No, you do not need any special training to get started in general or legal transcription. To have a successful and thriving home based transcription business you need only two skills:
Keyboarding: You can type at least 35 or 40 words per minute.
Language skills: You have always been a good speller, and you know the basic rules of grammar.
If this sounds like you, you are ready to do general and legal transcription work now! Furthermore, if you have a background in medical terminology or if you take a medical terminology course you are well on your way to doing medical transcription work from home.