Typist FAQs

Get answers to your FAQs about becoming a SpeakWrite Typist / Transcriptionist.

Have questions about SpeakWrite?

You have 30 days from the date your application is approved to complete the evaluation process. Within that 30 day window, you can work at your own pace and in your own time. If you actively work at completing the process, it can be completed within a few days.

A Windows operating system is required to run our software. If you are able to install and run Windows OS on your Mac, it may be compatible.

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the U.S., but not a state. We are only able to accept applications from experienced typists residing in the U.S. or Canada. We must follow strict guidelines, due to requirements of our clients and the nature of their transcriptions.

When you submitted your application, you received two emails containing your login information. Please check your email and your spam folder to find these emails.

Make sure to use the exact same capitalization / spelling as when your application was create. For example, if you typed your name in all caps in your application, this form will be looking for it in all caps as well.

If you are having trouble submitting this form the first time, give it another try. Double check that you have provided valid phone numbers and email addresses. If that does not work, fill out the form, copy it into an email, and send it to Contractor.Support @ SpeakWrite.com.

There are a variety of reasons you may not be able to access your account, including:

  • We were not able to approve Work History without the required work experience, so your application was disabled.
  • You did not complete the testing within the 30-day time period and your application was disabled.
  • You may be using the wrong login info (email address for user I.D., etc.). Make sure to use the login information as it appears in the original emails you received.

No, we offer clients a very fast turnaround time, so jobs should typically be completed within our recommended turnaround time of 2.0 to 2.2 ratio of job length/ completion time.

Typists must work on all jobs assigned to them. However, if the subject matter or the language on some jobs is too offensive, typists may request that the job be re-queued.

A separate company handles the typing test, so we cannot help with technical issues.

Typists are paid one-half cent per word, with some shifts offering a 10% bonus. Payment is made twice a month, either by direct deposit (currently available to U.S. typists only) or by check. We do not use PayPal or other payment services.

Jobs are assigned and uploaded through our proprietary software.

SpeakWrite operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Typists choose their own shifts – no more than 12 hours in a day and at least 15 scheduled hours per month.

No, SpeakWrite does not have data entry or medical transcription positions.

A foot pedal is not needed for the testing process. However, if you are offered a contract, a foot pedal is required to work on live jobs.

No, that is the client side of our web site. For information on independent contractor positions, checkout our Transcription Jobs page.

We transcribe audio and video files for a wide variety of industries: 

  • Multi-Speaker Transcription
  • Legal Transcription 
  • Protective Services Transcription
  • Spanish Transcription 
  • Meeting Transcriptions
  • Political Debate
  • Current Event Transcription 
  • Court Transcription 
  • Body Cam Transcription 
  • Financial Transcription 
  • Insurance Transcription 
  • …and so much more!

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How to Mail Your Recorded Tapes


Many clients have recorded mini or standard cassette tapes to submit to us for transcription, but would rather not use their staff and resources to input these tapes into our system. In these instances, you can have these recorded cassettes delivered to us, and we will upload them into our system for transcription for you. To use this method of submission, you must have an existing SpeakWrite account. Send recorded tapes via overnight courier or USPS to the following address:

SpeakWrite Tape Processing Center
6300 Bridgepoint Pkwy
Building 1, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78730

(800) 828-3889
Attn: Production Manager

With each delivery, you must print out a Recorded Tape Transmittal Sheet and enclose it with the tapes to be transcribed. Your package must include properly addressed and pre-paid packaging and label for the return of your tapes, using a service that provides for delivery tracking. If this is not included, we will return your tapes to you and charge your account a $10.00 delivery fee. Immediately upon our receipt of your tapes, we will input them into the SpeakWrite system for transcription. You will receive the transcription of the taped material via the email address on your account, just as any other SpeakWrite job. Your tapes will be returned to you via the delivery method you designate 48 hours after the completion of your transcript. All work transcribed will be charged at the standard, per word rate. There is no additional charge for handling or inputting the tapes. Be sure to erase all previously recorded tapes completely before recording any new dictation in order to avoid having old work transcribed by mistake or jeopardizing the quality of the newly recorded material.