Transcriptionists: KNOW YOUR WORTH!

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$240 sounds like a decent payout for a single transcription job, right?

EXCEPT when they have 30 hours worth of audio — and only want to pay you $8 per audio hour.

Can we do the math here?
There are 60 minutes in an hour.
So if you divide $8 by 60 minutes, that would equal approximately 13.3333E¢ per audio minute.

Now – anyone who has been transcribing for a while knows that standard time it takes to type a proper transcription is anywhere between 4 and 6 times the length of audio. That being said – now you need to divide 13¢ by…let’s say 4.
That’s about 3.3333E¢ per minute.

Now multiply that by 60
(remember – there are 60 minutes in an hour)
What does that equal? A whopping $2

So, friends:  

When’s the last time you made $2 an hour for skilled work?

Transcribing is not just the ability to type fast.  It is active LISTENING and typing accurately.

Adding time stamps.  Labeling speakers.

It is making sure that the format is correct for each client.

It is sometimes listening to the entire audio one more time to make sure you did the best you could with sometimes less-than-perfect audio.

Oftentimes there is an investment that we make to get the best transcription software and working foot pedal.

Just saying KNOW YOUR WORTH.

And if you’re trying to hire someone at that rate – remember – you’re probably getting exactly what you pay for.

Past and Present: Figuring out my online identity

So I was going through my LinkedIn profile and something became glaringly clear:

I have a split personality.

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You see, when I first developed my profile, I was very much into the music scene and many of my connections are people from my Westminster Choir College days, musicians whom I had worked with or admired, and so on.  It was great for singing opportunities, watching for auditions, and the like.  It’s been several years since I put away my voice for other pursuits.

Circumstances, as they were made it important to find work-from-home jobs.  Writing, transcribing, moderating — all things I had done when my children were very young.  So my profile connections include published and aspiring authors, bloggers, editors, publishers, freelance artists and writers.

If my LinkedIn profile was my resume I’m certain a prospective employer would be very confused. The past endorses certain skills and the present endorses others.  Is she into music or is she a serious writer?  Oh, fie these years of life and experience!  I have too many identities!  And when it comes to a professional online profile, never the twain shall meet.  In one way it could be considered a good thing to be well-rounded and broad in interests.  In another way, I could be considered scatterbrained.

Would I hire me?

How does one amalgamate one’s past with one’s present and hope for a harmonious future in this freelance job market?

Do I have the time to recreate a new profile and leave the past behind?  Do I want to?

But if I don’t, will that inhibit the direction of my recreated/recycled self?

Who the hell am I anyway?