Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Small change has a large impact on transcriber staff welfare

It cannot have escaped the notice of those working in the audio transcription industry that Rev, the US-based firm, have recently dropped their transcriber pay rate from $0.45 per audio minute to $0.30. Its USP – charging $1.00 flat rate per audio minute – will have lured in a high volume of custom, appealing to 

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

A Meeting of Minds – and not a ‘Minute’ too soon

Meetings have become an integral – and often unavoidable – part of our professional lives, irrespective of the sector in which we operate. Whether conducted over video conference or face-to-face in the archetypal boardroom, most of us will spend at least some of our working week attending them. Business meetings can be occasional or, in the case of large corporations, monthly as the board of directors convenes to discuss company direction of travel, financial objectives and to review the previous month’s targets. Problems affecting the day-to-day operation of the business will be raised and discussed, and projected future threats potentially identified before they occur. In short, they are vital to the smooth execution of business process.


Friday, November 10th, 2017

Announcing Global Lounge – our new faster, safer file upload solution

Not to blow our own trumpets, but we at McGowan Transcriptions are known for being super-speedy transcribers (well, so our clients keep telling us, anyway!). I mean, you’d hope we would be after 24 years in this business, wouldn’t you?!

What you might not know about us – because we don’t tend to shout about it as much – is that we’re also really passionate about innovation and technology. In recent times, it’s become increasingly apparent that we needed a powerful, custom-built file upload facility that could keep pace with our lightning-fast fingers.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Why you would want to work with McGowan Transcriptions

The fact that I have worked for Joe for many, many years, I believe speaks volumes. In fact, I’ve only just realised that this will actually be my 20th year!! Time flies as they say. I cannot deny that I did struggle at the beginning having never done this type of work previously but because Joe was always so encouraging and supportive, I managed to get through the challenges.


Monday, July 4th, 2016

Transcription – A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve been transcribing with McGowan Transcriptions for three months now and I’d like to share some tips and ideas for super-new beginners to transcription.

I found it really hard when I was brand new and couldn’t find much useful advice out there. I’m hoping to help any newbies out there reading this to get your speed up so you can progress your career more quickly…

Here are some examples of tips and techniques that got my speed up. I’m sure there are plenty more, but here’s what’s in my box so far:


Friday, April 15th, 2016

Can we see you?

As transcribers, we spend our days with other people talking through us, like mediums! Our writing isn’t of the automatic kind, the stuff of the world of fake ghosts and séances; our job is to make sense of the very real spoken word and the world researchers investigate. ‘Surely we make sense when we speak?!’ you may cry in protest. Of course you do, but since roughly 80 per cent of our work is ‘written’ in intelligent verbatim, we do have to think about what you say and that means we need to work out where you stopped one thought and began another even if there’s a string of ands, buts and erms in between. And when you are looking for a word, we’re willing you on and sometimes second guessing you.


Thursday, April 14th, 2016

A Month With McGowan Transcriptions

Hands up at the start; this is shamelessly copying the theme of a previous blog post by Marian Cleary (September 2015). But one of the main reasons I applied to McGowan Transcriptions was because of her blog post. So I think that writing my own contribution is a good way to pay it forward, and hopefully show others that it’s possible to earn good money working from home with a lovely, friendly company.


Friday, September 18th, 2015

Transcription – why we are unique

Today is a bit special because it’s one month since I started working for McGowan Transcriptions and it’s been a wonderful few weeks. For me this has not only been a pleasant new ‘place of work’ but a total revelation when it comes to working as a transcriptionist. When I submitted my application, I did so because the words ‘professional’ and ‘team’ were in Joe’s advert for audio transcribers. I thought that’s odd, because after six years working as a transcriptionist, or ‘typist’ as one agency liked to define us – call me arrogant and pompous if you like, but I happen to think the audio transcription of often hard-won qualitative research is a wee bit different to just ‘typing’ – I’d not ever particularly associated those words with the digital transcription services’ industry as a whole.


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

How The Transcription Process Works

Data, speech, or spoken content transcription is a straightforward process. Recorded dictation or information that requires transcription can be sent to a transcriber who will then convert your audio file into a typed, editable document, according to your requirements. Different types of transcription software may also be used to aid in more accurate transcription of the dictation, along with standard templates or user-generated templates to meet your specific requirements.


Friday, June 7th, 2013

Who’d Have Thought…

Who’d have thought transcribing for McGowan Transcriptions could be so different? I’ve worked from home for four years now doing audio transcription work but what a refreshing change Joe and the team at McGowan Transcriptions are. It would seem that transcribing isn’t just transcribing as I once knew it. Gone are the days of typing boring, bog standard “Dear Sir” letters. Every day is different here – it’s digital transcription that’s not boring! It’s taken me a while to find transcription work like this, but I’m so glad that I have.