Advantages of specialized remote work platforms with examples

Specialized remote work platforms
 

Disadvantages of general remote work platforms VS the advantages of specialized platforms.

  First of all most of those who have an account on Upwork definitely noticed the very rude account and skills verification system for freelancers. The system is not applicable only on new members, but it also included talented members with years of experience and highest rates. Further more Upwork suspended thousands of freelancers accounts permanently. The excuses Upwork team said to the suspended accounts holders are very weak and silly as many of them said. Even Freelancer platform itself has its disadvantages.

Disadvantages of general remote work platforms (Upwork, Freelancer, . etc ) 1- Low work quality

Very big platforms like freelancer can’t guarantee the quality of work delivered to clients. Actually clients are responsible for testing the freelancer skills before the hiring process. For instance in graphic design field, any new member can register graphic design as a skill he got. At this point the freelancer is not forced to have any sill tests by the platform to verify his skill. As a result, when talented freelancers submit on work they are lost in the crowd of untalented freelancers. some might argue that most of general remote work platforms have skills tests freelancers can take. Although this is a good practice, but it is not reliable for the following reasons: 1- The skills test are not mandatory so freelancers with very low skills still can submit to work without passing any tests. 2- Some platforms provides skills tests for a price which discourage new members to take them. 3- Mostly only experienced freelancers take skills  tests. Experienced freelancers usually cost much more than inexperienced. So, as a client with low budget it might be perfect to hire a freelancer with little experience. But in this case the freelancer should at least have some good skills. In this case with bids from inexperienced freelancers  mostly haven’t passed any tests, the client will not be able to distinguish those with good skills from others with no skills.

2- Wrong job categories

New clients usually have difficulties in using remote work platform. Thus they might submit a job under the wrong category. For example, a web development job under graphic design category. As a result, freelancers who have registered the right skill for this category will not see that job. On the other hand, the client in this case possibly will not find a good hire.

3- Technical support

Although technical support team is not supposed to understand the nature of the work they are solving an issue for, but in some cases the issue can’t be solved unless the tech rep got some background about this work. In a platform of 900+ skill like freelancer the tech support rep is not aware of the nature of most of the skills.

4- Pricing is lose

Definitely general platforms like Upwork and freelancer can not set a minimum price for each skill. This is one of the biggest issues in general remote work platforms. As a result we see a very low bids on jobs of skills that should have a very high price. This is a disaster in fact for talented freelancers because they will always have junior competitors ready to do the job almost for nothing.

Specialized remote work platforms

The advantages of specialized remote work platforms are  the solution for all the mentioned issues.
  • Talking about work delivered quality most of specialized platforms tests the remote worker’s skills before allowing him/her to bid on jobs. So there is no worry as a client to have a low talent bids and no worries for workers to have  untalented competitors.
  • Also it is almost impossible to imagine a job of the wrong category in a platforms specialized in only one skill category.
  • Technical support might also don’t have any idea about the work category in specialized platforms but in some cases they do and this would be very helpful in solving client-worker issues and disputes.
  • Finally, we can see that most specialized platforms usually sets a minimum price for the work. So both the client and the remote worker are committed to this price. As a result talented workers bids are not scrambled by low price junior’s bids as in general remote work platforms like Upwork.
There for we encourage remote workers to search for and work in specialized remote work platforms. Fortunately, most of the major remote work categories have a specialized platforms. Bellow we will mention an example of some:  

Graphic design platforms:

Developers

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Writers and Bloggers

digital marketing

     

Audio typing (transcription): the perfect remote work for beginners

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Remote Transcription

What is audio typing (transcription) work?

Simply, audio typing or transcription is to listen to a recording and type the content into a document. The source could be a video too and you me asked to type up into a local document on your computer, a cloud document on the internet, or even directly into a specialized remote transcription platform. Typically the recording would be an interview, lecture, lesson or anything of this kind. Obviously any one can type in a good speed can do this work. Actually that is why transcription is the best choice for remote workers with no IT skills.

Types of audio typing (transcription)work

Although most of transcription work can be done without any prior knowledge of the content, But there is exceptions on this general rule. Some recordings require a transcriptionest who is aware of the terminology handled in the content.

