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#5) Rev: Get Paid To Write Remotely

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  1. Rev helps you get paid to transcribe audio and write video subtitles.
  1. You can earn anywhere from $0.30 to $3.00 per video minute of subtitles that you write.
  1. Rev lets you work a remote, freelance-style schedule and pays you weekly via PayPal.

Make Money By Transcribing Audio

Rev offers a transcription service that helps companies get audio converted to written text or get subtitles added to their videos. To do this, Rev employs a community of 70,000 “Revvers” who help transcribe audio and video for companies like Google, Buzzfeed, NBC, and Amazon. These “Revvers” are contractors, not full-time employees.

If you’re a quick typist, Rev will let you make fairly easy money while working remotely. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have the freedom to work as much or as little as you want as Rev does not have any requirements in terms of workload. 

Rev was founded in 2010 by five classmates at MIT and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider.

How Much Can I Make?

On Rev, you can expect to earn between $18-$66 for each hour of video that you transcribe. However, this amount will fluctuate depending on how efficiently you can type and how much content you can transcribe per week. One testimonial on Rev’s site claims that they earned $70 in their first week.

Rev highlights three different levels of workers on their platform:

  1. Transcriptionist: $0.30-$1.10 per video minute
    1. Listen to audio and video
    2. Accurately type what is being said
    3. Label speakers
  1. Captioner: $0.54-$1.10 per video minute
    1. Watch video
    2. Accurately type what is being said
    3. Creatively convey sounds
    4. Sync typed audio with video
  2. Foreign Speaker: $1.50-$3.00 per video minute

It’s really just a matter of how long transcribing this hour of video takes you. However, if you speak two languages, then Rev could become lucrative as bi-lingual writers could earn up to $180 for one hour of video. 

In general, you should not expect Rev income to replace your full-time gig. Instead, it will most likely serve as side income that can be done fully remotely on top of your main gig. Assuming that $70-$100 per week is a fair estimate of what you can earn, working on Rev could add $280-$400 to your monthly budget.

Getting Started

You need to be over 18 to get started on Rev. From there, you’ll need to sign up through their website, take a quiz to demonstrate your English and grammar skills, and submit a transcription sample.

Once you have submitted your application, you will typically hear back in anywhere from a few days to a week or two. Once approved, you can get started writing asap. Rev is currently accepting freelancers from the following countries: 

  • The United States
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom.

However, Rev is not currently offering jobs in California.

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