How Brittany Makes $4,000 Per Month Transcribing From Home

by James Sowers | Last Updated:  September 1, 2019

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Did you know, as per Gallup World Poll, over 85% of people around the world HATE their job. (Especially because of their boss)

And if you’re reading this, chances are you might be one of those 85% of people.

It was no different for Brittany Berry, who went from working in factories on assembly lines and being depressed to making as much as $4,000/month as a transcriptionist.

She went from feeling miserable to feeling contented.

How? By choosing to quit her job and work from home as a transcriptionist.

But can you also make money transcribing? YES! That’s what this whole interview is about.

In this interview, Brittany shares how she turned things around and how you can too by working as a transcriptionist from home.

Let’s dive right in!

Make Money Transcribing With Brittany:

1. Hi Brittany, tell us a bit about yourself and when was the first time you heard of the possibility of working as a transcriptionist?

I’m 28 years old and live in a tiny town with no real opportunities unless I want to travel about 50 miles to a bigger city.

I’m engaged and have one child in the home. I’m also the owner of BAB Transcripts.

The first time I heard about transcription was early 2017 in the search of a work-at-home job. I’ve always loved to type, so that was the goal.

2. What attracted you to take up transcription? Is it the freedom to work from your home?

I love to type. Actually, I’m a self-taught typist. I started teaching myself at 12 years old through a Mavis Beacon computer game from the library.

I hated being away from my son all day too. Now that I’m home and work, my fiance is jealous because I make as much as he does most of the time. 😀

Typing transcripts gives me a sense of accomplishment. I love to help people, but I’m such an introvert, sometimes helping others is challenging.

However, transcription is perfect. Clients will contact ME already interested in my services.

Although I have one personal client, I’m working my way to build a company because I’m a huge advocate for stay-at-home parents and making a decent wage.

My client has been extremely happy with the work we do, so we’re working on spreading the work to build bigger.

3. What was your life like before becoming a transcriptionist and how has it helped you?

I was working in factories on assembly lines and absolutely hated it. I would get extremely depressed a lot, and it became challenging.

Yes, I was able to help put food on the table, but I was miserable.

I’ve tried a couple of things at home before with no success. One of which was cold calling people for insurance supplements. I should’ve known better. Introverts are not good people for cold calling.

Not to mention, I’m not really a “boss” kind of girl. I don’t like being told what to do.

Therefore, when I found transcription and started making money at home, my fiance was excited and so was I.

I could finally work at home, be my own boss, and I could raise my son instead of a babysitter.

4. How many hours a day do you put into transcribing? Does it get hectic sometimes?

That’s a really hard question to answer to be honest. It really depends on the turnaround time.

If it’s a shorter turnaround, I may work longer. On average, I’ll say I put in a regular working day of 8 to 10 hours.

If deadlines are short, I may work up to 12 to 14, but that’s rare. 

Hectic? Oh, yeah. It gets very hectic at times. Now, let me be clear though, I have several contracts. So that means I could have work that pours in with a bunch of different turnaround times.

Being organized is extremely important because missing deadlines is very, very bad. It’s like being late to work. Which is why I said organization skills is a must.

I keep a calendar and write down the deadlines for every job I have.

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5. How did you go from desire to ACTUALLY learning everything about working as a transcriptionist?

Well, I was transcribing way before I even took any course. I worked with places like Rev. I consider those to just be practice though.

So when I finally took the Transcribe Anywhere course, I realized legal transcription is more than I thought. I had a legal client before the course as well, but she was just one jurisdiction.

So learning about all the different formats was overwhelming at first, but once you get in and do it, it becomes easier.

As far as general transcription, like I said, I started with lower paying places to get my “practice” in. Again, there was more to general, but it was easier to digest than legal.

You have to remember though, each client will have their own guidelines to follow. The Transcribe Anywhere course prepares you for that, but you don’t really get to practice until you start working.

6. Tell us a bit about the course. What does it cover and how has it helped you? Would you recommend it to others?

I took both legal and general courses.

General covers everything from strict verbatim to standard verbatim and different types of formats. There was a ton of practice audio too.

Now, legal on the other hand, there was a lot more in that one because of the different types of legal. There’s depositions, court cases, interrogations, under cover busts, etc.

It took some time learning the different types of formats and the federal format, but it was worth it. Each course has a ton of practice audio in them to prepare you for the real world.

I feel like the legal course helped me the most. Don’t get me wrong, I loved both courses, but legal is my focus.

The marketing module, after passing the course, was super helpful.

I’m now on the hunt for court reporters and attorneys that need help with transcription. It takes some dedication, but I’ll get there.

I have also built a website to go along with my certification, which was recommended through the course.

It’s simple, but I think it’s enough information for people to know what I do. I mean, they could always ask questions. I’m happy to help. 

