rates start from $0.03 to $0.20 per minute of audio.
The major complaint with this site is that the pay is very low.
The Rev transcription site is amongst the biggest transcription companies in the world.
Depending on who you ask, Rev is either the best thing that happened to freelance transcribers or the worst thing ever.
Those who detest the site complain of the many times that Rev has closed transcription accounts, quite haphazardly, even when one has great ratings.
Transcribers are paid from $0.40 to $0.65 per minute of audio, which I must admit is much higher than what most transcription companies pay.
All work done is paid for through PayPal every week.
At TranscriptionHub, you don’t have to be an experienced transcriber to start off with them. But as you guessed, you will need to take an entry-level assessment.
Your score determines the level of work (and pay) you will receive. You can either be a Gold, Silver or Bronze worker.
In addition to the test, you need to estimate how much work you can handle every week.
Work done is paid for ONCE A MONTH through mailed check, PayPal or direct deposit. There doesn’t seem to be much talk about this site on many transcription forums.
Verbit hires internationally and is a little different in terms of style of work.
On this site, you will find documents that have already been transcribed that have been automatically assigned to the website. It is the transcriber’s job to proofread and edit the document to ensure that it is accurate.
Their sign-up process is very easy and you can start working right away.
They pay transcribers $0.30 per audio minute. The payments are done every two weeks through PayPal.
The complaint about this site seems to be the quality of the audio files. Sometimes jobs are terribly scarce.
I experience quite a bit of nostalgia when I write about Voxtab as this is where I gained plenty of transcription experience when I was starting out.
Voxtab isn’t a popular transcription site but it’s totally legit.
On Voxtab, you’ll be transcribing a lot of Asian accent files. A good pair of headphones will definitely come in handy.
Unlike many transcription companies, you won’t find a ‘We’re hiring’ tab. Instead, you’ll fill up an application form and you’ll be contacted when they need transcribers.
They pay transcribes at the rate of $27 per audio hour.
Payment is done within a 40-day payout cycle, i.e. for all work completed in January, the transcriber will send an invoice on/before 10th Feb and will be paid on/before 10th March via Paypal.
They expect transcribers to maintain a 90% accuracy rate.
An audit will be done on your transcripts, weekly, sometimes monthly.
Way With Words
Our final international transcription company is WayWithWords.net.
Though not a popular transcription site like Speechpad, TranscribeMe and Rev, this site has been around since 2001 and offers tasks in legal, entertainment, medical, market research and more industries.
The site pays between $33 and $57 for every hour of audio.
If you pass their qualification test, they require you to complete at least one hour of audio daily.
They will pay for all work done per month through direct deposit, which comes off as a challenge to most freelancers working outside the country of the company.
However, in general, they have quite an impressive reputation.
Apply to work with WayWithWords.
As you can see, there are plenty of freelance transcription opportunities out there. You don’t’ have to sign up to every site. Pick one or two that will be a good fit and get started today!