Journalists and nonfiction writers conduct thousands of hours of interviews, and some have no time to transcribe them. But thanks to the Internet, it’s simple to e-mail a digital file of an audio interview. You just need to listen well, type it up and send it back.
What you bring to the table: Typing accuracy and speed, a good pair of headphones (which makes interviews easier to understand).
Expect to earn: From $5 to $40 per hour.
How to get started: Look for regular work with a transcription service such as the ones at verbalink.com and scribie.com, or branch out on your own by contacting local newspapers, magazines and TV news stations. One enterprising way to find nonfiction writers is to check book publishers’ author websites (there are hundreds at harpercollins.com/author/websites.aspx). On the author’s site, look for an e-mail link or mailing address.