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How can I make money with an online blog and protect yourself against the Artificial Intelligence changes that will change our work forever

Will robots take over my job (and possibly the world)?

robots taking over the worldEverywhere you turn, it seems like news stations are reporting about yet another new advance in artificial intelligence (AI) that threatens to take over jobs.

It is AI’s ability to learn by analyzing immense amounts of data that cause such a threat to any job that can be broken down into predictable and repeated tasks.

Why more people are looking to make money with an online blog

This means even jobs generally viewed as ‘safe’ from being taken over by robots are now in question.

A UK law firm is now using an AI system to service legal notices in real estate cases, something that would have been previously done by a team of junior lawyers and paralegals. That’s extremely bad news for fresh law school graduates with a huge student loan and junior roles being threatened by AI.

So if your job is ‘safe’ from artificial intelligence changes, you need to think again.

You only need to look at the manufacturing, construction, agriculture industries to see how human jobs have been taken over my robots and machine.

In fact, the World Economic Forum warned that robots, automation and AI will replace 5 million human jobs by 2020. That’s not too far away at all.

Change is coming whether we like it or not. Our economy is never going back to the way it was.

So what can regular people do in the face of such massive change on the horizon?

Some people are like deer caught in the headlights, overwhelmed and shocked as they watch in disbelief as change descends on their world – their company goes through a restructure and jobs are disestablished due to technological changes. deer caught in the headlightsOthers act like ostriches, burying their head in the sand and in complete denial of the change that is coming.

ostrich burying their head in the sandWhile we can’t fight the evolution of our economy and world, we can choose to evolve with it and not just accept its impact on our work, income and livelihood.

If we lift our eyes above all the talk of doom and gloom with the impending AI changes, we might notice the opportunity to ride the wave instead of letting it overwhelm us. The old saying that every cloud has a silver lining is true.

Every cloud has a silver lining

If you are reading this post, you are likely to be one of the few that think differently from the rest and want to be proactive to the change. You might also have spotted the silver lining – the opportunity that these changes bring.

You might not know this, but that means you are already at a huge advantage over the rest of the deer and ostriches.

The internet has created some incredible opportunities for our generation that has never been present before. For many people this is going to be a huge lifeline.

With our 9-5 jobs at risk, it won’t be enough to rely on our pay check as our security blanket anymore, we must find a way to increase our income.

This is why making money online with a blog is fast gaining attention and popularity.

It is a viable way that ordinary people like you and me, with no technical or marketing experience and grow a successful business to supplement and backup our income with the lowest barriers to entry that ever existed.

So what will you be doing differently in the age of A.I. and robots?

Blogging is a Business, just not as you might know it

Until about 2009, blogs were largely online diaries where individuals would post to express their thoughts or share their personal experiences. The vast majority of these personal blogs attracted very few readers, other than the blogger’s immediate family and friends.

There were only a small number of personal bloggers who have shot to internet and worldwide stardom and have managed to turn their blog into a lucrative business

So when I talk about blogging as a business, people still think about personal blogs and think that you need to live like one of the Kardashians and blog about it to make any money blogging.

But now, there is another way to blog and earn decent revenue online. You don’t need to have a crazy life experiences or be an amazing writer to. You don’t even need to know how to build a website.

So how can you make money with an online blog

The process of creating a successful online blog less complex than you might think – it can be broken down into a four step process that looks like this.

the process of making money onlineStep 1: Choose an Interest

Step 2: Build Your Website

Step 3: Get rankings in search engines (leads to traffic and sales)

Step 4: Earn money from your traffic

An online business also has distinct advantages over a brick and mortar business:

  • There is very little overhead to getting a business up and running.
  • There is far more opportunity online than offline – an audience of 2.8 billion to be precise.
  • There is no limit to your potential – you set your own goals and ceiling online.

That being said, while the process is straightforward and the opportunity is large, this is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. It is still a business that requires you to treat it like a long term business which requires your time and effort to be successful. The great thing is it can be started as a ‘side hustle’ – something that can be fitted into a crazy schedule and on top of a day job. As a working mom with a young family, I say this from experience.

Will you seize the opportunity and use the Internet to supplement and backup your job?

As someone who naturally leans towards ostrich tendencies and has the need to procrastinate as much as possible, this is the best advice I can give you:

The best time to start is now.

