I have been a transcriptionist on and off since 1999 (and actually also transcribed at work from 1988 until 2003 also as a legal secretary). I love it. I have always typed, since I was 11, and taught myself of an old blue manual typewriter. I type about 110 words per minute, and make a LOT of mistakes. But the trusty spell check and good proofreading skills help me out —
From my blog that is barely begun at www.line-bright.com —
How I got into transcription — written in 2001
I thought an intro of how the typing business really took off might be fitting here… From my old web site—
Stay tuned for the REST of the story – how my typing business idea took shape as long ago as 1993, and how things have panned out since 2001….
My intro and how I got started in all this!! It took 7 years, and if I would have all these tips at my fingertips it may not have taken me that long! Now, I’m in legal and corporate transcription, so that’s what I’m familiar with, so these specific sites may help a transcriptionist more than another kind of at-home worker. However, the workaholics4hire.com and the money-making mommies site both list other kinds of jobs. I, however, have no experience in those other jobs or how many might be listed or their legitimacy.
I would very much appreciate any more sites any others may have on other kinds of legitimate work-at-home jobs in order to make this site as helpful as possible!
* workaholics4hire.com/ Telecommuting Jobs Database Listings for telecommuters/workers at home, including a free job search page and newsletter. I obtained two of my at-home employers at this site.
* MTDAILY.COM Site for transcriptionists, including medical, legal, and general transcriptionists sharing boards and job search boards, among other helpful links. You can specifically look here for companies that actively hire legal transcriptionists and sometimes also general transcriptionists:
current note: This is now a paid site, but there are still a lot of good areas on there, some that are free.
* A little collection of mom’s comments that work at home doing MT (medical transcription): http://www.mtdaily.com/mt1/children.html
* http://www.mtdaily.com/faq.html All about Medical Transcription, if you are interested in getting into that field!I personally would like to learn a whole lot more about it once Ryan is in school and I can return to school myself, to broaden my area of business a little.
current note: I probably won’t be doing this now, but it’s amazing how many areas of transcription there are!
* http://www.moneymakingmommy.com/ MONEY-MAKING MOMMY job site, including transcriptionist jobs.
* http://www.emediamillworks.com FDCH, nka EMEDIAMILLWORKS, a company for which I have type conference transcription. This consists of typing, over the internet, with a Start-Stop pedal, conference calls of various businesses that they do quarterly. They have very busy
periods quarterly in the year during which you can do a lot of work.
* http://www.aaert.org/docs.htm An example of the type of legal transcription I do, although I am not a court reporter, so this site consists of some court reporting information that I’m not real
familiar with! But those type of typing samples is what I do in my legal transcription job:
o How I got into transcription — written in 2001
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o Goal for this site –