Transcription Certification Institute, or TCI for short, offers a certification transcription course that can supposedly help give you that boost to go out there and get a nice paying work at home transcription job. But is this course worth your time and the money? Or is Transcription Certification Institute a scam that is just going to leave you feeling discouraged at the end of the day?
In this review I’ll be going over what the company is all about, talking about the course offered, the internship that they provide, the overall cost, whether or not a course like this is even necessary, what other people who have taken the course say about it, and more.
Transcription Certification Institute started back in 2008 and is based out of Irvine California. They started out completely different from what they are today and have evolved into this “Institute” where people looking get started in transcription can go to receive training and become certified.
The point of taking a certification course like this is to have the edge on your competition. There are hundreds of different transcription companies out there that you can work for, some are more for complete beginners and some pay better but require more in order to be hired on. You could potentially get hired by a company like Transcribe Me or Quicktate with zero experience whatsoever, but the goal here is to get a boost right out of the gate… To go for better paying opportunities initially.
The course is fairly lengthy and covers a wide range of topics. They suggest that you complete the course and no less than 21 days, although it could be completed faster if you were to put in the time. The speed at which you completed depends on the time you put in… You can do this at your own pace.
The equipment needed for the job, transcription tools, making your resume… These will be covered. And of course the transcribing itself is a big topic. You will learn about using Microsoft Word, grammar, punctuation, spelling and privacy guidelines among other things.
Ya… You could find all this information for free by using Google and watching videos on YouTube, but a course like this packs all the information in bundles that up for you in what is supposed to be an easy to follow layout (complaints on this, I’ll talk more about it later).
Throughout the course you will be given tests to make sure you are understanding everything and are able to perform the work. If you complete the course with an 80 or higher than you past and you get the digital certification of completion. This certification can then be attached to your resume.
After successfully completing the course you also have the opportunity to do an internship. This is not a requirement and you do not have to complete the internship in order to get the certification. You get the certification first and then you do the internship if you choose to.
TCI is partnered with different transcription companies and has agreements with them to give successful students internships. If you choose to do one of these you will have to work for free for up to five hours of recorded audio. Up to five hours… That’s it. Overall it is a pretty darn short internship but it also could potentially look really good on your resume.
In the agreement that TCI has with these companies, they are required to provide a letter of completion and act as a reference for the interns on future job applications.
An internship like this definitely is not something that is required but it sure could be a help and could give you that extra edge. It is one thing to take a course on transcription but it is another thing to actually go out in the field and do the work. Completing an internship like this is an easy way to get some real world experience.
The cost of taking the course is a “low fee of $399″… Or at least that is what they tell you. Now whether or not you consider this price to be low is your own opinion… I know many people consider this to be pretty darn high.
One of the good things is that they do have a refund policy, however as far as I know there is no way to get a full refund. What they do is offer a 50% refund if you ask for one in writing before the 4th lesson.
Don’t feel like paying $399 and wondering if this certification courses even necessary?
Well the truth is that a course like this is not necessary. It is just one of the routes that you can take, but you don’t have to take it.
From what I have seen there are many different transcription companies out there that just want to see work experience as a transcriptionist. They don’t require any sort of certification, they just want applicants to have some experience so that they know you know what you’re doing.
I mentioned earlier, there are transcription companies out there, QuickTate being one of them, that you could consider very “entry-level”. They aren’t very nice paying but they do offer an easy way to get your foot in the door Inc. get that experience under your belt so that you can later go out and get a transcription job that pays better but requires experience.
Surprisingly there really isn’t all that much information out there online from other people who have tried this course. I don’t know why this is… Maybe this course just isn’t all that popular I guess.
But anyways… After doing something around I was able to find some complaints about the course that are worth mentioning. I have read about it being difficult to navigate, as in not providing a very smooth-flowing guide. I have read about the transcription software they give you having all sorts of problems. I’ve heard that the feedback you’re given on the transcription projects throughout the course is pretty vague and really doesn’t help you out, and a few other things.
Overall the course seems to be good but there definitely seems to be room for improvement.
What I like best about what TCI is doing probably is how can they help you transition from a student to an actual paid transcriptionist. What I am talking about here is the internship.
Although not required, as I’ve mentioned, this is a great way to transition into the actual field. Not only will it give you real world experience that will make it easier for you to get accepted for transcription jobs, but from what I have heard many of the transcription companies that people intern for will actually offer them a position when their internship is completed. This is not something that is guaranteed but it does happen.
There is another great transcriptionist a training course out there called Transcribe Anywhere. It is less “businessy” and more personal. It was created by a full-time transcriptionist who has been at it for years and is very successful.
The Transcribe Anywhere course is more lengthy and provides a lot more training than does the TCI course. Overall I would say that the course is better but the downside is that there is no internship offered after completion. The upside however, is that in the course there is a lot of training on actually going out there and getting a transcription job, so an internship isn’t as necessary either.
Questions or comments? Just leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon. I hope you enjoyed my review and found it at least somewhat helpful 🙂
PS: Since you are looking for a work from home opportunity that is flexible, you also might want to take a look at how I went from $0 to over $6,000 per month working online.
If you are looking to make some money from home with a transcription job then Go Transcript is one of the options that you have. The question is… Is this a good option? There are many different transcription companies out there that you can potentially work for, some better than others. So is this place any good? Or is Go Transcript a scam that you should avoid?
Since you are reading my review I am guessing that you are a bit skeptical of this particular transcription company in the opportunity that they provide. Maybe you have read someone calling them a scam online, or maybe you are just skeptical of any online income opportunity. In my review here I will be going over how the transcription jobs at Go Transcript work, the application process in case you are going to apply, how much money you can realistically make as a transcriptionist here, complaints and more.
Go Transcript was founded back in 2005. In 2006 they only had 37 transcriptionists and if you fast forward to now, they have over 20,000 transcriptionists, proofreaders, and customer support specialists, the majority being transcriptionists.
Of course the purpose of Go Transcript these to provide transcription services for clients. I’m sure you’re already familiar with how it all works, but basically clients submit audio or video files to them and they then have their transcribers listen to this audio and type it out in printed form, which is what transcribing is all about.
Overall there are some upsides to this particular transcription company, but also some downsides. I would say that Go Transcript is best for new be transcriptionists looking to get started and gain some experience.