The decision to start an online business is a long term strategy. It’s more like a decision to gradually adopt healthier habits which lead to a healthier life rather than a rapid 30-day juice detox.

It’s something that you can do after work. It’s something you can do in the weekend. It’s even something you can work around kids (speaking from personal experience).

More importantly, it’s something that will get your prepared for the inevitable Artificial Intelligence changes that will change our work and world forever.

If you have a fire in you that just wants to grab hold of the opportunity of this age with both hands, I can help you.

While there is a ton of free resources on how to start an online business, trying to piece the pieces together can feel like you’ve just emptied out a 10,000 piece puzzle onto the living room floor.

Let me guide you, so you don’t have to spend time sorting through the pieces yourself which can be confusing and very overwhelming.

Join me at my favorite online business community and training platform here.

Remember: The best time to start is now.

 

 

 

 

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My #1 Favorites, Ways To Make Money Online

Can you really make money with wealthy affiliate? [real life proof from people like you]

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So you’ve decided that you want to start an online business, but where do you start?

The internet is bursting at the seams with various ‘gurus’ offering the ultimate blueprint to making money online.

It can be so overwhelming!

So how do you know which program to choose and which one even works? Those were the questions I grappled with when I was looking for where to start my online business journey.

If you are considering Wealthy Affiliate, then you must be wondering, “Can I really make money with Wealthy Affiliate?”

I personally had a few bad experiences online before stumbling upon Wealthy Affiliate, maybe you can relate?

One of main reasons why I chose Wealthy Affiliate was because of the numerous real life success stories and continued success stories within the community from real people like you and me.

That and the fact that I could trial it for free and see if it was legitimate before opening my wallet.

Here is where you find all the success posts in Wealthy Affiliate

wealthy affiliate success stories

 

Every day there are new members posting about their first sale, first $1000 month or them quitting their day job and becoming a full-time online entrepreneur. There is such an encouraging and pay-it-forward spirit within the WA community that its hard not to be inspired to press on and keep going through the bumps on the journey.

It was these success stories that helped keep me going and push through when I was plagued with self doubt in those early days and was tempted to give up.  But thankfully I never gave up, these stories made me believe that, if they could do it then I could too!

Here are just TWO of my personal favourite success stories from Wealthy Affiliate:

 

Meet Liz – member since January 2017

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Liz is a new momma who joined WA to start her journey to ‘making long-term wealth the right way’. This stay at home mom has been powering through the training at WA and is working hard building two websites at once (super mama!).

Within 5 months of starting, she has brought had an impressive $3,000 in a 4 day period – go Liz!

WA review liz success story

 

If anyone has an excuse of not enough time in the day to start an online business (actually two websites at once), surely it would be a busy stay at home mom with a new baby. But Liz has managed to achieve great results in a short period of time through keeping consistent with her WA training and just amazing hard work. Such an inspiration!

 

Meet Jack – Member since June 2013

Jack was a full-time busy professional who was an the search for a legitimate way to earn a living online. He unfortunately fell prey to many unscrupulous products or programs before discovering WA.

In his own words, Jack’s journey to success was ‘not a rosy one’. He would wake up extra early before work and put in 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night on his online business. After 4 months of hard work, his hard working finally paid off and he made his first commission.

Since then, Jack is consistency been investing time and effort into his business. Two year later, this was his monthly earnings (from just one of his affiliate accounts) – $1,261 in one month!

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Jack tells of how he woke up even earlier after the birth of his son, to dedicate two hours each day to building his business. I love his two favourite sayings:

  • When there’s a will, there’s a way, and
  • Hard work pays off

And fast forward to March 2017 – Jack is now boasting $7,578.50 just for the month of March 2017. All that hard work and persistence paid off!

Thanks Jack for being such an inspiration and for showing the rest of us that it is possible for someone with no previous technical or marketing experience to make a full-time living as an online entrepreneur (and that WA training works).

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Here are some other success stories from WA:

Her Best Sales Month So Far – $41k!

This Guy Earns $50,000 p.a Online

I’m Officially Now A Full-Time Work At Home Mom

This Guy Hit 10.5 Million Visitors On His Website!

 

So many success stories, so does anyone fail at Wealthy Affiliate?


Well, of course!

Although Kyle and Carson, the founders of Wealthy Affiliate, provide top notch training, tools and  a pay-it-forward community , there are still people who don’t succeed.

If you fall into any one of these categories, then WA is probably not for you.

