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Tips on Transcribing

I need some tips about transcribing, because I've been applying to several transcription websites, and unfortunately, I got rejected but I have a high score on it. 

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TheArticulate

I did transcription work for a little while for sites like Rev.com and TranscribeMe. Pretty good gig, honestly, if you can be fast and accurate on your transcription. My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you understand that rates that the sites are going to be paying you. Rev would pay per audio minute, which meant you were earning money based on how many minutes of audio you transcribed, not the number of minutes (or house) you spend transcribing the audio. Hence you want to be faster so you make more money quicker (obviously).

As for tips on how to be accepted to a transcription site, I'll need to know more than just "I got a high score". Evidently, your high score doesn't matter (or it wasn't as high as you think it was) if the site didn't hire you. What did they tell you when they rejected your application? That they weren't hiring, or what? I can't really give you recommendations if you don't provide enough information for me to go off of.



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Kakashi2020

One tip I have for you is to google and read scam reviews and site reviews first. There's a lot of Transcription Sites which are only scamming freelancers. I would recommend FreeeUp it's reliable.



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Corzhens

Oh this is a good warning because I know that freelancers have the habit of testing the site and they will only learn that it is a scam when they do not get paid. But I wonder why she got a high score but was rejected. Is there something inside it like the site is having an issue with the way she writes the sentences? From what I understand about transcription it is the simple act of writing what was on the audio.



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knnon

This is true there are a lot of sites that aren't very trustworthy. You need to be careful where you submit your credentials.

Having a high score doesn't necessarily mean you'll get accepted. It depends on the site itself.



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Wenkx03

Nice tip. I would recommend this also. As for now that freelancing is one of the widest work online. Better try to get some info or review of the site before subscribing.



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edencaga

So true. You have to be more careful of using websites. Make it sure that the site you are registering is a legit one as we don't know scammers will interrupt you. Research for reviews if the site you are applying is a scam or not. Don't put your personal information unless it's a legit one.



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theresajane

This is one important tip. Well, I must agree that there are really sites that don't looking like it, but are scammers. Thank you for recommending Freeup, I'm gonna search it later.



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kaushikangara

You should be fast. Try to listen the entire audio at first so that you have a rough idea of what to transcribe. If you know about the topic in advance, it makes your task easier. Try to transcribe line by line and not word by word. It will increase your pace if you go line by line. Also use punctuation properly because it can change the meaning of the sentence entirely if not used properly.



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Kakashi2020

Compute if the pay is worth the time your spending on it. In some sites it's not really profitable since your getting paid $0.5 for an hour's work.



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Wenkx03

I agree with that. I guess better compute for something that worth your time. Search some review on how they manage the site and try to get some tops on other subscriber.



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iambeth

Transcribing requires more than just the ability to type fast. You need to have good discerning ears because the audio quality sometimes are unclear and there are highly accented audios that are difficult to transcribe.



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Jelineex

I agree with you. This seems to be the problem with online transcription job. It is difficult to understand especially with those accented audios. It's a struggling effort. I felt so exhausted when once I tried a sample transcription audio. I see myself not good at it. Plus, I don't understand the term used in transcribing.



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Jeane

The formatting of the transcription file you submit may or may not be the reason your application isn't accepted. You might accurately transcribe a file but if it is not formatted as is it should be then you'll still be rejected. Take a look at the formatting guidelines if the transcription site has any. That and everything else that has been suggested should save you some time so you won't bother completing a transcription test only for your application to be rejected.



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luv2xacosta

I actually tried online transcription, I listen the sites free tutorial and I just find it hard to write what the speaker said; or maybe I don't have a patience and besides the speakers speaks so fast. I can not even get what they are talking about so I just cancel my membership on that site



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TheArticulate

This is definitely a hardship for native English speakers (if you're trying to work for an english transcription site), so I can't imagine how difficult it would be for someone who speaks the language as a second or even third language. This, topped with the fact that a lot of files are really awful quality, it can be immensely difficult to understand what the people are talking about.

Typically, from my experience, transcription sites will allow you to use [UNINTELLIGIBLE] as a means to let the viewer (or reviewer if the site has them) know that you couldn't make out the audio. It's always good to review the site's guidelines for best practices in this case, but probably even better to play it on the safe side like you did and just not accept those jobs.



