How Justin Timberlake Can Help You Understand Why Transcription Is Hard

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Transcription is not an easy task. If you don’t believe me, try the following experiment.

Above is a video of Justin Timberlake shedding light on why taking selfies in a voting booth is frowned upon. The video is less than 2 minutes long. Your objective is to see how many words you can transcribe accurately in 5 minutes. Continue reading “How Justin Timberlake Can Help You Understand Why Transcription Is Hard”

Freelance Homebased Jobs At Scribie

Benefits of Working From Home

Today, the workforce is ever-evolving. More and more people are looking to work from home, whether half the time or all the time. You may even know some people who work as full-time freelancers. There are advantages to being a freelancer or working from home.

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For starters, if you’re a freelancer, you are your own boss. While you may work for various companies, ultimately, you work for you. There’s no one peaking their head in at your office door to see if that latest report is almost done, there are no constant emails or phone calls coming make sure you’re doing your work – the things that bug you about being in the office are removed.

Another advantage of working from home is you get to set your own schedule. Working from 9 to 5 each and every day is a thing of the past. If you are up at 2 am in the morning because of a child or insomnia, you can work on a project and get it out of the way. If you have to pick up the kids after school and need to work on something before or after that time, you have the freedom to do so. Most work from home jobs have a certain time frame in which they need to be done, but the time of day in which it’s done is completely up to you. Not only do you get to work when you want, but you also get to work where you want. It’s a nice day outside? With an internet connection, you can take your work anywhere you want. pause-828757_640

A third advantage to being a freelancer is that you can work on multiple projects at the same time. The amount of clients you have is completely up to you and that also means more clients, more sources of income.

If those reasons weren’t good enough for you, as a freelancer, it’s possible to get paid more than those who work for a salary. When you work as a freelancer, you tend to get paid by the job. If you’re really good at what you do, you can get done in a relatively short period of time and your hourly rate can be higher than if you were working as a full time, salaried employee.

Last, but certainly not least, working as a freelance pushes you to work harder. Think about it: you work on a project and you do a great job. The company or person you did the job for liked what you did and hire you again for another project. You in turn want to keep doing a great job so you can get more work. How well you do your job results in more work for you and more work produces more income.

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Where to start?

With all of these advantages, you may be wondering how do you get started as a freelancer? Well, there are many companies out there that hire freelancers for a variety of positions. The key is finding the job that works for you. As a crowdsourced transcription companyScribie could be a great fit.

With Scribie, you have a variety of positions within our transcribing department. Starting off as a transcriber, you can make $10 an audio hour for both transcription and review, with a $5 bonus when you have worked more than 3 hours. For high difficulty files, the rate of pay increases. If the self-review options are enabled, you can earn the same amount for less effort and time.

Top performers can also become proofreaders and do quality control, earning from $5 to $20 per audio hour and since there’s no typing, it takes less time. There are some freelancers with Scribie that work more than 50 audio hours per month, which includes all forms mentioned, and they have made more than $100 in bonuses on top of their rate pay.

Working as a freelancer with Scribie includes all of the benefits mentioned earlier, plus bonuses and ways to earn more in less time. The online platform only requires you to have a computer and an internet connection. There are a variety of ways to earn money as a freelancer and Scribie is just one of those ways. You can sign up here!

Career In Transcription Industry

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Career In Transcription Industry

Introduction to General Transcription:

General Transcription could either be of an interview or a conference call or just a conversation or discussion on a certain topic. The topics can be varied and there is usually more than one speakers. Unlike medical transcription it does not require a formal training or a certification for the company.

Skills required:

The basic skill required for general transcription is a good typing speed of around 40-50 wpm and excellent english comprehension. In addition, you should be able to comprehend different accents native (American, British, Australian) and non native ( Spanish, Italian, French etc). By excellent comprehension, we mean ability to get the context right and understand the usability/difference between similar sounding words as per the context etc. Of course, for some, the comprehension skills are inherent. However, there are many ways to improve you comprehension skills for e.g watching all kinds of English movies or series and try to understand whats spoken without looking at the subtitles.

Work Content:

While the work involves listening to the audio and typing it out, there are cases where some words are unheard of and some research is required to get it right. Google search is most widely used for this purpose. The more files you do, the better it gets in terms of comprehension and vocabulary. On an average, a person can do 2 audio hours of transcription/Verification and 3- 4 hours of QA (which involves going through around 50% of the file) in a day. If a person tries to stretch beyond this, it might affect the quality of the file.