1.People who want to get rich quick

This is probably the fault of many online gurus who often entice people into their programs by promising lots of money with little work. This has given people the impression that building an online business is easy and with a few clicks, $1,000s and $1,000s of dollars will come flooding in.

Unfortunately, this is not true. It is true that is much easier to start an online business. For one, there is a lower start up cost. While a brick and mortar business will involve you going to the bank for a big personal loan of hundreds of thousands.

Today, you can get an online business started for $0 but if you are serious, you should expect to invest about $500-$1,000. This is only fraction of what a brick and mortar business would take to get up and running.

On average, brick and mortar businesses breakeven in 18 month to 24 months. That’s almost two years just to breakeven! On the other hand, online businesses are known to turn a profit much faster than that – on average within 6-12 months.

While that is a lot faster than traditional businesses, it is not a get rich in 30 days deal. So if you are going to try out this online business thing for 30 days to see if you make $1,000, then WA is not for you. WA is a legitimate long term roadmap to building a successful sustainable online business.

You can also start an online business with no technical or marketing knowledge. Jack and Liz who I introduced to you above have both achieved success through their training at WA. I have also personally learnt everything I know from WA.

 

2. People who aren’t willing to put in consistent hard work

If there is a common theme between Liz, jack and many other success stories at WA – its staying committed to the training at WA and applying the training consistently.

Some people complain that there is too much work while lose focus along the way. Others join and then never get started.

Life gets busy and there are always reasons to get distracted or to give up. But what all the successful people have done is to never give up and to keep on keeping on.

There are so many  success stories within the WA Community and I know that you can start your own success story too. Just take action now! The starter membership is free so you can check out WA with no strings attached.

Once you are on the inside, make sure you go through the WA course which guides you step by step.

Do take the time to go through and understand what each lesson is teaching you, then set aside time to complete the tasks assigned from each lesson.

As you tick off each task, you will be building your successful online business one brick at a time. Rome wasn’t built in one day, so make sure you keep going…one brick at a time.

3. People who don’t ask when they get stuck

I have seen many people who get frustrated part way through the journey. It might be because they aren’t seeing success as quickly as they have expected or they are struggling with a technical issue and feel overwhelmed.

The best thing to do when you are in this situation is to reach out for help. This is why the encouraging and pay-it-forward community is so crucial to your success. When I was riddled with self-doubt, I used the internal feedback system to seek feedback. I not only got constructive feedback but also got a flood of encouragement when I shared with the community about my doubts. The kind words of my fellow members kept me going when I was discouraged.

When you develop a new skill set, there is always a steep learning curve at the start. Its natural to feel overwhelmed and to get stuck. After all, almost everyone at WA has started with zero technical knowledge. So use the internal question posting system or live chat to seek help. I have always found a helpful member who has pointed me in the right direction within minutes.

That’s the beauty of having a global community. No matter what time it is, there always seems to be someone there happy to lend a hand if you need it. So you don’t have to struggle alone.

There is a like-minded community, many of whom are experts in the field that are willing to lend a hand and pull you unstuck.

So, do you think you can really make money with Wealthy Affiliate?

Well, the answer lies with you.

Wealthy Affiliate has the best training program, pay-it-forward community and cutting edge tools to set you up for online success. However, whether you can really make money with Wealthy Affiliate is really up to you.

If you are serious about starting your own online business, then

Join Wealthy Affiliate Now for $0.

Wealthy Affiliate will give you the best start. And I promise to be with you on this journey. Feel free to say hi on my WA profile and ask me any questions along the way. Can’t wait for you to be the next success story on WA 🙂

How to claim your WA special BONUS

When you join your FREE Starter Account, I will also offer you a bonus if you do decide to become a PREMIUM member in the first 7 days (including a 59% discount).

Once you join, I’ll be in touch to let you know how to claim your bonus.

 

Ways To Make Money Online

Working from the comfort of your home with data entry jobs – how much money can you actually make?

What is data entry?Working from home data entry job

Data entry, is pretty much what it sounds like. It involves helping companies input different types of data (alphabetic, numeric or symbolic) into a their system.

The beauty of data entry is that it can done remotely, even from the comfort of your own home. And you often don’t need fancy equipment, just a keyboard and computer is sufficient.

For this reason, data entry jobs are becoming more popular with people who want the flexibility to work from home while earning some income.

What does a data entry job look like?

