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Six ways to write and be paid from home

Here are the latest six ways to write and be paid. Each site has a direct link to the application page as well as to the site itself. I have also included one South African site to the mix, as yes, it’s my homeland.

If you wish to guest blog for The Write Styles, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I will give you links to the sites of your choice.

Six ways to write and be paid

Six ways to write and be paid from home

1. Church Initiative

Writing for Church Initiative, you’ll equip pastors and church volunteers around the world with biblical, Christ-centered strategies to help hurting people. For instance, your articles will help overburdened pastors implement practical, lay-led care strategies in their churches. And your work will help them understand how to counsel the depressed or encourage those struggling with addiction. Plus, you’ll write articles that encourage volunteers to step out in faith and help single parents in their communities.

You’ll also read and work closely with the helpful insights shared in our interviews with respected pastors, counselors, professors, and others who have expertise in a variety of care ministry topics.

Visit Site | Application

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2. Investopedia

Investopedia is the world’s largest financial education platform, serving over 20 million unique visitors each month. Since 1999, it has been our mission to empower the investing and financial community with the knowledge to make intelligent financial decisions. Since joining IAC in 2014, we have entered an investment period and are rapidly expanding our business while introducing new tools to further cater to our most sophisticated audiences. We are serious about continuing to drive a company culture that is both imaginative and fun, and we’re in the market for great team players who share that mentality. We are energetic, innovative and endlessly curious and are looking for the same in our talent.
Visit Site | Application

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3. National Today

Do unique seasonal holidays and cultural customs fascinate you? Do you have a knack for knowing what others will find interesting, witty, and shareable? Can you turn ideas into high-quality prose in a matter of minutes, not hours? Are you a scrappy, ambitious self-starter who’s eager to create content that converts?

If so, you could make a great Freelance Copywriter. We have an amazing opportunity for the right type of person to flex a more humorous style while still keeping the copy concise and easy-to-read.

Visit Site | Application

4. Ranker

Ranker is a data-driven media company. We are the leading online destination for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings of everything. The company’s technology is centered on user engagement, turning its lists into the “best possible rankings” via the wisdom of crowds. A Quantcast Top 50 site, Ranker attracts more than 40 million monthly unique visitors, and outperforms almost every other publisher in time-on-site per visit. As a result, Ranker is a treasure-trove of consumer sentiment data with more than 250 million votes gathered to date on over 100,000 unique items, generating a deep and precise interest graph which the company is launching as a B2B tool in 2016 to augment the existing ad-based business.

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Ranker will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Visit Site | Application

5. TorchLight

Six ways to write and be paidTorchLight seeks a part-time Technical Writer for a trade association in Washington, DC. This is a remote, contract role working 15-20 hours/week on writing telecom-specific materials such as bylines, web, social, email and blog content.
Write original content and own the editing and publishing of copy on a defined set of topics and audiences

Manage the editorial calendar for messages across the organization

Aggregate content for industry and association activities, trends and accomplishments

Visit Site | Application

6. Writers Hub (South Africa)

WritersHub is a rapidly growing freelance international platform, which has already won recognition on the market. We are currently seeking freelance writers of various expertise. Our goal is to provide clients with quality writing in a timely manner.

In case you are a professional writer and can adapt to various topics and styles of writing easily, feel free to apply.

Visit Site | Application

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Blessed Be,

Sancheo

10 Popular Places to Publish your Writing

Here are 10 Popular Places to Publish your Writing and they are currently seeking submissions. Now is the time to buckle down and finish those short-stories. Most of these publishers pay via PayPal, so if you’re looking, here are 4 Alternatives to PayPal. If you are in need of links to your work,  feel free to contact me and guest blog right here. 🙂 Here are my 10 leads for you today, so good luck!

10 Popular Places to Publish your writing

10 Popular Places to Publish your Writing

1. Allen & Unwin

Allen & Unwin know how difficult it can be for writers to get their work in front of publishers, which is why we’ve created our innovative and pioneering submissions system – The Friday Pitch.

