Need to make some quick cash in your travels?
This title is sort of funny. Especially if you know that the novel I'm working on (slow and steady wins the race!) revolves around the daughter of an organized crime boss branching out on her own by opening a brothel in a picturesque seaport village in New England.
Relax, I haven't taken to turning tricks for beer and book money just yet. ;-)
There are all kinds of bloggers out there telling you how you to can support your nomadic lifestyle in a myriad of professional ways; technical IT type stuff, camp hosting, work camping, etc. They have tons of useful, proven tips and ideas on ways to make enough to support your gypsy dreams.
This won't be one of those posts.
This idea is really more for anyone looking to just make a few extra bucks a week for the staples I mentioned earlier ... in my case, mainly books and beer. Hey, they're my only vices, honest. Anyway, I've come across a quick and fairly easy way to add to the household income slush fund.
If you're anything like me, when you read that you thought ... Ewww, medical transcription, no way! Guess what? I have to tell you it's not all about the medical stuff. This may not be a newsflash to some, but I was a little surprised. I never even considered transcription in the past because I figured I'd have to take one of the medical transcription courses and that was the last thing I wanted to do. I didn't even like biology in school, forget about medical terminology.
I can't say for sure why it never occurred to me that all sorts of businesses might need transcription work done. It just didn't. Marketing, news, religion, legal, entertainment are just a few of the categories I've come across while picking and choosing jobs.
Before I go too far, here's the link for freelancer's page of the company I'm working for at the moment. REV - Transcription Services
There is an application process to go through before being accepted. It's fairly easy, a short writing sample and a quick grammar quiz. The turn-around time for that was about a week or so. Once I got confirmation of being accepted, it was another few days to get completely on-boarded (non-disclosure agreements, etc.) and then I was able to start.
The cool thing with REV (besides being able to pick and choose your work) is that you get paid weekly (on Mondays) and it goes directly into your PayPal account. I did my first gig on a Friday and got paid for that one plus two others I did on Monday. It's quick and easy and you can do it from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection. (A word about that below!)
Like I said, it's not enough to pay the mortgage. But if you're looking for a way to supplement your guilty pleasures it could be something you might like. Seeing as I started on Friday, the first week was short and my pay for the week was only $51.90, for three short assignments. This week so far I'm over that and I still have four days left to pick up some more assignments - if I choose.
That's another perk. You can work as much or as little as you like. Know you're going to be near an awesome new micro-brewery next month that you want to check out? Or maybe you want to surprise your significant other with tickets to a ball game or NASCAR race without using "house funds"? Just pick up a few extra gigs!
As much as I love being a "writer" let's face it, there's a reason they call us starving artists; at least at my stage in the game. Yikes, if we had to live on what I bring in we'd be living in a box - without wheels. Just sayin' ;-) So this is a great way for me to contribute to the household coffers ...
Nah, screw that. It's a way for me to not feel guilty about my guilty pleasures. I like to call it funding the fun stuff! :-)
I'm not at all an affiliate in the sense that I get any kind of commission on referrals or anything. I just think it's a great way to make a few extra bucks and I wanted to pass it along to my nomadic and non-nomadic friends alike.
Okay, with regards to online data charges. If you do decide to check it out and get accepted. Be careful how you listen to the audio and video clips. I wasn't paying attention and went straight through their site (never downloading) and racked up some nice data usage. Oooops! Thankfully, we have a business plan with Verizon and adequate GBs. But if we didn't, it would have been a pricey mistake.
I've since downloaded free transcription software - FTW from Tyger Valley Systems
So far it seems to be working great, drastically reducing my data usage. Wfew!
If you've worked with other transcription services in the past (or still do) I'd love to hear about them. Drop me a line in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by! :-)
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