To be successful, a transcription service must have the right transcribers.
This page tells you how how to hire the right transcribers.
There are 3 sources of transcribers: recruit, educate, and hire your own; hire an already-graduated transcriber; or, contract with an independent contractor or a free-lance agency that provides transcribers who have graduated from the TypeWell transcribing course.
A comparison of the costs of available services shows that despite the initial expenses, hiring your own transcriber is usually the most cost effective route.
However, if you have fewer than 2 hours of transcribing services a week, or if you prefer not to hire your own transcribers, you can locate and contract with an independent service provider.
Please click Contact above to ask us about independent contractors in your area, or to verify with us that a candidate you're considering hiring is a TypeWell transcriber in good standing.
Only such transcribers may use the TypeWell software to provide services.
TypeWell Jobs Board
To recruit a new individual to apply for the TypeWell Basic Skills Course, or to hire an already-trained TypeWell Transcriber, consider posting a job announcement on the Jobs Board.
Be sure to read through the Qualifications and Recruiting information before beginning any recruitment process.
Job Descriptions and Budget Lines
Some sites hire transcribers on temporary budget lines, while other sites hire them into permanent positions.
This will depend on your school's policies and needs.
Since the inclusion of TypeWell as a recognized form of interpreting services in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA), many pre-college sites are expanding the job descriptions they already have for interpreters, and adding language that makes the description apply to sign language interpreting and/or transcribing.
This "piggy-backing" on an already-established job description can shorten the length of time needed to have a transcriber job description accepted by school personnel and human resource departments.
If you need to write a new job description before hiring your transcriber, be sure to start in plenty of time to get the approval through your site's various required steps.
The job of a transcriber is still rather new, and most sites have to write new Job Descriptions, Guidelines and/or Handbooks to cover the new position.
Here are some samples written by other sites.
We thank the various sites that have allowed us to make these items available to you.
We cannot tell you a specific rate of pay for transcribers, as it's different in every area.
But we can tell you that the pay rate for beginning transcribers is usually similar to that paid to beginning interpreters in any particular region.
This rate has averaged around $15/hr to $40/hr, depending on the school and area involved.
In some areas it can be as high as $50/hr, depending on the local cost of living, supply and demand, and local policies.
Compensation at the lower end of the range often comes with benefits.
Next read about scheduling transcribers to provide service.