The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of our in-house Submission Editors.

Please select the genre of your work, and follow the links to the appropriate submissions page for more details.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

10 Popular Places to Publish your Writing

2. Fox and Raven (South Africa)

We’re looking for short stories that fall into the speculative fiction genre – this means fantasy, sci-fi, horror, steampunk and related genres. For these short stories, we’re dying to sink our teeth into tales under 13,000 words (and not less that 9,500).

To sum it up: please submit speculative fiction stories of no more than 13,000 words, and no less than 9,500. Bam!

Fox & Raven pays a once-off fee of ZAR1,500 (that’s $150 for any non-South African writers) for each short story we accept.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

3. Hachette Australia

(Australian or New Zealand residents only)

Hachette Australia is one of Australia’s largest publishers and is always looking for the opportunity to publish great stories.
As part of this search, we are pleased to welcome email submissions from fiction and non-fiction writers.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

4. ICAPA WRITIVISM SCRIPT WRITING RESIDENCY 2017

Deadline: March 31, 2017 12

Are you working on a feature or a short film script? Or are you interested in adapting an African story for the big screen?

If you answered yes to at least one question, then this could be your opportunity. Applications are invited for a bilingual (English and French) scriptwriting residency to be held in Senegal in May 2017.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

5. lipmag (Competition)

Entries for the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction are now OPEN and close 5pm Friday 21st April, 2017.

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is a themed fiction competition open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers.

The theme of our 2017 competition is ‘Rebirth’, with a focus on women’s stories. We’re looking for creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that addresses the theme in any way.

Rachel Funari, the namesake of the competition, was Lip’s founding editor. Tragically, Rachel went missing in 2011 while on holiday in Tasmania. We hold this prize in her honour because she was determined to better the lives and opportunities for young women.

FIRST PLACE

$1500 cash prize
A 12 month online subscription to Books + Publishing
A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of our sponsors Affirm Press, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and UNSWeetened Lit Journal
Publication on our website and in the next print edition of the magazine

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

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6. Pan Macmillan Australia

  1. Prepare the first 100 pages (50 pages for a children’s book) of your manuscript, double spaced, and a synopsis (maximum 300 words) as separate Word or PDF documents, ensuring they are clearly labelled with the title of your manuscript.
  2. You are welcome to submit the first 100 pages and synopsis of multiple manuscripts, but not from the same series. If you have a trilogy, for example, please submit only the first instalment.
  3. Fill out the form below, indicating which genre your manuscript falls into.
  4. Attach your Word documents (synopsis and required pages).
  5. Send on the first Monday of the month between 10am and 4pm AEST. Any manuscript received outside of this period will not be considered.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

7. Penguin

Penguin Random House Australia comprises two adult publishing divisions and a children’s publishing division.

If your manuscript will engage and excite young readers, we’d love to see it. We are open for submissions from February to November.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

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8. Writing Jobs Online

How would you like to write conveniently at home, work at flexible hours, set your own schedule, spend more time with your family and friends, and get a nice big fat paycheck at the end of the month?
Writing-jobs.net and its partners bring you fresh and creative opportunities to get writing jobs online and get paid to boot!
This is a perfect opportunity for freelance writers and just about anybody who can write that just don’t have time for a commute to a dead-end, part-time job. Or, for anyone for wants to sit in their pajamas and work at home!

  • Earn as much $30-$120 per hour
  • up to $50 per article
  •  $500-$1,000 for short Ebooks
  • Get cash from 1,000’s of our daily high-paying writing jobs

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9. You.co.za (South Africa)

The main criterion is that the story is an entertaining, compelling read, and not too high brow or morbid. Stories with an interesting twist always make for fun reading.
Finally: There must be a definite story line; sketches will not do.

Target market: YOU is a family magazine and ideally we’d like our short stories to appeal to both male and female readers (young adults and adults).

Presentation: Only typed manuscripts will be accepted for consideration.