As a transcriber you are able to work as little or as much as you want to. As long as you get the transcriptions done on time, then you are good to go. And you should have no problem with this because they give you around six hours to transcribe 10 minutes of audio, which is plenty. In fact, if you have trouble transcribing this amount of audio in this amount of time, then transcription is definitely not going to be worth it for you.
You will be able to choose the projects that you want to work on, whenever you want. Pretty much you select a project, transcribe it, and submit it… Simple as that.
There aren’t any requirements but of course a headset and footpedal are recommended. A headset will allow you to hear the audio more clearly and a footpedal allows you to start/stop the audio or fast-forward/rewind it with your foot, which makes the process of transcribing much easier because your hands can be completely dedicated to typing on the keyboard.
As for his pay goes, you will get paid every Friday via PayPal or Payoneer.
The application process is a bit different from most other transcription companies. Overall it is a very simple process, which is why I say that this is a better opportunity for complete newbies looking to get some experience in the industry.
The only real requirement is that you be good English, and of course you’re going to need a computer with some decent Internet connection.
The application process consists of a transcription test that you must pass. There is no uploading your resume or anything of that nature. As long as you can transcribe your good to go.
The transcription test they give you is not the best quality of audio. They do this on purpose because when working as a transcriptionist you’re going to come up against bad quality audio, audio that has speakers with accents, etc., so they want to make sure you have what it takes to do the job.
Make sure you read over the guidelines thoroughly before you try the test. They have some strict guidelines and if you just go and without reading them and complete the test you are pretty much guaranteed to fail.
The good thing is that, if you do fail, you will be able to retake the test again in a few days. I am not sure how long you have to wait because on their website they just say “a few days”.
As far as I know the most that you can make is $0.60 per audio minute that you transcribe. That said, they tell you “up to $0.60 per audio minute”… Meaning that this is the most you will be able to earn and you will likely earn much less than this.
This is a bit on the lower side compared to other transcription sites I would say. Many of the other ones out there paid per word, instead of per minute, but as far as ones that do pay per minute go… It’s a bit on the lower side. For example REV Transcription pays up to $0.65 per minute.
Besides getting paid per minute, there are other factors that come into play when looking at earning potential, such as how much work is actually available to transcribe.
One their website they state that the average transcriptionist only earns $150 per month, while there are some top earners earning as much as $1215 per month, which still really is and all that much. However, they tell you nothing about how many hours these transcriptionists are putting in to make this much, so these numbers really don’t mean much of anything.
Whenever I look into different transcription opportunities like this I always make sure to read a bunch of reviews from people have been doing the job for a while and have experience with it. Glassdoor is a great place to find independent reviews from real workers, which I found a fair number of complaints on.
Some of the more common complaints that I came across that you should be aware of include…
Bad Audio Quality
Bad quality audio is just a part of the job. You will find this complaint with just about any transcription opportunity out there. However, I have reviewed a lot of different transcription opportunities and it seems that there are a fairly high number of complaints about horrible quality audio compared to others I have reviewed, such as AccuTran Global and Transcribe Me.
Audio quality makes all the difference in the world. If you have a nice crisp clean audio with good English speakers then you might be able to transcribe in no time. But if you have audio that is full of static and has a fuzzy background, then it is going to be a hassle.
On top of this, there is no leeway for mistakes… Or at least not much. If you transcribe something that has a correctness score of less than 3.5, then you don’t get paid.
Low pay is another very common complaint you will find with many different transcription opportunities. That said… This place pays a bit on the lower side as I mentioned. Some people are claiming to be making only around one dollar per hour that they put in as a transcriptionist.
However, this greatly depends on how good you actually are at transcribing. Transcribing a 30 minute audio file for some people may only take 45 minutes, while for others it may take two hours… This is obviously a very big difference and greatly affects the amount you will make per hour of time you put in.
This is another reason why having a footpedal is important, because your pay depends on how fast you transcribe.
There are a fair number of complaints from people claiming that their work has been disapproved for no good reason. Go Transcript has some pretty strict guidelines when it comes to transcribing you and, as I mentioned earlier, it is very important to read this over thoroughly so you know exactly what you are supposed to do in certain situations.
That said, apparently some people are doing what they believe is correct and their work is still being disapproved, which obviously would be very frustrating and a complete waste of time.
Not Very Supportive Support Team
I wouldn’t think anything of it if I saw one or two complaints, but I have seen multiple about the support team being rude and disrespectful.
Lack of Work
There seem to be people saying opposite things when it comes to the amount of work provided. I have read some reviews of transcriptionists claiming that there are times when there isn’t any work available to transcribe, yet others are saying that there is always plenty of work to be done.
It seems to me that there is a lack of work here. I mean just think about… The top earners are earning just over $1200 per month… That is not much at all and I am guessing the reason is because there just isn’t enough work available.
This is likely due to there being too many transcriptionists on board, which would be due to the extremely easy application process.
Is Go Transcript a scam? No… It definitely is not. However, there are definitely a lot of downsides to this particular transcription opportunity and in my opinion there are much better out there.
The only people I would really recommend this opportunity to would be those that are newbies looking to get some experience under their belt. Other transcription companies have a much more difficult application process and is a good idea to have experience in order to attempt to get the better transcription jobs out there.
PS: If you want some guidance on becoming a transcriptionist then I highly recommend this free 7 day ecourse. In this course you will learn how to perform the job as a transcriptionist, how to get a good transcription position, and ultimately how to get paid the amount you deserve.
Something else you may be interested in if you are just looking to make money online is how I do so. You can read my post on how I went from $0 to over $6,000 per month online where I go over what exactly I do and how others can get started doing the same.
Please feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
If you are looking for a work from home job in transcription then Accutran Global is one of the choices that you have. However, there are many options for aspiring transcriptionists and you are by no means limited to just a few. So is Accutran Global a good choice or not?
In this review I’ll be going over what Accutran Global jobs are like. I’ll cover things such as how the job works, how much you can make, pay bonuses, payment method, what you need to for the job, complaints and more.
Accutran Global is a transcription service provider that was founded back in 2002. They have been around for a while and have a good reputation, which is a very good sign.