Back in the day, most data entry jobs were for large data entry companies who were a hub where business outsourced their data entry tasks.

These days, most data entry jobs are for micro labor outfits that use crowdsourcing techniques. This means data entry workers are being paid hourly or at a per word rate for data entry projects. This is a shift from the traditional data entry employee of yesterday to the data entry freelancer of today.

 

So how do data entry jobs pay?

Data entry jobs typically pay using the following rate types:

  • Per-piece (of work completed)
  • Keystrokes per hour or keystrokes per minute
  • Per-word

For this reason, the faster and more accurately you type, the more you will earn in this line of work.

Most data entry jobs never advertise their compensation on an hourly rate. But it is important that you do the math before deciding on whether a job is worth your time.

Places like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk pay people do small tasks, such as clicking links. These micro tasks are paid on a per piece basis, for example $0.01 per link clicked. This means that if you complete 60 link clicks in an hour you will be paid $6/hour.

The good new is if you get skilled at a task and can perform it very quickly, you can get paid well under the per piece method. I used to earn $10/week pretty comfortably just doing random tasks when I had a moment between trying to figure out motherhood for the first time. However, if you aren’t very skilled, some tasks can work out to be more like $1/hour so then you need to decide if you think that job is worth doing.

So before you decided on a job, make sure you do the math.

how much data entry jobs payMost data entry jobs from home often pay less than minimum wage because:

  • These contractor roles are not subject to minimum wage laws, and
  • You are in competition with a global workforce (someone living in India with a lower cost of living than the United States will be willing to accept a lot less wages).

So if there is a work from home data entry job promising very attractive wages for basic data entry work, it is most likely a scam.

 

General rules to spot a scam…

Basically, data entry job don’t pay particularly well. So any data entry job promising big money should raise a red flag for you.

You also should not be asked to pay an application fee or any training fees.

Data entry scams may look like:

  1. A firm requiring you to pay a fee for a ‘data entry starter kit”. They will often ask for a fee of say $50-$200 for the materials to fill envelopes from home or process rebates from home. Some of these scams just take you fee and never send any starter pack out. Some do actually send a “starter pack” but then require you to use your own money to fill envelopes to send or process rebates that you don’t get paid for.
  2. Some scams require you to pay for certification or training in order to perform their “technical” data entry job which pays large amounts of money. Make sure you check out any training that you are asked to complete. While some specialized data entry jobs, like medical or legal transcription require special training, most should not.

 

So where can you find legitimate data entry jobs?

The most popular is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. You can sign up here to perform ‘HITs’ i.e. tasks like:

  • Blog comments
  • Transcription
  • Short editing and writing jobs
  • Keyword searches
  • Photo captioning and tagging

Most ‘Hits’ give you an estimated time for completion and a brief description so you can do the math is choose which ones are most worth you while.

I’ve found that once you’ve tried out certain tasks you will have a better idea how long you take. You will also start to get a feel of which tasks you are better and faster at.

I do note that the “time allotted” shouldn’t be mistaken for an estimate of how long a tasks is expected to take. Instead, this is how long you have to complete the task before it is assigned to someone else.

The downside of Amazon Mechnical Turk is that if you aren’t a US or Indian resident (like me), your only option is to get paid in Amazon.com gift cards and not into your bank account. I personally prefer cash into my paypal account.

clickworker data entry jobsClick worker, which is fast gaining popularity, is pretty similar to Amazon’s Mechnical Turk where you log on and complete small tasks for a fee.

In their FAQ, Clickworker boasts that their workers average around $9 an hour. That is a pretty impressive wage for this industry. However, I suspect this level of earnings can only be reached with some practice to hone your skills so you can complete more tasks in less time. The complexity of each tasks will also affect how long you take to complete it. So once again, make sure you do the math quickly before selecting the tasks.

I do note Clickwork has a few more requirements to sign up with them (which is a good thing and I’ll tell you why in a minute). For example, all US residents have to be 18 and if you are not a US resident, you must either:

  • Have a bank account in a SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) country or
  • Have a valid PayPal account and can accept payment via PayPal

I personally prefer to get paid via paypal because it’s so much easier. It is also simple and easy to get a paypal account set up if you don’t have one already.

Click workers with SEPA accounts get paid once a month while those with paypal accounts get paid once a week between Wednesday and Friday. So I’d definitely go ahead and set paypal up if you don’t have an account already.

