9 Transcription Productivity Tips from Scribie Professionals

9 Transcription Productivity Tips from Scribie Professionals

At Scribie, we believe in the importance of quality transcription. This is why we developed our signature 4-step process.

Let me note that our quality transcripts are made possible by our network of talented transcriptionists. We asked some of our pros to share some tips that help produce consistent, high-quality transcripts. Scribie pros, Martin, Danijela, Betty, and Sarah, share insights for how to be a transcriptionist and produce excellent transcripts at Scribie.

You may be a rookie transcriptionist or an experienced pro. Either way, you’ll benefit from these insider transcription hacks from Scribie pros themselves.

How To Begin Your Transcription Journey

1. Focus On What You’re Hearing

Betty suggests that you focus on the content.

Looking back I can see that I was hyper focused on punctuation and capitalization. I spent a lot of unnecessary time on those aspects. After a couple of years doing this it seems like those aspects are now much more intuitive and I focus more on what I am actually hearing.

2. Start Slowly

Sarah advises beginning Scribie transcribers to take their time to avoid mistakes and missing important key guidelines. She says,

Learn everything you can about the guidelines and how the process works. Study the changes made to your work by the QC and learn how to improve. Starting out slowly will likely help with gaining experience and enable a better and easier path to promotion.

3. Quality Over Quantity

If you’re planning a long-term career with Scribie, Danijela and Martin also recommend taking your time focusing on producing quality content.

Danijela:

It can get tempting to start producing quantity over quality in order to make some extra money fast, but in the long term, it really doesn’t pay off. Take the time to get familiar with the program, check for words you’re unsure about online, and make sure you’re submitting your best work.

Martin:

Do not compromise the accuracy of a file for speed, there is usually more than enough time to work on a file. Double-check the file if you have to. If you can’t catch a word or a phrase at first, listen to it again, or come back to it later once you’ve reached the end of the file.

Pro tip: Martin adds, if a word feels incorrect, it probably is. Identify that which you’ll consider background conversation because transcribing this is unnecessary and almost impossible.

4. Bookmark the “Guidelines” Page

If you’re constantly referring to the “Transcription Guidelines” page, you’re not alone. Betty shares,

I was constantly referring to the guidelines on the Scribie web page which were a big help.

Ways to Select Your File for Transcription

What are some tips and tricks for choosing a file in Scribie’s transcription portal? Check out our transcribers’ responses below.

5. Assess Your Time and Energy

Betty assesses the time she has available, her schedule for the day, energy level, and file difficulty.

I have made the mistake of underestimating the time it would take me to finish a file. After hours of work I have had to cancel a file because of other obligations. I now have a pretty good idea of what I can attempt on low energy days vs. higher energy days.

6. Sort Files by Date or Length First

When Sarah gets ready to work on files at Scribie she usually sorts and samples them by date first to check for more urgent files.

Sarah:

I try to get an idea of how long the file is and how much time I have to devote to it right then. If everything sounds good, then I select it based on that criteria. If I don’t find any of the more urgent files to be a good fit for me right then, I change the sort order to length so I can try to work on something that better fits my available time, and then repeat the process of sampling before selecting the file I’ll be working on.

Transcription Tactics

These transcription tips based on what Scribie’s transcribers have learned make the process faster and easier.

7. Google for Context

Knowing the context of a recording makes it easier. Danijela suggests that you do a quick search on Google to help identify words you don’t recognize.

Martin says,

Learn to recognize the context of a conversation and the background of the speakers, which helps identify words that sound foreign.

8. Find What Works for You

Many transcribers have their own style when working on a file. While Scribie provides you with built-in tools to make it easier, it’s important that you find a process that works for you.

Once you’ve landed on something that consistently produces good quality transcripts, which you’re comfortable with, you’re free to do your own thing!

Martin:

I understand that [the built-in editor] has many tools to help transcribers, I personally do not use most of them

In other words, you’ll want to personalize your workflow and use the right tools depending on what you’re currently comfortable with.

9. Keep at It, You’ll Get Better

Many aspiring transcriptionists struggle in the beginning. This was also the case for Danijela, Martin, Betty, and Sarah. Eventually, you’ll improve and even learn new skills.

Martin:

Now, as a QC, I know what to expect from a file just by listening to snippets of it (a feature I greatly appreciate), and can therefore pick and complete a project, even from transcription all the way to QC, without much hassle.

Danijela:

Even after working at Scribie for more than a year, I am still learning so much, whether it be new expressions, dialects, or simply an interesting new topic being discussed on the recordings.

We’re a Bunch of Friendly People

Danijela wants to urge fellow transcribers to not be afraid to ask questions, while Betty finds Scribie’s live chat feature “invaluable”. Danijela says,

Ask questions. Join the Slack community or write emails to the staff. If you’re unsure about anything, it’s much better to ask than to try and make sense of something on your own and risk making some major mistakes. Trust me, nobody will laugh at you for asking questions on Slack. I like to believe we’re a bunch of friendly people. Don’t forget, we were all rookies at one point!

She continues,

I’ve learned a lot in this year, but I love the fact that I’m still learning and that the Slack community is constantly updating us with various tips and tricks on how to become even better.

Interested in a freelance transcription job online? Join our community of Scribie pros!

What It’s like to Earn a Living as a Scribie Transcriptionist

What It’s like to Earn a Living as a Scribie Transcriptionist

Courtney wanted to spend more time with her family.

