Transcription question!


#1

Hi everyone! I have been a VA for nine months now and it was the best decision I made! I love it and have found this site/forum so useful!

I wonder if I could ask a very basic question though please?! I have been asked to provide a quote for transcribing a recording of an approx 1 hour meeting between 6 people. This will be my first transcription job so I’m looking for an approximate length of time it will take me which I know depends on typing speed etc. How long has a similar job taken other VAs on here?

Thank you very much!
Danielle.


#2

Hi Danielle

That’s a heck of a big job to start with - usually audio typing will take 3/4 times the amount of audio to type and check (usual speeds for audio typists are between 75-100 words per minute). Unclear recordings or recordings with multiple speakers may well take longer. I would say it’s probably 4-5 hours work, but a good way of checking is to do the first 5-10 mins and see how long it takes you.

If this isn’t something you are used to, I would probably recommend a specialist to the client - it’s a big job and it is a specialist skill. If it was 5-20 mins it may be worth having a go, but an hour of audio is a LONG time, never mind having multiple speakers! Especially if the client expects it back reasonably fast.


#3

Thanks Caroline. I’m never one to give myself an easy life, I’ve always thrown myself in at the deep end! I really appreciate your advice but had already agreed to do it. I have help on standby if need be though and have quoted 5 hours.

Many thanks,
Danielle.


#4

Definitely don’t have it sitting on your desk - do the 10 min check and see what it comes in at…