I would absolutely recommend the course to others. Although you don’t have to go through the course to start transcribing, if you want to actually start out on the right foot and avoid low pay, I’d take the course and get prepared.

It’s not as easy as you would think.

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7. How long did it take you to land your first client after completing the course? Are you able to bring in a steady monthly income as a transcriptionist?

I already had about 10 clients for general and one legal before I started the course. But I was only working with 2 to 3 consistently, including my legal client.

However, I had my eye on a company before I started the course. So once I graduated, that was the first place I went to and passed their test.

I was working with them within a week of passing.

I don’t want to work with companies forever, but this is a good start on my road to building my own client list.

My goal is to build a transcription company. We’re working on getting the word out to potential clients right now, but we’re not rushing. Rushing things leads to disappointment.

Therefore, it may build slowly, but we’ll have quality clients, and they will have quality work sent back to them.

As far as steady income, that just depends on the workload. There has to be work available to have a steady income.

However, when there is, I make great money for working at home. It’s good to have more than one egg in your basket.

The more contracts you have, the greater chance of having work all the time.

8. Do you have a favorite source of finding clients that you just can’t live without?

I don’t really have a source. I just do a lot of research. I go past page 1 and 2 on Google searches. Heck, there were times I’d go past page 10 looking for places to work with.

I’d read a ton of blogs on transcription companies. Your best bet is to do your own research though because the blogs that I read mostly were advocates for low paying places, which I’m not a fan of for many reasons.

I have also figured out if you stick with U.S. based companies, they pay better.

But if you’re doing what I’m doing and trying to build your own business, figuring out who your target market is, get in front of them, and prove you’re better than the cheap transcription companies is challenging. BUT, get your certificate, and that will help.

9. Does transcription have the potential to earn you a living? Or shall it be treated as a side hustle?

Yes, absolutely! It’s production work. So the more you work, the more you make.

I’ll tell you the lowest I made was when I started, which was around $1,000 a month.

Now, I’m making anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000 a month.

It also depends on how fast you type, what your proofing level is, how good you can hear, who you contract with etc.

Do your research! If you want to do this just for some extra money, that’s possible too. It’s not necessary to do it for a living.

However, it’s possible to make an actual living if you do it the right way.

10. On a scale of 1-10, how hard do you think transcription is?

If I had to give it a rating now, it would be about a 4.

Staring out, I’d say 8 because I had to learn everything on my own. I didn’t have the course to help me back then.

11. Can a person with no prior experience make money transcribing? What are some must-have skills?

That’s hard to say really. They can, but they must have the essential skills to be able to do it.

Some of those skills are:

  1. Organization
  2. Ability to hear
  3. Pay attention
  4. Type fast
  5. Patience
  6. And have the hardware and software to help

You need the players like Express Scribe or For The Record (what I use the most), a computer or laptop with fast processors, Microsoft Word, an ergonomic keyboard, and a comfy place to work.

You must be able to keep up with deadlines. To make a decent wage, you need typing skills and a decent pair of headphones.

I personally don’t use a foot pedal (I’m not coordinated enough to use one), so I just use hotkeys.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to have a foot pedal. That’s not true at all.

And to be honest, transcription is NOT for everyone, and that’s okay. There are plenty of work-at-home opportunities to choose from.

12. Lastly, what piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to become a transcriptionist from home?

I would say to get all of your software and hardware together first. Then you should practice either through the course or you could try testing for a few companies.

Like I said, I’m not a fan of low paying places like Rev or Focus Forward, but I don’t see the harm in doing it for a couple of months while you get some practice, then go for the higher paying places or find your own clients.

Getting that certification really helps you stand out from the other transcribers because you look more legit, and the clients know that you do good work.

Also, it’s a slow start. Don’t give up too early because it is possible to make a career out of it.

I hear stories all the time about AI taking over transcription. I don’t think that’s true. There is no AI machine that’s going to be able to catch cross-talk to soft-speaking people.

Now, medical transcription did go to AI, but there are still human editors.

The pay sucks, but you have to think that there is one doctor speaking into a microphone.

Of course AI can do that. It’s one speaker! Put two or more speakers in there, it’ll take more time to edit than it would to just type from scratch. I’ve already tested this.

My Thoughts

A huge thanks to Brittany for sharing her story with us. Phew! That was really informational and inspiring.

If you want to make money transcribing from home and turn things around for yourself, here’s the opportunity to take this FREE mini-course that’ll help you get started the right way.

What are your thoughts on Brittany’s success? Do you have any questions for her? Shoot them in the comments. 🙂

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Hey there! I'm James Sowers, and I run things around here. My mission is to create 1,000 self-sustaining entrepreneurs...and I'd love for you to be one of them! Have thoughts on this article? Reach out on Twitter and let me know.