To facilitate our production process please:
• Use double quotation marks by pressing SHIFT and key with double quotation marks.
• Use only one space after full stops, commas, semicolons, question marks, etc.
• Press the ENTER key only once to make a paragraph; do not use indents.

Fee: ZAR 1,25 per word.

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

10. Zodiac Review

The Zodiac Review welcomes unpublished stories from a whole panoply of genres, including slice-of-life, psychological, light or dark humor, biting satire, fictionalized memoir, light sci-fi and light fantasy, provided that they include decidedly strong elements of literary fiction.

We are especially eager to publish pieces that include some of the following elements of literary fiction:

Character-driven as much as or more than plot-driven writing
Distinctive or idiosyncratic prose style; creative word usage
Literary devices including metaphor, analogy, allegory, imagery, irony
Subtle, subliminal or multiple meanings and sub-themes
An indeterminate or unresolved ending

Visit Site | Submission Guidelines

10 Popular Places to Publish your WritingThat’s some list! I do trust that your submissions will be greatly rewarding. Do keep me posted as I would love to share your success stories on our Guest Blog page.

 

Also, if you have any self-development ideas on how to simply Be Divine and manifest your Winning Wish, I would love to publish your ideas on our sister site.

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

As writers, many of you may sit at your keyboards hacking away forever to either reach your deadline or finish just one more paragraph. However, what do these seated hours do to your body physically? How is our circulation affected and is there a fix-it? Today we look at how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West.  I am pleased to have Stuttgart based,  personal trainer, Carla West assist us with some writer-friendly ideas on how to overcome the physical torments of writing.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

Carla, I must also compliment you on your very informative website, your videos and tutorials are simply wonderful!

As you are clearly a very busy lady, I especially thank you so much for taking the time to share your message, so I will bounce right in.

Philosophy

TWS: Having gone through your site, I simply love your ideas and outlooks. How would you summarize your philosophy about fitness and health?

Carla: Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I am very honoured to be interviewed by someone like yourself.

My philosophy is very simple: Do what you enjoy.

Whatever form of training you enjoy, do it. You are never going to stick to an exercise routine that you hate. It might take some time for you to find what you like. I love doing a combination of things and pushing myself to the next level in every form of exercise I do.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West

That being said, there is value in every form of training. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, running, boxing or weight training. Whatever it is that you enjoy – just make sure you stick to it. Be consistent. Do it multiple times a week. Set goals. Soon enough exercise will become a habit and something you even look forward to, not a chore. And of course support your training with good nutrition; fuel yourself so that you can perform at your best. Stretch, use a foam roller. Give yourself days off to let your body repair and recover.

Basically, just take care of yourself.

Circulation

TWS: Do you have any ideas on how we can perhaps increase our circulation while writing? It would be great to get our articles out and work out! Heaven knows, with the hours we put in, we too could look great! This may be a long-shot, but is it possible?

Carla: Of course it is possible! Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between emails and writing can help improve fitness levels and heart health.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Always take the stairs –  take two at a time for a real leg burn.
  2. The Seated Leg Raiser – While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower the leg(s) back to the ground without letting the feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps.
  3. Perfect your posture – perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk. Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!
  4. Shoulder blade squeezes – For improving hunched posture, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.
  5.  Wrist stretch. Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm up. With your other hand, grab your fingers and lightly pull them down to stretch your forearm.
  6. Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternate sides.
  7.  Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

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15 min Workout

TWS: Many writers, myself included, discipline ourselves to take 15 – 20 min break from our PCs every so couple of hours. Could you suggest a workout that one could do in such a short time?

Carla: Yes! The most beneficial workouts would be a quick 15-20 min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, because honestly that’s all the time you need. A few benefits of HIIT include: Increased energy, boosted metabolism, muscle tone improvement, reduced body fat.