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Alymae

I tried transcribing too. Sadly, I don't have the patience for it. Transcribing is a tedious job that needs much effort and focus with a small pay. You should first check how much they are paying and see if it is worth it. If you like what you are doing and the pay is right, then, go for it. You have to be fast and accurate when transcribing.



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knnon

If you've already found a trustworthy company then I suggest you should always work in a nice and quiet environment. Get yourself a good quality headphones as you're going to use it a lot. You'll also need to listen very carefully, and always check your spelling.



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mdayrit

I also would like to try a transcribing job before. Someone recommended 2 sites for me to apply. I visited them and read instructions on how to transcribe the audio because I need to take a test. There's a lot of things that I need to remember to be able to successfully transcribe a full audio clip. It may take a while before I remember all the rules so I need to check my notes once in a while. Later on, I decided to put my application on hold because I don't have a lot of time to spend on it

I guess to be able to be successful in doing transcribing jobs is just to follow the format and instructions provided. You would also need a lot of patience listening to audio because most of them are not really that clear. You need to repeat it till you get what they are saying. Although you can put "inaudible" when you can't understand the words, you still need to keep it to a minimum.



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esteban123

I agree that there are a lot of transcribing job in the web and we should be cautious on the site that we will joined because some of them are scam sites that will not paid us whenever we reach the minimum threshold to cash out. It is better to check on some reviews of particular transcribing site before joining so that we can really feel safe and work without any fear of being scammed. I think it is a good idea to have a background check and have a thorough study on a particular site to attest its reliability and credibility as well.



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burgosmichael24

I forgot the site that I have tried before. It was a site about transcribing and they are legitimate. They will give you first the manual so you can learn everything you need before taking an exam to be qualified. I will try to search that again and send you the link of the site and the manuals.



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axl2468

Practice typing quickly. You will need to type very fast.

Sometimes there are cases (like mine) where you just naturally get the skills of typing really fast because of experience, but if you're not lucky enough you can go to sites like typeracer and practice.

Also, you should really get a high-quality headphone. Don't settle for cheapo 5 dollar earphones, get something like a JBL T450 or something similar for the good audio for a cheap price (in my country it costs like 20 dollars).

That's all the tips I can give for now. Good luck!



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jaymish3

I also don't understand how you got rejected with a high score. In my experience they only reject you if you have a low score. Transcription looks easy but its not. Its really alot of work. You have to be quick and you can't have any mishears. You also have to have perfect grammar and punctuation. Each site has its own format.They are also different formats of transcription. There is alot to learn and its something you need to learn. The more you do it the better you get at it.



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jpk0007

I have never done a transcription job before. from what i am reading here in thee responses to your post i think that it will be very difficult for me to do a transcription job. Firstly i dont have a good typing speed. The other reason is that it would be difficult for me to hear and type at the same time. Maybe these things can be achieved with work experience.



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Em14

I also want to transcribe because on transcribing there's no need to find a client, no need for a job skype interview. But my problem is I can't hear the words clearly especially in some accent it's really hard to understand and subscribe the conversation. I also need tips. Thank for this question hoping to get the better answer.



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mhingnhormz

Tips on transcribing: I want to enter this kind of job also and i already tried to apply to be exact but I didn't pursue it now because i fail in my first time and you need to have enough time to pass it, I will surely try it again before this week end. Some says that all you need to familiarize and learned their guidelines well, understanding is a must in every rule they gave.



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angie828

Do you have the chance to ask them why you are being rejected? I would think that they could give you a reason as to why. Or do you they an FAQ page about being rejected? Maybe there is some information there that would be helpful to you.



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Franzel2oo

Don't take it too hard that you were not selected. Most transciption sites are pretty tight with hiring new transcribers because they get a lot of applications daily. You might have done well, but someone that applied with you could have done better. Just keep trying and better luck next time.

I should add that some of these sites are not worth your time. The hours are long and the pay is crappy. You should really consider your options before you sign up for one.



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antonToledo

I tried transcribing and I would say it is not worth my time. Being paid $0.50 for every minute of audio you transcribe and it would take me 3-4 hour transcribing 10 mins audio with terrible sound is really stressful. I would suggest using your time in learning other skills.



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jaymish3

0.50 $ per minute is good for most transcription. Most sites pay as low as $17 per minute. They are people who make good money transcribing. I think with time you learn to be faster and you learn how to recognizer different accents. This is a skill that you improve with practice. When you are good you can get your own clients who can pay more money than a transcription site.



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