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    • cazmanian_minx
    • By cazmanian_minx 11th Jul 14, 8:32 AM
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    Audio transcription from home
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    • 11th Jul 14, 8:32 AM
    Audio transcription from home 11th Jul 14 at 8:32 AM
    If there are any fast typists out there, Take Note is recruiting at the moment.

    http://careers.takenotetyping.com/

    I've been one of their freelance transcribers since February this year and so far so good - payment's been on time every month and the staff are lovely
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    • 11th Jul 14, 12:20 PM
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    • 11th Jul 14, 12:20 PM
    What sort of earnings do you make please?
    • cazmanian_minx
    • By cazmanian_minx 11th Jul 14, 5:07 PM
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    For normal transcription files, it's 45p per minute of audio, going up to about 51p (off the top of my head) for files where there are more than four people speaking. An hour of audio takes me between three and four hours to type, depending on what it is, so it works out between 6.75 and 9 an hour before tax and NI. For other types of file the rate is either higher (if it's something like a full verbatim file where you type *exactly* what's said) or lower (if it's a notes and quotes file, where you're summarising and it's faster to do), but it works out fairly consistently around that sort of rate.
    Home: 06/08: 145,145.00 Currently: 114,428.66 Offset: 51,337.84 Amount paid off: 30,716.34 (21.2%) Paying interest on: 63,090.82
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    • Robinette
    • By Robinette 12th Jul 14, 6:06 AM
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    • 12th Jul 14, 6:06 AM
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    • 12th Jul 14, 6:06 AM
    For normal transcription files, it's 45p per minute of audio, going up to about 51p (off the top of my head) for files where there are more than four people speaking. An hour of audio takes me between three and four hours to type, depending on what it is, so it works out between 6.75 and 9 an hour before tax and NI. For other types of file the rate is either higher (if it's something like a full verbatim file where you type *exactly* what's said) or lower (if it's a notes and quotes file, where you're summarising and it's faster to do), but it works out fairly consistently around that sort of rate.
    Originally posted by cazmanian_minx


    Thanks for explaining. I got rather excited when I saw on the FAQ section of the website that audio is paid at 25 per hour for full transcription; I now understand that this is the length of the audio rather than the time it takes to complete it.
  • ScarletteJigsaw
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    • 27th Jul 14, 12:50 PM
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    • 27th Jul 14, 12:50 PM
    Hi
    Having checked out the TakeNote website, it says that you have to register as self employed to work with them. I work full time and was looking to supplement my income this way. Could I still do this? Sorry, this is probably the wrong section to ask in, but this is one of the first times I have posted on this page.
    Thanks
    SJ
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 27th Jul 14, 2:33 PM
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    • 27th Jul 14, 2:33 PM
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    • 27th Jul 14, 2:33 PM
    Registering as self employed whilst being in a PAYE job is no problem, many people are. There are threads on here giving details on how to go about it and HMRC also have a helpline.
    • Robinette
    • By Robinette 27th Jul 14, 2:34 PM
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    • 27th Jul 14, 2:34 PM
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    • 27th Jul 14, 2:34 PM
    Hi
    Having checked out the TakeNote website, it says that you have to register as self employed to work with them. I work full time and was looking to supplement my income this way. Could I still do this? Sorry, this is probably the wrong section to ask in, but this is one of the first times I have posted on this page.
    Thanks
    SJ
    Originally posted by ScarletteJigsaw
    Yes, you can be employed and self-employed at the same time. You can register with HMRC here: https://online.hmrc.gov.uk/registration/newbusiness/introduction
    • Maktina
    • By Maktina 28th Jul 14, 10:38 AM
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    • 28th Jul 14, 10:38 AM
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    • 28th Jul 14, 10:38 AM
    How much work do they have in an average week? Can I expect 1 job per day? Also I noticed it requires a professional reference to apply (under account information), but all the work I've done recently has been NDA contracts and/or freelance. Does this mean I can't apply?
    Last edited by Maktina; 28-07-2014 at 10:42 AM.
    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 28th Jul 14, 10:53 AM
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    • 28th Jul 14, 10:53 AM
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    • 28th Jul 14, 10:53 AM
    Are they strict on the entry requirements? IE:- The grade C for English and can you just register for copy typing and not audio, or does it have to be both?
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    • cazmanian_minx
    • By cazmanian_minx 28th Jul 14, 7:38 PM
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    How much work do they have in an average week? Can I expect 1 job per day? Also I noticed it requires a professional reference to apply (under account information), but all the work I've done recently has been NDA contracts and/or freelance. Does this mean I can't apply?
    Originally posted by Maktina
    They seem pretty swamped at the moment - an email came out to all transcriptionists this morning asking if anyone wanted extra work and there were a good 40 jobs on it. I've been signing up for shifts 5 or 6 days a week since the end of February and I think there have only been about 4 days when they've had no work for me. I'd been self-employed for ages when I applied to them, I gave them someone I was still in touch with from my last employer, ten years ago, and that was fine. I don't think they ever contacted him.