For a quick hard HIIT session I would suggest choosing 4 exercises. Existing out of one for lower body, one upper body, one for abs, and one that’s a bit more cardio related and gets your heart rate up. For example: Squats, push-ups, crunches, and Burpees. Do each exercise for 1 minute and only take a 10 sec break between the exercises. You get a 1 minute break after the 4 exercises and then you start the circuit over again. In 20 min you should’ve been able to do 3-4 Rounds and you will be sweating.  🙂 Those are very basic examples of exercises; please feel free to switch it up and add your own.

Writers Diet

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TWS: When visiting your site, I was especially intrigued by your thoughts on diet remains essential. Can you advise which foods writers should focus more on? Foods to assist with concentration, foods that will fuel us, but not hang around forever? Can you think of a ‘writer-friendly’ diet?

Carla: The habit I suggest all my clients is planning ahead, buying healthy snacks in advance and having them at your desk will keep you satisfied and stop those afternoon sugar cravings to kick in that will hinder your concentration as well. Good examples of snacks to have at your desk would be:

  • Fruit or Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Protein Bar, Fruit & Nut Bar, or Energy Bar
  • Yogurt
  • Granola

And foods that will improve your focus:

  • Blueberries
  • Green tea
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Water
  • Dark chocolate
  • Flax seeds

Message for Writers

TWS: Lastly, and once again thank you for your time and sharing all this exciting information, but what would your ‘mantra’ be for writers?

Carla:I am responsible for my own destiny.”

This might not be specific to only writers but anything you do in life, everything you put your heart and soul in will be successful. I love knowing and reassuring myself that I am in control of my own life, my happiness, success, body, fitness, food, mental health and state of mind. It’s all up to you to make the decision and to take action.

As previously mentioned, I must stress that you visit her powerfully insightful site, its loaded with amazing tools that we can use on a day-to-day basis. What I find different about Carla, is she is real.

Write and Stay Healthy with Carla WestCarla specializes in body conditioning, body fat and weight loss. You can reach Carla at any of the following.

Instagram | Facebook |Twitter | Website

I so enjoy Carla’s style, her outlook and her manner of simplifying matters. I know I am going to get started with my workout as of this very moment!

Do you have any ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to leave comments or contact me. Remember, I am always interested in posting Guest’s Blogs, so if you have anything insightful to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

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Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

With 2017 off to a start, here are 4 new publishers now looking for your story.  Yes, the best part of it is that you will get paid to publish your work… These publishers are mostly paying via PayPal, so help is here if you need alternative ideas to PayPal. Please also be advised to read the various genres available on each of these sites. I have put the links to the submission style-guides as well as the websites for you. Good luck!

Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

Get Paid to Publish Your Work!

Black Rabbit

Issue No. One is now open for submissions with the deadline being 31 January 2017!

Submit your work to [email protected] as an attachment.

Fiction:

In Issue No. One we will be publishing one fiction piece 900 words or fewer. Genre and content guidelines are loose, though our fiction editor is inclined to take work with a literary tone more seriously than work without it. Creativity and experimentation are encouraged in all cases. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Non-Fiction:

Issue No. One will also include one persuasive or personal essay 250 words or fewer. Engaging, intelligent, and appropriately relaxed tone is encouraged; think of the tone of David Foster Wallace’s nonfiction. Essays should express a point of view, be able to defend it, and exhibit the personality and artistry of their author, all within around one page. Creativity and flexibility are encouraged, though the word limit is hard. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Audio:

Should Black Rabbit get competent, creative, intriguing submissions in this extremely specific category Issue No. One will feature one non-musical abstract sound clip under or around 90 seconds long. Sound collage, dramatic scenes, monologue, pseudo-music, which is left up to artists to define but should not rely too heavily on the mechanics and conventions of true music as defined by the editors, and indeed any other audio recording within the time guidelines set out above are all welcome. The editors are partial to weird and innovative works. Publication comes with a $25 payment.

