Time management has never been my strong suit. Although I’m better at it now than in the past, I consistently have to make sure that I’m staying on task. As I mentioned in a previous article on time management, I often work in short time increments that I block off to make sure that I’m not getting mentally drained.
Another issue that I’ve come to face lately is outsourcing. In spite of me doing better with time management, I just always run out of time but the work keeps coming. Yes, I know that’s a good thing because these bills must be paid but it gets overwhelming. I get overwhelmed.
I’m working on a project for late December and I’m interviewing numerous individuals. These interviews will focus on reinvention of self after dealing with stressful situations and I want to get them transcribed. Now in the past, I’ve tried to sit down and transcribe on my own and let me tell you… that was for the birds. Have you ever tried to transcribe a 30 minute or longer conversation? Umph, try it!
As a result of my past failure, I’ve been searching for transcription services at an affordable price. As a small business owner and blogger, I have to keep expenses as low as possible and when possible. I also need to make sure that I am using my time wisely.
The company that I have found so far with reasonable rates for transcription services is Rev. They offer audio to text transcription services for $1 per minute with a 48 hour turnaround time and 98% accuracy rate. In my book, that’s damn good because I usually only type about 45 – 50 WPM but there is a possibility they type faster than me.
When it comes to outsourcing work, it is important that you weigh all the options to ensure that it renders you a return on your investment. For me with transcription services, I had to consider my hourly rate to clients, how long it would take me and what other for-profit projects could I be working on. It all matters…
So have you ever used a company for transcription services like Rev? How did it work out for you?