SpeakWrite is Looking for Typists – US & Canada

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by Chris Durst     Nov. 29, 2017

SpeakWrite is a reputable company that works with independent work from home transcriptionists – both general and legal – in the US and Canada.

Applicants should type at least 60 words per minute with 90% or better accuracy. They do require prior experience as a word processor or transcriptionist. (No experience? No worries! Check this post for companies that don’t require previous transcription experience!)

Here’s what the company has to say about these positions:

“SpeakWrite has been providing transcription services to clients since 1997. We have developed an incredible network of dedicated typists that work on a contract basis to deliver quality transcriptions to the many industries our clients serve.

SpeakWrite is actively growing and looking to expand our team of experienced US and Canada based general and legal typists.

So who are our typists and what is the benefit to working for SpeakWrite?

Our typists are:

  • Professionals that wish to work more independently than a traditional office environment provides.
  • Experienced typists that live in more remote and rural areas.
  • Stay-at-home moms that wish to continue working in addition to raising their children.
  • Military wives who wish to retain a job while moving regularly.
  • Typists who wish to supplement their income by working after hours and weekends.
  • Proficient and seasoned typists who only wish to work part of the year.

Universally, our typists are:

  • Independent
  • Skilled
  • Professional
  • And great listeners!”

Requirements to Become a SpeakWrite Typist

In order to be successful in this work from home position, it requires that you have specific tools, as well as the prerequisite experience. Before you start the evaluation process, please review the requirements as set out below.

Residence: All SpeakWrite typists must be native English speakers and be residents of the US or Canada.

Work Experience

‘General’ Typist Applicants must:

  • Possess a minimum of 12 months of word processing or transcription experience, within the last five years. (General office experience, data entry experience, accounting experience, etc. are not sufficient.)
  • Be able to type at least 60 words per minute with 90% or better accuracy.
    Possess excellent hearing skills.
  • Have specific experience in and good working knowledge in the creation of formal correspondence, memos, reports, etc.
  • Have a good working knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word 2007/2010, including advanced formatting features.
  • Be able to work independently.

‘Legal’ Typist Applicants must:

  • Possess a minimum of 24 months of increasingly responsible transcription or word processing experience in the legal field, within the last five years.
  • Be able to type at least 60 words per minute with 90% or better accuracy.
  • Possess excellent hearing skills.
  • Have specific experience in and a good working knowledge in the creation of legal pleadings, agreements, court headings, interrogatories, deposition summaries, formal correspondence, etc.
  • Have a good working knowledge of the proper format of legal citations.
  • Have a good working knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word 2007/2010, including advanced formatting features.
  • Be able to work independently.

Technology

  • Personal Computer (PC) with at least 1 GB of RAM running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 (not compatible with Windows 10) with the following software applications installed (no MACs or tablets):
  • Fully Licensed Microsoft Word 2007 or newer (trial licensed versions are not acceptable)
  • Internet Browser software – Microsoft Internet Explorer v8.0 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader version v8.0 or higher
  • Windows Media Player v10, 11 or 12
  • Sound card and earphones to listen to the dictation.
  • Printer – (An inkjet or laser printer, properly set and cabled to work with your computer.)
  • Foot Pedal – As a SpeakWrite typist you will need a foot pedal to operate the playback of dictated material.
  • A reliable internet connection with similar or greater bandwidth as a DSL connection.

Note: SpeakWrite software is not compatible with the MAC operating system. All typists must conduct their work on a Windows machine (not Windows 10 compatible).

Background Checks

To comply with the contracting requirements of some of our larger clients, we perform background checks on all company personnel, including our typist contractors, before they begin working for us. This is done at our expense; all you will need to do is submit a Waiver to us during this application process and we take care of the rest. SpeakWrite has contracted with a third party vendor (Intellius) to complete the background checks. We do not see the results of those checks at any phase of the process, nor is this information shared with anyone at any time. Unlike many background checks, we do not check your credit or driving history. Background checks are not conducted until you have successfully been through the interview process and have been accepted as a SpeakWrite independent contractor.”

Click here to learn more and to apply. For more jobs like these, check our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about jobs like these, like our Facebook page. Good luck in your next steps toward working from home!

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