“I earn $800 a month tran­scrib­ing for doc­u­men­taries”

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“As a stay-at-home mom and a movie buff, I was look­ing for a way to make ex­tra money and have a flex­i­ble sched­ule when I dis­cov­ered that I could get paid to tran­scribe in­ter­views for films. I knew it would be a great way to marry my pas­sion for movies and lan­guage while mak­ing money on my own time.

“To find work, I searched for trans­la­tion, edit­ing and tran­scrip­tion gigs at Up­work.com, a free­lance mar­ket­place, but you can also find sim­i­lar work at sites like ProZ.com and Tran­scribeMe. com. This work doesn’t re­quire any ex­pe­ri­ence, just ex­cel­lent typ­ing skills and a good work ethic.

“I’ve tran­scribed for sev­eral doc­u­men­taries, but one of my fa­vorite jobs was for Shan­non Kring, a doc­u­men­tary film­maker and owner of Red Queen Me­dia (Shan­nonKring.com). Af­ter she shot the in­ter­views, she sent me a dig­i­tal au­dio and video file. I lis­tened to the in­ter­views and typed ev­ery­thing that was said in a for­mat she pro­vided. I also in­cluded time stamps in case she needed to go back to hear the au­dio. When I was done, she used the tran­scrip­tion to edit the film and add sub­ti­tles.

“The pay ranges from 50 cents to $1 per minute of au­dio. I work as lit­tle or as much as I want and I set my own hours. I typ­i­cally earn about $800 a month.

“Work­ing as a tran­scrip­tion­ist has been such a great job for me. I love watch­ing films and I find the peo­ple fas­ci­nat­ing. And the money I earn do­ing this goes to­ward bills and car­ing for my horses.”

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