Transcription jobs – work from home

March 2024

Immediate Start

Interested in a transcription job? Would you love to work from home? Hate commuting to work? Like flexible hours?
The Transcript Heroes transcriptionist team could be for you!

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What do you pay a transcriptionist?

Usually, the first thing that people want to know is – how much do you pay? Let’s just be upfront and get this out of the way. 

In NOVEMBER 2023 our highest rate was $2.25/minute of recording transcribed, with the lowest rate $0.98/minute. The average rate over the month was $1.16/minute. 

The rates we offer our team vary depending on the specifics of the client’s order. The more time or skill it takes to transcribe a project (e.g. timestamps, poor audio quality, more than two people talking) the higher the charge to the client. In turn, the higher the rate for the typist.

Just to be clear from the outset, we do NOT want to short change our transcriptionists. This is not what Transcript Heroes is about and we never will be. We pride ourselves on beating the average hourly rate for transcriptionists working in Canada. As a company, we also commit to enabling contractors to hit above the Canadian Living Wage.

Transcript Heroes pays the highest, or near the highest, transcription contractor rates in Canada. Having fair and generous rates has meant that many of our loyal team have been with us for a number of years.

Is being a transcriptionist for me?

This is well-paid work for people who view themselves as established and professional transcriptionists.

We enlist independent transcription contractors to deliver typing services across a diverse range of projects. When you partner with us, you provide a service that we, in turn, procure. Consequently, as a transcriptionist on our team, you are a business owner, or contractor, not an employee or part-time worker. In this dynamic, we take on the role of clients rather than bosses. We offer the projects for you to accept or decline.

We recognize that for some of our contractors, transitioning from an employee mindset to a business owner mindset may be something new.

Running a business provides considerable freedom, but it also carries specific responsibilities. If your services don’t meet our high standards, we simply stop purchasing from you. While we are here for guidance, and to answer your questions, we don’t train transcriptionists. We trust you to be a seasoned professional; you understand your role as a business owner who provides a service, rather than an employee under a boss’s supervision.

If this is an entirely new concept, please take the time to consider if this kind of working relationship aligns well with your career goals before you send in your application.

How will I get paid?

Contractors email their invoices detailing the month’s projects. We compare this to our records and, usually within 14 days, payment will be in your bank account.

How can I get a job with Transcript Heroes?

Our acceptance standards for applicants are high. We give our clients a 14-day 200% Guarantee on accuracy and timelines and so we need our team to have standards that are equally high.

If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

Please note, we get 10–15 applications a week, so we will only contact applicants we are certain will make it to the next stage of the process. If Human Resources approves your application (the team usually does a review every 30 days) we will contact you for a quick test and a phone interview.

Good Luck!

Application Form

ONLY: Canadian Tax Residents.
For legal and tax purposes, all contractors need to be Canadian Tax Residents.
Yes. As strange as it might seem these days, we do want to talk with you before we send you a project. We are not going to send projects to people we have not talked with.
We like to see the depth of experience you are bringing. The less info you supply, the less we have to go on, and the harder it will be to make a decision on your suitability.
Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 5 GB.
What country will the work be completed in?(Required)

First Language(Required)

References: Verification of Experience(Required)
If needed at a later stage, could you provide contact details of employers or clients who could verify your work experience and work quality? If you progress, we will be calling your references before we give you any work.

How many hours of recording have you transcribed in total over your career?*(Required)

Of this total amount of transcribed audio, what percentage roughly was as an independent contractor?(Required)
As an independent contractor / business owner – how many clients or different businesses do you currently do work for?(Required)
How many hours of groups (3 or more people talking) have you transcribed?(Required)

How many hours of "poor quality" recordings have you transcribed?(Required)

Please paste links to any places you advertise your services. Websites, noticeboards etc. Or links to sites you commonly find transcription clients/projects. This helps us determine your level of experience as a contractor.
How many hours of recording a week can you roughly commit to transcribing?*(Required)
Based on clear, one-to-one recordings – no tricky extras, or extra time requirements etc. NOTE: There is often confusion with this, this is the length of the recording NOT the time you take to type it e.g. a 3-hour recording might take 9 hours to transcribe etc. depending on your speed etc.

Other Skills / Experience (tick all that apply)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.