The Downsides of Data Entry Jobs

There may be a wait to get paid

Your account doesn’t get credited after you have completed a task until the requester (person you are doing the task for) approves it. Sometimes this happens very quickly and sometimes it does not.

Most people generally have their work reviewed and credited within days and some within a few hours, but it does depend on the requester so there may be instances where it can take weeks to get credit for your work (which will be super annoying!).

you need to do the math

I’m beginning to sound a bit like a broken record but you need to do the math before you take on jobs. Every penny counts but some pennies are just not worth your time. I found out some sometimes I was better off just having a cup of coffee and relaxing rather than trying to earn $1.

At first, doing the math might actually take 5 minutes of your time to jump on excel and do some numbers. But as you get on, you will be able to do the quick math in your head to determine if a job is worthwhile or not.

This will only supplement but not replace an income source

You won’t get rich doing legitimate data entry jobs. However, they are great for down time in the evenings when you don’t feel like you have great brain-power to perform complicated tasks. And every penny counts. I’ve earned about $10/ week as a stay at home mom on these types of sites doing tasks here and there when I had some downtime.

As a new mom,  I really only had the head space for simple tasks so this was a perfect way to make some money on the side.

However, if you are hoping to make a bit more than just pocket money then you might want to check out affiliate marketing. This is currently how I make money working from home.

While it does involve more work than data entry jobs, it has the potential to generate more income in the long term.

You can check out my no. 1 recommendation here. This is for those who are serious about building an additional stream of income online.

If that’s you and you are willing to commit time and effort, then check it out!

Ways To Make Money Online

Can i make money doing surveys online – your question answered

So can you really make money online doing surveys?

Doing surveys online is definitely one of the easiest ways to make money from home.Can you make money doing online surveys?

During my year as a stay at home mom, I was constantly on the look out for ways to earn a little bit of extra money.

A bit of internet research told me that others were making money doing surveys online. Easy peasy I thought – sounded perfect for a sleep deprived new mom to tackle. So I gave it a go!

Here is the low down on my experience with online surveys – the good, the bad and if its really worth it.

I will also share some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck.

Warning on scams – the bad

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Before I get started, I want to point out that legitimate survey companies are usually FREE. This is because they NEED people like you to fill in their surveys and provide valuable consumer information to their clients. So they don’t charge you anything to sign up. Instead they pay YOU for filling in their surveys.

So if you see an ad promising you $500 per week while sitting in the couch and filling out surveys for only a few minutes, sounds amazing but there is usually a catch. You only need to pay a one-time upfront fee of $39.99 or something.

DON’T DO IT! That’s very likely to be a scam. Many of these companies make money from getting thousands of people to pay the one-time fee and then disappear into the sunset. There are plenty of legitimate survey companies that are absolutely free to sign up. So just don’t go there.

So who should look at making money doing surveys online?

If you are looking for an easy way to make some money online and are find filing in surveys on your coffee or appliances preferences for example then this is perfect for you.

For example, I managed to earn $10 from filling in 2 surveys. That took me a total of 30-35 minutes in total. That works out to about $5/ hour.

So if you are looking to replace income from your day job, don’t bother with online surveys. This is not your answer.

But if you are looking to make a little pocket money then this is perfect. For example, I’m currently aiming to complete a few more surveys to fund the newest item on my wishlist, Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush.why i earn money on online surveys

Isn’t it just the cutest thing? I walked into the beautiful Mecca Maxima beauty store, tried it on and now I’m in love… Sorry, I digress.

My point is surveys are good for easy pocket money. It does not require much skill or brain power at all and can be done while watching TV or relaxing on the couch but is definitely not a source of great income by any means.

It is also not a reliable source of income because each survey company only has so many surveys available at any one time. So if you are looking to make the most money possible, you will want to sign up for more than one survey company so you will hopefully keep a steady stream of surveys available for filling out.

A small note, the different companies sometimes offer the same survey. Make sure you do not do the same survey at each company as you will get penalized and your credit revoked for each subsequent survey you fill out. I guess it makes sense as companies don’t want duplicate consumer information to skew their survey findings.

If you are interested in signing up for some survey companies, these are my favorites:

The main reason why these are my favorites is because they pay out in CASH and they also have higher payout rates per survey.

So how Can You Complete Surveys Faster (and earn money faster)?

