Transcription Team FAQs
What does legal transcription for Southern Reporting entail?
Transcribing legal proceedings like depositions, hearings, examinations under oath, etc.
This requires the use of specialized equipment, as well as uniform formatting and punctuation, and technical terminology.
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What will my work status be if I am accepted into the SRI Transcription Team?
Transcriptionists (and court reporters) are self-employed, independent contractors. There are no benefits offered and no taxes withheld.
As an independent contractor/transcriptionist, you have flexible hours and timely production-based pay, but commitment to deadlines, attention to detail, a desire to learn, being a team player, and a willingness to be teachable are imperative.
If I am accepted into training, what does training entail?
Training consists of two phases.
Phase 1 lasts about six weeks and is an online and self-paced review of materials, including our company-specific grammar reference guide, video tutorials, and PowerPoints. There are time-sensitive assignments (approximately two per week) that can be completed at any time prior to and up to the deadline. There are also weekly online chats or screen-sharing conferences used for the purpose of answering questions and/or providing demonstrations.
Phase 1 includes legal and medical vocabulary, grammar, training on specific software we use, formats Southern uses for transcription, and procedures for receiving/submitting work and invoices for court reporters at Southern.
Phase 2 begins at the successful completion of Phase 1. This is a paid training period where trainees will accept and complete limited assignments in order to receive quick feedback that may then be applied when completing the next assignment. The length of this phase of training depends solely on the trainee him or herself and is based on factors like the consistency with which the trainee accepts and completes assignments and applies feedback provided.
As an independent contractor, you will be required to provide your own specialized transcription equipment. This is no different than if you were to start any other business for yourself. If you are accepted into training, you will be provided a list of needed equipment, including tips and insights on how to save money when purchasing equipment. Depending on whether or not you already have any needed equipment (like Microsoft Word) and/or where you purchase equipment and which brands you choose, equipment costs can range from $300 to $500.
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If I join the Southern Reporting Transcription Team, how will I receive work?
Work is hired out through transcription team coordinators. Transcriptionists choose to accept or deny an assignment based on its length and due date. There are no set shifts or schedules for your work. You set your own schedule!
Our reporters use digital sound files, which they upload to a secure site for access by transcriptionists. If, after training, you meet the criteria to become a transcriptionist on our team and you choose to work with us, you will need a high-speed Internet connection in order to receive work.
How much will I be paid as a transcriptionist?
Starting rates are as follows: $1.00 per page for normal turnaround time; $2.00 per page for expedited jobs; $1.25 per page for hearing formats; and $2.50 per page for expedited hearing formats. A job is only expedited if specified by the transcription team coordinator and/or reporter. Normal turnaround time for an assignment is 3-5 days depending on the length of the deposition and the current demand on the transcription team. A page is double-spaced, 25 lines, and some lines may be full lines, where some lines may be only a “Yes” or “No.”
We do not guarantee any minimums or number of pages. You are paid by the independent contractor reporters based on the number of pages that are produced. Work submitted will receive feedback in an effort to assist you in adopting Southern Reporting's style and formatting thus enabling you to receive assignments of greater length and volume.
The process can be slow starting out and varies greatly from person to person depending on the amount of time spent on initial training, the regularity of work taken, and the effort spent in reviewing feedback in order to increase speed and accuracy.
Note, Southern Reporting does offer opportunities for dedicated transcriptionists to earn more per page, as well as opportunities to progress to work in proofing, administrative/training teams, and the court reporting field.