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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 as a small business owner and they take pride in the work they deliver to their clients (in this case, us, Transcript Divas).
HONEST INFO: How much can you make with these Transcription Jobs?
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 a small business owner. Being able to set your own times, and work from anywhere in Australia that you want.
Our rates are based on how many minutes of a recording are transcribed. The rates to transcribe a minute of recording vary based on a range of factors. 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 actually pay?
For SEPTEMBER 2023, we were again ABOVE the Australian average hourly rate for typists in Australia, with our average rate at $2.22/minute of recording. The maximum at $3.32/minute of recording transcribed and the minimum rate at $1.63/minute of transcribed recording.
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, and 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) or the lowest rates (glass-half-empty) and base a judgment on that. It is best to focus on the average, it is a much better representation of what your bank account will look like at the end of the month.
Fair conditions for our contractors.
We engage our contractors under the Australian Government Fair Work framework. Independent contractors have different benefits, rights and obligations compared to people who 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). It is important to understand the difference between being an employee and a contractor. Essentially being an Australian independent contractor is the same as owning your own business. You will need an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have clients other than just Transcript Divas, as well as fulfilling the other standard government contractor responsibilities. Read about those HERE.
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 two 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 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 brief and then, based on what a contractor wants to be assigned to them for the week, email it 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 to update them on whether they will 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 us, their client, listing all the projects they have completed. After we review it against our records, we process the invoice via a bank-to-bank transfer. The processing goal is by the 14th of the month – but it is generally before that.
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 professional business owners, understand this is a long-term working relationship and can deliver accurate transcripts on time. If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you.
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