Firstly, I recommend filing in surveys on a laptop or desktop computer. I started off on my phone or on my tablet but having a proper keyboard and big screen makes it easier to read the question and view all the options. It make filing in surveys much faster and also easier on your eyes.

One of the tricks I’ve found to really reduce the time taken to fill out surveys is to use RoboForm – there is a “form filling setup” button where you can enter your name, address, telephone, email address etc. This will automatically answers to such questions which come up in almost every survey. So no more typing in personal information into a web form every again. Phew. RoboForm has a few cool features that allow you to program in custom questions and answers.

If you are a bit of a nerd like me, you can program in all variations of the most commonly asked questions so you can simply click the RoboForm button and it will automatically input your information. It’s a great and more secure way to consolidate all the different passwords for different accounts in one place (instead of a massive spreadsheet).

You just have to remember one complex password and then Roboform deals with the rest. RoboForm offers a free version that allows you to store a number of passwords. The Pro version just allows you to store and sync unlimited passwords between your phone, laptop and other devices. I wouldn’t suggest upgrading to the Pro version unless you are going to get very serious with filling out online surveys as a side income. You just have to do the math and see if it’s worth your while.

Want to earn more than just pocket money online?

If you are on the hunt for a way to earn enough to replace your day job, you might want to explore Affiliate Marketing.

Do you know why 90% of the internet marketing gurus started in this field?

Because the earnings potential is limitless with TWO BILLION people in the online world.  It is by far the biggest marketplace in the world.

And the best news is that you don’t need any technical or marketing experience to be successful in this business!

The rewards are also far greater than you will ever get from filing in online surveys.

However, building a successful affiliate marketing business does take good old fashioned hard work and is definitely not as easy as sitting on the couch and filing in surveys. It is not a get rich quick scheme but a steady road to a sustainable and profitable business.

If you are not sure where the start, I suggest you check out my no. 1 recommendation here. This is for those who are serious about building an additional stream of income online.

If that’s you and you are willing to commit time and effort, then check it out.

 

 

Ways To Make Money Online

Can you really make money transcribing online? How to make sure you earn top dollar for your efforts.

What is transcribing?

Before we talk about whether you can really make money transcribing online, let’s look at what transcribing actually is.

Transcribing is basically listening to a recording of something and typing out what you hear word for word into a document.

Examples of such recordings could be personal conversations, business meetings, court hearings, college lectures or interviews.

Who pays for transcribing services?

It might be a business which wants to get all its Board meetings and brainstorming sessions transcribed. Or it could be an educational body’s lectures or training sessions that they want to get transcribed.

These companies turn to transcribing company like Rev.com for example or to specialist transcribers who market themselves directly to companies in particular industries.

That where the freelancers (that’s you!) to complete transcribing work for them.

 

What’s the appeal of being a transcriber?

You get to be a freelancer!

 

That means you can be your own boss and choose you own work hours.

In fact, you will find that most companies that employ transcribers allow them to work from home.

Isn’t that the dream of many workers who are stuck behind the checkout or in their cubicle? Who wants to spend hours commuting into the city each day?

But the real reason transcribing is such a popular way to make money online is that many companies will consider beginners with no experience.

This usually means that if you can pass a preliminary transcription test, you can be on your way to a sweet freelancing gig.

This is great news because it means you need to go take out a student loan and go to college for a degree before you can start earning money.

But what kind of money can you ACTUALLY make from being a transcriptionist?

Transcribing rates are almost always paid in audio hours. This is NOT your hourly pay rate.

This confused me when I first started looking at transcribing jobs.

So let me explain.

So if a company says they will pay you $60 per audio hour, what is your actual per hour rate?

Well, it depends on how long you take to transcribe an hour of audio.

Let’s say you take 6 hours, so that will mean you get paid $10/hour.

 

But how long you take will depend firstly on your level of experience but it can also depend on various factors such as:

  • How fast the people are speaking
  • The number of people talking
  • How clear the recording is (is there background noise, is it a phone interview which is a bit muffled)
  • How clear the speakers are (is the person mumbling, are they using technical jargon, do they have a strong accent)

So not all audio files are not created equally. Those with many people talking over each other and poor recording quality mean you spend a lot of time hitting the rewind button and listening to the same bit over and over before you can decipher what on earth they are trying to say!

You can probably sense a bit of my frustration here.

 

So, get the gear if you don’t want to be slow and frustrated

I was reluctant to make any investment when I was first starting out. Big mistake. Took much longer than I should have and it was soon frustrating.