They employ transcriptionists from both the US and Canada, which makes sense since they are a Canadian company. As far as I know they also allow transcriptionists to work for them outside of the US or Canada as long as they half a US or Canadian bank account.
Overall Accutran Global jobs are good… People seem to like them. However, if you are a beginner just looking to get started in transcription then this might not be the best choice as I will go over.
Since you are reading this review I am guessing that you already know how transcription jobs work. But if you don’t then pretty much all you need to know is that transcription consists of listening to audio files and typing what you hear into a computer, which is what you call transcribing.
As a transcriptionist for Accutran Global you will be alerted of when there are files available that you can transcribe. You will then have a time frame to complete the transcription which most people won’t have any problem with.
While many transcription companies allow their transcriptionists to work at their own leisure, whenever they want, this place is a bit different. On their website they state that there is a work schedule from 4 AM to 2 PM and from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM which is when you have to be available at some point. The amount of files available for transcribing during these periods peaks during certain times so there is not always a consistent amount of workflow.
Most people applying here are probably doing so for general transcription, but if you have competency with accents, legal terminology, or medical terminology then they may have you work on special projects in which you will be able to make more than normal.
The big question that everyone wants answered… How much money can you make?
Beginners will get paid per word or per audio minute. The amount will range between $0.004 per word to $0.0055 per word. For projects with longer turnaround times you will be paid $0.40 per audio minute.
Now you may be thinking that this is incredibly low pay but if you compare it to some other recognized transcription companies, such as Quicktate, it is right in the ballpark. Quicktate for example will pay you anywhere between$0.0025 and $0.005 per word typed.
One of the nice things about this place is that they do give pay bonuses if you are transcribing poor quality audio, audio that has speakers with heavy accents, audio recordings with lots of technical terminology, and so on. From what I have read the bonuses are 20%, which is a nice little pay increase.
You Will get paid on the 15th of each month from the work done the previous month. Payments will be made via direct deposit into US or Canadian bank accounts, which of course is why mention you need a US or Canadian bank account in the beginning.
To get a job here there is no experience required, however it is preferred and if you do have experience it’ll be much easier to get a job. The reason is because during the application process you will have to take their audio/questionnaire tests and pass them. Experience or not, if you pass them you make the cut.
On their website they also list that you must type at least 70 words per minute and you will take a transcription test to prove that you can do this. This is a good thing because if they were to let slower typers try to work here they would just end up wasting their time because it would take them much too long for it to be worth it.
As far as equipment goes, you will need a reliable PC (less than 4 years old), and Internet, and a foot pedal is recommended.
On your computer you will be given transcription software to download.
Foot pedals are not required but they are recommended in will definitely make the job easier. What they do is allow you to pause, rewind, and fast-forward audio with your foot so that you can keep your hands typing and put your feet to good use. They definitely make a big difference and if you are serious about a job in transcription then you’re going to want to purchase one sooner rather than later.
Some transcription jobs offer you no room to grow. Once you get the job you are stuck making the same pay and there is just no room for improvement. Fortunately at Accutran Global that is not the case.
Once you show your ability as a transcriber they may offer you positions in…
I’m not going to get into all these different positions but basically they are all part of “quality assurance” to make sure the transcribed audio is done accurately. These jobs include tasks such as reading over and checking for errors among many other things.
When you work here there is no guarantee to how much you will be able to work. You are limited to when you are able to work and even within those time frames you don’t really know what to expect. Overall this job opportunity is definitely best looked at as a way to make supplemental income. It is nothing that you should be trying to rely on is a substantial means of income, at least not at first.
What you could do is get the job and test out the waters for yourself. See how much work there is available when you are able to work and go from there.
This is a big downside to this company. They do not offer the flexibility that many of the other transcription companies do. You have strict hours that you have to be able to work within and this kind of defeats the purpose of getting a transcription job in the first place for many people, since a lot of people are looking into this as a flexible way to work from home around their current schedule.
Of course there is always the complaint about low pay, but this is in a complaint for everyone. The amount that you will make per hour largely depends on how fast you can get the work done. If you are a slow typer or you just aren’t good at transcribing audio files for one way or another, then you might not end up making very much for the time you put in.
However, those who are fast at typing and to have a little bit of experience should easily be able to make over $10/hr when they are working.
Might Not Be a Good Start For Beginners
This isn’t so much of a complaint but I am including in this section because I’m sure some beginners will complain about it being too difficult to get a job here.
If you are a newbie looking to just get started then you might find it rather difficult passing the tests that are required to become a transcriber here. This is why, as I mentioned above, you might want to look into places like Transcribeme, Scribie, and Quicktate to get started and gain some experience.
There is nothing wrong with working for Accutran Global. They are a legitimate transcription company and for many people they are exactly what they were looking for in a job. If you are looking for a transcription job that allows you to work from home and you don’t mind working the hours listed, and of course you think you can pass the tests that they will give you, then go for it.
Transcription is a big industry and there is some great opportunity out there. Many people work as transcriptionists full time and really like it.
PS: – If you want some guidance in getting started with transcription then I highly recommend checking out this free 7 day eCourse. In this course you will learn how to do the work and how to get hired for good transcription position so that you can get paid the amount you deserve.
Please feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Daily Transcription offers work from home transcription positions where you can work on your own schedule. But is this a good choice? Is Daily Transcription really worth your time?
In this Daily Transcription review I will be going over all you need to know before hand. I will cover the application process, how the job works, requirements for the job, the pay, complaints and more.
Working from home is a transcriptionist is a job that some people really like, but is not for everyone. Read over the rest of this review to find out if Daily Transcription is a good fit for you.
This place has a good reputation in that is because they have been around for over 10 years providing quality service. They pride themselves on having top-notch transcribers that provide 98% accuracy for their clients.
There are several different positions that they hire for, including general transcription, subtitling and captioning, and bilingual Spanish/English transcription.
The big upside to working a transcription job you is that, like pretty much any transcription job, you get to work from home and work your own schedule.
The downside is that the job can be frustrating and the pay can be low. It isn’t a simple walk in the park.
The application process is pretty simple. First you will choose which position you want to apply for and fill out the career form for that particular position. Next you will need to upload your resume. After that you will have to take a skill assessment tests as well as a transcription test.
