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Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 07-08-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,326
Posted By JoetteB
Generally speaking, pawp11, you're absolutely...

Generally speaking, pawp11, you're absolutely right.

MTurk HITS, though, are a different breed from your usual transcription job. It's quite common for requesters on mTurk to routinely reject...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 06-04-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 745
Posted By JoetteB
I think I recognize the company you're referring...

I think I recognize the company you're referring to. I no longer contract with them due to the constant bar raising in the name of "security". I would personally not be comfortable signing a contract...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 05-28-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By JoetteB
I know that generally the rule is to spell out...

I know that generally the rule is to spell out numbers when they begin a sentence, but a phone number is an entity unto itself. A phone number is never written five six zero, two zero one, five three...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 05-15-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,084
Posted By JoetteB
Once you get started, you should still be paid...

Once you get started, you should still be paid each month, it will just take a while to get the first check. I know that working for a company with a long pay schedule like that can be daunting, so...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-20-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By JoetteB
A company doesn't have any way of confirming that...

A company doesn't have any way of confirming that you have and are using a foot pedal and most don't require use a foot pedal on tests. I think you could probably go ahead and take the tests using...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-12-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,379
Posted By JoetteB
I think you and Mac pretty much covered it on the...

I think you and Mac pretty much covered it on the GT side of things. There are ebooks and training offered out there on the Internet, but none of it is necessary and most or all of the information...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-02-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,352
Posted By JoetteB
I can't say that I agree entirely with the posts...

I can't say that I agree entirely with the posts telling people not to work for a company that pays 45 days after invoice submission. Yes, it's something to be aware of and if you're needing money...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 03-28-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By JoetteB
I forgot to mention another perk to using...

I forgot to mention another perk to using Dropbox. If you're working in the Dropbox and your client is sharing the folder with you, if something happens that you can't access the Internet, the...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 03-27-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By JoetteB
Dropbox is a specific file sharing website. The...

Dropbox is a specific file sharing website. The one you found, Dropbox.com, is the correct one if an ad indicates ICs need to have Dropbox. There are other services that do approximately the same...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 10-16-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 850
Posted By JoetteB
The most important thing when choosing a medical...

The most important thing when choosing a medical transcription program is to confirm that they're AHDI certified. I know Career Step is. I've never heard of Canscribe and don't know if they are.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 10-15-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By JoetteB
In my opinion it's never a bad idea to follow up...

In my opinion it's never a bad idea to follow up after a reasonable amount of time has passed. It gives you an opportunity to thank a business for having taken the time to look at your tests and to...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-30-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By JoetteB
I guess I've just been fortunate that the...

I guess I've just been fortunate that the companies I worked for didn't use templates. :D I did make the switch from OOo to Word several years ago because the case I mentioned earlier, about borders...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-29-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By JoetteB
Unfortunately, few companies go into that level...

Unfortunately, few companies go into that level of detail about their workflow on their websites, so I don't think Google is going to be much help to you in this case. I also suspect that you're...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-22-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By JoetteB
That's probably your problem, then. Try just...

That's probably your problem, then. Try just working from a flat .txt file from the start and see if that's what her software needs. Generally when someone is using software from a .txt to a PDF, the...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-19-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By JoetteB
I've had problems like this too when working in a...

I've had problems like this too when working in a .doc, saving as a .txt, and then submitting to software for conversion to a .pdf.

When you type your file, are you saving your file as a .doc and...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-18-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 76,670
Posted By JoetteB
I don't frequent those websites. If I did, my...

I don't frequent those websites. If I did, my response there would have been the same as my response here. Test information is confidential, just as the files we will ultimately be hired to...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-17-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 76,670
Posted By JoetteB
I think you made the right choice in editing your...

I think you made the right choice in editing your original post.

I have heard of others who have had problems with the TranscribeMe test; however, as I don't work with them, I can't say if it's a...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 09-17-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 76,670
Posted By JoetteB
Generally speaking, we don't talk about or offer...

Generally speaking, we don't talk about or offer help on tests. Doing so ruins the point of the test, which is to find out if a) an applicant has the necessary skills, b) can follow the style guide,...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 08-18-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 58,343
Posted By JoetteB
I like to refer people to NPR for transcription...

I like to refer people to NPR for transcription practice. The audios are cleanly recorded and easily downloaded, and in most cases there is already a transcript on the website that you can use to...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 07-31-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,301
Posted By JoetteB
In the past I have charged the same rate per...

In the past I have charged the same rate per audio minute for listening to dead air that I do for transcription, but it hasn't generally been as egregious as your current file. I might charge half...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 07-22-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By JoetteB
PayPal is also the primary method I use to get...

PayPal is also the primary method I use to get paid by my private clients. I have one client in Australia who prefers to prepay and who has been known to submit over $1,000.00 in payment and have...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 07-20-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,962
Posted By JoetteB
Having been in, and left, the entertainment...

Having been in, and left, the entertainment transcription space, I recommend you look in another genre for your second and third eggs. Because the entertainment schedule is cyclical, most everyone...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 05-14-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,087
Posted By JoetteB
I completely agree with both of the above...

I completely agree with both of the above posters. The best way to find a contract that pays a reasonable wage is to do the research, often outside of the lists you'll find on forums like this, and...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 05-10-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,285
Posted By JoetteB
After six+ years, and just a few months since the...

After six+ years, and just a few months since the last non-payment report, I doubt they've changed. I strongly recommend you stay away from ANP and anything to do with them.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-17-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,369
Posted By JoetteB
The bolded portion of your comment is an...

The bolded portion of your comment is an assumption, an unfair generalization, and a logical fallacy. Just because some cut rate and questionable quality companies distribute work that way doesn't...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-12-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,219
Posted By JoetteB
Have you tried reading the sticky at the top of...

