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Good as a second job. Don't recommend making it your only source of income, as work queues are inconsistent. Sometimes work is simply not available.

Make sure you have a very good understanding of standard English grammar and spelling. Try to aim for a typing speed higher than the minimum requirement or else the time it takes for you to complete jobs will not be worth the pay. Invest in some high quality headphones if you get the job, and always keep the style guide open as you work and check it if you're even slightly unsure about how to format something.

Don’t. It’s not worth it unless you really need extra cash. I was very excited to land a transcription to work from home after having my son. I was initially excited but about two weeks in my account got closed because of their stupid metric system although they were supposedly going to make changes because they couldn’t keep their rookies or new employees. There is no way to dispute this btw. Once your account is closed that’s it.

I was marked harshly for a job I did while I was still in training and then issued a warning that the next time, I would lose my job and I had no avenue for explanation. This company is much too strict because in the next month that I worked there I was above expectations for the work but cut without warning for commitment levels. That was something that should have been discussed, not grounds for immediate dismissal. I liked this company while it lasted, the work was fine, the pay was what you'd expect for freelancing transcription, however, it was stressful to have a threat hanging over me for my entire tenure there. This company does not care what issues you may have in your life, they may as well hire robots. This company doesn't deserve good transcriptionists.

Do your best.

Just go somewhere else.

Doing the transcripts can be kind of interesting if you are bored. But to do these transcriptions accurately takes a very, very long time. A lot longer than makes the payscale worth-while by any stretch of the imagination. A person trying to do a good job would be lucky to get a real rate of over 5 dollars an hour. And probably not even that much. And that is assuming you were smart and stuck to easier audio that you could actually understand for the most part. They have plenty that is near impossible.

But if you try to speed it up to make the pay more worthwhile, (or get screwed by poor audio in part of the file) you are more likely to make mistakes and be penalized. My first couple of projects were graded 5s, but now I guess I am getting different graders because I am getting 4s (out of 5) and one 3. Unlike other places, at rev 4s aren't good, and you will lose any possible bonuses after only a couple of those.

It already wasn't really worth my time to do this because the low pay to time investment, but since I pretty much can't get the bonus after a couple of 4s, I am just not going to bother anymore.

Also, if someone says "cause" it is idiotic to change it to "because". That isn't what they effing said.

Do not bother. I thought it would be fun to make some extra $$ but the audio clips are ridiculously difficult to hear. There are decent graders and then there are terrible graders. Some will still grade you too harshly, and as in my case, give you a low metric based on ONE misspelling and then send you an email saying you've basically been bumped off the site. Run by juveniles.

Take your time when practicing for the test.

Watch youtube videos for clearer instructions, pointers, etc.

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