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Speechpad
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:27:23 PM »
I thought I'd write about my experience with Speechpad so far since many people on the forum seem interested in transcription work. Honestly, I had completely forgotten that I had signed up for this site, so it languished ignored for quite a while until I remembered about it.  ::)

You have to take a basic qualification test to be able to work the most basic jobs. You must also agree to their confidentiality agreement in order to start working. There are other tests that you can take in order to do other types of jobs. I haven't tried any of these tests yet. Be sure to study all the style guides since they are different for the different type of jobs offered. 

Once you are approved to work, you simply log on to the worker console and pick from the jobs that you are qualified to do. You get to listen to a 15 second preview of the audio to help you decide if you want to do the job or not.  Currently, the lowest price per minute is .25 and the highest price per minute is .45. The jobs vary from one minute of transcription work to over one hour. When you complete a job, it will be reviewed. The review process can take a day or several days. You can see in your work history what the status of your jobs is.

Speechpad pays via PayPal on the 1st and on the 16th of the month. You do have to pay PayPal fees, so keep that in mind.  There is no minimum payment threshold. If you have an earnings balance, you will be paid. So far, I have been paid twice. My first payment was supposed to have been on October the 1st, but I did not get paid until the 4th. I don't think this delay was too bad. I contacted worker support to ask about the delay, but I did not receive a reply which I thought was odd because they had been very helpful answering other questions I'd had in the past. But, about 2 days later, I received my payment.  Today, I received my second payment right on schedule, without delay, and without a problem. 

You don't need any special equipment such as transcription software or a foot pedal to work at Speechpad. If you are interested in transcription work, I think you should give Speechpad a try. 
 

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 12:06:30 AM »
Thanks for the review. I haven't heard of Speechpad until now, and I think I'll sign up for it. Can't have too many eggs in your basket. :)

It kind of sounds like Quicktate - but with higher pay. Do you mind sharing how much you were paid on those 2 separate accounts and how much time you put into? If not, I understand. I was just curious.

Anyway, thanks again. I think I'll give this one a try as well.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 06:05:16 PM »
This sounds like a pretty good site based on your review.  I like how you don't need any special equipment to do this.  I also like how you will get paid regardless of the money you make.  This way you are definitely going to get money.  Thank you so much for your input on the website.  I will check it out.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2014, 05:09:01 AM »
Am I getting it right? You get paid 25 cents per audio minute transcribed? Well for starters that ain't so bad. But I remember it took me 1 hour to transcribe around 2 minutes of audio when I took the test in TranscribeMe, so I think I need more practice if I want to be a transcriptionist.


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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 09:22:10 AM »
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Thanks for the review. I haven't heard of Speechpad until now, and I think I'll sign up for it. Can't have too many eggs in your basket. :)

It kind of sounds like Quicktate - but with higher pay. Do you mind sharing how much you were paid on those 2 separate accounts and how much time you put into? If not, I understand. I was just curious.

Anyway, thanks again. I think I'll give this one a try as well.

Your welcome. I'm glad you found it helpful. I wasn't paid much because I was hesitant to devote too much time to the site until I knew for sure they were going to pay. Since the first payment was delayed by a few days, I took a cautious approach and only worked sporadically to see how the second pay date went. Now that I know they do pay, I am going to devote more time to this little "egg".  ;)

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 09:29:40 AM »
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Am I getting it right? You get paid 25 cents per audio minute transcribed? Well for starters that ain't so bad. But I remember it took me 1 hour to transcribe around 2 minutes of audio when I took the test in TranscribeMe, so I think I need more practice if I want to be a transcriptionist.

Yes, they pay .25 per audio minute and some jobs pay more. Personally I try not to take more than 6 times the length of the audio file to do a transcription. So if a file is 5 minutes long, I try not to take more than 30 minutes on the whole job. This is easier said than done of course because sometimes you get really bad audio or you have to research a lot of stuff. You really have to be as fast as you can to make they pay worth it.   

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 11:28:40 AM »
Thanks for this!

I was looking into them (but I haven't signed up) and it looks like they went through a period of trouble last year with delays in payment etc. I have seen somebody from the company actively responding to the comments on the blog reviews I've seen, and these are dated from the last couple of months so I'd hope they've sorted out whatever issue they had.

Good to know you've been paid!

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 07:30:22 PM »
Thank you for the review, I just went to sign up and it says my email is already registered so apparently I have a account and had forgotten about it.  I am going to log back in and see if this might be just what I was looking for.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 02:57:34 AM »
I think I have seen and read something about this site already but not sure if I have signed up or not yet. It is nice to know that this site really pays although there could be delays and I hope they will remain legit for its members.
I will check it out and see if this kind of work is for me as I have not tried any transcription job yet. It could be an interesting job though.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2014, 09:47:51 AM »
That sounds potentially great, but I guess I'm easily intimidated by these kind of things.  Over an hour sounds like so much time for me to make a mistake and end up not getting paid for any of my work.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2014, 11:33:56 AM »
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Thank you for the review, I just went to sign up and it says my email is already registered so apparently I have a account and had forgotten about it.  I am going to log back in and see if this might be just what I was looking for.

This is exactly what happened to me. I had signed up with them, but I totally forgot about it. I'm going to take more qualification tests so that I can be eligible for more work. I hope that you'll let us know your thoughts on Speechpad if you decide it's what you're looking for. I think it will be good to have more feedback about this company.  Good luck!

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2014, 01:56:10 PM »
That does sounds interesting 25 cents per minute transcribed certainly sounds like a great payment plan but it is heavily dependent on how fast you're able to transcript something.
How fast is the average person usually? It's something that seems really simple but I'm sure that if I started I wouldn't be earning anywhere near to what I'm expecting.

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2014, 11:57:24 AM »
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That does sounds interesting 25 cents per minute transcribed certainly sounds like a great payment plan but it is heavily dependent on how fast you're able to transcript something.
How fast is the average person usually? It's something that seems really simple but I'm sure that if I started I wouldn't be earning anywhere near to what I'm expecting.

It really depends on how fast you can type. You also have to have very good attention to detail, and your grammar must be very good as well. Patience is important because you will come across some very bad audio from time to time (okay, a lot), and you also have to be willing to do a lot of research. In no other profession is the term--"Google is your friend"-- more appropriate than in transcription. 

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2014, 04:34:25 PM »
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That does sounds interesting 25 cents per minute transcribed certainly sounds like a great payment plan but it is heavily dependent on how fast you're able to transcript something.
How fast is the average person usually? It's something that seems really simple but I'm sure that if I started I wouldn't be earning anywhere near to what I'm expecting.

It really depends on how fast you can type. You also have to have very good attention to detail, and your grammar must be very good as well. Patience is important because you will come across some very bad audio from time to time (okay, a lot), and you also have to be willing to do a lot of research. In no other profession is the term--"Google is your friend"-- more appropriate than in transcription.

It's sound interesting. It's seems like a strange need though. Are the audios transcribed phone conversations?

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Re: Speechpad
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2014, 11:59:38 PM »
This Speechpad gig sounds like a pretty decent online occupation.  What exactly are the requirements that are involved in being approved for the job; are applicants put through a sort of exam like on the TranscribeMe job transcribing site?  Also, I'd like to know how they pay workers (direct deposit or Paypal?).

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