Transcription Resources

Transcription Software

Below is just a quick overview of popular transcription software. You can find more details about transcription software here.

Express Scribe – free transcription software

Express Scribe (free) is the most popular transcription software to transcribe audio files. You can use the keyboard to start and stop, slow, and speed up.

ForTheRecord (FTR) The Record Player

ForTheRecord is another popular free transcription software that is especially popular among legal transcriptionists.

Start-Stop OmniVersal Audio/Video/DVD Transcription System

Start-Stop is a very powerful transcription software. You don't need it when getting started but you'll want to check it out when you're getting serious about a transcription career.

Transcription Equipment

Foot pedals and transcription kits. Read detailed info here.

Transcription headsets. Read more about transcription headsets here.

Useful Software for Typists and Transcriptionists

Text Expanders

Text expanders can save 60% or more of your typing time. Read more about text expanders here.

Grammar and Spelling Checker

Grammarly is the best online spelling and grammar checker. It detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes as you write Word documents, emails, and content on your own website or social media. Grammarly works better than any other online grammar program I've tried. It's better than Microsoft Word's grammar checker. It's fast and easy to use. It's accurate and easy to integrate with Word on online text. Grammarly has a free version and premium version.  Check it out here.

Transcription Training

General Transcription Training

Legal Transcription Training

Medical Transcription Training

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Image creation:

Photoshop is the most powerful but more complex program. But for creating social media images, it's so much easier for beginners to use Canva or PicMonkey.

Canva is probably the easiest tool to create compelling social media images for people who don't have a graphics background. Try Canva Pro FREE for 30 days.

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PicMonkey is a popular and easy-to-use graphics program many people use to create Pinterest and other social media images. It's easy to add text and graphics to images + it includes a wide range of easy-to-use editing tools. Want to see what PicMonkey is all about? Sign up for your free trial today!

Stock images

See my listing of free stock image sites here.

DepositPhotos provides great images for your blog and social media. To get unique images that will help you stand out, I recommend DepositPhotos. Their photos are very affordable at about $1 per photo.

Automate social media management and scheduling.

I use Tailwind to automate Pinterest scheduling. Tailwind is the absolute best Pinterest scheduler.

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Productivity Tools

  • Google Calendar. Access Google Calendar with a free Google account (for personal use) or G Suite account (for business use). The free Google Calendar works just fine.
  • Google Docs  (free).  Google Docs is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. This service also includes Google Sheets and Google Slides, a spreadsheet, and a presentation program. Google Docs is available as a web application, mobile app for Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry, and as a desktop application on Google's ChromeOS. The app is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The application allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real time.
  • Dropbox is one of the best cloud storage tools available. You can access your files from anywhere on your mobile phone, desktop, and via the web interface. Dropbox also provides a great way to back up your files and share files and folders with other people. Free and paid options depend on the amount of storage you need.
  • Evernote is a note-taking application that allows you to create and share notes. You can use Evernote on your desktop, mobile phone, and in your web browser. You can be more organized by having all your notes in one place.