Update 12/21/17 – I have been receiving too many complaints and reports of no payment from WeLocalize to link out to them on this website at this time. If you do decide to work for them, proceed with caution.
In the past few months, a new and very interesting money-earning opportunity landed on my radar – transcribing song lyrics for WeLocalize. In this post, I'll share with you how this works, earning potential, payment timetable, what people are thinking about this so far, and who is qualified. Before you read any further, you should know that WeLocalize — at least as of now — is only available for people with a Mac OSX operating system. So if you are not a Mac user, unfortunately this is not going to be an option for you. In the near future, the company is likely to make this available to Windows users, too.
What Type Of Company Is WeLocalize? The company, recently celebrating twenty years in business, specializes in “professional translation and localization services” globally. Their client testimonials section on the websites shows us that they've worked with Dell (a household name) and TalentSoft.
What You Do For WeLocalize As mentioned above, WeLocalize will pay you to listen to, and transcribe, song lyrics. When you sign up, you select your language and the kind of music you prefer (according to the company, right now they have a lot of rap and hip hop music that needs to be transcribed). Next, you download the app, connect it to iTunes, and transcribe the lyrics while you listen. WeLocalize has a very handy FAQ page on their website to walk you through the process of signing up and getting started, and you can always access their support site for anything else you might need. . Similar to most other transcription jobs, WeLocalize does have basic formatting and style guidelines you must follow as you transcribe. The FAQ page I linked above covers these along with some handy shortcuts you can use to make the work go faster. And the faster you can go, the more you can earn. WeLocalize holds weekly webinars to help newbies get up and running also.
Requirements To Do The Work First off, WeLocalize does appear to be open worldwide. They need people transcribing in multiple languages and when you register, the dropdown box for country lists many options. Regarding the technical requirements, you need a Mac operating system, Gmail email address to sign up, and an iTunes email for connecting your account. If you do not have a Gmail account, setting one up is easy and painless.
WeLocalize Transcription Payment Info WeLocalize pays $4 per song transcribed. So you're probably not going to replace your day job with it, but it could certainly be a fun way to make extra money here and there. There is also of course no guarantee that this will be an ongoing thing. So if you sign up to do this, be mindful that the opportunity may not always exist and just enjoy it while it lasts. The company says they will pay you weekly for completed and approved song tracks via HyperWallet, a popular service many well-known companies use to make mass payouts.
WeLocalize Transcriber Feedback So Far I asked around about this in my Facebook group the other day. One person said she only did one track just to check and see if she was paid for it prior to doing more. Regarding pay, she said she signed up and transcribed one song all in the same day. Then a few weeks later, she finally got the email letting her know her account had been registered. It took another 20 days after that for this person to get an email stating she had been paid. She transferred the money to her bank account from, I'm assuming HyperWallet, and it landed in her bank account the following day. So it's good to know they actually did pay, but at least for this one person, it wasn't fast. So while you are paid weekly, that first payment can take a bit to get to you. The company did email to let me know that after the first payment, there is no delay and each payment will come weekly. I also found this thread on Reddit where many people were questioning the legitimacy of this opportunity, but then someone from the company came in and posted, addressing some of the doubts various people expressed. So this is definitely worth a read if you have concerns about signing up. In addition, I received an email today from another reader who let me know that WeLocalize is working out well for her and her husband so far. She said that while the first payment did take a while to get to her and it was a bit discouraging, she is now earning between $200 and $400 per week each Friday, and the company is paying as promised. She also said that she is able to average $16 to $20 hourly, but this will really depend on how fast you type. The company also offers webinars for newbies to help them learn to use the software.
Pros And Cons As I See Them We'll start with the pros. This is flexible work you can do when you want, where you want. It's open worldwide. Also, it's non-phone, so if you can't do work from home phone jobs, you may enjoy this. Regarding the cons, the biggest one I can see is that this opportunity is only open to people with the Mac operating system. This is very limiting since most people are Windows users. But hopefully this changes soon. Also, it's only good for extra money here and there and, at least based on the experience of one person, it may take quite a while to get paid after signing up and transcribing your first song.
Want To Sign Up? You can go here to get started. Good luck! If you're not interested in transcribing song lyrics, you can still sign up as a freelancer with WeLocalize. They regularly hire translators and linguists for other projects worldwide.
P.S. – If you're looking for another way to get paid for listening to music, I recommend Slice the Pie. This is a site I've been a member of for several years now, and I can vouch for them that they pay. It's different from WeLocalize because you aren't transcribing song lyrics — you're rating and reviewing new music. You can also read my Slice the Pie review if you need more info prior to signing up.