Working from home as a transcriptionist can be a fun and exciting career for those who have excellent attention to detail and a strong work ethic.

What is a transcriptionist

A transcriptionist is a professional typist who listens to recorded or live audio files and converts into text format what they hear. They offer their services to medical, legal, and general transcription industry.

Transcribing entails listening to recorded audio (or video) and typing what you hear word-for-word. The audio files are varied and can include focus groups for market research, interviews, meetings, phone calls, zoom calls et

In general, transcriptionists are required to have an excellent command of language and grammar, a high degree of attention to detail, and a computer with high-speed internet access

Earning Potential

Depending on your skill level and expertise, you can expect to earn anywhere from $20 to $45 an hour as an at home transcriptionist. In the beginning, your pay will be on the low end of the scale. The more clients and experience you get, the higher your pay will be. When you start to prove your skill and earn a reputation for timely, quality service, you will be able to charge higher rates.

In demand transcriptionist jobs

Medical transcriptionist

Media transcriptionist

Companies where you can apply for transcription work

GoTranscriptprovides transcription services, translations, subtitling, and captions. This company uses human transcribers to ensure quality and accuracy. It has a 4.9 out of 5 stars rating, and it has several pricing options depending on how large a project is and how quickly customers need the transcript returned to them.

Go Transcript also offers a free trial, a customer loyalty program, a student discount, and a pricing calculator. Customers can also access helpful tools, such as a mobile app and a YouTube downloader.

For transcribers

Scribie. The core skill we are looking for is the ability to correct manual and automated transcripts. is a audio/video transcription service where you can get high quality transcripts of your interviews, meetings, podcasts, videos, webinars, etc

Work at your convenience and earn $5 to $20 per audio hour. We provide automated transcripts to save you around 60% of the typing effort. No obligations, monthly commitments, withdrawal limits.
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Crowdsurf pays by the minute.

And as a freelance transcriptionist for Crowdsurf, you’ll be creating video captions for deaf, hard of hearing, and second language viewers.

Quicktate offers a wide range of transcription services.

And like most transcribing jobs, a certain level of English fluency is required. But, if English isn’t your forte, Quicktate also has foreign language transcribing opportunities

While not currently hiring, Tigerfish should be on the radar of all up-and-coming transcribers.

One of the juiciest bits about Tigerfish is that they have an impressive list of clients, like Gap and Newsweek – just to name a few.

GMR Transcription is looking for career-minded transcriptionists.

While no experience is necessary to apply, a general transcriptionist can increase their pay rates by taking on more complex assignments.

Transcription Outsourcing LLC is looking for transcriptionists based in the United States.

The company also has a blog dedicated to the transcription industry. So, if you’re a fresh-faced transcriber and would like to know more, be sure to check it out.

eScribers is one of the larger legal transcription companies in the United States.

You need to be legally “eligible” to work in the US, so even if you’re living abroad, you can still freelance.

3Play Media offers the opportunity to become a transcriptionist in either English or Spanish.

They’re also looking for editors to edit imperfect transcriptions

A highly selective and exclusive transcription company, Babbletype is always on the lookout for new talent.

Babbletype specializes in market research reports, and this requires a high level of accuracy. And although you’ll be an independent contractor, you’ll be an integral part of the team.

After filling out the online application, Pioneer Transcription Services will give you a transcription test.

Pass the test, and then you’ll begin your journey as a subcontractor for transcription jobs.

Daily Transcription specializes in entertainment, corporate, legal, and academic transcription.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced transcriptionist, you’ll receive training and feedback from the team.

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Bestselling Book Genres

When you look at best-selling fiction books and non-fiction books on Amazon and consider the number of books sold, the popularity of book's genre differs between paper books and ebooks.

The top five selling categories for hard copy books on Amazon are:

  1. Memoirs and Biographies.
  2. Self Help.
  3. Religion and Spirituality.
  4. Health, Fitness, and Dieting.
  5. Politics and Social Sciences.

The top five selling categories for ebooks on Amazon are:

  1. Religion and Spirituality.
  2. Biographies and Memoirs.
  3. Business and Money.
  4. Self Help.
  5. Cookbooks, food, and vine.

Book Genres That Make the Most Money

Since different book genres have different expectations from readers, some genres are more profitable per book than others. This means that whilst a genre might sell fewer books, they may be more profitable.

A recent report examined the overall profitability of each book genre.

The top five more profitable categories on are:

  1. Romance/Erotica ($1.44 billion).
  2. Crime/Mystery ($728.2 million).
  3. Religious/Inspirational ($720 million).
  4. Science Fiction/Fantasy ($590.2 million).
  5. Horror ($79.6 million).

Bestselling Audiobook Genres

In recent years, audiobooks have become increasingly popular with the success of services such as Audible. A recent report, showed audiobook sales increased by nearly 25% between 2017 and 2018, and total sales approached nearly $1 billion.

The top five bestselling genres of audiobook are:

  1. Literature & Fiction.
  2. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
  3. Science Fiction.
  4. Fantasy.
  5. Romance.
  6. Business & Money.

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1. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

2. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

3. E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

4. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

5. Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

6. Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0

7. E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker

8. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

9. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

10. E.L. James, Fifty Shades Freed

11. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

12. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

13. Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train

14. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

15. Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

16. George Orwell, 1984

17. Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

18. Kathryn Stockett, The Help

19. Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

20. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

21. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

22. Michelle Obama, Becoming

23. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

24. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

25. Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People

26. Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

27. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

28. Veronica Roth, Divergent

29. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

30. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

31. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

32. Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

33. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

34. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

35. Mark Sullivan, Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

36. Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

37. R. J. Palacio, Wonder

38. Sarah Young, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

39. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

40. Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

41. Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

42. Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

43. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

44. Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

45. George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

46. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

47. Roger Priddy, First 100 Words

48. William P. Young, The Shack

49. Veronica Roth, Insurgent

50. Lois Lowry, The Giver

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