Have you tried reading the sticky at the top of the thread about companies that hire ICs? I see several in there that pay more than TranscribeMe, and I couple that I've worked or interviewed for that...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-11-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 863
Posted By JoetteB
You'll want to download transcription playback...

You'll want to download transcription playback software. Both Express Scribe and FTR have free versions. You can also get a USB foot pedal for a not terribly huge investment. Searching further...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 04-06-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,650
Posted By JoetteB
No, I don't use a foot pedal. I have one touch...

No, I don't use a foot pedal. I have one touch hot keys set up to pause/play and jump back or forward a couple of seconds, and I find it works just fine. I've got approximately the same ratio as...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 03-30-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,493
Posted By JoetteB
I've heard other people mention this issue....

I've heard other people mention this issue. Unfortunately, the other one person that I know if never did find a fix. :(
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-26-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 698
Posted By JoetteB
We really don't have any way of knowing who's...

We really don't have any way of knowing who's currently hiring unless someone who works for a company comes here and announces it. The best thing to do is to research transcription companies, take...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-18-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By JoetteB
When you're transcribing spoken langauge, unless...

When you're transcribing spoken langauge, unless your contract requires you to clean up what was said to make it more grammatically correct, grammar checkers are just about useless. The only thing I...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-18-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Posted By JoetteB
As you noted, there are a lot of variables...

As you noted, there are a lot of variables involved, buy over January I averaged about $25.00 per working hour.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-01-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,109
Posted By JoetteB
I do the same thing as pawp. Right now I just use...

I do the same thing as pawp. Right now I just use Word's AutoCorrect and AutoText functions. That's been sufficient for me so far. If I find it's no longer enough, then I'll look into a text expander.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-01-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,631
Posted By JoetteB
Mully is absolutely right. If you think that...

Mully is absolutely right. If you think that medical transcription would be your passion, you'll want to attend an AHDI accredited school and no other. Some community colleges use an AHDI accredited...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 02-01-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,236
Posted By JoetteB
I second the recommendation of Audacity, both for...

I second the recommendation of Audacity, both for recording snippets if that's how you decide to go, and for cleaning up of poorly recorded audio. There is only so much you can do, but Audacity...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-31-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,790
Posted By JoetteB
Good luck to you! Everything I've heard indicates...

Good luck to you! Everything I've heard indicates that VI is one of the best large transcription houses out there.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-31-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,236
Posted By JoetteB
When I have to keep track of a lot of speakers, I...

When I have to keep track of a lot of speakers, I usually bookmark a clear utterance from each of them in my playback software. Once I've typed the whole audio -- because, as you know, sometimes you...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-28-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,249
Posted By JoetteB
I strongly recommend you practice a little bit...

I strongly recommend you practice a little bit first, just to see if it's something you want to do. Ear buds and the free version of Express Scribe are all you need to get a feel for it. Download...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-24-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,650
Posted By JoetteB
I also have claimed an end of the couch as...

I also have claimed an end of the couch as workspace. We have one with footstools on either end. I've got a TV tray that is just wide enough for the footstool to come up and that's where my laptop...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-22-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By JoetteB
I generally refer people to NPR. The audio is...

I generally refer people to NPR. The audio is pristine and most of the recordings have a transcript with them already so you can proof what you did against what their transcriptionists produced.
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-22-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,723
Posted By JoetteB
Even knowing that there is a QA level that...

Even knowing that there is a QA level that happens after me, I just can't imagine turning in a transcript that's 98% accurate and being happy with that. I suppose it's the perfectionist in me...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-07-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By JoetteB
I don't have any experience using macros that...

I don't have any experience using macros that way, but I do use Word's Autocorrect functionality in that manner, so that, for instance, lttr auto corrects to "let the record reflect".
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 01-05-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,496
Posted By JoetteB
In addition to mathomas's excellent advice above,...

In addition to mathomas's excellent advice above, you'll want some kind of playback software for transcription and a word processing program. A search of this forum should yield lots of information...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 12-10-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,896
Posted By JoetteB
As cloakzore pointed out a couple of years ago,...

As cloakzore pointed out a couple of years ago, there are browser extenstions for both Firefox and Chrome -- and I assume for IE, though I really avoid trying to use it -- like FlashGet that will...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 12-06-2013, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,956
Posted By JoetteB
So sorry you're having to deal with a slow (we'll...

So sorry you're having to deal with a slow (we'll cross our fingers that it's just slow) pay at Christmas time. I know how hard it is when a company that's previously been good about timely payment...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 11-27-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,723
Posted By JoetteB
I cannot even imagine four audio hours a day. At...

I cannot even imagine four audio hours a day. At the industry standard, that's 16 hours of work! I don't see how that pace can possibly be sustainable long term, unless the PP has pristine, single...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 11-14-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,415
Posted By JoetteB
Please do. Thanks!

Please do. Thanks!
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 11-13-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,415
Posted By JoetteB
I'm curious, Cyndi. Is this an indication that...

I'm curious, Cyndi. Is this an indication that the leaf ANP said they were turning was not, in fact, a new one?
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 11-11-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 21,073
Posted By JoetteB
I have heard something about utterances and...

I have heard something about utterances and bundles before. Let me dig a bit and I'll come back.

Edited to add:

Found the reference I was thinking of, but it didn't really have any info. Looks...
Forum: Transcription Services & Scopists 10-25-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,956
Posted By JoetteB
So sorry you're dealing with this, Paul. I hope...

So sorry you're dealing with this, Paul. I hope you'll receive all your back pay in a more timely manner!
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