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Just a friendly reminder :yes::


If you have recently applied for membership of Transcription Essentials, please understand that although the aim is to process all applications quickly, it is not always possible.  In the unusual event you have not received an activation email within a maximum of 48 hours, please email admin (at) with the details you entered on the application, and it will be sorted out.

Addendum to this thread:

If you have already made a duplicate application, please email and say so.  Or if you have been asked about your application, please reply to that email as soon as you are able.  That way any misunderstandings can be sorted out quickly.

I understand that people are finding it difficult at the moment and want to use all the resources available in an effort to keep working, but people's applications to join being held up while I email them to ask about it is not helping anyone. 

Thank you.
The Basics / Membership Information for New Applicants and for Current or Past Members
« Last post by Alba on February 08, 2020, 11:45:32 AM »

If you have recently applied for membership of Transcription Essentials, please understand that although we aim to process all applications quickly, it is not always possible.  In the unusual event you have not received an activation email within a maximum of 48 hours, please email admin (at) with the details you entered on the application.

Please DO NOT make a further application.  That means do not make any application at all under any variation of your previous details or using different ones.  Please email us.

If you realise you made a typo in your user name or email address or you wish to use a different user name or email address, please email us with the details.  Please DO NOT submit a further application in an effort to make these corrections.  Multiple unexplained applications will not be approved.

Note that if you do not provide a valid email address when you register, you will not receive the email containing the activation link, and your registration will not be successful.  Note also that the email may go into your spam or junk mail folder, so you will need to watch for it.


If you are a member of TE and cannot recall your password, please use the 'forgotten password' facility on the log-in page.

If for some reason that does not work or if you have forgotten your user name or find you cannot log in for any other reason, please email admin (at)

Please DO NOT make a new application under either your current or previous user name or a different user name.  Please email us.


If anyone makes more than one application to join, either for the first time or when there is already a membership in place, all new applications will be rejected and the current membership withdrawn.

Everyone making an application MUST read the posts in this (THE BASICS) folder before doing anything else at all.

Transcription Essentials is not Facebook or any other social media platform.  It is a private board, and our approach to membership works differently.  We want the forum to run smoothly and safely for all which means we will not simply approve every application.  The practice of joining and leaving which is prevalent in FB groups will not happen here.  That, of course, does not mean that people can't reapply, but if you have ever been a TE member before, please email us first.

Our email door is always open for members or non-members who are experiencing membership or any other TE-related difficulties.

admin (at) or alba (at)

Thanks for your cooperation in helping things to run smoothly at Transcription Essentials.
The Basics / BOARD RULES (please also see ALL other stickies)
« Last post by Alba on October 08, 2019, 04:44:56 PM »
1.  Do not attempt to impersonate another forum user and do not attempt to create a second user ID.

2.  No advertising or spam.  This includes affiliate links and/or invitations to request same via private messaging.  See Rules 8, 9, and 12 which set out the consequences.
3.  Do not ask for or post links to pirated software.

4.  DO NOT ASK FOR HELP OF ANY KIND, GENERAL OR SPECIFIC, ABOUT TESTING ON THIS BOARD.  This includes questions about who to contact with questions about your test, how to download the audio, formatting, words, anything at all.  Everything about a test is part of the testing process.  The person taking the test is (or at least should be) YOU, not anyone else.

   a.  No racially offensive posts.  No posts that are derogatory toward gender or sexual preference.  No posts that use slang terms for any race, sexual preference, or religious background.  Includes signatures.

   b.  Please refrain from all religious conversation on this board EXCEPT in The Quiet Room. Please refrain from all political conversation.  This board is a wonderfully diverse board, created that way intentionally, and we have learned that the best way to respect and maintain that diversity is to remember it when we post.

   c.  Do NOT post about how mean you think somebody is or how people are ganging up on someone.

   d.  Please read previous replies to posts before you post your own reply.  If you do not read previous replies you won't know the direction/flow a conversation has taken.

6.  Do not send unsolicited PMs or email or make unsolicited contact in any way offering to help with overflow or looking for work.  It is against board rules to use ANY contact information available in the member list for the purpose of looking for work.

7.  Access to the Short-Term Overflow folder is restricted to Int. Members and above.  PLEASE NOTE that this restriction is both for viewing overflow needs and responding to them AND for posting a request for overflow help.  IF YOU CANNOT SEE A FOLDER ENTITLED "SHORT-TERM OVERFLOW," DO NOT POST A REQUEST FOR OVERFLOW HELP IN ANY OTHER FOLDER!

8.  Posts and threads with content that breaks the rules are subject to closing or editing WITHOUT WARNING.

9.  Users who break the rules are subject to being banned either temporarily or permanently, at the discretion of the site administrators, WITHOUT WARNING.
10.  By posting on this site, you acknowledge that your IP address and other personal information that you registered with become public information, and may be used by the administrators of the site for any legal situations that arise from your use of the site.
11.  Disparagement of Transcription Essentials privately or publicly on other sites is clear indication that you should not be here, and you will be banned from Transcription Essentials for doing that.

