One of my readers on Twitter alerted me to a new site for transcription last night called TranscribeMe, and what’s really exciting about this one is that you do not have to have transcription experience to sign up! In fact, it is so newbie friendly that it reminds me a lot of Quicktate or Scribie.
Update 6/10/13 – A reader reported today that they have not been paid by TranscribeMe and that several others are having the same problem. You may want to hold off signing up until people are reporting being paid again.
I decided to sign up for this one myself even though transcription is not my thing so I could get a feel for how it works and write a more detailed review. There isn’t a ton of work to go around at the moment because they have so many new workers. So if you get hired and don’t have work, just keep refreshing your page as it does come and go.
Still, I was able to create my account, watch their video, and take and pass the simple exam. Here are more details on TranscribeMe:
Unless you were hired before September 1, 2012, you get $14 an audio hour plus potential bonuses of $2 an audio hour which is dependent on speed and accuracy. People who were hired before September 1, 2012 receive $30 an audio hour (unless this has changed). Payments are made weekly on Tuesdays via Paypal once you have reached the $10 minimum. They are currently working toward making it so you can withdraw at your convenience whenever you have met the cashout threshold.
If you’re new to transcription, it’s important to understand that an audio hour is not the same as an actual hour, so you won’t be making $14 an hour technically. The audio hour is just how much you’ll earn for however long it takes you to transcribe an hour of audio, and naturally you’ll be rewinding a lot through the file so it will take longer.
Who Can Sign Up
I emailed the company to find out, and TranscribeMe confirmed that they are open worldwide provided you can be paid with Paypal. However, all files must be transcribed in American English.
The Application Process
This could not be simpler. All you do is fill out a short form with some minimal information (name, email, country, etc.) Then, you are taken to a page with a short video to watch. I definitely recommend watching the whole thing as the process of signing up and actually doing the work is explained in detail.
After you watch the video, you can go to the next screen where you take a short exam. Don’t let this make you nervous because it’s very easy. You listen to about 10 or 15 seconds of audio (the speech is clear so it’s easy to hear what is being said), and then you type it out. You can fast-forward, rewind as much as you need and you have five full minutes to complete the test. After you hit submit, the test is graded automatically. If your accuracy is good enough, you are then in the system and may start working if there is any work to do.
If you fail the test, you do have the option to take it over again a few times so don’t get too discouraged if you fail the first time. If you pass, you can then read over their style guide. Read it and definitely keep it open for a while as you work until you feel like you have it down.
Doing the Work
Transcribing for TranscribeMe seems really easy because the audio is fairly short. The company has been experimenting with the file length. Initially the files were just 10 or so seconds long, but they tried it making them a few minutes in length. I just recently read an announcement from them that they will be going back to shorter files because this results in better quality from their workers.
Feedback So Far
Because this is a new company, not a lot is out there. But I did find a thread here on WAHM where some people have been doing work for TranscribeMe, and there was at least one person on that thread who reported being paid. The company also appears to be active in social media with a Facebook and Twitter presence, and they have lots of contact information listed so this is all a good sign.
I have high hopes for this site! Everything is really straightforward here and even though I have never enjoyed transcription (what little I’ve tried it), I think I might actually kind of like doing it for this company, it seems so simple. So I am going to keep checking back for work. I will be sure to update and let you all know when I get paid.
You can go here to sign up for TranscribeMe.