Quicktate (iDictate)

••• Getty/Cultura


Data entry, general transcription, medical transcription

Company Description:

Quicktate supports a variety of services and apps that convert short bits of recorded speech into the written word. These include Evernote apps (voicemail messages and audio notes), TweetCall (dictated tweets), CallTroops (phoned letters to military personnel), Voice on the Go (dictated texts). However, Quicktate and its partner iDictate also offer services for longer transcription projects, which include medical reports, conference calls, and legal files.

Types of Work-at-Home Opportunities at Quicktate or iDictate:

In these micro jobs, data entry operators listen to audio files and transcribe them. The voicemail message files average 1-2 minutes in length, while the other recordings are longer. Hours are flexible and operators can work as many or as few hours as they can handle and/or obtain. In this type of crowdsourcing platform, operators log on to the company's system and claim files to transcribe.

Data entry operators begin at Quicktate and may be promoted to iDictate, which pays more. Quicktate also does medical transcription, which also pays more. Most Quicktate transcription is done in English or Spanish. However, the company also seeks transcribers with skills in French, Italian, German, Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese and Japanese for iDictate projects. See more bilingual jobs from home.

Pay and Benefits:

All Quicktate and iDictate's data entry agents are hired as independent contractors. This means there are no benefits and no guarantee of minimum wage. Read more about how and what data entry companies pay.

Quicktate and iDictate pay its data entry operators on a per-word basis. The rate of pay for Quicktate general transcription is $.0025 per word or 4 words for 1 cent, while the rate for Quicktate medical transcription and iDictate work is $.0050 per word or 2 words for 1 cent. This might work out to $5-7/hour at Quicktate, but keep in mind there is not likely enough work to make this a full-time pursuit.

Payment, which is weekly, is through PayPal account only.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Quicktate seeks professional transcriptionists that follow directions well, have a strong grammar and typing skills, accurate spelling and punctuation, and can listen to voice files and accurately type what they hear.

Typists must supply their own equipment, supplies, work space, and Internet connection. Computers may be Windows-based or Macs and must have a Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome browser. Additionally, typists must have a Yahoo IM account and download and install Quicktime. Express Scribe is a free software application that may be useful. A headset, and possibly a foot pedal, may be needed.

All contractors for Quicktate must fill out an electronic W-9 tax form even if they are not located in the United States.

Applying to Quicktate:

To apply, create a typist account by filling out an application on the Quicktate website. Two non-family references are required, and you must answer two short essay questions. (Be sure to use correct grammar and spelling.)

Next applicants should read through the Help Desk FAQ and other postings to become familiar with the procedures. Applicants must then take a quiz that will cover both Quicktate procedures and include an audio file to transcribe. If you wish to be considered for transcription in other languages than English or medical transcription jobs you must complete those audio files.

Expect to wait at least two weeks to hear back from Quicktate. If your application is approved, you will receive a letter. Until then, you will not be able to log in to your account and accept assignments. There is a $15 fee for a background check.

See more legitimate work-at-home data entry companies, but be sure to know the signs of a data entry scams.