12.  The administrators may add to or modify these rules at any time and reserve the right to suspend and/or ban any member at their discretion.
« Last post by Alba on August 05, 2019, 05:24:00 AM »
In addition, posts offering a referral code/affiliate link via private messaging will not be tolerated on TE.  If you do this, you will be banned.
« Last post by Alba on July 12, 2019, 02:27:02 PM »
Affiliate links will not be tolerated on TE.  If you post an affiliate link, you will be banned.  We consider affiliate links to be spam/advertising, and we will have no hesitation in reporting any such spam to the entity concerned.
« Last post by Alba on March 09, 2019, 01:57:08 PM »
We have updated the links in Barb's original post.
« Last post by Iliketotype on March 09, 2017, 10:38:43 AM »
This post expresses eloquently the whole purpose of Transcription Essentials.  We think this is so important that we are putting it here for you to read to understand what we are all about.

Im feeling blessed and grateful to be an independent contractor for CAS Associates! This represents my first reputable contract that is, one that meets the TE standard of pay and professionalism. To other newbies, like me, please stay encouraged.

Although TE is NOT a job board, I learned about this opportunity right here on TE. As a mid-life career changer, I must admit that I arrogantly submitted my resume as is in the beginning of my search for transcription contracts. My focus instead was on creating a customized cover letter. However, I was not getting responses from reputable companies. Thats because I was basically asking prospective employers/contracts to read between the lines of the work experience highlighted on my resume and pull out those transferable skills that would apply to transcription work.

Duh on my part! I wanted prospective contracts to do what I should have already done. :argh:

After taking a deep breath and reading the many posts on this forum, I ate some humble pie. I reworked my resume to include an objective along the lines of this: business writer transitioning from a successful career in communications to independent transcription. More importantly, my new resume highlighted anything relevant to transcription: typing speed; proficiency in English, grammar and punctuation; availability to do same-day turnaround; experience (although not extensive, but it still counts) with audio files with multiple speakers, accents and background noise; and so forth. It also now includes the transcription-related equipment and software I have, just as TE advises.

My new resume generated a positive response from what would eventually become my new contract after testing and vetting. Now I cannot stop cheesing!  :D :D :D

Thank you so much for this wonderful forum! TE is like a union of worker rights advocates and mentors, especially the way Alba and Barb and so many others ponce on ANYTHING that reeks of less-than-professional treatment of transcriptionists. On cloudy days, Elliria always brings the sunshine. And on those days I felt nervous and dispirited, the following thread was deeply encouraging, particularly the posts by JenVose and Jennie Ann:

I still have a way to go in transitioning to a full-time career in transcription, but I believe in the power of momentum. Things are turning around! They can for others who keep believing and learning and testing.

 :thanks:  :carrot: :banana3: :pineapple:
The Basics / REV, TRANSCRIBEME, CASTINGWORDS and similar low-paying companies
« Last post by Iliketotype on August 07, 2016, 07:36:40 AM »
The minimum pay recommended by Transcription Essentials is something equivalent to $60 an audio hour.  We absolutely do NOT recommend less than $1.00 an audio minute.

Unless you shouldn't be doing transcription because you lack the necessary skills, you should not be working with Rev or TranscribeMe or CastingWords or any similar low-paying company. 

If this offends you and you do not think you can do better, Transcription Essentials will not be a good place for you.  Please note that we have NO INTEREST in discussing this fact.  This is a private board.  We have our own place in the transcription world.  We intend to stay there.  Argument about why low rates are either okay or necessary is not welcome here.

« Last post by Admin on March 13, 2010, 03:46:13 PM »

If you have registered here before and cannot remember your username or password, please email admin at

Please DO NOT try to create a second username for any reason.  This is strictly against board rules, and if you do this your new application will be rejected and your first username will be banned.

Finding work

This board is NOT a board you can join to immediately find overflow work.  Access to the overflow folder for posting and for accepting overflow is restricted by post count. 

Is TE what you're looking for?

Question for you:  What is your purpose here?  Are you on TE to find a career (whether part-time or full-time) that will last or are you thinking this is another "work-at-home" resource to assist you in finding a quick job just to make your ends meet for a brief time?  If you are here for the former, you are in the right spot.  If you are looking for a demanding, challenging career in which you are continually striving to learn and improve your skills, then welcome to TE!  Come on in, pour a cup of coffee (or several), put your feet up and read away.

If you are here for the latter, looking for something quick to get by for now or to make a few dollars here and there, then there are other resources on the Internet better suited to your needs.  Or if you dislike grammar, punctuation, obsessive attention to every detail of the written word, another career track might be more suitable for you.  If you think that you can pop in here, just sit and type here and there and make some extra cash, you are wrong and will be better served elsewhere.

There is absolutely NO fast way to get into transcription without any training or experience whatsoever.  You can break into general transcription without schooling, but it takes hours upon hours of working to get to where you can make a living.  It may not require an investment of money like medical transcription, but what it doesn't require in money, it more than makes up for in its requirement of time and trouble.

We are not a site for people who are looking for something they can do at home.  We are here for people who do or want to do transcription because of the specific type of work involved in transcription:  grammar, spelling, research, reliability, deadlines, etc.  We are not trying to be exclusionary, but in the interest of saving time (for you and us), if you do not meet the criteria of the career-minded transcriptionist, please consult the resources below for more information geared towards what you truly seek.   Note that it is possible that from time to time any of the links below may become outdated.

Disclaimer:  We are not affiliated with any of the above websites.  We are only listing them as a means to aid you in your research in finding the proper career/job track for you.  As always, please do your research and NEVER pay for a job unless you can verify its legitimacy.  Probably only 1% (if that much even) of jobs require a fee and if you've researched, it's very clear which companies those are and that they are legitimate.

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