Are you a newbie working on TranscribeMe? Have you been getting one too many rejections and fear that your account may be blocked any time from now?
Well, if you do then I have great news for you. You can actually prevent that from happening. Let me show you “How to Prevent Your TranscribeMe Account from Being Blocked”.
As a beginner, you will agree with me that transcription is not an easy skill. It requires the right mindset and proper training. A resource that can hold you by the hand and show everything you need to succeed as a paid transcriptionist.
So, before I give you a detailed review, I would like to recommend a really awesome Free 7-Lesson Mini Course that is suitable for work from home typists just like you. It will get you on the right track and shorten your learning curve. You can check it out at Transcribe Anywhere.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s proceed.
How to Prevent Your TranscribeMe Account from Being Blocked
Today, I have a great transcriber/trainer who has been with the company for the longest time, and understands this work-at-home company. Please, allow me to introduce Timothy Gathere (The Famous TranscribeMe Expert). Over to you Tim!
Just when you thought you were starting to get it, you try to login into your TranscribeMe account, and you get the dreaded notification…
“Your account has been blocked. You will receive an email with further information shortly. ”
One of the things trainers or “account peddlers” may never tell you is that TranscribeMe accounts get blocked. I know you are wondering, “Why would my account get blocked?” This article will help you understand better why, and how to avoid it altogether.
Why would your TranscribeMe account get blocked?
Your account will get blocked if you keep producing poor quality transcripts that have unnecessary errors. TranscribeMe has Quality Assurance workers – “QA’s” – who evaluate and approve or reject the chunks of transcripts you submit. The company clearly states that a transcriber must not get a rejection rate of 10% for all the transcripts submitted.
With more than 10% rejections, your account will inevitably get blocked without prior warning, or if you are lucky, you may receive prior notice. Transcription accounts are reviewed on a monthly basis. Once your account is blocked you cannot get it back. Their decision is final. So, strive to produce good quality work at all times. Otherwise, you won’t get a second chance.
Major causes of work rejection in TranscribeMe
Typing totally different words from those spoken by the speaker. If the speaker says ‘gone’ type it as is. Do not type ‘gown’. This is misleading and is a misrepresentation of the intended meaning. If you’ve listened to a word and you cannot totally make out what’s being said, insert [inaudible] and then a timestamp after it.
Make it a point to listen to a file at least three times before inserting [inaudible]
- Missing Words.
It is so wrong and unprofessional to type five or six words out of a 20-word sentence. This is child’s play and is not acceptable. If the file has heavy accents or the speaker is speaking too fast and you cannot hear what’s being said, just cancel that file and work on a new one.
- Poor Sentence Structure + Grammar
You do not mix present and past tense in the same sentence. If it’s a sentence spoken in the past use past tense. If it is spoken in the present use present tense. Don’t mix the two.
- Punctuation and Misspellings
This is another key point that must be paid attention to. Make sure you punctuate your work correctly. Inserting a full stop where you should be putting a question mark is wrong.
- Style-guide Adherence
In transcription, there are many ways of producing quality transcripts. You have the freedom to transcribe files using different style guides so long as the correct company rules are adhered to.
What are some minor errors that may be overlooked?
- One or two honest mistakes won’t be penalized if the reviewer clearly sees that you put in a lot of effort to produce clean work. The most important thing in transcription is accuracy and good word capture.
- You will not be penalized for minor spacing issues if your transcript is accurate.
- A misspelled word in a block that is several sentences long is often ignored if your transcript is outstanding,
- One or two [inaudible] tags, when audio is somewhat difficult while the rest of transcription is superb is acceptable.
- A missing period or several commas or even a quotation mark, if the rest of transcription is excellent, is often ignored, and your work will still be accepted.
- Make the reviewer see that you put a lot of effort in your work by avoiding “obvious & unnecessary mistakes”
- Always proofread your transcripts before hitting that submit button.
Personally, before I hit that submit button, I always ask myself, “If I were the QA… would I accept this job?” If I have a strong feeling that my work may be rejected, I do not submit it. I always look for clear and better audios that I know I can transcribe accurately and with ease.
You will not be penalized for canceling jobs that you are not comfortable working on. In fact, you are allowed to cancel as many jobs as you want if you are not comfortable working on them. Take advantage of this privilege and find good quality audios to work on.
Note: What you will realize is, as you keep working and as you gain more experience, you will be more comfortable working on a variety of files than when you started.
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Well, there you have it, folks. This is all you need to ensure your account stays intact, which is what we all want, don’t we? Thanks Timothy for this wonderful post!
If you feel like transcription is the career path for you, I highly recommend the Free 7-Lesson Mini Course offered by Janet Shaugnessy over at Transcribe Anywhere. She will teach you what transcription entails, whether it’s a good fit for you, how much to earn and why transcription is an in-demand skill right now.
Need more transcription resources? Feel free to check out these awesome ebooks:
- Jump-start Your Work At Home General Transcription Career by Lisa Mills
- Make Money From Home: How to Become a Non-Medical Home-Based Transcriptionist by April Hodson