Transcription Companies Hiring Worldwide – At Home Transcription Jobs

Last updated on September 7, 2020

Transcription Companies Hiring Worldwide

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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.

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1. Speechpad

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.

2. Castingwords

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.

Read: PayPal – Opening an account and verifying it.

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.

Apply to work for CW.

3. Gotranscript

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.

Read: What is Payoneer and why do freelancers need it?

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.

Read: Gotranscript Review

4. Scribie

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.

5. TranscribeMe

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.

Read: TranscribeMe Review. 

6. Crowdsurf

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.

7. Rev Transcription

The Rev transcription site is among 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.

Read: Rev transcription review.

8. Transcription Hub

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.

Read: Recommended headphones selling for $50 and below. 

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.

9. Verbit

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. 

Also read: Transcription tools to enhance your productivity

10. Voxtab

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. 

Read: Choosing good headphones for maximum productivity

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.

11. Way With Words

Our final international transcription company is

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! 

About the author

Virginia Nakitari is a work from home mom passionate about making money online. She's here to show you legitimate companies offering full-time, part-time and remote jobs from home! Stay tuned!

  • Thanks Sheeroh. It’s always great to have alternatives especially with December coming up, which for me last year was a low season month, with few jobs posted on GT. I had so much time on my hands but no jobs to do. Sad to say, it took too long for the season to catch up. I will definitely get into another one of these sites to avoid being idle during the holidays. Thanks once more for sharing these.

    • For me, November and December are always great months. January can be a bit slow though hasn’t been much for me, over the past two years. Good to see you’re still psyched up.

  • Wow, thanks a lot for the info, it’s always good to have a variety of sites where one can work, especially if work seems to be less.

    Thank you once again for your time.

  • Hi Sherooh.Thanks for the info which am now informed. I’m looking forward to trying out some of these sites and I hope to get hired.

    • Very possible Victor. Many have succeeded on this freelance transcription journey. If you have good listening skills, coupled with a good command of the English language, you’re already on the right track.

  • Sheeroh you’re the best. Thank you for the sites info. I have been planning on getting back in transcribing and now I know where to go for jobs.

  • Thanks for steering us to the legitimate sites, Sheeroh. After a year of working at CrowdSurf I’m finally going to try out some other companies. I just took the Rev test and I’m waiting with my fingers crossed, but if that doesn’t work I’ll try one of the other ones.

    A couple of good things about CrowdSurf, though. First, the pay comes quickly. If you want you can take your pay out every day, although it does take a couple of days to make it to your account. Second, it’s a good place to learn transcription if your grammar skills aren’t the best. They’re pretty easygoing on that sort of thing because they have reviewers further up the line that fix the errors.

    • Keep your fingers crossed real tight for the Rev test and all the best! Indeed, do try out some of the other sites.

  • I forgot to mention that the pay rates at CrowdSurf never go as low as $0.03/audio minute. Whoever said that they pay $0.03/per audio minute was confusing the job price with the media minute price.

    The lowest pay there is $0.14/audio minute for some of the reviewer clips. The transcription clips have two pay rates: $0.17 and $0.21 (I think, or is it $0.19?) per audio minute. The highest pay rate that I’m aware of is $0.25/audio minute, and that’s for reviewing.

    On average most of the jobs pay $0.19/per media minute, not counting bonuses.

  • Good day,

    How do you login on the Verbit transcription site?
    Please send a link if you can. I need some cash for christmas.

    Zoleka (South African)

  • Hi Sheeroh,

    I am really feeling so lucky that I found this website and it’s so helpful. As a matter of fact, before landing to this page I eventually landed on your upwork profile and it was really great. I have been in touch with upwork but was working oh Murega Kiarieking for agencies and now decided to work as the full-time freelancer as a Transcriber.

    I choose transcription because of my exposure to taking a call with international clients, communication on skype, emails and my excellent listening and typing skills.

    Now here, I am interested to know which transcription website is best to work from India and all the aforementioned website are legit? Also, it really appreciates if you can share some tips and trick to be successful on upwork as transcriber? Here is what my profile looks like

    Right now I really need to implement my creativity and skills to get myself stable.

    Thanks for your time and efforts you are making to help others.

    Baljeet Singh

    • Hello Baljeet. Glad you enjoy reading my blog. All the sites mentioned above are legit. I only post sites that are. And they accept freelance transcribers from all over the world, including India. As for tips for Upwork transcribers, they are mostly the same as the ones for other freelancers in other industry but you can see specific ones here.

  • Hi Sheeroh,
    Thank you so much for your selfless sharing. What an amazing world this would be if, instead of competing with each other everyone turned the competitiveness on themselves!
    Thank you for all you do. Keep it up.

  • Hello Sherooh, I found your answer on quora, thanks for the tips so far its really helpful, I will like to know about other sites that offers payment apart from paypal, because my country dosen’t have access to it and I only use payoneer.

    • Hey Damzy. Paypal is, in many instances, the only payment method in many of these sites 🙁 But I know that Gotranscript can pay you via Payoneer, thankfully. You may want to register with the bigger freelancing sites, such as Upwork and PeoplePerHour as they incorporate a lot more payment methods.

  • Thank you so much Sheeroh..You’re such a wonderful lady..God bless you for your sincere work. You have taken so much pains in making this blog understandably. I was just trying for options other than Scribie..Haha..Thanks again..Lots of love.

    • Hi May. Have you been trained? Not that you must be trained but it will really help in passing the entry tests and eventually accessing the jobs.

  • First thing I would like to say is” I salute you Sheero! You’ve done a great job as sharing your experience and knowledge with those who are so much worried about how and where to start their career as transcriptionists. “ People who have fundamental skills for starting out their career as transcriptionists; mostly are youngsters and want to make a decent living for their own selves and their family; who have passion about this field, all are getting a lot of information about their journey.
    God bless you for this virtue. I have a question. That is- there are a lot of professional transcriptionists and even a huge number of people who are engaged working in this field and on the sites you’ve mentioned in this blogpost. If a beginner tries up working as transcriptionist, who will consider him? As there are a lot of other people working the same or even better than the newbies. What are the things that someone needs to focus on as to make his room as a professional and skilful transcriptionist? Hope I conveyed what I want to say. I need a little bit motivation.
    Regards: Arif.

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