Transcription Jobs: Who can be a Diva?
Love to work from home with flexible hours? Love a short commute? Then a transcription job as an independent contractor with Transcript Divas could be for you!
What sort of people are we looking for? We have all sorts of Divas working for us, but what they share is the ability to deliver on time. They like to get things right, and they realise that over-delivering to our clients secures the Diva-dom for everyone.
They see themselves as a “can-do” person. Responsible and professional. They see themselves, in essence, as an independent small business owner and they take pride in the work they deliver to their clients (in this case, us, Transcript Divas).
How much can you make with Transcription Jobs? – honest info.
Transcript Divas are not about taking advantage of people or trying to maximise our profit at the expense of our team. We believe – honest work deserves honest pay.
We aim to beat the average hourly rate for transcriptionists working in Australia. We aim to support and enable our contractors to maxmise on the benefits of being their own boss, a small business owner. Set your own times, work from anywhere in Australia that you want.
We pay our team based on how many minutes of a recording they transcribe. The rates to transcribe a minute of recording varies based on a range of factors. Basically, the longer we think it will take to transcribe a recording, the higher the rates we charge clients and the higher rates we offer to transcribe that recording. For example, having more than two speakers, or inserting time-codes into a recording makes that recording take longer to transcribe. So the rate for these types of projects would be more. So, how much do you pay?
In JULY 2021, we again hit ABOVE the Australian average hourly rate for typists and the living wage in Australia, with our average rate at $2.19/minute of recording. The maximum at $3.32/minute of recording transcribed and the minimum rate at $1.63/minute of recording to be transcribed. The rates differ based on what clients order in a month – the turnaround time needed, number of speakers, timestamps etc. The number to look at here is the AVERAGE rate. Some project rates will be higher, some will be lower – but it is this average over the month that is key. Not the highest or lowest rates. We do see a tendency of some applicants to look at the highest rates (glass half full types) or the lowest rates (glass half empty types) and base a judgement on that. Look at the average, not sure what the glass of milk analogy is for average, but it is a much better representation of what your bank account will look like at the end of the month.
Fair Work. Fair conditions for our contractors.
We engage our contractors under the Australian Government Fair Work framework. Independent contractors have different benefits, rights and obligations to when people work as employees. This is because contractors provide services to another person or business, as opposed to being employed (part-time, full time, or on some sort of zero-hours contract where you are expected to be available but not guaranteed any actual work) by that person or business. This means it’s important to understand the difference between the two. You will need an ABN and have clients other than just us, as well as fulfil the standard government contractor responsibilities.
HOW MUCH WORK IS UP TO YOU: At the start of the week each typist is asked to give a rough estimate of the amount of work they can take for that week – for example, I would like five hours of recording to type this week. Typists can email us if they want to go up or down e.g. “I am going on holiday for 2 weeks please put me on hold”, or “I spent all my money on popcorn, can I double my work for this week”. The Project Manager then sends you projects as they come in from clients. As a contractor, you can accept these projects or not. If a 1-day order comes in the Manager may send an “URGENT” email to everyone to see who can fit these fast turnaround projects in. These urgent projects are normally really great rates. It pays to keep your phone charged, and an eye on the inbox!
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? MAXIMUM RATES, FLEXIBILITY & CHOICE FOR CONTRACTORS.
- A client will upload a project brief and recording to the website.
- The Project Manager checks the project brief and then based on what a contractor wants to be assigned to them for the week, email the brief to a contractor to see if they would like the work. The brief will contain links to the recordings, the rate, the description, templates etc. All the information needed to make a decision.
- The contractor reviews the project brief and will then email the Project Manager if they can accept the project (or not).
- If a contractor accepts a project, they get to work on it. If issues arise, the Project Manager is there to support, bring in more contractors or confer with the client if needed.
- At the end of the month, the contractor emails an invoice to the accounts team listing the projects they have completed. After the accounts team reviews it against our records, we process the invoice via a bank to bank transfer. The processing goal is the by the 14th of the month – but it is normally before that though.
APPLY FOR A TRANSCRIPTION JOB WITH US?
Our standards for job applicants are high. This is to ensure that we deliver our 200% guarantee to clients. We are looking for transcriptionists whose standards are equally high. See themselves as a professional and can deliver accurate transcripts, on time. If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you.