Tools:

There are various tools (hardware/software) available for transcription in general. While many companies, like Scribie.com, have their own Integrated editor, there are other who use tools like Express scribe. Many are used to foot pedal, which can be configured to play/pause etc using your foot while your hands can do the typing.

Career Growth:

The work flow that we follow here in Scribie is as follows:

1. Raw Transcription: In this step, the audio for each part file is played back and transcribed as accurately and cleanly as possible. The incomprehensible parts are marked with blanks.
2. Review: During Review, the Raw Transcript is checked for correctness and quality. The audio file is played back again and each transcribed word is checked against the audio. The blanks are filled, if possible. Timestamps and speaker tracking are also added at this stage.
3. Verification: During verification each part files is checked once again to correct mistakes and address inconsistencies among them. At the end, all part files are collated together and the final transcript is prepared.
4. Quality Analyst( delivery): In the last step, the final transcript is quality checked and delivered to the customer.

The experience required as well as the responsibility and remuneration given to people in each phase increases as one goes from doing Raw Transcription to Delivery. The role of QA is very important as he/she is the interface to the customer and lot of business depends on his abilities to do his/her job well.

The good news is, you could do all this from comforts of your home by joining our freelance transcription program. If you really think this career is for you, then Apply here now and become a certified freelancer with Scribie.com .

Relaxed Location-Independent Money Through Freelance Audio Transcribing

freelance-audio-transcriptionThese days with a tough economy in many countries throughout the world… money is hard to come by. And easy, job-less work from home money is even harder to find.

That’s why online transcribing jobs are helping thousands of people supplement their income. Scribie’s freelance transcription program provides an easy way to make additional money on YOUR terms. The key here is that you are able to be your own boss, work when you want… where you want, and how you want.

While millions of people are stuck in less than desirable office jobs that have stringent hours and requirements, freelance positions are starting to thrive. Why’s that? The answer is simple… people want a way to generate money without the stress.

New systems like our freelance transcription program are allowing everyone from work-from-home moms, new freelancers, and experienced professionals to make some extra money. The biggest benefit is truly the laid-back operation of the system that ensures everyone wins.

The clients get high-quality audio transcription for their audio/video files, with industry-leading turnaround times and accuracy. The freelancers get paid a fair wage with huge benefits from being their own boss. No more headaches, no more corporate life, no more issues.

How is this all possible?

Scribie has spent countless hours perfecting the entire system to ensure a “win-win” situation for all parties involved. Everyone gets what they want, and then some!

Can’t wait to get started? We understand — here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to our Freelance Transcription Program page and get acquainted with the entire system (hint: it’s pretty simple).
  2. Make sure you fit the requirements and can handle this commitment (albeit a small one). The most important ones include having a great comprehension of the english language and a fast typing speed.
  3. Apply — it’s a very simple process that involves mostly basic information about yourself.
  4. Wait (just a little while) and go through the final stage of the application process that involves a test piece of audio transcription
  5. Boom! Now you’re ready to get going. As long as everything went smoothly, no strings attached money is right around the corner.

A Win-Win Transcription Service

At Scribie we really believe in giving back to the community and this freelance program is our way of funding many jobs that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Think of us as a conduit to audio transcription services — we connect our clients to capable transcribers at an affordable, effective rate.

Recently, Sam Altman of YCombinator was talking about wanting to fund a tech startup that could provide “one million jobs.” The caveat, of course, was that the business couldn’t employ these one million people through traditional means (aka. having one million employees, because that would be too simple). Instead, he insisted that the jobs would be created through disruption of an industry… similar to how Uber allows regular people to make money from driving in their free time.

In a way, our freelance transcription program follows a comparable system. Stress-free, work from home, work at your own pace… what more could you want from a job that allows you to work when you want, where you want, and as much as you want. 

Rewarding Careers At Scribie

Scribie is a fast growing online audio transcription service. We are on a high growth trajectory and looking to grow our QA team. If you are based in Bangalore, India and are proficient in English, then we may have the right job for you. We are hiring for the following positions.

  • Proofreader/QA (Code: SC/PR/1)
  • Transcriber/Reviewer (Code: SC/TR/1)
  • Trainees (Code: SC/FR/1)

We look for following skills primarily.