Visual Arts:

Issue No. One will feature one work of abstract expressionist painting, drawing, or collage. The term ‘abstract expressionism’ is meant to be interpreted loosely, but taken seriously. Directly representative images should be avoided, or if included should be done so with intention and grace afforded to the constraints of genre noted above. Publication comes with a $25 payment. Submit with a brief (1-3 sentence) statement describing where and when you painted, drew, or collaged this piece, and, if there is a clear inspiration for or theme to it, what that might be.

Artists and authors should feel free, and indeed are encouraged, to make simultaneous submissions, although Black Rabbit asks that you notify our staff immediately if such submissions should be accepted elsewhere.

Artists and authors are encouraged to submit to every open category of submissions that they have work within the guidelines of, though they are limited to one piece in each category.

Submission guidelines | Visit 

Crystal Lake Publishing

CHUD Tribute Anthology

Submissions close January 31st.

With unmatched success since 2012, Crystal Lake Publishing has quickly become one of the world’s leading indie publishers of Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge.

Crystal Lake Publishing puts integrity, honor, and respect at the forefront of our operations.

Story length: between 3,000 and 10,000 words.

Pay is 3 cents (US) a word paid within a week of publication via PayPal.

Only one submission per author, even after a rejection has been sent out.

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dreaming robot press

Dreaming Robot Press publishes science fiction and fantasy novels for a Young Adult and Middle Grade audience.

Payment: $0.06 per word.

  • We believe stories shape our reality.
  • dreaming robot press believe this is especially important for stories that we are exposed to growing up.
  • We believe novels can be excellent in both their stories and in the effects they have.

In order to ensure that all children can find models to identify with, we’re committed to publishing stories about a diverse range of characters and situations.

Submission Guide | Visit Site

Tales from the Lake

Horror Stories Wanted.

Deadline: 1 February 2017.

What we are looking for: Non-themed short horror stories that arrests readers and leave them haunted for months to come. Stories must be original. Stories must be original. Even after a rejection has been sent out, only one submission per author.  We are not accepting reprints.

Manuscripts should be attached to the email, and be formatted in standard manuscript format. Any stories NOT adhering to the standard manuscript format will be rejected.

Stories should be no longer than 7,000 words. However, we prefer stories that are at or around 4,000 words. Payment is $0.03 USD a word via PayPal.

Visit Site | Submissions guide

 

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Blessed Be,

Sancheo

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.

Now that the holiday season is coming to an end. Here are 5 great new freelance writing jobs to put some cash back into your wallets in 2017! 5 GREAT NEW FREELANCE WRITING JOBS

1. Eye Media

My Eye Media, LLC is looking for qualified individuals to check dubbed audio/proofread subtitles at home for popular movie and TV providers.

Using your own computer, monitor, and high-speed broadband internet connection, this freelance job opportunity is flexible in terms of work hours. Rates $15-$20 per hour.

Eye Media does not accept email applications, however there are three various sites that you can apply to:

Southern Europe | Northern Europe | Germany

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2. Inspirer

Freelance Contributing Writer Needed

Inspirer is Los Angeles based publication that celebrates groundbreaking women from across a variety of fields. From iconic entertainers to unsung community activists, every woman has a story to be shared and every story matters. We believe that there’s more to an actress than her latest diet, that there’s more to female musicians than a sexualized video hit. We dig deeper to share the meaningful stories that inspire others.

You are expected to write two to three female focused articles per week or more. Voice must be similar to our current content. Work from home, obviously.

Will be based on article length, frequency and other factors. Paid bi-weekly.

Send sample of your writing to [email protected] Read More.

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.

3. Novelty Media

Freelance Writers wanted

Led by a world-class team of young and savvy editors, producers and designers, we produce content on topics that interest and matter to us. It is this deep identification with our readers that allows us to produce content that compels them to engage, motivates them to return and drives them to share across the web.

A gifted content writer to create several super-viral weekly listicles, as well as daily light and informative news pieces about current affairs, sports, politics etc.

Rates: $10-$40 per article

Applications:  [email protected] Read more

4. The Puritan

Essay, Fiction and poetry submissions wanted.