There is no interview or anything of that nature. As long as they like your resume and you pass the tests, you are good to go.
I’m sure you are already familiar with what the job is, but if not then I’ll give you a basic overview: what you will be doing is listening to audio files and typing exactly what you hear. This is what transcribing is…. You turn audio into text.
As a transcriptionist at Daily Transcription you get notified via email when there are files available for you to transcribe. You will be able to log into the file directory to access them and subscribe them.
There is video training provided for transcriptionists that shows some how to go about the process of transcribing and submitting your work. It is not like you are left to fend for yourself. There is also a support team that you can contact if you have any troubles.
So in a nutshell, you will be notified of available work via email, you will then be able to access to work, completed it, submit it and get paid.
And as I stated above, there is no set schedule to this job. You do not have to complete every offer that there is. You get to work when you want and however much you want as far as I know. They might have a minimum transcription requirement but if they do it is probably fairly low. This is something I’m not 100% sure of that though.
Some basic requirements that they say you should meet include being fluent in English and typing at least 50 words per minute. You also must live in the US or Canada if you are applying for a general transcription position. If you are applying for the bilingual transcription, subtitling, or captioning then they say you may be considered if you live outside the US or Canada.
The transcription positions don’t actually require any experience, however having experience is definitely a good thing. They are very strict when it comes to transcription accuracy and if you are a complete newbie to all of this and is going to be hard to keep a 98% accuracy rate.
On the website they state that the only keep about 1% of all those who apply and this is because of how strict they are with accuracy. Now I am definitely not saying that a beginner can’t do this, but I’m just saying that having experience is definitely a good thing.
As far as equipment goes, you will need it fast Internet connection and a decent computer along with headphones. A footpedal is not required but it is recommended as it will make the job a lot easier on you. The Infinity USB Foot Pedal is what they recommend.
On the website they tell you that they pay more than Rev, Scribie, and TranscribeMe. How much are we talking here? Well, they start you out at $0.75 – $0.85 per audio minute.
Their top transcriptionists are making anywhere from $250-$950 per week. So there is potential to turn this into a full time job, but it is definitely not guaranteed in depends on how good you are.
There is no guaranteed amount of work which is one of the reasons why this is best looked at as a supplemental income opportunity, at least at first. It is best to get started and test the waters. See how much work there is, see how much you can make, and go from there.
There aren’t any raises or anything like that but you do have the ability to increase your pay simply by increasing how fast you can get the work done, which comes from experience.
As far as getting paid, they paid weekly via check.
There are a fair amount of reviews on Glassdoor that I read through to find some of the top complaints. There isn’t anything horrible about this company that you need to be aware of, but there are some complaints that come with the job. Some of the more notable ones included…
Low Pay – many people earning less than minimum wage, depends though – many people making around $10/hr
Yes… The pay can be low. Some people are making decent money at over $10 an hour while others are making much less. Your pay is very much dependent on how fast you get the work done. If you are slow at typing than this probably is not a good career path for you.
While you are only required to type 50 words per minute, if you are typing only 50 words per minute this is not going to be worth it, not even close.
Working here you are considered an independent contractor and receive no benefits. No healthcare, no 401(k), nothing. This just comes with the territory of working a job like this.
This is one thing that is disappointing. There is no room to move up within the company. Sure you can find tune your skill set and work faster to increase your pay, but there is no way to actually increase your pay per job.
Sometimes Lack of Work
Work is not guaranteed and sometimes that may be a lack of work. From what I have read most people talk about there being a nice continuous workflow, but there are times when things are a little bit slow and you might not be able to work as much as you want to.
Daily Transcription is a legitimate transcription company and they seem to provide a decent transcription opportunity. They have a good reputation and treat their transcriptionists well. I have reviewed companies before that do not do this so this is a good sign, although you could argue that they should pay more for your time.
But anyways, if you are interested in applying then go for it. Just don’t count on this for putting the bread on the table. Like I said, start off treating this as an extra income opportunity and go from there. Some people are able to earn this into a full time income, but most people probably don’t.
P.S. – If you want guidance and to be taught how to do general transcription then I recommend checking out this free eCourse. It teaches you how to do the work which will increase your chances of being hired so that you can start making money. It is a seven-day course that will also give you some insight into the job of transcription so that you know whether or not this is really something you want to go for before diving in head first.
Please leave any comments, questions, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
If you are looking to make money online and work your own hours as a transcriber then Allegis Transcription is one of the options you have. But is this a good option? After all there are many different transcription services out there that you could potentially work for remotely. Is this place worth your time or is Allegis Transcription a scam that you should be avoiding?
Well right off the bat I can tell you that they are not a scam. However… This does not mean that you should go out and apply for a position right away. While they are generally a good transcription service to work for, there are some downsides that I will be going over in this review. Throughout this review I’ll cover the requirements, application process, pay, job schedule, complaints and more.
It it is no wonder why transcription jobs are becoming more and more desirable. Performing transcription is able to be done online remotely, which means that you can work virtually anywhere you want.
Allegis Transcription is no newcomer to the scene of transcription services. The have actually been around for over 20 years and have managed to keep a very good reputation in all that time, which is a great sign.
According to their website they hire transcribers to transcribe audio interviews between their clients and customers.
I am guessing that you are probably already familiar with how transcription services like this work. But as a transcriber basically what you will be doing is listening to audio files and typing them into Word documents, word for word. It is very simple on paper but the job can be more challenging than it seems, as I will go over.
They hire transcribers for entry-level positions as well as experienced transcribers. The in the real requirement that must be met when applying is being US-based, and of course being English.
You are also going to want to be fast at typing. First of all, when applying you have to pass a transcription test which you might not pass if you don’t have much skill in this area, and second of all, even if you do pass thing as a transcriber might not be worth your time.
In addition to this you will also need equipment to perform the job. This includes Internet connection, a computer, in the foot pedal. As a transcriber you will have to use their Transcription Management System (TMS) software and because of this you will only be able to use the equipment listed below, which is taken directly from the compatibility list on their website:
When applying for the job the first step of the process is it registration. This is when you enter your name, email, and some other information. After that you will have to pass a questionnaire, which is kind of like a pre-interview. Next you will have to submit your resume with a cover letter. Lastly you will have to take a grammar and transcription test to prove that you have what it takes.