1- General transcription general audio typing

This consists transcription of voice mail, recorded messages, and any other regular recordings. This kind of transcription any one can do.

2- Medical Transcription

medical transcription Medical recordings could be a medical report or a medical diagnosis. This kind of recordings includes medical terminology that ordinary transcriptions wouldn’t recognize.  Therefore, only transcriptionests with medical background only can do this type of work.

3- Legal TranscriptionLegal transcription

It might look an easy task for any remote transcriptionest But unfortunately it is not. Some legal terminology would be very difficult to recognize by transcriptionests with no legal  background. Legal transcriptionests also should have a very typing speed to catch up with court recordings and similar work.

4- Real time transcription

Realtime transcription means listening to live audio and typing it. This requires very high typing speeds, accuracy and specialized stenography equipment. Only the most experienced typist can transition to realtime transcription.

Remote transcription requirements:

1- Desktop or laptop computer.

some remote work might be done using a smart phone or a tablet PC. Transcription work can’t be done using smart phones or Tablet PCs. You definitely will need a full function Keyboard and a wide screen which are not available in such devices.

2- Reliable internet connection

Unless you have a high speed internet connection, you wouldn’t be able to download audio or video recordings in time. This will result in delivering your work late.

3- Full Function keyboard

As long as typing the the basic skill in this work, you better get a high quality keyboard to use.

4- Headphones

Regular speakers can do the job but headphones will help you to listen better and focus. I advice you to get a high quality headphones with noise cancellation to get the best voice quality. this would save you repeating the recording many times to hear a word or sentence.

5- Text editor

Actually any basic text editor can do the job even MS notepad. But think wise, you can save hours of work by using a high functionality text editor. It would save your time and make you more productive. The spelling check function it self will save you from typos and misspellings.

6- Computer software

You might need to use a software to help you download the recording files faster. Also you may need another software to run the recordings on. Typically any audio software that allows you to slow down the recording speed is perfect.

7- Language

before you start looking for transcription work online, you better search for available work for your language first. Most remote transcription platforms supports English language. Though some platforms provides transcription work for other languages.  All you have to do is to make sure the platform you are going to subscribe for supports your language . And you have good command of the language if it is not your first language.   Now as you know what is transcription, and what you need to get started here is the list of most common remote transcription platforms: https://www.rev.com/ http://www.trancribeme.com/ https://www.transcribeteam.com   Check also this list with a brief introduction to each platform.            

   

Transcription work: 17 freelance transcription job websites for beginners

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1- http://www.accutranglobal.com/

Established in 2002, AccuTran Global is a full-service Canadian transcription company providing services to clients around the world. With our established network of North American transcriptionists and editors, AccuTran Global is a proven and reliable partner for all your transcription needs. Our high level of accuracy and ability to meet tight turnaround times make us the right choice for all your outsourcing projects. Whatever your requirements are, AccuTran Global takes pride in providing personal service to meet your individual needs. Pay rate is by the word ($0.005 to start).

2- Appenscribe 

Appenscribe offers global transcription jobs online. So if you are fluent in multiple languages, you will have more work available to you. To get started, you will need to create an account and pass two small transcription tests. Contractors report different pay rates, but you can expect a rate of about $0.005 per word. Payments are made twice a month. Work is not always available through Appenscribe, but when work is available, you can claim it any time day or night! Rate of about $0.005 per word

3- Bam!

We have openings in our transcription department for high quality corporate and legal transcriptionists, doing audio files for Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Immigration, as well as legal and corporate clients. We do not do any medical transcription. Rates of pay depend on the job, turnaround time, and the quality of your work. The upper range of the scale will be given to those with 99% accuracy consistently.  

4- CastingWords

CastingWords has two ways for transcriptionists to find work: The CastingWords Workshop and Mechanical Turk. Through their Workshop, they offer has transcription jobs online in 66 countries. Through Mechanical Turk (MT) you’ll never know what you will find–sometimes there are a ton of HITS (MT lingo for jobs) and other times, there is hardly anything. The pay rates vary from job to job, but all you need is $1.00 in your account to request payout.