If you are going to give transcribing a real go, save yourself some frustration and invest in the following:

  1. A computer with a high-speed internet connection

Let’s face it, having a laggy computer or dial up will just slow you down and in transcription time is money.

2. Express Scribe software

The free version is sufficient to connect your foot pedal to your computer. This controls audio playback and comes with other features like variable speed playback and is compatible with the main types of audio files like MP3, WAV, WMA, AIFF, MP2, and M4A.

3. Foot Pedal

However, you will need to fork out money for an AltoEdge Foot Pedal that is the only foot pedal that is compatible with the free software.

 

 

 

4. Headset

You will also need a Transcription Headset so you can focus on the sound and block out other distractions around you.

Or you do it primitive styles like I did as I was a bit reluctant to invest anything when I was first trying out transcribing.

I put my speaker up on semi high (because my baby was napping), would type what I hear then have to flick the screen from my word document back to the audio file and manually drag the button back to rewind, press play then flick back to the document.

In the meantime I might have missed the first few words as I was flicking screens from the audio file to the document.

As you can imagine, that was a painfully slow process and you can get much faster transcribing results if you have the right gear – remember getting the job done faster means a higher per hour rate. That means more money.

 

The Myths I found about transcribing

Myth #1:  To be good at transcribing you just need to type really fast

It’s true you need to type fast – preferable around 60 words per minute. If you aren’t sure how fast you can type, take the free test here.

 

 

But there is much more to transcribing than just being a fast typist. In addition to you also need to be:

 

  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined: This goes for most online work. The freedom to pick your hours means that you are personally responsible for making sure you do productive work. No productive work = no money.
  • Well versed in English grammar and punctuation. While most companies don’t require any previous experience, you will be required to pass an initial assessment before you are given any jobs.

In addition to fast typing, you will need a deep vocabulary and understanding of professional versus common or colloquial usage of terminology and structure to do well in these assessments.

  • Be able to transcribe in accordance with the company’s particular style guide. This I found difficult as its just not the normal way you would usually type. It certainly takes a bit of practice to get used to it.

 

Here is an example from Transcribe.com’s style guide. Can you see how the strict the style guidelines are?

 

You might be able to transcribe without any experience but you cannot do it WELL without practice.

 

So, where can you get practice?

I previously mentioned that, there are many companies that consider beginners if you can pass their initial assessments.

I would highly recommend getting some practice before diving into those initial tests.

Here are some ways to get practice:

  • Download Express Scribe and practice with their practice files located here.
  • Companies like Scribie, Quicktate, Transcribe Me, and Rev don’t pay well at all for transcription, but it’s easier to get accepted. So you can use those platforms as practice and get a bit of money while you are at it. Once you are more confidence, you can approach higher paying companies for better gigs.

Myth #2: Transcribing is an easy, low stress job

Ummm… not in my experience. No it’s not.

While many transcribing freelancers enjoy the benefit of working from home, being their own boss etc, it takes one gig with some poor audio quality or an audio with a group of people talking over each other to really put you over the edge.

I used to imagine transcribing to be a relaxing activity. A nice break when my baby was sleeping. Ha! It certainly wasn’t quite relaxing.

It actually took a lot of focus, which was quite difficult as a sleep deprived new mom.

If you are thinking this is a mindless relaxing task that makes money roll in, think again. It is a respectable profession and takes focus and skill to be a transcriber.

 

Myth #3: Transcribing is an easy no-brainer way to make a side income

I realized that top transcribers aren’t just skilled at the art of transcribing but they are also great at marketing. That’s how they stand out from the crowd and get top dollar.

In order to make more than minimum wage transcribing, you have to know how to market yourself as a transcriber and get the word out about your services.

General Transcription Mini-Course: Transcription Foundations

This involves social media, building a website and SEO tactics. Having these skills give you an edge against the rest of the transcribers in the market.

Having excellent marketing skills can increase your exposure to potential clients AND skyrocket your earning potential.

If you are serious about becoming a successful transcriber but don’t know how to build a website or market yourself online, I suggest you take a good look at the online community where I got my training.

Learn how to build a website (you’ll be surprised how easy it is even with no experience) and learn SEO tactics and social media marketing to get an edge you’re your competition.

I think you will find that surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals looking to help and support you along with the best training I’ve found online will take you further than you could ever imagine. Create your free account and start now!