Listening ability:

Good listening ability is a key skill that is required. The QA work involves listening to the audio file and correcting the mistakes in the transcript. We depend on only one sense for this; our hearing. If you watched Snatch and didn’t feel the need of subtitles, then you should definitely come in and take our skills test.

Comprehension: 

Comprehension  is another basic skill required. In our work, we have to interpret what is spoken and understand it so as to find that one sound-alike mistake, that one contextual mistake out of the thousands of words in the transcript. So if you got the plot of Snatch, and found it amazing, then you do have the chops for it.

Western Culture:

Exposure to western culture is an added plus. Our customers are mostly from the America, Australia and Europe. Therefore exposure to the culture, the way of speaking, terms and phrases used is helpful. Watching Star World, FX, Hollywood movies, and watching/reading BBC, English fiction, non-fiction etc., listening to hard rock/metal music would expose you to western culture.

How to Apply:

Please send your updated resume to jobs@scribie.com and mention the job code in the subject line. The first step will be a phone screening, followed by a face-to-face interview and skills test. During the skills test, you’ll be asked to transcribe and review a 6 minute file. It usually takes around 3 hours to complete.

Why Work at Scribie:

We offer great career growth opportunities, meritocratic system and a good working environment. We are looking for leaders for our growing organization and we reward good performance. We also provide a peaceful and stress-free working environment. The work itself is enriching due to the vast range of topics. There is something new to learn every day. And then, there’s the joy of finding delight in a perfectly done transcript.

Transcription is a hard job. It requires lot of manual effort and knowledge. Our mission is to make it as painless and rewarding as possible. So come, join in our journey and discover a new career.

Proofreader/QA

We have openings for Proofreader/QA positions. The details are as follows.

Requirements:

Fluent in spoken and written English

Ability to proofread audio transcripts and spot contextual errors in it

3+ years of experience in General/Business/Legal Transcription work

Expert in Australian, British, American accents of English

Scribie.com certification and work history is an added bonus

Location:

Bangalore, India. Our office is at the Banaswadi-Hormavu junction on Outer Ring Road.

Compensation:

Starting from Rs. 2.6 lakhs per annum, negotiable. Performance bonus and night shift allowance are also available.

Local candidates will be preferred. Relocation assistance will also be considered.

Please note that this is a full-time, non-homebased position. Both day-shift and night-shift positions are open. To apply send your updated resume to jobs@scribie.com

Career in General Transcription

General Transcription is a relatively new field compared to Medical or Business transcription. Because the field is young, and growing, it presents a promising career choice for people with the right skill sets. In this post we are going to talk about what this job entails and the opportunities in this field.

Skills

The basic skills required for general transcription is good typing speed (minimum of 40 words per minute) and excellent comprehension of spoken English. Most of the time you will encounter North American, British and Australian accents of English. However exposure to non-native accents is a plus. The ability to apply contextual judgment is also important in transcription to differentiate similar sounding words. Internet research for names of places and people is another skill required in this job. You have to be able to construct search terms which return the most relevant results.

Job Profiles

There are two broad categories of work: typing and review. Typing, as the name suggests, involves listening to the audio and typing it out.  It’s the most effort intensive step of the transcription process. It generally takes around 4 hours to type 1 hour of audio. The most important skills required here are typing speed and comprehension.

Review is the step after transcription where the audio is matched against the transcript and all mistakes are corrected. Review is much less time-consuming than typing and it takes around 2 hours to complete a review of 1 hour of audio. However, it greatly depends on the quality of the transcript. The important skill in reviews is ability to spot mistakes and apply context.

At Scribie, we have also hire Proofreaders and Quality Analysts. Both of these are specialized types of review and requires higher degrees of skill and experience.

Career Growth

The typical career in general audio transcription starts as a typist level and goes on to QA, on the technical side. To reach the QA level it takes around 5 years or so, but depends mostly on the ability and merit of the individual. On the managerial side the opportunities vary depending on the structure of the organization,  but management positions would involve managing a team of few transcribers and reviewers.

Conclusion

General audio transcription can be rewarding career for those who pay attention to detail and excel at doing repetitive tasks. It is also a good choice for people who absorb knowledge of any kind and like learning new things. If you would like to try it out then come visit us at our office (if you’re based in Bangalore, India) or apply online.