LINE? WHAT IS YOUR TIME WORTH?
with the best digitally filtered tapes a transcriptionist must listen for every
word (or dropped word), syntax and inflection in order to provide the best
quality transcription. Todays' fast-paced individuals speak 260+ words on average per minute, which means
having to listen, relisten, relisten, relisten. A standard 60-minute digital
audio takes four-plus hours of steady typing before proofing, so
you can see how much work goes into just one hour of audio.
People stutter, run
words together, cough, sneeze, drop words at the ends of sentences,
have accents, are shy, talk over each other, etc. Therefore,
quality of the transcription is dependent upon the audio quality, where the
microphone is placed (critical!! -- can't tell you how many tapes I've gotten
from noisy restaurants or outdoor cafes),
noises, quality of speaker, etc. The clearer the tape, the quicker the turnaround!
I am an
transcriptionist but do well with
20+ years of professional experience, and have transcribed most genres
including: legal, medical (with
limitations as I am not certified), educational, interviews, oral histories,
real estate, entertainment, historical, computer IT technology, religious,
teleseminars, journalists, radio programs, publishers, marketing (a specialty), law
enforcement, and much more. I am not a "stable" of transcriptionists, but a freelancer
who provides you with individualized attention
What I provide: (what outsourcing
to non-English speaking transcriptonists often does not provide)
- Names and spelling researched (I am a professional
Wordsmith; with DSL/Internet I have quick access to references). I ask the client to provide as much information
as possible (the less time I have to spend researching spellings, the faster
the work gets done).
- Spellcheck + proofing document in your format (i.e.,
single-spaced, double-spaced, font preferences, time-stamping, etc.). Or my format if none is provided.
- I mark words that are inaudible or unsure of their
- Document typed in Microsoft Word (universal).
- I keep backups of all work in the event of lost or corrupted
- British spellings (also applicable to Australia).
- Tracking (delineation of speaker name, male/female, etc.) if
Types of tapes: Micro, macro,
standard, MP3/MP4, WAV. I recommend recording your audio for transcription at the highest
quality possible; then convert it to MP3 for uploading.
transference: FTP, SendThisFile,
YouSendIt, ShareFile (free services that allow users
to send large files to anyone, anywhere).
There are many ways to get your
files to me. Please name your file
in some unique way but with a name not longer than 25 characters. Uploaded
files and folder may NOT contain the following characters: &, %, : or @
ask that you provide a turnaround time to fit your work into my schedule, and
I do my best to get them back to
you as quickly as possible. All files are
returned via e-mail as a Word attachment, unless otherwise specified.
PER AUDIO MINUTE
Why charge per minute?
Charging a flat transcription rate for
each recorded minute of audio keeps clients from being overcharged by page
count, work hours, etc. For example, a
company that charges per word, i.e., $.01 x 260 words per minute = $2.60 x 60
minute tape = $156.00. Or
if a difficult tape takes 8 to 10 hours to transcribe ... well,
do the math and don't
Work is not released until payment is received
(which is due immediately upon receipt of invoice).
Since 99% of my clients are global,
had too many negative experiences with sending the work then not
getting paid. Out of sight, out of mind. I
sincerely appreciate your understanding.
PayPal is the
preferred method of payment as
you can use it with your credit cards or checking account.
Should I send you my originals?
I encourage you to make a copy of your master tape
(if not sending digitally) to protect against the chance it might be damaged or
lost in shipping. If you
want the original tapes returned, I will charge the appropriate USPS Priority
Mail rate on top of your bill, or you can include a pre-paid stamped return