Overall the on boarding process is said to be smooth and easy. If you do get the job you will be provided with videos that walk you through what you will be doing as well as support from coaches. It is not like you will be hired and then left on your own to figure out everything for yourself.
They do not tell you upfront what the pay is and this is normal when it comes to this type of job. Pay could range depending on your experience level and of course how fast you type will make a big difference.
Its is hard to even estimate how much you will make without actually trying it, but just to give you an idea, on Glassdoor people are claiming to make anywhere from $15-$25 per hour, which is pretty darn good. However, I have also read reviews of people making as low as $5/hr, which is one of the complaints you will see in the complaint section of this review.
Like most transcription jobs, you will be able to work whenever you want and wherever you want as long as you submit transcriptions on time.
As probably best looked at as an opportunity to earn supplemental income, however there are quite a few people who actually transcribed for Allegis full time.
Not All Smooth Sailing
If you think transcribing audio is a piece of cake then think again. Heavy accents, bad audio quality, noises in the background… This is all part of the job and it will make it much more difficult for you to transcribe. So don’t think that you will be able to just listen and type away. There will be plenty of times where you are wondering what the heck that person just said.
This isn’t really a complaint about Allegis but rather a complaint about transcription in general. However I will say that some people claim Allegis in particular has low-quality audio that needs transcribed and they do not compensate for lesser quality by paying more.
The amount you make will largely depend on how good your transcribing, but is worth knowing that some people make very little, like $5/hr or so.
Again, your a slow typer this just might not be the job for you. People are making over $20 an hour transcribing here while some are making as little as $5…. Obviously a major difference in pay.
No Pay Raises
Unfortunately there are no raises. You will be able to increase your pay per hour by gaining experience in getting better at transcribing, but the pay per transcribed page does not increase.
For some people this is not a problem but I know many that will have a problem with this because they grew. The fact that there is room to grow keeps them pushing forward.
Okay, so obviously Allegis it’s not a scam. This is a legitimate company that has been transcription services for a very long time. They have a good reputation in that is because they are good at what they do. There are some people calling it a scam but usually these are the people that or slow typers and because of that get paid very little for their time. But of course this does not make Allegis a scam.
If transcription is really a job that you think you would want to do then Allegis the place that you should consider applying for. GMR Transcription is another good place that has many transcribers who have been with them for years in the love it.
If you are serious about this something else you may want to look into is the free transcription course down below. This is a free course that will give you an idea of whether or not you are a good fit for transcription and it will get you set on the right path potentially earning a full time income doing this, if that is what is desired.
Please leave any comments, questions, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
If you are looking to make money online as a transcriptionist then GMR Transcription is one of your options. But is it a good option? There are many different online transcription services out there that you could potentially work for, so in no way are you limited to just this one.
The question that needs to be answered is will GMR Transcription scam you or will they pay you handsomely for your time? In this review I’ll be answering exactly this as well as the requirements for the job, how it all works, what other people were saying about this place and more.
GMR Transcription has been around since 2004 and as a good reputation. They provide general transcription services as well as translation services for languages such as Spanish, and Spanish transcription. So as you can imagine they hire general transcriptionists as well as Spanish transcriptionists/translators. They also look for transcriptionists with a background in the medical or legal field, although they don’t specifically hire for medical transcription or legal transcription.
You are probably well aware of this already, but transcription is when you convert audio files into text. So what you will be doing as a transcriptionist is listening to audio and typing exactly what you hear.
Overall GMR Transcription it is definitely one of the better transcription companies that I have come across, and I have reviewed quite a few of them, including Quicktate, Ubiqus, Scribendi, and others. I say this for several different reasons, two of which include decent pay and fair treatment of transcriptionists.
To work for GMR you do not need any experience. However, they do state that they have a strict grading process because they insure very high accuracy for their clients. Because of this, if you have experience you will fair much more well here.
Other than that you will just need the equipment to actually be able to perform the job. If you are serious about this you are going to want a good headset as well as a foot pedal, both of which will make the job much easier and allow you to do a more accurate job.
The nice thing about online transcription jobs, such as the ones that GMR offers, is that you can work as much or as little as you want to. There is no set schedule. All they ask is that you transcribe at least four hours of audio per month, but I don’t know how strict they are on this. Just get your work done on time and you will be fine.
When it comes to transcribing the audio, you will be sent in email that has an attached zipped folder. This includes instructions and templates that you will need. What you have to do is save the file to your computer and open the files from there.
It would be nice if you do this all online without downloading anything, but unfortunately you cannot. However this isn’t too big of a deal.
There is a probationary period when you first join the team. You have to complete two hours of audio before you start getting paid for anything. I guess this is just to make sure you are serious and so GMR can make sure they don’t waste money on transcribers that are absolutely horrible.
I have read reviews of people saying that you will make $10-$20 per hour here, but what I have found is that this largely depends on your ability to transcribe. If you are a slow typer then this is really going to diminish the amount you can earn per hour because it will be taking you much longer to to transcribe audio that has a fixed payout.
The amount you will get paid for each audio recording also varies depending on a number of different things, including the number of speakers in the audio, the quality of the audio, and the amount of time given to complete the transcription.
I would say that $10-$20 per hour is a pretty good estimate of what you can make, but if you consider yourself a slow type or than you could very well earn less than $10 per hour. But anyway you look at it, this place does pay pretty well.
I was able to find a lot of reviews from transcriptionists who work at GMR on sites like Glassdoor. A common theme that I noticed is that people really like this place. There are a lot of people who have worked here for years, and this is a very good sign. I saw many reviews talking about how supportive the GMR team is and this is something I normally don’t expect for online jobs such as this. Usually it is the other way around where the company treats employees like disposable pieces of junk.
The overall feel that I get from the user reviews is that this is a place that people actually like to work for. However, there are a few complaints, most of which just come with the territory of transcribing.
Some Difficult to Hear
At times you will have audio that is difficult to hear. This just comes with the territory and you will find complaints about this no matter what company you transcribe for. The upside is that for lower quality audio the pay rate will be higher, and it is nice that GMR does this.
So if you are up for a challenge and want to make a little extra money then you can go for the more difficult audio, but if not this might be in annoying pain in your backside.
