Friday, May 21, 2010

How to Get Cheaper Transcription Rates

There are two common questions asked when inquiring about transcription services. The first is, "When can you have it back," and the second, "How much will it cost? " Discovering how to get cheaper transcription rates just takes a little lesson in what transcriptionists look for when quoting a project.

Quality of Audio

The quality of an audio file plays a major role in the cost of the project. Of course, clear audio is welcomed and many times will cost less to transcribe. However, audio with background noises, multiple unintelligible sections, and speakers who are cutting each other off or too far away from the microphone may result in higher per minute/hourly rates.

Cost-Saving Recording Tips

Some individuals don't mind paying more for transcription, but for those money conscious people, here are a few tips to keep the cost of your next transcription project down.

1. Record in an area with no distractions. Background discussions, noisy restaurants, even recording while driving will often produce unwanted noises.

2. Have the speakers identify themselves. Even for the seasoned transcriptionist, it can be difficult to distinguish one voice from another when there are multiple speakers. When recording conferences, mastermind groups, or Q&A sessions ask the speakers to introduce themselves before speaking.

3. Use "yes" and "no" in place of "uh-huh" and "ums."

4. Let the speaker finish their sentence before asking another question and vice-versa. This cuts down on blanks and editing time.

It is much easier to contract a transcription service and say you have a project with clear audio, the speakers identify themselves, and the conversation flows nicely than telling them there is "some" background noise, "some" of the speakers do not identify themselves, and there are "some" areas that may be difficult to understand.

This raises an automatic red flag that the audio is not good quality and it could end up costing you more than expected since most transcriptionists will quote a rate once they have listened to a sample of "bad audio."

Follow these rules and you will never have to pay extra for bad audio again. The transcription service will be happy with the quality and you will be happy with the price. It's a win/win situation.

By : Kimberly_Best

1 comment:

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