    Are they strict on the entry requirements? IE:- The grade C for English and can you just register for copy typing and not audio, or does it have to be both?
    Originally posted by Abbafan1972
    Don't know about the grade C for English - I assume if you get through all the tests they'd be able to make a judgement call on whether your standard of English was acceptable or not. They very, very rarely get copy typing, I've only seen a couple of jobs go through and quite often they only go to people who can drop into the office and pick up documents, so they don't have to scan them all into PDFs.
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    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 29th Jul 14, 12:20 PM
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    Thanks for the info. I think I will give it a miss.
    Winging it since 1972

    SW is like the Hotel California - "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave".
    • RebekahR
    • By RebekahR 18th Jun 15, 9:15 PM
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    Is this still going well for people?
    • cazmanian_minx
    • By cazmanian_minx 19th Jun 15, 6:48 AM
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    I'm still working for them, alongside a few other regular clients, currently bringing in approx 450 a month from them.
    Home: 06/08: 145,145.00 Currently: 114,428.66 Offset: 51,337.84 Amount paid off: 30,716.34 (21.2%) Paying interest on: 63,090.82
    Holiday let:
    02/17: 177,416.86 (Family loan: 129,146.86 + 0% cards 48,270.00) Currently: 169,836.86 Amount paid off: 7,580.00 (4.22%)
    Sugar days 2017: 17/26 Debt-free: 17/02/2017
  • Clarky80
    This sounds right up my street. Although I need to get Microsoft
    Office on my laptop and I have no idea how fast I can type?! I know I'm fairly quick though. Will have to see if there's an online test I can do?

    The self employed part scares me a bit though!
    • London Ash
    • By London Ash 11th Sep 15, 10:42 AM
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    This sounds right up my street. Although I need to get Microsoft
    Office on my laptop and I have no idea how fast I can type?! I know I'm fairly quick though. Will have to see if there's an online test I can do?

    The self employed part scares me a bit though!
    Originally posted by Clarky80
    10fastFingers for your typing test.
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    • London Ash
    • By London Ash 11th Sep 15, 11:11 AM
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    I'm still working for them, alongside a few other regular clients, currently bringing in approx 450 a month from them.
    Originally posted by cazmanian_minx
    May I ask how many actual hours of work that equals? As in, how many hours you spend typing, and not the hours of audio provided.

    Thanks.
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    • cazmanian_minx
    • By cazmanian_minx 12th Sep 15, 5:51 PM
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    I can type at 105wpm and an hour of clear audio will take me about 2.5 to 3 hours to type. Depending on what type of transcript they're wanting me to do and how good the recording is (both recording quality and whether or not people talk all over each other), my actual hourly rate (as opposed to audio hours) works out between 8.50 and 11.50 an hour.
    Last edited by cazmanian_minx; 14-09-2015 at 1:42 PM. Reason: Typo!
    Home: 06/08: 145,145.00 Currently: 114,428.66 Offset: 51,337.84 Amount paid off: 30,716.34 (21.2%) Paying interest on: 63,090.82
    Holiday let:
    02/17: 177,416.86 (Family loan: 129,146.86 + 0% cards 48,270.00) Currently: 169,836.86 Amount paid off: 7,580.00 (4.22%)
    Sugar days 2017: 17/26 Debt-free: 17/02/2017
    • murphy306
    • By murphy306 14th Sep 15, 12:03 PM
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    This sounds good
    • J3nesis
    • By J3nesis 16th Sep 15, 1:40 PM
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    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)
    • JacS
    • By JacS 16th Sep 15, 5:04 PM
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    There are lots of companies out there do this, some even pay more for the right people


    Most transcribers would take around 4 (possibly up to 6) hours to transcribe an hour of straightforward audio, and if you're not experienced it can be considerably more to start with. It's not something everyone can do, transcription is a skill.


    You've heard about Chinese whispers... four candles or fork handles? Imagine it's not a funny TV script but a real life interview between two people, they may have accents, they may not speak clearly, to say nothing of how clear the recording is.


    Sadly it's not just about how fast you can type. You need good listening skills, and a lot of common sense - plus good grammar and command of the English language.


    If you can do it, the rewards are definitely worth it but, in my experience, around 98% of people who apply can't. That said, it certainly is a good, flexible way of making a living which fits around other employment, kids, etc.
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