Of course, as I mentioned earlier, the amount you will make per hour is largely dependent on your abilities as a transcriber, but this is definitely not something you’re going to get rich with.
There are a few complaints about being paid low for the time you put in, which is why I am mentioning this, but I would actually argue and say that GMR pays pretty well. There are people that have been with GMR making a steady income stream for years and I think $10-$20 per hour transcribing from your home isn’t all that bad.
Not Enough Work
One the thing that you should know is that you can’t just go about transcribing audio for an unlimited time each day. It is all about supply versus demand and at times there may not be any audio to transcribe, which is one reason this is probably best looked at as a side job.
However, the amount of work you have available will be dependent on your position as a transcriptionist. If you are a general transcriptionist with a medical background then you will likely have more work available to you than a regular old general transcriptionist.
GMR Transcription is definitely not a scam, far from it. They are a legitimate transcription company and are one of the places out there that I recommend. Not only do they not require any experience, which makes them a good place to on-board into the world of transcription, but they also pay pretty well. That said, you have to do a good job if you want to work here.
Working as a transcriptionist here is best looked at as an extra income opportunity, or a side job. However, this does not mean you can’t turn it into a full time job. I know there are people that do work your full time as their main job. If you are someone who is looking to turn this into a full time income I would not count on it right away. What I would do is join and test out the waters… See how good you are transcribing and see how much work is available to you.
One recommendation I have if you are new to transcription is the free mini-course below. This course will give you a good taste of what transcription is like and set you on the right path to potentially making a full time income if that is what you want…
Quicktate is a transcription company that pays people to work from home. This is what attracts so many people to the position. Can work out your own pace and on your own time which is great. But what are the downsides to the job? Is this worth your time? Is Quicktate a scam that is just going to leave you frustrated at the end of the day? Or is this that good work from home opportunity that you have been waiting for?
These are all important questions that should be answered before moving forward, which I’m going to do in this review. Here I will be going over how the job works, requirements that need to me met before hand, how much money you will be making, complaints and more.
Quicktate provides transcription services for clients. Clients submit various forms of audio files to them that they want transcribed and Quicktate then has independent contractors, which is what you will be considered if you join, transcribe the files. If you are familiar with Ubiqus it is pretty much the same thing.
There are all sorts of transcription files that could be transcribing here, including general transcription files such as voicemails, letters, legal files, memos, conference calls, lectures, medical files and so on.
The biggest upside to the job that I see is how you are able to work on your own schedule, as little or as much as you want to, but the big downside is that you will not make very much at all. Overall this income opportunity is best seen as a way to earn a little extra spending money. It is certainly not a way to replace your income or anything like that.
How it all works is pretty simple… You will have audio files that are available to you when you login, you will listen to them and type down exactly what you hear, then you will proofread it over and submit it. Simple as that.
Most of the audio files that will be available to you are fairly short in length, ranging just a couple of minutes. However, there will be longer audio files and they can get up to over an hour long, but are much more rare to see.
You will be able to login at any time of the day or night to transcribe files and make a little extra money. This is what attracts so many people to the opportunity.
One of the downsides is that there isn’t always work available. It’s not like you can go transcribe audio files nonstop for eight hours a day and make this a full-time job. However, the amount of work that is available to you depends on your qualifications. There are different categories of audio files that you will be able to transcribe, such as ones that are simple English, ones that are Spanish, French, and then you got ones that are based around professions such as medical transcriptions. You will have to take a test to be qualified in various areas where you can start transcribing material. So if you are qualified in many different areas of course you’re going to have much more opportunity than if you are not.
First things first, you are going to want to be fairly fast at typing. If you are not then this is not going to be worth your time. As I mentioned above, you also have to take a test, which is a typing test, for the type of transcription you are looking to do.
Under the requirements section that you will see during the sign-up process they list “experienced and professional transcriptionists”. This leads you to believe that you have to have experience but I’m not sure how true this is. From what I have heard you don’t actually need any experience and many people without any have been approved here.
One thing that I find rather strange is that they require you to have a clean background. They will do a background check on you and if you have any felonies or misdemeanors you will not be accepted. I’m not really sure why they care much about this, but this is the way it is.
Also, it might be worth your while to get a good pair of headphones because at times hearing the audio files can be somewhat of a challenge.
Now to the big question that everyone wants answered… How much money will you be able to make? The unfortunate answer is not much.
For general and legal transcription you will only make 1/4 cent per word that you type and for medical transcription you will make 1/2 cent per word.
So just put this into perspective, if you end up transcribing a 1000 word audio file that falls into the general transcription category you will make $2.50. This isn’t much at all especially considering the fact that you will likely be pausing and starting the audio a bunch throughout the process.
You will get paid a biweekly via PayPal.
Good Flexible Job
The one thing that everyone seems to like is that the job is flexible. Working whenever you want… You wouldn’t want to do this? This is a upside that everyone can agree with.
The low pay is the top complaint that I have found while doing my research. One person on Indeed explains that he types over 120 words per min, which is a decent pace, and claims that he never was able to get enough calls to make more than $5 per hour. Others talk about making only around one dollar per hour, much of which is due to the lack of available work.
Not Much Work Available
As I’ve mentioned, this is not a job you can just go work at for hours upon hours. There is not enough available work for that. The amount of available work largely depends on your qualifications but overall most people can expect all that much.
If you are looking for an easy job to earn a little bit of extra side money on your own schedule then this is something that you could consider. It also is something worth considering if you are looking to move forward and get a better transcription job. It is an easy entry level type transcription job you could say.
Just don’t get your hopes up when it comes to earning potential here. You will not earn much… period. But know this definitely is not a scam. Quicktate will pay you in they will pay you on time. I haven’t any complaints from people saying that this place does not pay out.
There are better paying transcription jobs out there and if you want to turn this into a potential career then I would suggest taking a look at Transcribe Anywhere, which is a course for aspiring transcribers.
Something else you may be interested in, since you are looking for a way to make money online on your own schedule, is how I make a living. I’ve been working online since 2015 and if you want to learn what exactly I do, how it all works, and how others like yourself can get started doing the same, then you can click the button below.
Please feel free to leave any questions, comments, or concerns below. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 Also, if you have any experience with Quicktate I would appreciate it if you left your own little review down the comments section. I’m sure this would help out other readers.