5- Crowdsurf

CrowdSurf is a dedicated community of freelance transcriptionists working to create video captions for deaf, hard of hearing and second language viewers. We offer short transcription tasks, available day and night, so that you can work anytime, anywhere! It’s free to sign-up, you’ll be paid instantly, and we offer several opportunities for growth and promotion. Once your Work Market account is set up, apply to join CrowdSurf as a new CrowdSurf transcriber, review the guidelines, and take a brief assessment to join the CrowdSurf group. Once you’ve passed the assessment, we will create a new account for you on the CrowdSurfWork platform. This usually takes 3-5 business days. When your account is ready we will send login instructions to your Work Market email. Just follow the instructions in your email. All of your work will be available on the CrowdSurfWork platform.

6- Daily Transcription

Daily Transcription has been providing quality transcription and translation services for over a decade. Our history shows the thoroughness with which we work for our clients, accomplishing their needs. We have transcribed millions of hours of footage for thousands of clients.  In fact, you might say we have perfected the art of transcription and translation.  So much so that our competitors have tried to copy our systems. What sets us apart is we don’t outsource overseas, we use real American transcribers and we pay a living wage. We don’t use bots or voice recognition software either. This enables us to have the top transcriptionists and translators in the country. We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of customer service to every client. Our goal is to provide you with excellent customer service and the highest level of quality – no matter how big or small the job.

7- Get Transcribed

Get Transcribed offers transcription jobs online and reviewer positions, too. Of course, you have to work your way up to the reviewer/QA positions, but if you do, you can earn $0.12 per minute you review on top of the $0.23 per minute you transcribe. Payments are made once a month via PayPal, but you need to have earned at least $100.00 otherwise your earnings rollover to the next month.  

8- GMR Transcription

GMR Transcription was founded in 2004, and we’ve been fortunate enough to experience tremendous growth since then. Our driving mission is delivering high-quality transcription and translation services at affordable prices. We provide a unique personalized service to ensure your every need is accommodated.

9- Neal R. Gross 

Neal R. Gross & Co. is a Washington, DC based court reporting and transcription company. We have been in business over 35 years and provide verbatim court reporting and transcription services to a broad range of government and private clients. REQUIREMENTS:
  • MUST TYPE AT LEAST 60 WPM
  • EXCELLENT COMMAND OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE
  • MUST BE ABLE TO WORK A MINIMUM OF 30 HOURS PER WEEK
If you type over 60 words per minute and need to work from home, you may be what we’re looking for in a legal transcriber. No transcription experience necessary, but you must be willing and able to work on overnight delivery. Timeliness is a must, as are excellent English language skills. Please apply only if you can transcribe at least 5 hours of audio per week.

10- RNK Transcription

For over 10 years, RNK Productions has taken pride in providing quality services at competitive prices. With over 20 combined years of experience in both production and post-production, we are aware of the importance of accuracy, timeliness, and attention to detail when it comes to our clients’ needs. We specialize in entertainment related transcriptions, including but not limited to one-on-one interviews, OTF interviews, reality show transcriptions, field tape transcriptions, B-Roll logging, As Broadcast Scripting and Continuity Scripting. We can also accomodate psychiatric as well as legal transcriptions. See our Transcription Services page for complete details.

11- Scribie

Scribie.com offers a great opportunity to augment your income by transcribing audio files for us. The work involves listening to the audio files and typing or dictating it as accurately as possible. You just need to go through a test process and get certified as a transcriber. Once certified you will be paid for the files you transcribe on an audio hour basis. For each submission, your Scribie.com account will be credited with the appropriate dollar amount. Your earnings will accumulate and you can transfer it to your PayPal account anytime. From PayPal, the funds can be transferred to your bank account. There are no monthly commitments or minimum withdrawal limits. Payments are made once a day. If you are an experienced transcriber and have spare time, then Scribie.com can help you to fill that up. If you are starting your career as a transcriptionist then you can gain valuable experience and hone your skills on Scribie.com. We have transcribed more than 1,979,277.18 minutes of audio since 2008 and have paid around $869,450.46 to our certified transcribers. Around14076 home-based freelancers from all around the world have have successfully cleared our transcription test till date.

12. Tigerfish

Tigerfish offers flexible transcription jobs online. They have a ton of different project types available (focus groups, interviews, law enforcement, documentaries). You will have to complete three five-minute tests in order to be considered for paid projects. These five-minute tests should take you about 20 minutes each to complete (if you are going way over the 20-minute mark per test, transcribing may not be worthwhile for you).