Rates:

  • Essay: $100
  • Interview: $100
  • Review: $100
  • Fiction: $50
  • Poetry (per page): $15 ($60 cap)
Seasonal Issues:

The spring issue, published in early May, consider submissions received between 26 December and 25 March.

The summer issue, published in August consider those received between 26 March and 25 June.

The fall issue, published in November, consider those received between 26 June  and 25 September.

The winter issue, published in February, consider those received between 26 September and 26 December.

Submission guidelines | Submissions | Visit Puritan.

5. Writer Help Wanted

I found the following review when researching

After immersing myself in it, I’m overjoyed to report that Writer Help Wanted is not a scam or “get-rich-quick” scheme.  Instead, it’s more like an exclusive, underground-writing society that writers in-the-know should be a part of. “

5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs.Establish yourself as a full-fledged writing service and have clients come to you. This module shows you how to set yourself apart from the competition, price your services effectively, set up your website and get steady stream of clients.

 

 

 

Trusting these 5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs get you back in your writing mode! Remember that if you wish to publish your work here, please feel free to contact me and Guest Blog for Us! If you’re having difficulty with PayPal in your country, check out some alternative ways of receiving funds. Until next time. 🙂

Blessed Be,

Sancheo

Is a Transcription Career for You? Jeanne Fick reveals all.

Transcribing is a wonderful alternative career in the writing field, it provides a constant workflow and no two audios are ever the same. I started out on this field about five years, so I still have much to learn. Today I was fortunate enough to interview Jeanne Fick about the pros and cons of beginning a transcription career.

Starting your Transcription Career.Career in Transcribing, Jeanne Fick reveals all.

How were you first introduced to transcribing?

When I was 14, I interviewed Mr. Duckett in Darling for a history project, who fought in the Second World War. I transcribed the entire 60-minute tape using an old-school tape recorder… Play, stop, write, rewind, repeat… It took me many, many days to complete.

Many years later, while working at a law firm in Wynberg, Cape Town, as a receptionist, I was given some overflow transcription files to do when the secretaries were overloaded. I was hooked. It was so much better than being a receptionist!

Do you believe that a newcomer to transcribing would be able to make a decent income?

No. Newcomers still have a lot to learn. The transcription environment is very competitive. You have to start right at the bottom with the very poorly-paid jobs just to prove yourself and to build up your skills. Until you are very fast and very accurate, nobody is going to give you good rates. It takes roughly four hours for a good, accurate and fast transcriptionist to turn around an hour of audio accurately. For a beginner at a newcomer’s rate, it will take you at least six hours. The longer hours and poorer rate makes for low-income. Do not give up your day job quite yet.

What would one need in order to make a successful career as a transcriptionist? Are there any outlay costs?

Good ears, good language (written and oral) skills, good typing skills, computer literacy, thinking skills, analytical skills, excellent time management skills and impeccable client management skills.

Yes, there are startup costs. At the very least, you should have these four basic items: A good PC, good headphones, good internet and transcription software. Without these basic items, you won’t be doing any transcription work.

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Your PC will be on almost permanently. It will be burning midnight oil right along with you. You need one that is reliable and can handle the hours without getting cranky or crashing, causing you lose your work and/or precious time. Personally, I use a mini PC. It is tiny, silent and never complains. Of course, you wouldn’t be using this for gaming.

Great headphones make all the difference. These need to be noise cancelling, lightweight and durable. They will be on your head and over your ears for many hours at a time. Invest in a set that will remain comfortable for as long as you wear them.

A footswitch, while you can certainly transcribe using the hotkeys, really speeds things up.  While they might be rather pricey, they pay for themselves very quickly with speed and ease of use. I consider them an indispensable investment.

You need the best internet provider you can find. Even if you have to pay more for service, again, this will pay for itself when it comes to download speeds. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for an urgent file to download for hours while you could already be typing.

Transcription software, while important, is rather down to personal preference. Pick the one that works best for you. There are many out there. Personally, I’m most comfortable with Express Scribe (the paid version… always use the paid versions of any software).