If you are looking to make money from home as an editor then Scribendi is one of your options. But is this place a very good option? Or is Scribendi a scam that is just going to be a waste of your time?
Well I can assure you that they are not a scam. They are a legit company that will pay you… however there are a few downsides and complaints to this job. In this review I’ll be going over it all including how the job works, the pay, complaints and more.
Scribendi provides editing and proofreading services for English documents. They hire editors to work both remotely and in their offices. The remote editing position seems to be what most people are interested in because of the freedoms that come with it and it seems that this position is more readily available.
With the remote editing position you are able to work from your home and work when you want to. Scribendi receives documents that need proofread + edited and this is exactly what you do to them.
At Scribendi you get to work when and how much you want to, as long as you meet their requirement to do 10,000 words each month in order to stay active. You will be able to skim through a board or different jobs that are available and pick what you want to do.
If you are new to this, which I’m assuming that you are, then you will likely be stuck with editing ESL papers and technical documents. Much of the editing will be done for academic papers and what this means is that there is more work in the school year than during the summer time, which you can look at as a downside.
After you complete an editing job you will submit it though the Scribendi back to the client. They will then be able to take a look at what you have done and either accept it, reject certain changes, or reject the whole darn thing and ask for a refund, which is a major complaint that I will be going over in the next section.
The pay can be good or bad. There are 3 things you need to take into consideration when looking at the pay: The turnover rate (how fast you get the job done), the length of the paper (longer documents can pay more per word), and whether or not the client accepts your work. I have read reviews from people claiming to make as much as $20/hr while I’ve read other reviews of earning only around $5/hr on average. Generally speaking it seems that most people are earning less than $20/hr without a doubt.
Pay really varies a lot and depends on how fast of an editor you are. You get paid for the projects you complete so the faster you complete them the faster you get paid. The problem is that many people just aren’t cut out for this job and don’t make much. I’ve read over reviews on sites like Glassdoor of people claiming they make as low as $5 per hour on average…. which is insane.
The pay also depends on the length of the document. So some projects will pay more per word than others if I understand this correctly.
Clients Have All The Power
After you edit a project and submit it back to the client it is their job to look it over and see if they approve of the work. If the work is no good they can reject it and if this happens you don’t get paid. Unfortunately clients seem to be abusing this ability and Scribendi gives them what they want.
I have read over some reviews where remote editors were really upset by this. They claim that Scribendi doesn’t even contest clients’ rejection/refund requests and don’t take into consideration anything except what the client is asking for. They don’t consider the fact that the original paper might have been a load of trash and that it needed a miracle, not an editor. Some clients seem to have absolutely ridiculous expectations and expect an A+ paper no matter what piece of crap they throw at the Scribendi editors.
From an Ethical Standpoint…
One complaint that I have regards the ethics of this job. Much of what editors are doing is correcting academic papers for students, many of which speak English as a second language. Its nice and all but is this really the right thing to do? This helps them get better grades when their writing abilities have not improved and is not allowed in schools (at least as far as I know).
Additionally, it would be nice if you could help people out by providing feedback so they know what they can do to improve the next time around. From what I’ve read Scribendi tells editors to just correct the projects and not to provide feedback on what they can do better.
Scribendi is definitely not a scam. They have been around since 1997 and do what they say they do. If you do hear people calling it a scam its likely because of how they tend to cater to the clients’ every desires even if they make no sense and screw over the editors. There are a lot of people that are really upset with them from this kind of thing and rightly so.
Some people seem to like the job while others seem to hate it. There are a lot of varying reviews when it comes to the overall opinion of things so if you were thinking about applying I would suggest reading over the editor reviews on sites like Glassdoor, Indeed, etc. Also you are going to have to make sure they have positions open in the first place on the Scribendi jobs page.
And before you leave you might also want to take a look at how I make a living working online for myself. You can read my “make money online guide” here where I explain what I do, how it all works, and what I consider to be the best way for beginners to get started is.
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Recently I came across several jobs being offered on the job-finder site for a place called Ubiqus, which offers transcription and translation services among others. They give people the ability to make money online from their own home and you also have flexible hours working doing so.
But is Ubiqus worth the time? If figured I’d sit down and write this Ubiqus review to go over a few things about the job. No its not a scam if you were wondering that but at the same time it does have some downsides, as all jobs do.
Just to make it clear, I’ll be covering the work-from-home jobs that Ubiqus provides, specifically those dealing with transcription since this seems to be the most popular. I know they provide other opportunities but since I work from home this is what I’m interested in.
Anyways… A little background on the company first:
Ubiqus has been around since 1991 and provides an array of services including transcription, translation, meeting/event support, and more. They have places all over the world but are headquartered in France. According to many of the reviews I have read on sites like Glassdoor, their management seems to be somewhat poor and communication is lacking.
The jobs offered can be enticing because of their online and flexible nature. Freelance transcriptionists are able to work from home and work their own set hours. This is what lures people into jobs like this. Who doesn’t want to set their own hours and work from home right?
You probably already know what the job entails but in case you don’t I’ll go over it briefly.
The transcription services they provide encompass several different fields including medical, legal and business. But what exactly is transcription and what will you be doing?
Transcription is the written representation of something. What you will be doing here is listening to audio and typing everything up on the computer….that’s pretty much it.
With the transcription positions you will be a freelancer and responsible for getting your own equipment. You will need a headset and a footpedal to be able to perform efficiently. The headset of course is so that you can hear the audio properly and the footpedal allows you to pause and start with your foot. This way you can keep your hands busy typing and that’s their only job.
When it comes to experience the requirements will vary slightly based on what type of transcription you will be doing but overall experience is preferred and sometimes required. This just depends.
I’m not exactly sure how much Ubiqus pays. They don’t seem to provide public information on this. However, after doing some digging around and reading reviews from people that have done transcribing for them, it seems you can make up to $0.007 or so per word transcribed. But this will vary. It will range based on how good of a transcriber you are.
Other transcription services that I’ve reviewed pay by the minute of audio transcribed. For example BabbleType, Rev.com, and Scribbie all pay per minute of transcription, which by the way can take much longer than expected if the audio is poor quality and hard to understand.
