As far back as I can remember, I've enjoyed listening to conversations more than I have participating in them. I love listening to people speak, getting a feel for who they are as individuals, and learning whatever I can from their stories.
Although I'm a native English speaker, English was not my first language. Growing up bilingual and living in an ethnically diverse area helped me develop a keen ear. That combined with the fact that I have a strong drive to better understand people has made me into someone who is quite good at understanding a variety of accents when it comes to English speakers.
I live in the United States, but over the years I've transcribed interviews, conferences, lectures, and webinars for people all over the world from places such as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain. When transcribing, I will take the time to look up the names of specific people and places to try to ensure they're spelled correctly. That's how I've learned about places such as Lai Chi Kok or Warrnambool.
Thank you for stopping by and perhaps considering me for your project. If you have any questions or concerns, I'd be happy to hear from you.
- Free Sample: If you're interested in my services, I can do a free sample transcription of up to two minutes of audio for you. That way you can get a better sense of the quality of my work, and I will have a better grasp of how long the job will likely take me to complete.
- E-mail: The best way to reach me is by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I will generally send you a reply within twenty-four hours of receiving your e-mail.
- Nondisclosure Agreements: If whatever you want me to transcribe deals with sensitive topics and you'd like me to sign a nondisclosure agreement before any work begins, that's fine. Please provide the relevant paperwork, and I'll promptly fill it out and return it.
- Time Stamps: I generally include time stamps whenever the speaker changes, at the end of every paragraph, and wherever I'm unsure of my transcription. As long as you let me know beforehand where you'd like time stamps to be placed, I should be able to accommodate.
- Rate for Transcription: My standard rate is $60 per audio hour of good-quality audio. I can work with fair- or poor-quality audio, but it's going to cost more and will likely take longer than normal to transcribe.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Is your rate negotiable?
- How do payments work?
- How long will it take you to transcribe my recording?
- Do you do subtitling for films?
Yes, it is. But only to a certain extent. If you're considering hiring me, please understand that I take my work very seriously and believe in providing a high-quality end product. Having said that, I also firmly believe in being fairly compensated for what I do. This is how I make a living after all.How do payments work?
Payments can be made electronically via Google Wallet or PayPal. Alternatively, I also accept checks sent via snail mail. If you have a different preferred method of payment, let me know. I will do what I can to accommodate.
Generally, if the estimated cost for a given project is less than $120, then payment will be due upon completion of the job. When I've finished the transcription, I'll send it to you along with an invoice.
However, if the estimated cost for a given project is more than $120, I'll likely ask you to break up the amount due into at least two payments. The first will be an advance of $50 or 20% of the total estimated cost (whichever is higher) as a show of good faith on your part that you're committed to seriously hiring me for your project. As such, I will not begin transcribing your work until I have received the advance.
After that, the rest of the total estimated cost is typically either due in full after I've completed the project or broken into two more equal payments: one to be made when I'm halfway through the project and the other to be made when I've completed the entire project.
Regardless of how payments are made, I will always either provide you with a receipt to acknowledge an advance or send you an invoice to reflect the outstanding amount that is due immediately.
How long will it take you to transcribe my recording?
Typical turnaround time for transcribing an hour of good-quality audio is forty-eight hours. Fair- or poor-quality audio tends to take longer, and it's very hard to estimate how long such a job will take until I've heard the actual recording.
Alternatively, if you're in a rush and need an audio hour transcribed within twenty-four hours, I'll do my best to accommodate your needs. However, rush jobs will cost more.
At the end of the day, I will put forth my best effort to deliver the completed transcription to you in a timely manner regardless of the audio quality that I'm working with. However, unless you specifically request it, I won't sacrifice good work for speed. And there's just no getting around the fact that if you want me to produce a faithful transcript, it's going to take some time.
Do you do subtitling for films?
Yes, I have created subtitles for feature-length films and promotional videos in the past using Aegisub. Most of the films I've subtitled have been documentaries, but I've also done work for nonprofit organizations and universities.