Audio transcription from home

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  • cazmanian_minxcazmanian_minx Forumite
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    J3nesis wrote: »
    This looks amazing. I got 86wpm at 10FastFingers and I do a lot of minute taking and similar in my day job, and any extra money is welcome.

    For the 'minimum two shifts', how does that work? Can you say I'm available Saturday and Sunday and that's two shifts? Or would it be that Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon are each a shift? (If the work takes 2-4 hours for each piece of work)

    It's pretty flexible - there's a Saturday shift and a Sunday shift, which would count as two separate shifts if you signed up for them both, or there's a weekend shift which runs Friday 6pm to Sunday midday, which counts as one shift, but you get a longer bit of audio. For weekdays they have an early morning shift (6am to 1pm), a daytime shift (10am to 4pm) and a night shift (work assigned around 6pm with the transcript due back by 6am the following morning).

    I got an email from them yesterday after they worked out which typist I was (they're a very friendly company who like to get to know their typists, so 'caz' plus my avatar picture of a horse was enough for them to know it was me - and my location was a bit of a giveaway too!) and said they've been absolutely inundated with applications since MSE added them to the '35 Best Ways To Make Money Online' article, so if you got through the final audio typing assessment and are waiting to hear back, please be patient - those are all marked individually by humans, who are currently a bit snowed under :)
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  • I've worked for them for a year now and they're an awesome company. All the people that work there are very friendly, very understanding, you're required to do two shifts a week but during exam period (I'm at uni) I sent them an email saying I was really stressed and they said it was fine for me to do one.
    Also over the summer I've been away a lot and they're fine with that too.
    I type around 83wpm so I can type an hour of audio in 3-4 hours depending on quality etc. You get paid more if there are 4+ speakers, so you should usually be getting around the same amount for each audio file. I get paid about £8 an hour, sometimes more. It's only worth doing if you can type very fast, but if you can it's a brilliant thing to do as it pays very well, it's super flexible, it's great to fit around things like uni, and a really great company to work for.
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    wow I thought I was doing well at 56wpm but its definitely not for me with that speed in comparison to many on here.
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    Hiya, sorry for bumping an oldish thread.

    I was just curious about how difficult it is to actually get taken on board? I couldnt see any kind of style guide so i struggled with the practice test a little bit (60%), but im gonna take another stab later today and see how i do.

    So yeah do you know anything about the average success rate or just the difficulty? Any advice would be great :)
  • cazmanian_minxcazmanian_minx Forumite
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    It's over 18 months since I did it now, so my memory's a bit hazy, but from what I remember, the application is four stages (you can save and come back to it, it doesn't all have to be done in one go). The first three, which test spelling, grammar, punctuation and following formatting instructions if I remember correctly, are automatically marked by the system, the last bit is an audio transcription test and is marked by a human being.

    They have very high standards, but when I'm doing proofreading for them I see new names trickling in every week, so it's perfectly possible to get taken on :) If you make it through to the final audio transcription assessment, I would say take time to read the formatting guide thoroughly several times before you start it and remember that accuracy (i.e. what you type matches the audio) is the most important thing.
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  • It's over 18 months since I did it now, so my memory's a bit hazy, but from what I remember, the application is four stages (you can save and come back to it, it doesn't all have to be done in one go). The first three, which test spelling, grammar, punctuation and following formatting instructions if I remember correctly, are automatically marked by the system, the last bit is an audio transcription test and is marked by a human being.

    They have very high standards, but when I'm doing proofreading for them I see new names trickling in every week, so it's perfectly possible to get taken on :) If you make it through to the final audio transcription assessment, I would say take time to read the formatting guide thoroughly several times before you start it and remember that accuracy (i.e. what you type matches the audio) is the most important thing.

    Thank you for the quick reply!! :)

    From what you've said it sounds like something I'm definitely gonna consider having a go at next week, so thank you once again for your advice.
  • Maureen43Maureen43 Forumite
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    Hi

    You say you have a tape to complete during your shift. Do I take it they don't mind whether you do it right at the beginning of your shift or at the end i.e. when you do the work within the shift time is up to you?

    I assume you have to submit the work by the shift end time?

    Sorry to bump an old thread!
  • cazmanian_minxcazmanian_minx Forumite
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    Yes, as long as it's back by the end of the shift, you can do it when you like within the shift time. Occasionally they have something they need back before, but if you can't do it I've always found them really good about swapping it for something with a longer deadline.

    I'm still working for them and still very happy with them as a company, been with them nearly 2 years now.
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  • scaredofdebtscaredofdebt Forumite
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    I'm around 80 wpm would that be quick enough to make it worthwhile do you think?

    I suppose you get quicker with practise?
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  • cazmanian_minxcazmanian_minx Forumite
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    I think so, yes - they ask for 65wpm or better and it's tested during the application process. You'll definitely get quicker with practice, I can now hit 110wpm on a good day, having started at around 90wpm.
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