If you work online as a transcriptionist, you’ve probably at one time Googled to find out which transcription companies are hiring. We are always looking for more legitimate ways to work from home aren’t we?
Well, that is what Rev.com provides. A way for you to make money online from home. I got one of my friends to tell us about her experience working as a freelance transcriptionist there. Virginia Nakitari is her name and she has a great blog: transcriptionhubpros.com. She shares great tips, tricks and techniques for amatuer and pro transcribers.
Take it away Virginia!
Introduction to Rev.com
Formerly branded as FoxTranscribe and FoxTranslate Rev.com is a transcription/translation company based in the San Francisco, CA area.They also offer captioning services to their clients.
It was founded by two early oDesk.com employees, CEO Jason Chicola and Co-founder Josh Breinlinger back in August 2010.
In August 2012 it got funded by Venky Ganesan of Globespan Capital Partners that really opened doors to Rev’s expansion.
How Do You Apply at Rev.com?
I know many of you (if you are like me) are asking, “But, who is eligible? How do I apply?”
Luckily, this is a transcription company that accepts applications from any part of the world. All you need is a working computer, a good pair of headsets and a good internet connection.
Rev’s application/screening process is a bit strict. They don’t just hire anyone. Only 10% of those applying get accepted. But don’t let that scare you. I once was a newbie like you and got accepted. You can do this.
The testing phase takes about 60 minutes to complete. Just go on their website. Under ‘Freelancers’ hit the ‘Apply Now’ button that gives you access to the application form and off you go. You never know. Today might be your lucky day. At least it was for me one and a half years ago and now I’m enjoying the benefits.
Can’t find it yet? I got you covered. Here is the direct link to the application form http://www.rev.com/freelancers/transcriptionapplication
On the application form there are five fields to fill in.
This is where you insert your First Name, Last Name, Email address and Verify Email Address. Be sure to use your full names and correct email address.
This is where your grammar skills are put to the test. Luckily, this is a very simple test. Do you know the difference between conjunctions, adjectives and nouns? If you do, that’s a plus for you.
How well do you structure your sentences and paragraphs? Can you write a story that’s engaging and educative?
This is the central point of the screening process. There is one audio test that you need to complete. This the kind of audio file that you will be handling on a day-to-day basis when accepted as a Rev Transcriptionist.
The audio file has multiple speakers. Rev pays keen attention to how you transcribe this file. They want to know how well you identify the speakers, at what time and whether you’re able to clearly decipher what they are saying.
After you hit the ‘submit’ button you will immediately receive an email thanking you for taking the time to do the test. You will receive a second email in about 1-2 days if you pass the test. They will also send you an email if you do not pass the test but you can retake the test after six months.
Welcome to Rev!
Yay! I passed the test. Well, I can’t hold my joy. I bet you couldn’t either. This is the last stage of the application/registration process. There is a big red button that says “Complete Registration.”
You hit that and it takes you straight to Rev’s Workplace platform. You sign the user agreement. Click the Library for a few housekeeping rules then voila!
How Much Can I Earn at Rev.com?
Rev has a wide earning potential compared to other transcription companies out there. They pay on a weekly basis, every Monday of every week. Work done Sunday through Saturday is paid the following week on Monday without fail. I can vouch for them 100%. They pay between $0.50 to $0.65 per audio minute. [$30 per audio hour and above.]
Terms and Conditions
Their terms and conditions are pretty simple and I will just mention a few.
1. Never share Rev’s client private and confidential information with third parties or outside sources. This is a surefire way of getting you banned for good.
2. You should be 18 years and above to be accepted.
3. You can only hold one account per person.
4. Deliver quality work and on time. If it is 10 hours or 24 hours make sure you get the transcript back in that stipulated time and follow Rev’s style guide. Excuses will not be tolerated.
For purposes of quality assurance and prompt service delivery, Rev came up with a wonderful system of classifying transcribers. They are classified as ‘Rookie’, ‘Revver’ and ‘Revver+’
• This is a newbie. Someone who has passed the application test and has just joined the Rev community.
• He or she is allowed to work on shorter transcription projects ranging from one minute files to 30 minutes long.
• He or she will get detailed feedback on all work done.
• To qualify for this level you must achieve a certain score set for accuracy and formatting.
• He or she is allowed to work on any job you want. It can be a few seconds to 2 hours long.
• He or she will get ongoing feedback on a subset of work done.
• To qualify for this level you must achieve a certain score set for accuracy and formatting which is a bit higher compared to the Revver’s.
• He or she is allowed to claim projects, at least, 90 minutes earlier than the Rookie or the Revver.
• He or she will get ongoing feedback on a subset of work done.
• He or she also stands a better chance of being selected to review work done by Rookie or Revver. This is an extra bonus as you will get paid for this.
How To Be a Successful Reverr
1. Strive to deliver quality work and on time.
2. Whenever your work is reviewed take the reviewer’s advice seriously.
3. Follow Rev’s Forum for tips and tricks from other transcribers across the globe. They have really useful advice on there.
4. Improve your grammar, research and typing skills.
5. Be committed and have passion for what you do.
6. Share your experiences.
That’s what I’m doing now. It’s so much fun!
Thanks Virginia for such a detailed post.
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