Transcription and Translation
A QWERTY keyboard.

If you learned to type around the same age that you learned to write, a transcription gig could be an excellent choice.

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Are you a fast typer? Do you speak more than one language fluently? Do you have a mind for legal or medical terminology? Transcription or translation might be for you.

Of the two, translation jobs offer the best pay. Businesses, book publishers, Web sites -- just about anyone who produces marketing or editorial content -- need the help of experienced translators to push their products into new global markets.

In the medical field, hospitals and doctors offices need trained transcriptionists and coders to document procedures for insurance and record-keeping purposes. Law offices also need fast, accurate typists who can transcribe audio or video recordings of depositions.