She was considering a range of income sources knowing that she had to stay home and care for her children as well.

Meanwhile, Tano, a gamer and photographer in her spare time, doesn’t mind a more lucrative source of income than the traditional teaching job. Debbie, on the other hand, is a sports fan who sought more flexibility in terms of work.

Lilian wanted to avoid traffic.

Jeffrey appreciates an income source as he travels throughout the world. What do they all have in common?

Currently, all of them are working at Scribie as online transcriptionists. They’re certified Scribie professionals.

Take a peek inside their lives, and what makes them successful in their line of work. If you’re searching for transcription job reviews, discover what it’s like working as a Scribie transcriptionist, and what you’ll need to get started.

Why did you choose remote work as an online transcriptionist at Scribie?

Nothing beats spending time with family and witnessing your children’s milestones.

Definitely, this seems to be the case for Courtney Baliat, who has been a Scribie certified audio transcriptionist for over 3 years. Courtney is a top transcriber, reviewer, proofreader, and quality control specialist from Auburn Hills, United States.

A hands-on, dedicated mother of three, she knew that the typical workplace, whether part-time or full-time, wouldn’t work for her and her family. So, she considered a source of income with a flexible schedule, and that’s how she ended up with Scribie.

I decided to try working for Scribie initially because of the flexible schedule. I have 3 kids who are very active and a typical part time or full time position was not going to work for my family. I have since realized that it is a great way to make a steady income without having to leave my house or have to miss out on things with my kids. I love it!

This is how many job seekers, looking for freelance transcription jobs online, come to Scribie. They’re usually looking for remote work with a flexible schedule.

Another Scribie Pro, Tano Ramoya, plays video games and does photography in her spare time. She has also been an excellent Scribie professional for over the past 3 years.

Tano, Certified Scribie Transcriptionist

Previously, she used to work as a Philosophy instructor from Baguio Philippines, with 15 years of experience teaching in the traditional classroom. Teacher Tano shares her reasons behind working at Scribie,

Scribie gives me the freedom to work my own hours, and my own workload for the day.

Being a teacher is an arduous, noble job that doesn’t always compensate as much as one would hope. For fellow teachers who might be searching for a sideline and additional income, Tano says,

It pays more than a traditional teaching job, if you are willing to put in a considerable amount of hours per week.

Tano reviews working at Scribie:

Overall, it’s easy, comfortable work, and opens your horizons to different fields and interests.

Debbie Banks is a sports fan from Abilene, United States. She enjoys watching different sports, from soccer, tennis, baseball, and football to basketball. She has been a loyal Scribie pro since 2013, offering quality transcription, proofreading and quality control for over 5 years.

The ability to work at anytime that I want is what encouraged me to work remotely.

Being able to avoid traffic and travel fares are also a huge benefit for those working remotely, like Lilian Muthee. Another huge perk is that you’re in control. Working for Scribie means that you can influence how little or how much you earn, without having to commit to a certain number of work hours.

Lilian gives her personal reasons for why she chose working at Scribie over a more traditional job:

I was encouraged to work remotely because I could choose my own hours, able to largely influence how much I was making, and also did not need to commute to work.

Jeffrey Whitaker, like the rest of the group, values flexibility as he discovers the world:

I enjoy working on my own timeline, when I want and for how long I want.

What’s your favorite thing about your workspace?

Of course, your own comfortable place to work is key, as our skilled transcriber Courtney says,

My favorite thing about my at home office is that it’s comfortable. I can take breaks whenever I want and work as little or as much as I want to each day.

As a Scribie professional, you can choose your work location, whether it’s at a cafe, beach resort, or even your own home. In the case of Philosophy teacher, transcription expert, photography lover, and gamer, where is Tano’s favorite place to work?

My favorite thing about my workspace is that it’s at home. I don’t have to travel anywhere to work, and I am in the comfort of my own space while earning.

Debbie shares her favorite part about working at Scribie:

The favorite thing about my workspace is that I am in the comforts of my home. I can work from anywhere in my home or even somewhere else as long as it is quiet enough.

Lilian says that,

The favorite thing about my work space is that it’s comfortable and inspiring which makes it easier for me to reach my daily goals.

What do you need to get started as a transcriptionist online?

Getting started with Scribie is easy, too. You’re given everything you need to begin. All you’ll really need as a professional transcriptionist is a laptop. Courtney stresses the importance of a comfortable place to work and lists her transcription equipment,

I don’t use any special equipment other than my laptop and a pair of noise cancelling headphones.

Jeffrey emphasizes the value of a good internet connection. He looks for the right spot whether he’s in India, Central America, Europe, or Southeast Asia.

Another thing aspiring professional transcribers might need is a hefty dose of dedication and self-motivation. Courtney shares this personal Scribie review, a heartwarming story, and more nuggets of wisdom,

The income that I have earned over the last few years working with Scribie has allowed my family to do a lot of fun things. It is a great source of income if you are dedicated and have the self motivation to push yourself.

For experienced freelance transcribers online, like Lilian, it’s important to find a place where you’ll feel inspired to work.

Debbie says that it’s essential that the workspace is quiet.

Take the first step towards becoming a freelance online transcriptionist. Apply now and join Scribie.

How Justin Timberlake Can Help You Understand Why Transcription Is Hard

Tricky Timberlake Transcription

 

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.