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As an Authentication Specialist, you will meticulously review each transcript, listening and comparing it word-for-word to the original audio and/or video content, ensuring the transcript adheres to client guidelines. 

As an Authentication Specialist you will also: 

  • Review a transcript to make sure it’s as accurate as a human can make it.
  • Listen to a transcript word-for-word, and verify that what is transcribed is:
    • What was spoken
    • Conforms to client guidelines regarding verbatimness and style
      • i.e., are the false starts handled the way they should be? If prompts are to be excluded, are exclamations from the interviewer that ARE NOT prompts included correctly?
  • Accurately research unfamiliar terminology
  • Check all:
    • Guesses and inaudibles
    • Speaker attribution
    • Spelling
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Format
    • Words that were transcribed incorrectly
    • Any other content that requires us to clean up  

It really is a detail-oriented forensic approach to ensure that everything is correct in the transcript to become that much closer to 100% accurate.

**Onboarding U.S. residents only

Welcome to the Audio Transcription Center, the most prestigious transcription service in the U.S.A. We are a 58-year-old boutique company featuring humans as the backbone of our business.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our firm as a freelance transcriptionist, please read the following carefully as there’s a lot of critical information for you to review.


  • You must type a minimum of 80 words per minute with a minimum of 98% accuracy. Please note that our transcription test requirements are no less than a 99% accurate transcript.
  • You must be well-versed in the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • You must be a resident of the United States of America, and legally able to work as a 1099 contractor/freelance transcriptionist.
  • Transcriptionists who are fluently bilingual or multilingual are always welcome.

More details will follow below, so please read in detail.

We require a cover letter (PDF only) emphasizing the main reasons we should consider your application to be a 1099 contractor transcriptionist. 

While an English major’s knowledge is desirable, 58-years of recruiting experience has taught us that a college degree is not necessary.

What is necessary? We need you to think while transcribing, and not just regurgitate what you think you’ve heard. We need you to be able to complete quick online research for accuracy of spelling names, places, etc.

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Complete projects

Get paid weekly

Paid weekly for work completed on invoices received 2-weeks prior.

What you will do:

As a transcriptionist, you will be making an accurate text document of the contents of audio, video, typed or handwritten material.

We transcribe oral history interviews (with WWII veterans, women in academia, farmers, midwives…), focus groups, financial forecasts or quarterly reports, tech webinars, commencement addresses, interviews about NGO work, educational reform or health care access, or anything else you could think of, and even occasionally TV shows.

What we offer:

Choose your own schedule

You decide when to work and how many hours you want to work each day.

Get paid weekly

Receive weekly payouts for all tasks completed regardless of the number of hours worked.

No experience required

You just need to be an educated, fast and accurate typist with sharp hearing.

Enjoy work variety

We transcribe oral history interviews, focus groups, financial forecasts, tech webinars, and more.

Independent Contractor:


Working from home as a freelance transcriptionist.

Work as a freelancer from home

Who we’re looking for:

  • Fast and accurate typists (minimum of 80 wpm), who can deliver files within 24 hours or less for an hour-long file.
  • People with a wide range of interests or educational experiences. As the subject matter varies broadly, it’s easier to understand the flow of conversation when you have some context for what is being discussed.
  • Transcriptionists who are fluently bilingual or multilingual are always welcome, so please advise of any other languages you speak in your cover letter and resume.


  • Strong language, style, and punctuation skills, and the capability and willingness to follow our in-house style manual as well as project-specific instructions.
  • Ability to verify names and terms via brief internet research. Much of the work we do is for archives, so these transcripts will become part of a historical record and need to be of high quality to reflect that permanence.

What you will need

  • A reliable internet connection is a must. ATC sends project files via Dropbox links, so no special FTP setup is necessary.
  • For confidentiality reasons, we require that you use an email address that no one else has access to.
  • Transcripts should be returned to ATC as .doc files. You are not strictly required to use Microsoft Word; you can also use Open Office or some other program that has the capability to save as a .doc file as long as the formatting requirements are met and the functionality of the end product is indistinguishable from a document completed in Word.
  • ATC highly recommends the use of transcription software controlled via hotkeys or a foot pedal, and the use of good-quality headphones to cut down on ambient noise while you are transcribing.

How do I get hired as a freelance transcriptionist?

  • Current resume (PDF Only)
  • Cover letter (PDF Only)
  • A screenshot of the results from a three-minute typing test on (our minimum requirement is 80 wpm with 98% accuracy) (do not save as a .doc)
  • If you have followed the above directions, and meet the requirements we’re looking for in a transcriptionist, you’ll receive an email with directions for a transcriptionist test. The test consists of 2 short roughly 5-minute recordings, and you’ll also need to review and follow the directions as well. You will have 48 hours to complete the test from the moment we hit the send button. No exceptions are given, so do check your SPAM folder.



In-House (virtually in the greater Boston area):

We are not currently onboarding W2 employees. 

The pay ranges from $15 up to $18 per hour with slight pay differentials for certain client projects.