It’s also nice to have (especially in South Africa) a basic backup power system. I have a 1.4KW inverter and a 24v backup battery to keep things going for a while.

Yes, there are startup costs. Frankly, I don’t consider them “costs” as such, but rather infrastructure investment.

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Amazon is running some specials on Express Scribe at the moment, however South Africans must please note that they do NOT deliver to SA. 🙁

What would you warn an aspiring transcriptionist against? What pitfalls do you foresee? Can you give an example from your own experience?

NEVER apply for those “work at home”, “easy income from your PC” jobs. They are all scams. There is no such thing as easy money, ever. Prepare yourself for good, hard work and long hours of frustration before things start to really pay off. You need to find clients. Transcription companies that are hiring are a good place to start. You will more than likely have to do a few test files and be rejected a few times before you land a job.

Don’t have only one client. It’s like putting your eggs all in one basket. I worked for a well-known transcription company for a long time and they were my only client. Getting money out of them got increasingly more difficult as time went by. Needless to say, I no longer complete files for them. I had to start almost from scratch again to build up my client base.

Try to get private clients. If you have a medical background, start there and approach doctors, either in person or online. If you have a legal background, try contacting a few small law firms. The same goes for technical and financial, etc.

What has kept you in the field of transcribing all these years? What do you feel is the greatest advantage?

The freedom. I have been a freelance transcriptionist for nearly a decade now. Besides that I love my interesting and diverse job and amazing clients, I also have the time to do almost exactly as I please and enjoy my amazing lifestyle. I can go fishing, traveling, shopping and all sorts of things without having to ask my boss for time off or apply for a day’s leave. I can choose how many hours I work a day and when I work. What hours I take off during the day, I can always put in at night.

You don’t work for a salary. What you put in, you most certainly get out!

What advice would you give newcomers?

Work hard! You will get frustrated, you will struggle, your body will ache after hours of being planted firmly on your seat, but in the end, your efforts will be well rewarded.

Oh, and get exercise, for your ass will expand exponentially!!

I do believe Jeanne to be one of South Africa’s top transcriptionists and I, personally, have learned so much from her during the years. I do however wish she had given the ‘exercise’ advice earlier because I am living proof of what being sat behind a PC day in and day out can do to one’s ‘physique’ 🙂

So great advice from Jeanne Fick, a transcriptionist that really knows her stuff! So if you need any audios transcribed, feel free to contact Jeanne at LinkedIn.

Where to start your Transcription Career?

Here are two websites that are brilliant for aspiring transcriptionists. I, personally, started with them and had no issues with payments other than having to have a PayPal account. There are no startup fees needed, you can start today.

First is Casting Words, they are great for beginners. You can listen to their audios before accepting the job. They also grant you wonderful turnaround times too, so you don’t feel so pressured. (Oh, and you do get an extension if time runs out too 😉 ) They also have a wonderful Facebook Group that offers around the clock support!

castingwords -Transcription Career
Yup, this is where I started 🙂

Second is Speechpad, they are also brilliant and offer a wide variety of jobs including standard and premium capturing.

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Ensure to follow the styleguides before commencing!

They both offer styleguides, so be sure to study them before attempting to accept a job!

What you may also find really useful is a Transcription Crash Course offered by Loretta Oliver. I enjoy her little book as she has put maximum info into a very dynamic quick paced and insightful book. In it you’ll find among more:

  • Things you need
  • Things that make life easier
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Playback Speeds
  • Verbatim vs Cleaned Up Transcribing
  • General Transcript Formatting
  • Your First Transcript
  • Planning Turnaround Times
  • Determining Rates
  • Finding Jobs and Securing Clients
  • Your Website…. and much more!!!

Do feel free to contact me with any further questions that you may still have, I would love to assist you with your Transcription Career.

Jeanne and I have recently partnered,  how honored am I! Do check out our Transcription Services.

Blessed Be,

Sancheo