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Welcome to Transcription Essentials!

Transcription Essentials is a community of transcription professionals who pride themselves on their commitment to excellence.

Whether you specialize in medical, legal or general, you will find valuable, relevant information that is useful regardless of your skill level. Register today to find out why we are the most comprehensive transcription resource on the web!

Plus, we have a great sense of humor!
March 09, 2017, 10:38:43 AM by Iliketotype
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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:
August 07, 2016, 07:36:40 AM by Iliketotype
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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.

March 13, 2010, 03:46:13 PM by Admin | Views: 15407 | Comments: 0


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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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