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How to earn up to R1000 per day as a transcriber

Earn an income online as a professional transcriber from anywhere in the world.

How to earn up to R1000/day as a transcriber

Can someone with no transcription experience go from complete beginner to earning one thousand rand every single day? Yes, in less than 2 weeks actually. But first let’s explain what a transcriber actually does. 

So what is a transcriber? Well, for those who are unfamiliar with this career – a transcriber listens to audio or video recordings and then types out what they hear. Have you ever watched a video that has subtitles? A transcriber had to listen to that video and type out the text into subtitles. 


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Why is the transcription field growing so quickly?

Well, since the start of the pandemic, many businesses around the world are relying on virtual meetings, lectures and webinars in order to conduct their business remotely. This has led to a soaring demand for transcribers who can transcribe recordings of these meetings and lectures. 

Transcribers can enjoy many benefits in comparison to most employees and freelancers. For example, we interviewed over 1500 transcribers and the overall majority of them stated that the best part about their job was that it was very low-stress work. As a transcriber, you do not need to deal with difficult and complex tasks or unrealistic client expectations like many other freelance professions. Additionally, transcribers can:

  •  Work from anywhere in the world, in the comfort of their own home
  • Work flexible hours as transcribers do not need to be at their desk from 8-5.
  • The average transcriber earns just over ZAR490,000 per year. 

So how do you earn R1000 per day as a transcriber within 2 weeks?

We are here to tell you the straight forward honest truth about transcription, which includes the good and the bad. When you first look at becoming a transcriber, it may seem straight forward but there is more to it than what meets the eye. (or ear in this case)

If you do not have the correct knowledge and tools to help you complete tasks quickly, transcription can be a very difficult career. You may spend hours transcribing simple 30 minute videos, ultimately causing your hourly rate to slowly dip to below minimum wage.

Even if you are an expert at typing, sometimes a difficult video will come along and you could spend the better part of a few days on just one video. 
So with the right tools and knowledge transcribers can easily earn anywhere from $50-$100 per day. This is because there are many shortcuts and tricks that allow transcribers to complete tasks much faster, thereby earning a higher hourly wage.
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AVOID these mistakes....

When you follow the right advice and use the right tools, transcription can become an extremely lucrative and easy, low-stress career. This is because when most transcribers are taking hours to transcribe a short video, you’re taking one hour max. This will allow you to take on more tasks per day as you’ll be able to complete the tasks faster. Before becoming a transcriber you should:

  •  Get certified in transcription, there are many affordable courses which range from $27-100(R400+). These courses will take you from A-Z and help save you the painful learning curve that many transcribers have to get through in the beginning of their career. Our transcription course comes standard with a Jobs Board which contains 3 pages of websites that are actively hiring transcribers. This is so that when you are certified, you can hit the ground running and start doing some paid tasks.
  • Get the the correct software so that you can complete tasks much faster, this will save you hours of time. 
  • Ensure that you have access to a laptop or desktop with internet connection.

Websites that are hiring transcribers right now

Due to the skyrocketing demand for transcribers, there are now dozens of transcription websites that are desperately seeking transcribers. However, it is important to note that these websites will often prioritize candidates who have some experience, or a certification in transcription.

1. TranscribeMe 
Expected Pay: $15-25 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

2. GMR Transcription
Expected Pay: $11-25 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

3. GoTranscript
Expected Pay: $13-55 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

4. Daily Transcription
Expected Pay: $15-50 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

Expected Pay: $15-50 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

6. Casting Words
Expected Pay: $15-35 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

7. CrowdSurf
Expected Pay: $15-29 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

8. Audio Transcription Center
Expected Pay: $15-30 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

9. 3PlayMedia
Expected Pay: $10-30 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

10. TranscriptDivas
Expected Pay: $15-20 per hour
Payment Mode: PayPal 

Interested in becoming as a transcriber?

Our course was designed by experienced transcribers with decades of experience. The course content covers everything you need to know about transcription from A-Z, including a 300+ page course, practice audio files and software recommendations and setup demonstrations. We also include an exclusive jobs board which you will have lifetime access to if you enroll. We are also running a special offer for R399 which is a 50% sale.

Take our short quiz to see if you are suited to a career in transcription