9 work At Home Typing Jobs for Beginners

Finding online transcription jobs for beginners can sometimes be a challenge. There are many different transcription companies, and it can be hard to find one that is the right fit for you. Starting by doing transcription work part-time is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Companies hiring work from home transcriptionists often require you to take a skills test, usually consisting of a spelling test or a transcription sample. However, if you do good work, most of them are willing to give newcomers a chance. For most of them, accuracy is more important than typing speed, so take your time and follow the style guide.

Companies That Have Transcription Jobs for Beginners 


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GoTranscript is the second transcription company that I contracted to when I was first starting. They were great for when you’re first starting because most of their audio files are only 5 or 10 minutes long. Their pay rate is comparable to most companies that hire for beginners, usually around $0.60 per audio minute, but it can go higher if they have a rush file.

Most of the files I worked on for them were interviews. They also use their web-based transcription software. If you continuously get rated well on your transcription work, you have the opportunity to become an editor.


Rev is a favorite place for transcriptionists to start. When you first get hired, they even pay you to train. They offer a few different types of work from home jobs. If data entry is your thing, they also provide jobs as captioning video and translation jobs.

Their rate is usually around $0.36 to $0.65 an audio minute for transcriptionists. However, they do let you choose your files.


Tigerfish Transcription Services has been around since the 80s. It began as a one-person transcription company (sound familiar) and has grown into one of the most trusted names in the biz.

I’ve heard they pay $0.005 per word, but I’ve never worked for them. So if you have any experience with Tigerfish, I would love to hear about it.


Another company near and dear to my heart. They also require a transcription test. However, they are another company that uses it’s own transcription software, although most files you can download and transcribe into word if you wish.

They say they pay $0.25 to $2.50 per audio minute, but when I worked for them, I think $1.00 was the highest I saw. At Speechpad there are also strict rules about returning jobs, but usually, if you send them an email, they’ll let you back on the platform to work. They pay twice a week, and there are opportunities to advance to an editor role.


TranscribeMe is another excellent platform for when you are first starting. They have their online transcription software, so make sure you read the guide because it works a little differently than the others. Once you pass the test they offer opportunities to advance to different specialties within the company.

As a new hire, you will mostly be working on two to four-minute clips of audio, so it’s great for someone who only has a few minutes to make some extra cash. They pay out weekly, with a $20 minimum cashout.


This company has one of the highest pay rates for new transcribers. However, they do charge a $39 dollar exam fee when you apply. 

When I was working for them they had some pretty quick turn around times, and so it was a bit of a challenge. But if you’re up for the task give them a shot.

3 Play Media

Working for 3 Play is more than just transcribing. You will actually be correcting and editing mostly video transcriptions. They use their own software called STOWE, which has a learning curve to it. But once you get the hang of it, they’re super fun to work for.

They pay out weekly, and their pay rate is usually between $0.60 and $1.60, depending on audio quality.


With nice short audio files, Scribie is perfect for when you’re just getting the hang of general transcription. There are opportunities to advance to reviewer and proofreader if you can prove yourself here. You could also earn bonuses depending on the hours of transcription you can complete in a month.

GMR Transcription

I do have to say, GMR has been one of my favorite companies to work for. They usually have reasonable turnaround times and pay ranges from between $0.65 and $1.50 an audio minute. They are also very personable to work with. You don’t feel like just another cog in the machine.

They hire beginners and experienced transcriptionists alike, so if you think you can cut it, I would suggest giving GMR a shot.

Transcription Jobs for Beginners Are Everywhere!

There are many more transcription companies that will hire beginners, so don’t stop looking if none of these are hiring. And check back often, because things change all the time. Don’t be afraid to take the test again if you don’t pass the first time. The more you work at it, the better you will get!

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Lauren is a work from home Transcriptionist and loves the freedom freelancing brings her. She is currently learning about web design and graphic design and hopes to branch out into branding/brand management. In her free time, she makes her own jewelry.

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