Its nice that there is room for improvement but the overall consensus here is that they pay pretty low. I was expecting this because I’ve looked into other similar opportunities before but if you are new to this it might be a bit disappointing.
Extremely Low Pay
This just comes with the territory. Transcription isn’t a job that takes much skill. Sure you will get better with time and it does take some skill… but its not something that you have to go to a 4 year school for or anything even relatively close to that. There is definitely room for improvement. But the fact that they pay low, as does every other opportunity like this that I’ve reviewed, tells me that companies like this have no need to pay more to come across transcribers to work for them.
Difficulty Hearing Audio
This is something else that just comes with the job. Not all audio files are going to be crystal clear and sometimes you will run into things that make it more complicated like people’s accents, poor speech, etc.
Don’t expect to transcribe 1 minute of audio in 1 minute. Sometimes it can take well over double time to transcribe what you have been given.
Lack of Work
According to people who have worked here as transcriptionists there is a lack of work and a real lack of consistency. According to some there are times where you might not have any transcription jobs for weeks at a time, then other days you may have multiple. I’m not sure if this is due to client demand or lack of good management, which also seems to be a complaint with this company.
Ubiqus is definitely not a scam. They provide a legitimate service and although they have their fair share of complaints, some people really like working for them. Some reviews I have read come from transcriptionists who have been working their for 10+ years, which goes to show how much they must like it.
One thing to know if you are looking at getting into this is that you will have to be a very accurate and fast typer for this to be worth your time. If not then you either need to get better or not even bother. Many of the complaints are from low pay but the pay is also dependent on how fast you can type, which varies per person.
Something else you might actually be interested in that I do suggest you take a look at is how I make a living working online. I make a living writing short blog posts like this one here and since transcription is in the writing business, you might be interested. I wrote a guide on what I do, how it all works, and how others can get started that you can Read Here if you’d like.
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Transcribe Anywhere (transcribeanywhere.com) is site that provides training courses for aspiring transcriptionists. But is this worth the cost and is it worth your time? Or is Transcribe Anywhere a scam that you should avoid getting into?
In this short review I’ll be going over what this place is, the training it provides, complaints and more.
Since you are looking into Transcribe Anywhere I’m guessing that maybe you tried out a transcription job but found that you weren’t that good at it. It may seem easy enough but if you are a complete newbie it can be a struggle. The bottom line when it comes to transcription jobs is that you have to be on the ball if you want them to be worth it. They pay on a performance basis so the better you are the more you will end up making with the time you put in.
The goal of Transcribe Anywhere is to help you get to that level where you can actually make good money with this. The provide 2 different transcription courses depending on what type of transcription you want to get into and they also provide free mini courses so that you can “test the waters” and see if you want to go through with actually buying the full course.
Janet Shaughnessy is the creator of the course. She is professional transcriptionist and owns the company Zoom Transcription Services.
Transcription is putting things in words. In the case of online transcription jobs this consists of putting audio files into words. The nature of the job consists of you listening to audio recordings and typing up what you hear.
The reason jobs like this are sought after from what I have seen is usually because they give people the ability to work from home and set their own schedule. Most people the that transcribe do so part-time but there is the potential to go full-time.
The courses cover the skills you will need to be successful in legal and/or general transcription. Legal transcription consists of transcribing files where you need knowledge of legal terms, laws, legal documents, etc., whereas general transcription includes pretty much everything else.
So if you decide to go down the legal path then you will end up transcribing things such as trials, hearings, etc. If you go down the general path then you will end up transcribing meetings, class lectures, speeches, and so on.
The free mini courses offered are basically like an introduction to transcription that will give you a better idea of how everything works and will also help you to decide whether or not this is really something you want to pursue.
Janet is the creator of these courses and she is a professional transcriptionist. She has been doing this for years and has worked transcription in a variety of different fields. She knows what goes on, she knows the reality of it, she knows how to make a living with it, and she can definitely help you figure out whether its good choice for you.
Just to give you and example of what the mini courses include, here are the 7 lessons that are included in the general transcription mini course…
These free courses don’t include any training but they are important as far as I see it. They are a free and risk-less way to see if you really think you will like this before potentially wasting time.
The full courses are ones that you have to pay for. They are meant to be an all-inclusive courses, meaning that you can take one of these and then go get a transcription job that you will succeed at.
Topics covered in the courses include punctuation, hot keys, formatting, finding jobs and much more.
Whats nice is that as a member you will get lifetime access to the members area where there will be updates. Additionally you will get access to their Facebook support group.
Now Facebook isn’t the best platform to provide support on, but this is still a big deal in my opinion. Too many courses give you some information and then leave you to fend for yourself. With Transcribe Anywhere you will be able to get ongoing support and you will be able to talk with others that are going down the same path.
I’m not going to lie, the price is a bit steep and some people probably won’t be able to afford it.
For the general transcription course the price is $597 and for the legal transcription course the price is $697.
Overall I’d say that I like the honesty that this course brings to the table. Janet isn’t looking to make as much money as possible. She is looking to help people.
The information given doesn’t sucker people into buying in when they shouldn’t be. This is nice to see in the online world because its not too often when you do see it.
There isn’t really anything to complain about here to be honest. The course is priced fairly, it provides good information, has good reviews, doesn’t sucker people into it…. whats not to like?
I don’t really know what else to say here. I mean I guess the support platform could be better than Facebook as I mentioned but this isn’t too big of a deal for me. It still works.
The truth is no you don’t really need this training… but it will help. It all depends on your situation and what you want to do.
The training will help set you on the right path and give you some help in getting to the goal. You could go out, do your own research, and learn everything on your own but it will take longer of course.
Transcribe Anywhere is definitely a good course and one that I would recommend if you are looking to get into the transcription business. At the very least if you are interested in it you should go through the free course to see if its really something you should pursue. Then after that you can go from there.
If you decide to take on of the full courses it should take you anywhere from 2-4 months to complete. This of course depends on how much time you set aside to complete it. After that you will be ready for the workforce.
So if you want to try out the free course and see if its right for you then you can do so here: transcribeanywhere.com
If you have your own review of the Transcribe Anywhere training program you can leave a comment below. Also leave any questions below in the comment section and I’ll get back to you soon 🙂