13- TranscribeMe!

TranscribeMe! posts transcription jobs online for English and Spanish typists. The first step is filling out a form. After that, you will be directed to take a test. If you pass, someone from their Operations Department will contact you within 48 hours to discuss the next steps (don’t worry, if you fail, you can retake the exam in 24 hours). Transcribers get paid per audio hour. Payments are made every week.

14-  Ubiqus

Ubiqus is a global leader in language, transcription, and event services with industry-leading divisions in the fields of translation, language interpretation, transcription of audio and video, audience polling, audio recording, and event badges. Through the integration of more than 16 companies across North America and Europe, and the ability to extend service coverage and flexibility globally, Ubiqus has been a partner to more than 21,000 clients worldwide. biqus is continuously searching for qualified, talented individuals to join our team of language, transcription, and event professionals. Whether you are seeking to start your career or interested in changing your current path, Ubiqus offers a range of opportunities. To be considered for full-time or freelance opportunities, submit your CV and cover letter per the instructions for each opening.

15- 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP

Formerly, Verbal Fusion, 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP pays the best starting rate for transcription jobs online for beginners. You must be a U.S. resident and fill out a short questionnaire to be considered. When they are hiring, you will be contacted and asked to take a short transcription test. If you pass, you can be hired on as a contractor. Keep in mind, it might be weeks or months before you are invited to test. So even if you think you might be remotely interested in this opportunity, it is best to get your application in ASAP!

16- Verbal Ink

We’re always looking for highly skilled linguists to add to our growing team. If you’re interested in applying to work for Verbal Ink as an English language transcriptionist, please email us at jobs@verbalink.com. Here’s an articlethat covers in detail what we’re looking for in a transcriptionist. If you are applying as a proofreader, copywriter, or editor, please indicate that in your email as well. If you’re interested in applying to work for us as a translator or foreign language transcriptionist, please email us at translation@verbalink.com along with the language you are applying for. In both cases, please attach your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We’re eager to hear from you and keep all resume submissions on file, but we may not be able to respond to you right away. No phone calls, please.

17- 3Play Media

We are looking for contract transcriptionists/editors to transcribe recorded audio and edit imperfect transcription using our proprietary internet-based software application. Since all transcription work is performed remotely, you will need a good computer and a high speed internet connection. As a contract transcriptionist/editor, you would decide which projects to accept, how much you work, and when and where you perform your work. To be a good candidate, you need to be able to provide expert transcribing services independently and be able to provide a quick turnaround on a finished work product (as a given project may require). In addition to the qualifications below, you are required to take and pass a series of proficiency tests to demonstrate your transcription skills prior to being engaged as a contract transcriptionist/editor. You are required to have Typing ability of at least 75 wpm
related topics: freelancers.city/audio-typing-perfect-work-beginners/

The Changing Place of Britain’s Workforce (by PeoplePerHour)

UK freelancers

Across Great Britain, the South West of England had the highest rate of home workers

Great Britain Workforce

The Changes in UK Workforce

The Office for National Statistics reported last year that there are now 4.2 million ‘home workers’ in the UK, which is almost double the number in 1998 when these figures first started to be recorded. This means that almost 14% of the UK workforce now utilities one of these more ‘flexible’ options. In fact, according to research we conducted in August 2015, this new generation of self-employed workers chose this type of role due to the flexible hours it offers, the freedom to be one’s own boss, along with the creative challenge and potential for success/satisfaction being key drivers. The growth in ‘home workers’ has also given rise to a dramatic change in where the UK’s growing ‘Creative Economy’ is able to reside. Gone are the days where freelancers flock to London in order to build up a network of contacts to ensure a regular stream of work. Meaning that workers are increasingly able to move from the shadow of the UK capital to live wherever they want.

The UK’s Anywhere Worker

The growth in the ‘Creative Economy’ has sparked a movement of workers from London and the South East to liveThe UK’s Anywhere Worker and work further afield around the UK, while still being able to provide their expertise to the capital’s economy – as well as extending their support to other areas of the country too.            

Most productive cities outside the capital

Most productive cities outside the capital